True facts about Eagles

I received the most inspiring story in my email inbox the other day. It was about eagles, those bold, powerful birds that are the symbol of American might and grace. This story, as told in the email, outlined how eagles can live to be 70 years old, but only if in the middle of their lifespan they make a “hard … Read more

Stuff is stuff

I helped a friend clean out his mom’s house today. She’s been in a nursing home for a couple years, after suffering from dementia. Before they found care for her, things had gotten pretty bad, and it was clear that she needed more care than either my friend or his siblings could provide. But today, we went through her stuff, … Read more

Openness to Randomness

I only needed to read the headline of my friend Ryan’s blog to know what he’d be saying. He’s been talking about bubbles for a while now, so I could’ve guessed a blog on the topic was in the making. But the fact that I was reading it while a man from Cox Cable was explaining a new television system … Read more

Cycle of discovery

I knew it would happen eventually, I just didn’t know when. As it turned out, what I thought would happen started on Wednesday, on the road between Lincoln and Chapman. After four days of draining winds and blistering heat, the weather turned a bit, and the ride, for the first time, was more pleasant than it was work. And that’s … Read more

BAK to BAK

I have a lot of ground to cover. Let’s start with the rides. Tuesday was a 69 mile ride from Plainville to Lincoln, and it was a very difficult ride. I don’t think I’m alone in that assessment. I heard a lot of people talking about how tiring it was. And the reason, quite simply was wind. Terrible wind that … Read more

BAK to Normal

After two days of considerably difficult wind and heat, the third day of BAK has returned somewhat to normal. Well, as normal as normal can be for people who think it’s fun to ride a bicycle across a windblown state. We left WaKeeney a little later than we had planned – because I was exhausted from the day before and … Read more

Heat, wind and making it to WaKeeney

I’m way behind on writing and updating about Biking Across Kansas. Part of that is because there wasn’t reliable Internet at our location in Tribune, and I’m on a Chromebook that all but requires an internet connection to do anything. But mostly, it’s because I’m exhausted. As is typical, the short ride from the Colorado border to the first overnight … Read more

The last step

The boy stood at the edge of the felled tree that spanned over the flowing creek below. His legs shook, his body was bent slightly, with arms extended downward ready for the moment when he’d lose his balance and fall. “I’m scared,” he told his father, who stood on the ground just a few feet in front of him. “But … Read more