Today we hung out in Baker City, Oregon while carefully following our Recovery Rules. There was a museum nearby where we learned that the inventor of the Airstream travel trailer, Wally Byam, was born in Baker City.
Dad and Bicycles
Dad purchased a 5 speed bicycle around 1967. It was the first derailleur bicycle in Kalona, Iowa (population around 1,300). He used it to ride to work which was less than 1/2 mile way.
About a year later I purchased a 5 speed Schwinn bicycle with my lawn mowing money. I was around 12 years old. Dad and I made plans to ride our bikes to Frytown, Iowa where my maternal grandparents lived. It was a 7-mile ride on gravel roads because the paved highway had lots of traffic and no shoulders.
We were riding there for a big Sunday fried chicken lunch with all of our relatives. When we arrived, Grandma thought that Dad was crazy. She said to Dad, “You are too old to be riding a bicycle this far in this heat. It is not good for your heart!” She didn’t say it in a mean way, but out of a genuine concern for his health. Dad was in his mid 30’s. Little did she know (or anyone else) that Dad was going to be bitten by the bicycle bug.