September 7, 2015
How old were you in 1976?
I was eighteen years old and a senior at Meadowdale High School in Dayton, OH in 1976, graduating in May of that year.
What were you doing during Bikecentennial?
During Bikecentennial, I was preparing to go to college at Case Western Reserve University in Dayton to study computer engineering. I was indeed a serious geek and not interested in cycling or even owning a bicycle.
By the way, the PC as we know it was introduced in 1983, so this was definitely a pre personal computing era. I know how to use a slide-rule and understand NAND gates.
What has changed for you since 1976? What remains the same?
Wow. Nothing remains the same. I began riding seriously in 1998 when my two sons began riding bicycles and participated in a youth bike ride each year as a part of the youth group at church. This led me to get involved in, and eventually direct, a New England regional youth biking program through 2011, the year I moved to Missoula to lead the cycling programs at Adventure Cycling.
With that youth program, I led three teen cross-country tours in 2003, 2007, and 2010 as well as dozens of other trips for middle and high school students. I also took Adventure Cycling's leadership training program in 2004 and began leading trips for them. I would eventually close my software company and move to Missoula, making the realization of cycling dreams of others my new vocation. Cycling has also provided the opportunity to explore my genealogy by visiting the locations that my ancestors lived and toiled. All done by bicycle and it continues.
Do you think you would have done Bikecentennial if given the opportunity? Why?
I do not think I would have done Bikecentennial. Even if it was open to me, my interests were not cycling centered. Had it been, my life would not have taken the path that it has and I would not be where I am today. I would not have had the best two sons on the planet and would not have not met my wife Shawn at the time of my life that I did. I have been blessed on my life journey and I have no regrets.
Photos and words courtesy of Tours Director Arlen Hall.
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I met Arlen when he was just beginning the New Orleans to Memphis tour at Mexican Hill Farm (I was cycling from Austin to Memphis). I've just now realized we were both riding Bike Fridays! I guess I never saw his bike, and he never saw mine!