I have a friend from church, Phil. Phil is 67 or so, had a hip replacement, and lost about 40 pounds a few years back which he works hard to keep off. I’ve caught him on occasion checking out the Trucker when I’ve ridden it to church. I knew that he and his wife had bicycles, but never really pursued a conversation because I didn’t want to come off as bragging about my exploits, figuring that they had a pair of cross/recreational bikes and were the stereotypical older couple that enjoy a few miles out on the bike path now and then.
Last weekend several of us got together and I noticed that he and his wife had matching scrapes on their forearms. It turns out that they had been on the HRT last Saturday afternoon, on their tandem, and had a small mishap in the tunnel when a bike stopped suddenly right in front on them. Phil had to “ditch” against the block wall. I relayed that I had been on the HRT in the morning, and that I too, had come close to a mishap with another rider in the tunnel.
That led to Phil asking me further about the HRT and where it ended; and some biking in general. Later that night I e-mailed him a link to a map of the complete trail.
I saw him last night…. He thanked me for the link, and told me that he got up the next morning and rode the whole thing – York to Ashland and back, 84 miles. Then he told me that the next day he ordered a road bike – a Cannondale.
Well done, Phil. We’ll have to manage a few rides together…if you don’t mind holding back a bit!