Barney has been a busy biking bird. The week of July 4th he rode 210 miles and reached 10,500 miles of riding. In a funny coincidence on the 6th of July, just 2 days after US Independence day I met a tired looking fellow on the New Berlin Rec Trail on the way home from work. I could spot him as a long distance biker from his equipment. I asked if he would like to come to supper and he said yes and he told me his name was George and he was from the UK and doing an around the world bike trip. I called my wife with the standard 5 minute warning that I was bringing a tired, hungry, and smelly biker home. As usual she was very thrilled :)
After a refreshing shower George joined us for supper and told us about his trip, we did a little shopping for some snacks and we invited him to stay the night. He has been mostly camping along the route and said it was the best nights sleep he had for a number of weeks.
The next morning Barney and I rode west with him for about 12 miles thru Waukesha and onto the Glacial Drumlin Trail and said Godspeed a bit east of Wales.
We asked George to share a bit about his trip so far, and he had a few interesting things to say. One comment he had was "For an American, 100 years is a long time, for a European, 100 miles is a long distance."
He also noted "When you are cycling around the world you get to meet a lot of veteran cyclists. I didn't expect one to take the form of a parrot however. Barney is one of the most colorful characters I've met on the road both figuratively and literally!"
Godspeed George, you can visit his web site at http://www.expeditioncycle.org/
Lastly, Rebecca our youngest daughter did a portrait of Barney as a birthday present for me. We have framed it and it is in my office.
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