Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: We The Few!

The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
THERE IS NO WORSE BITTERNESS THAN TO REACH THE END OF YOUR LIFE
AND REALIZE YOU HAVE NOT LIVED - M. Scott Peck


IN THREE WORDS I CAN SUM UP EVERYTHING I'VE LEARNED IN LIFE.
IT GOES ON!  Robert Frost

Robert Frost, 1920
I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence:  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference- Robert Frost

All my life I used to wonder what I would become when I grew up.  Then, about seven years ago, I realized I was never going to grow up,  that growing up is an ever ongoing process - M. Scott Peck

We the few!




THERE IS NO WORSE BITTERNESS THAN TO REACH THE END OF YOUR LIFE
AND REALIZE YOU HAVE NOT LIVED. - M. Scott Peck

Last night I was part of a group that was interviewing a person for a professional position.  I carefully read the resume until I came to "Interests".  The first two items listed were "Hiking" and "Biking".  That told me more about the individual than all the other information combined.

Like me, she had hiked on the Appalachian Trail.  She was familiar with the Adventure Cycling's Southern Trek Bike Trail across the southern USA. She got the job.

In the picture on the left I was in the mountains in California riding my recumbent trike on the Southern Trek Trail. (Click on picture)


My trike plans this year is to ride the Little Miami River Scenic Bike Trail, supported with a van, driven by my wife Julie, staying in bed and breakfasts on the trail.

IF WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE GOING, EXACTLY HOW TO GET THERE
AND EXACTLY WHAT WE'LL SEE ALONG THE WAY,
WE WON'T LEARN ANYTHING - M. Scott Peck


Want to take a road truly less traveled?  Have a go at the Whitefish Bike Retreat in Montana.  

Adventure Cycling Association has established bike trails all across the United States, up down and side ways.  They sell guides for those who want to "Do It Their Way", they provide guided trips for those who want to go in a group with some help.  They provide van support for other trips and even "Inn to Inn" for those who want to be truly pampered.

Check out their web page.  It is interesting to read even if you never do a trek of  your own.



The picture on the left is of my son Todd and his wife, Amy, as they arrive at Lake Erie after completing an across the state bike ride from the Ohio River.  They have ridden their recumbent bikes across several other states in addition to Ohio.

Todd is great at tuning up my trike.  He put it together for me when it was new.




I SEE MY PATH, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT LEADS.
NOT KNOWING WHERE I'M GOING IS WHAT INSPIRES ME TO TRAVEL ON IT.
Rosallia de Castro

Mark, Todd, Walt and Kimberly
My oldest son, Mark, is also a bike rider, and has ridden GOBA, the Great Ohio Bike Adventure for years.  He has also been a Marathon Runner.  As I supported Todd on his bike rides, I've provided support for Mark in his running.  My daughter, Kimberly?  Rumor has it that she has stayed in less than a five star hotel, but I can't vouch for the validity of that rumor. My kids have each taken a road less traveled.




GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS THE USA

3 comments:

Mark Pierce said...

Hi Dad! Love reading the blog. Just to let you know... And to affirm what you are writing... I'm planning to run the Cap City half marathon in May and will probably go on my 8th GOBA this June. Life is good, but like you say, one has to plan for the goodness! Thanks for your inspiration. Love, Mark

Walt Pierce said...

Hi Son,

Great news! My planning is a bit ambitious, as ever, as I am far from being fully recovered from the hip replacement. I'm betting on the come, when it is warm and I am back at the lake getting exercise.

Dad

Phatmom said...

If I can travel just half the number of roads you've traveled in your lifetime, I will have done great things.