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I have a confession to make…


May 2014

My mother-in-law and step father-in-law have matching Trek leisure bikes… They’re six or seven speeds and they look… Well, like leisure bikes.

So we, the whole family, decided to take a trip down to the Clare side of the Pere-Marquette rail trail, the West side, and I went out to the shed to grab the bikes to load them up; you know, to help out…

I couldn’t pass on the temptation to take his bike for a little spin – to confirm my prejudice against them of course…

My word, it was like riding a La-Z-Boy recliner!

I’m going to have to say a dozen Hail Mary’s, six Our Father’s and flog myself – 50 lashes with a wet noodle – and pray that the lasciviousness of that momentary lapse is removed and that I’ll be forgiven by Middle-aged Baby Jesus, who is obviously a roadie. God forgive me, I feel…dirty!

I’ll write up a real post on the festivities in the morning as the rail trail is one of Michigan’s finest cycling achievements. It was a rockin’ good time. A perfectly sunny, mildly breezy, 79 degree (f) day. It was perfection for a two-wheeled excursion.


  1. Rodney Steadman says:

    Riding is riding not matter what you’re on.

  2. sueslaght says:

    I’m with Rodney. As long as people can be well enough to ride, hopefully into their eighties then if it’s a Lazy Boy on wheels I will hope for one. Glad you enjoyed it and how wonderful to get out as a family. 🙂 No Hail Marys required my friend.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I was just trying to be funny Sue, but thank you for the easy out. 😎

      • sueslaght says:

        You were very funny! Shall I confess now to riding a hybrid? 🙂 Well I am much older than you….

      • bgddyjim says:

        Hybrids I can at least wrap my head around. I don’t necessarily like them, for me, but I understand them. Leisure bikes and beach cruisers, in all seriousness, are an entirely different story but after watching my step father-in-law ride his, I at least understand them on a very limited basis. 😉

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