THREW Mikes EyEz

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I miss the two-wheel experience. Both my motorcycle and bike. I spent a lot of time on a seat between two wheels. But in the last 10-15 years it’s just renting bikes at the beach on vacations or at a friend’s house. The motorcycle has been gone for double-digit years now. But I would like to return to putting in some seat time and exploring.

Peaceful is the term that leaps to mind whenever I got on 2 wheels. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve been thinking of hitting the local bike shop and might do that after I see what is wrong with my foot next week. I just scanned the local shop’s website and it appears that things have changed a lot since my last bike purchase. There were bicycles that cost 5 digits. Don’t worry, I won’t be spending anything like that.

It’s so dangerous riding around here that I would probably get a rack for the car and mostly use them at the beach and at my friend’s home on Kent Island. Then again some rides at dawn might be possible out here in the town of Woodstock.

All I do know is that I miss getting on a bike and when I do it feels so right again. So if my health holds out you will see me on a bike again.

After some time outside today, I was fading like these guys. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Sometimes I think a slow-moving stream is peaceful. Then I see a sleeping child and peaceful is redefined.
  • Tomorrow I will think about being very alive with a short drive with the top down. Then a celebration of life for an old work friend with a few tears and then gathering with my best friends who I usually end the evening dying of laughter. I think Jim Valvano said something about that being a full day.
  • I’m not happy about this loan forgiveness program for college loans in what little I have heard about it so far. I’m going to go read through it and there better be something in it for us responsible ones who paid off our loans.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

7 thoughts on “Bike

  1. Lots of bike shops have second-hand bikes that have been part-exchanged for a new model.

  2. Wondering about the loan forgiveness as well…I think I’m “no party” anymore, although I’ll always lean left. When I was in school, the loans were not a racket and interest was low. I do believe any nation that puts education first is happier and healthier. What’s the answer?

    • I agree education is one of the keys to a prosperous and happy society. Both my daughters are teachers so I support eduction. I also had to stop going to college after my first year because I ran out of money. But I was able to get both of my children through 4 years of college with loans we both took and paid back early or on time. I believe there may be people that could actually use a break. Deaths in family, natural disaster, medical illness but this blanket forgiveness which it appears on the surface I’m against. I still have to read more on it but life and work keep getting in the way. Thank you for your thoughts Jan. Have a great day.

  3. I’ll admit that, like you, I need to read up on loan forgiveness. And I am sure that maybe half of the voters in this country, or more, are not for it. Unsure what a good answer is…our whole nation is divided, it seems, on every single issue. But having traveled to and lived in European countries where the tax base pays for everyone’s education, and many other benefits, I gotta say that I like what I see overall. And that’s enough out of me!

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