April 30th, 2018
6 degrees of Separation
Who? How? Where?
this is nearly the whole crew at the National Park across from St Mary’s Island... how’d we all get together?
it all started with this guy , Michael Feingold and his partner Diane.
Michael has a passion for traveling and for good friends. He has combined these two passions as an ambassador for the Upper Cape Ski and Bike Club.
This trip marks the 5 bike and barge he’s organized and he has 2 more trips scheduled this year. He’s taking a group from Amsterdam to Bruge in July and another group through Vermont during Leaf peeping season.
How did we fall into it? Michael came to one of my open houses and said...”you should really join us on one of our bicycling trips, they are a lot of fun”...
I called Mark from the open house, told him there was a cabin available for the next trip and he told me to “write the check”....
We had to become members of the club in order to go on the trip.
at some point another cabin became available and Mike asked if I knew anyone who may want to join us. I immediately thought of MARCY BOWDERS who was my assistant director at the Armed Services YMCA 30 years ago. She and I had kept in touch over the years, had traveled to the French Alps together on the spur of the moment and since North Carolina seemed so far away...meeting in Amsterdam seemed like a plausible place for a reunion. Had she been on a bike in 30 years? No! But I knew her well enough to know that would not stop her. She then asked her parents good friend Linda from Ohio to be her roommate....had Linda been on a bike in 30 years? No! But getting out of Ohio seemed like a good choice so she joined us in Amsterdam!
The fun doesn’t stop there.... Linda then raves about the trip to her cousin Michael from Florida who then meets us in Munich for the next trip. Michael is an athlete who raves about the trip to his friends at his Gym and he brings Debbie, Jan and Tony.
Jan and Debbie are seated in the center! Jan then invited Stefanie to her left...and well, you see how new friendships take shape!
so after 2 successful European bike and barge trips with Michael and his motley crew of adventure Travelors we then convince our best friends and longest friends Nancy and BRIAN Garner to join us on the trip...
Had they been on a bicycle? Nope!
so last year they joined us in Paris and rode to Epernay. We drank champagne and had a blast. Not sure they’d ever do it again...
but alas, it’s a great way to vacation! So here we are in front of the Monestary...
this “earn your dinner” vacationing is a blast.
The life long friendships are irreplaceable . The crazy joy of the reunions year after year. The indisputable fact that there is no room for whiners on a trip promising this kind of adventure. We are a crazy family of rag tag bicyclers who want to see the world a little differently...
So if you think you could handle this much fun...
join the Upper Cape Ski and Bike Club
because Ohio, Florida, North Carolina did!
Last year our friends Roger and Lynette from Australia joined us in Paris!
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