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Riding with Andrew

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I rode around Lake Lemon again last night, this time in the “forwards” direction. I was enjoying my ride a lot, and even made it up that very steep hill on North Shore Drive that I had never made it up before. I got very bogged down and was going very slowly, but I just kept on pedaling, and eventually I made it to the top. I could barely turn the pedals, though, and I was a little worried I’d hurt one of my knees. They seem to be fine.

Shortly after I turned onto Anderson Road, I saw a vague figure in the distance that appeared to be another cyclist. I decided to try to catch up with whomever it was. I didn’t ride too hard, but did pick up the pace a little bit. I would catch up a little bit, and then they’d pull away. I did gain ground overall, though, and as I got closer, I could see they had panniers on their bicycle.

Finally, I caught up, right where Anderson Road meets Old State Road 37. I asked the guy on the bike, who said his name was Andrew, if he was on some kind of tour — he told me he was just finishing one. He flew to Rochester, Minnesota to help his parents move, and was on his way back to Bloomington, Indiana, where he lives. I told him I was heading to Bloomington as well.

I rode with him for a while, and he told me about his trip. He rode from Rochester to somewhere in Wisconsin, then down to a town in Illinois a ways north of Chicago, thenĀ  to downtown Chicago. He took a train to South Bend from there, and upon arriving in South Bend at around noon, rode the 140 miles to Indianapolis. After that, he headed toward Bloomington on State Road 37, which I thought was a little crazy — it’s a fast, 4-lane highway. But he said it wasn’t that bad.

Andrew was riding a Surly Crosscheck. I asked if he liked it, and he said he loves it. It’s steel, for starters, which has a better ride. He said it’s very versatile, and that he uses it as a cross bike, touring bike, around-town bike, and beer-run bike. Sounds good to me.

It was cool to talk to someone who was doing a tour. It’s something I very much want to do someday. I like that this guy just picked up and did it. He wasn’t carrying a lot of stuff with him, and he wasn’t riding super fast, he just liked to ride. He stayed with friends all but one night of his tour, which sounds like a great way to go, if you know people in a lot of different places.

Andrew and I parted ways around Bethel Lane. I congratulated him on his tour, and he thanked me. There are a few riders I see regularly around here, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him again.

One Response to “Riding with Andrew”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    That freakin’ rocks. It’s great to run into people like Andrew in this life. Just doing to do.

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