Where Did Time Go?

Hi Everyone!

An “off-schedule” day to let you know that I am still here. Life got so busy I didn’t realize how much time went by since I last posted! At least I managed to read a post or two.

Since my days will still crazy-busy, I will schedule in some posts. They will be a variety of things since I have no bicycle articles to post at the present.

Thank you to my followers and regular readers for hanging in there with me.

In the meantime, have a great remaining winter. Or is it spring? With the wide-spread insane winter this year, who knows what season it is anymore?




2019 Resolutions

As the end of 2018 approached, I wondered if I should even make a list of new year resolutions. Somewhere along the way, I fail, then start again, then fail again before the end of the year. This happens even though I made it through the so-called 21 or 28 days it takes to form a new habit or break an old one.

In doing some recent research, I learned that it takes a MINIMUM of 21 days for most people to form or break a habit. According to The Guardian (and other sites), it takes 18 to 66 days and some even take up to 245 days. Whew! I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with me that I could not stick to something new that I started.

I also saw an interview on the subject a couple days ago. The person (I didn’t catch the name) said that motivation is not enough; it is only the surface. A person needs to be dedicated. That means to push yourself to keep going even though you don’t feel motivated anymore. An article on Revolutionary Lifestyle Design basically says the same thing.

Okay – I do that with activities I enjoy. There are times I don’t feel like biking or hiking, but I get out there anyway. With that perspective in mind, this will be the year I finally accomplish my resolutions.

Here’s to 2019 for success to everyone. Cheers!

The First Bike-Packer

Can you imagine riding around the world on a penny farthing (high-wheeler)? For those of you who don’t know, penny farthings were built in the 1870s. They have a large wheel, up to 60″, in front and a small wheel, up to 12″, in back.

Back to riding a penny farthing around the world. In 1884, Thomas Stevens was the first person to do that.

For a bike-packer, Thomas Stevens carried the bare minimum. According to Bicycle and Bikes,  Stevens’ handle-bar bag only contained fresh socks and an extra shirt. He also packed a mackintosh (that doubled as bedroll AND tent), and a 38 Smith and Wesson. I thought Bob and I traveled light!

To see the world as it was back then is something I wish I could do. Since I can’t, the next best thing I can do is read. Project Gutenberg has Thomas Stevens’ accounts of his experiences. There are two eBooks: Around the World on a Bicycle – Volume 1 and Around the World on a Bicycle – Volume 2.

You can find the (free) eBooks on Project Gutenberg. For your convenience, the link will go directly to the page the two books are listed.