My Bike Trail Friend

With the Raccoon River Valley Trail less than a mile from my door it’s where I frequently ride.  

My preferred route is Waukee to Dallas Center.  I like how it’s away from the busy highway and has portions flanked by trees.  It nicely accommodates an hour of pedaling at my slow poke pace.  This route is also a favorite because it’s where I see my bike trail friend.

This unknown friend is my biking role model.  He is an older gentleman who rides a LOT.  He rides in the cold and the wind.  Sometimes with a friend, most of the time solo.  He rides without fancy gear, or concerns for speed, but always with a smile.  My friend is a great example of someone spreading the love of biking.

Our friendship is unique in that we don’t know each other.  We’ve never been introduced or had a conversation.  Our interactions last only seconds but are always a highlight.  Greetings are enthusiastic .  He usually points and says “Hello there!” while I wave like a nut and holler “Nice to see you!” 

Seeing my friend has been known to cheer me up or provide a sense of comradery.  He also motivates me.  Especially when I spot him returning from a ride on days I’ve chosen to abstain.

Maybe this year I will finally come across him having stopped along the trail.  If and when I do I’ll be sure to hit the brakes, introduce myself, and thank him for being an inspiration.   Until then, I will keep pedaling while hoping I’ll see my bike trail friend I have but don’t know.

Happy Riding!

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Bicycle Magnets

Looking closely at one of the cute magnets I received for Christmas I noticed something amiss. Perhaps it's an intentional bit of humor or maybe artistic liberty.  Either way, I've got a happy addition to the refrigerator.   

Ahoy!! - Lights along the High Trestle Trail

Trail users who have left lights at home now have a "plan B" method for staying visible during nighttime treks to the High Trestle Bridge.  

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Four eye-catching lighthouses are located along the trail.  Inside are flashing beacons to borrow and return at the end of your ride or walk.  

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Now that's what I call a cool trail amenity!

Happy Riding!

 

Omaha Bicycle Co.

On a recent trip to Omaha I visited Omaha Bicycle Co.  What motivated me to seek out the shop? 

  • The shop is owned and operated by a woman.  A rare find!
  • They were recently awarded best coffee shop in Nebraska by Spoon University.  Yep!  This isn't just a place to purchase a bike, have it repaired, or grab a spare tube.  Sarah Johnson's team can also craft a perfect pour-over or espresso beverage.  
  • With coffee outside gear in their inventory, I was specifically after a camp cup to add to my personal kit.
  • Rivendell bicycles will soon be available to admire in person, and of course purchase.  Currently no other shop in Iowa's or surrounding states carries these beautiful bicycles.  If you're not familiar with Grant Petersen or Rivendell Bicycle Works take some time to explore their website.

The store is everything I've read about.  The cozy color palette and comfy spots to hang out gave it a homey feel.  My iced latte was as delicious as expected and a coffee cup was bought as a souvenir.

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From the looks of the eclectic group of coffee mugs on display, the Mug Club looks like a fun bunch of folks! 

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A woman's touch is easy to find here too with cute shop onsies for babies and invitations to potlucks and group rides for women. 

With Benson Days taking place, it was a busy morning at the shop.  Sarah was nice enough to chat with me for a few minutes.  It was easy to understand why the local community is so supportive of her!  

Check out the links below for great write-ups on Sarah and Omaha Bicycle Co. 

Happy Riding! 

Shop Website

Facebook Page


Survival of the fittest - Omaha Bicycle Company

Benson's only coffee shop is also a bike shop

The coffee. The bikes. The people.