Meet the Triangular Impalas 11

Tom writes:

Our final impala gets his turn today. Madison’s dad, Dave, is in the box now.

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Name: Dave

Age: 58

From: Frederick Maryland

How I got into cycling: When I was little I biked everywhere. When in high school I biked the whole Cape Cod. In my late 20s I then got into triathlons.

Favourite moments when cycling: I loved the stretch we did between Syringa to Grangeville when we went up the steepest hill on the trip before ending up riding on a plateau full of wheat fields. It was like being back in Kansas again.

Cheese or chocolate?: Cheese but it’s a close call

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: Madison getting injured on this trip. (She had acute tendinitis for the final half of the tour).

Say something funny: Treat your problems like a dog does. If you can’t eat it or screw it, then piss on it and walk away.

Cycling ambitions: Near my house there are 84 miles of mountain bike trails. I intend doing most or all of them.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: The cat lands on its feet

Music: Sands of time by Paul Spaeth

Film: Groundhog Day

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

Vladimir Putin

Albert Einstein

Bill Gates

Galileo Galilei

My daughter Madison

 

What would you serve: Complete catered multi course meal with unlimited variety

 

Thanks Dave.

If anyone ever had a problem on this tour you could always be sure that Dave would be the first one there offering help.

Hope to see you again sometime down the line.

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Meet the Triangular Impalas 10

Tom writes:

Time for the most improved cyclist of the bunch, Emily, who has shown what grit can do combined with a steady, consistent 11 mile an hour pace both uphill and down. 🙂

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Name: Emily

Age: 45

From: Saratoga, California

How I got into cycling: I started by boycotting the greedy gas companies. I wasn’t going to pay four dollars a gallon for gas.

Favourite moments when cycling: Seeing other cyclists on the road, especially the self contained people. I think I am struggling but when I see them I realise I have it good.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate.

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: The commercial traffic around me and impatient drivers that put their needs before my life.

Say something funny: I am going to reenact it for you. Imagine a self contained rider meeting one of our group.

“You cream puff, you and your ice and your ice chest. Patchoo (spits derisively over left shoulder). You disgust me…”

Cycling ambitions:I want to lead a ride, in my cycling club, The Western Wheelers.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: The cat will land on its feet, because you said the jam is strapped to the cat, thus the cat is the host and the jam the parasite.

MusicGloria Gaynor, I Will Survive

FilmApollo 13

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

George Lucas

Alan Greenspan

Ruth Ginsburg

Chris Rock

Tom Hanks

 

What would you serve: I would serve each their go to meal when they were in college.

 

Thanks Emily for the well thought out and telling answers to my stupid questions. Take care of yourself and keep on rolling.

Meet the Triangular Impalas 9

Tom writes:

It is now Karla’s turn, our grand forever young lady with the wicked sense of humour. (Even though I in all honesty don’t understand the lettuce joke she told here…) 🙂

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Name: Karla

Age: 76

From: Annapolis, Maryland

How I got into cycling: I cycled as a kid, but when I hit 40 I decided I wanted one with shift gears. At about the same time I attended a lecture about going on with your life. At that moment I decided that I wanted to ride my bike across the country.

Favourite moments when cycling: This whole trip even though I have hated parts of it.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate.

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: Feeling that I couldn’t do it in the beginning of this tour. Also having to walk up hills.

Say something funny: A man was in the grocery when two produce guys come in and one says to the other, “do you believe this asshole asked for half a head of lettuce”. The man turned around and said, “this gentleman ordered the other half”.

Cycling ambitions: None, but I want to do my old 22 mile ride and see how I fix it.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: The cat will always land on its feet.

Music: Everything by Creedence Clearwater Revival

FilmThe Graduate

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Barack Obama

My granny

My husband

What would you serve: Fried chicken

Karla, it has been an honour to get to know you. What you have done on this trip is an inspiration for anyone.

Take care of yourself.

Meet the Triangular Impalas 8

Tom writes:

Here he is, the man you have all been waiting for, the dear leader himself, Kim Jong Jared.

The man who has supported and torn his hair out for us for over two months without ever showing an iota of irritation or stress.

(I am sure he has felt some though…)

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Name: Jared

Age: 40

From: Minneapolis, Minnesota

How I got into cycling: I am a born again cyclist. Five years ago I got into commuting to work tand then got the idea of cycling from brother Jesic in LA to friend Susan in DC.

Favourite moments when cycling: A day on the Kankamagus pass, it was Sunday morning and I got up early for a tough day. I met lots of people and it was very friendly. A great view down the hill and to top it all I met some guys riding Harleys who I struck up a great conversation with.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: Last August when hit by car for the second time while trying to cycle across the country. It was in Forest Grove, Pennsylvania at a stop sign, hit by a hit and run driver.

Say something funny: Billy Goat Ace Eater Alligator One

Cycling ambitions: To make it across the country without getting hit by a car. To cycle 50 miles in every state.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: If you did it you would create a perpetual motion machine. You wil have discovered free energy.

Music: Awakenings by Michael Allen Harrison

Film: Fifth Element

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

Joel Hodgson

Penn

Teller

Isaac Asimov

My brother Jesec

What would you serve: I would take them to the Travail Restaurant in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

 

Thanks Jared. It has been a real pleasure getting to know you. Hope to see you down under some time in the future.

Meet the Triangular Impalas 7

Tom writes:

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeres Johnny! Our leader since Pueblo, Colorado gives his amazingly insightful answers to my impertinent questions.

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Name: Johnny

Age: 39

From: Los Angeles, home of Lax airport

How I got into cycling: I rode as a kid up to high school, bought a car and forgot about the bike until 2008. I was then asked to join my company’s triathlon team, even though I can’t swim and fell in love with the bike again.

Favourite moments when cycling: My first day riding in Spain to France. It was such a milestone, a new country and a new language, the only thing that kept me going was the bike.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate.

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: Not riding all the way to the Black Sea because my friend was fatigued. We weren’t having fun anymore and felt it was time to quit. I really wish I had made it.

Say something funny: What did the snail say on the back of a turtle? Weeeeeeeee!

Cycling ambitions: Go anywhere and everwhere possible with a bike. All  seven continents would be cool.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: I default to the jam side.

Music: “In Rainbows” by Radiohead

Film: Pulp Fiction

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

My dad

My mother

My sister

Both grandmothers

What would you serve: Mixed chinese vegetable dish

 

Thanks Johnny. Read all he has to say on the Milestone Rides blog. A bloody good read!

Meet the Triangular Impalas 6

Tom writes:

Next up in this never ending saga is Jack. Former basketball player and all round really nice bloke.

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Name: Jack

Age: 71

From: Grand Rapids, Michigan

How I got into cycling: I did triathlons in my 30’s, and when I couldn’t play basketball when I got older I got into it again and discovered I really liked it.

Favourite moments when cycling: Completing the Appalachians on this trip and figuring for myself that I could really do this.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: About seven years ago I decided to do a week long ride around Lake Michigan. I took a ferry to the other side and rode for two hours before getting two flat tyres, running out of tubes and discovering I had too much weight for the bike, I realised i was doomed and that my planning was all wrong. I ended up hitching back with the bike on a pick up. The guy who picked me up came back the next day and drove me to the ferry. I learned a lot about planning a trip and also how nice people could be.

Say something funny: Can’t do it off the top of my head.

Cycling ambitions: Ride a bike pass in every state.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: The cat lands on its feet.

Music: The Eagles, Hotel California

Film: Lord of the Rings

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

My wife and four kids.

What would you serve:

Macaroni pees and ham.

 

Thanks Jack. We did the macaroni pees with tuna on one of our cooking days together and it was delicious.

Keep on pedalling. 🙂

Meet the Triangular Impalas 5

Tom writes:

Here comes our temporary leader, Ron, who sadly is leaving us tomorrow after gallantly answering our distress calls after Christi’s injury. We decided to get a few words with him before he goes.

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Name: Ron

Age: 61

From: Norman, Central Oklahoma

How I got into cycling: Been doing it all my life.

Favourite moments when cycling: I rode in a preview ride of a mountain stage of the Tour de France. All the roads were closed off and people were shouting Allez Allez. It was really cool.

Cheese or chocolate?: Chocolate.

Biggest disappointment or negative moment when cycling: Any of my many crashes.

Say something funnyCornicupia.

Cycling ambitions: Ride up Mount Ventoux in France.

If  you were to strap a piece of bread and jam with the jam side up onto the back of a cat and drop it from a high building, how would it land?: The cat will always land on its feet.

MusicQueen and the album Night at the Opera

FilmField of Dreams.

Five people you would like to have at a dinner party:

Winston Churchill

Benjamin Franklin

Adolf Hitler

My father

Mahatma Gandhi

What would you serve: Pizza

 

Thanks Ron. It was great meeting you and hearing some of your stories. Have a great time biking around Europe this summer, which we know is the only reason why you aren’t continuing with us on this epic adventure.