A Second Century


I took this picture today while on my second Century Ride of the Summer (more on that later).  I thought it was kinda cool!

I took this picture today while on my second Century Ride of the Summer (more on that later). I thought it was kinda cool!


Standing out from the Crowd

I saw this little guy standing all by himself on the side of the road and immediately thought of Gavroche from Les Miserable.IMG_5210

Do you remember him?  He’s the little guy who points out the spy, Inspector Javert, then gives his life at the barricade for the cause.

Gavroche has a great song about the power of little people…

Good evening, dear inspector
Lovely evening, my dear.
I know this man, my friends
His name is Inspector Javert
So don’t believe a word he says
‘Cause none of it’s true
This only goes to show
What little people can do!

And little people know
When little people fight
We may look easy pickings
But we’ve got some bite
So never kick a dog
Because he’s just a pup
We’ll fight like twenty armies
And we won’t give up
So you’d better run for cover
When the pup grows up!

Sometimes…honestly…I feel quite insignificant.  Like I don’t measure up to everyone around me.  But measuring up isn’t really the goal is it?  Exploring and giving the best of myself is the goal.  Kinda like this little corn stalk.  No, he’s not 9′ tall or counted among the great mass of corn stalks in the field, but he’s giving it all he’s got!  And that makes him spectacular.

Just like me…and just like you.


Daddy-Daughter Date

Sometimes circumstances create great opportunities.

My recent experience with flat tires left me without a ride until I made a run to the bike shop.  So I took Gracie with me hoping to stir up that passion for cycling.  You should have seen her face light up when I asked if they had any road bikes in her size… guess what, they did!  And she rode it!  And she loved it!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m gonna quit using words and use pictures instead.  Here ya go…a picture montage of our incredible Daddy-Daughter Date!  Until next time…

…Enjoy the Ride!


Started our evening at my office with Gracie doing homework while I finished my day. At this point we are a tad excited about getting out!


They let her ride a new bike in the rain. How about that? Such great folks at Summit City Bike. She adjusted to the geometry of a road frame pretty well.


“Dad! I LOVE it!”


You should never ride a bike without a helmet or gloves. They had loaner helmets and I just had to buy her some gloves. She’s wanted them for so long. They look good on her don’t they?


I would like to think the endorphins are kicking in… (Honestly…she’s a tad disappointed we didn’t buy the bike.)


What’s the best way to finish off such a great evening? Wings of course!