Giving and Receiving

Written by: Dave Perry 

It is a beautiful day today just west of Buffalo, NY on the Fuller Bike Adventure. I’m stuck at the second rest stop for now as my bottom bracket seized up, and I can’t turn my pedals.  I’ve been interested in vintage bikes lately. This one really has been working great, but now it needs some serious help.

I’ve just been informed that it is my turn to contribute to the blog. My response was that I was not interested in writing one.  As I haven’t bothered to read any of them, then why would I want to write one?  That was not the right answer, so here goes. My first step was to look up the definition of blog, and the one I liked the best came from the Urban Dictionary.  “A meandering, blatantly uninteresting online diary that gives the author the illusion that people are interested in my stupid pathetic life”.   That may sound like I’m “dissing” my fellow riding bloggers, but I don’t mean to do that at all. I’m just saying that blogging is not really my thing.

So at this point you should not expect much. I will say that I’m about halfway through my second week, and I’m really enjoying the trip. The riding is fine but I can do that at home.  The parts I’ve liked the best are hanging out with my fellow team members and visiting the different churches.  I’ve helped on two builds, and I felt good about giving a small amount of assistance. However, I feel that I’ve received much more than I’ve given. All of the people at the churches have been extremely generous and kind.  Also, I really like the way all on the FCBA team pitch in and work together.  Everyone is assigned a job and completes it with a great attitude and no complaints (except for me regarding blogging).

I just got in the van and I’m on the way to the bike shop. Again I’m on the receiving end with the SAG team going out of their way to help me. I appreciate it and hopefully my bike will get fixed so I can get back on the road again. I have to stop in Syracuse, so I’ve got a few more days to hang out with all the nice people I’ve met and maybe a few more hard rides.



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