Chael MacAurthur-Fellow Rider (guest blog)

Cross Blogged from Chael MacAurthurs blog Keep The Cycle Going

Chael helps Brad fix up his bike in Portland, ME

Chael’s Mission:

In July 2011, I will be pedaling my recycled bike from Portland, ME, USA, to Codroy Valley, Newfoundland, Canada. Along the way, I will be offering three different workshops focusing on the cycles of one planet living and two-wheeled motion.

The goals of this project are:

1. To inspire people to explore the wonder and wisdom of the natural world using the power of pedals and the strength of imagination.
2 To Empower people to ride bikes by providing the skills necessary to confidently and safely use their bicycles for transportation, fitness, and fun.
3. To share the joy of cycling with new friends.

The workshops are open to people of all ages and cycling abilities. Depending on the workshop, you can learn a variety of skills from how to convert that old department store bike into a touring machine, to the five essential S’s of a shoreline sit spot. More information on workshops can be found on the workshops page.

“I woke on that porch sticky with sweat and awed by bird song and sung light.  With care and caution, i left my aboud pedaled to Fort Paul Park where I met with John from the Maine Cycling Coalition as well as a group of inspired university students participating in a project called Climate Summer.

In brief, is a summer internship program for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders that are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities.

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of working with John from Maine CC to offer the Longin’ The Saddle Cycle Skills workshop to Climate Summer.  The workshop was fun and afterwards Keep The Cycle Going and Climate Summer had the pleasure of sharing eachothers stories, adventures and ideas about how to engage communities in action around climate change.

Later in the day, all three groups (yes, I consider myself a group now) came together to set up a bike valet parking station for the 4th of July celebrations.  With the help of our friend Fred, we erected a great bike wheel arch, hung flags and set up racks.

Not long after, fireworks exploded in the sky just as the 1812 overture did that thing it does where you expect the sound of a canon.  They continued long into the night lasting long enough for the orchestra to play 6 more songs and bid the crowd farewell.  It was, I assure you, the longest fire works display in the country.  I am not exactly sure of the duration as I left when I could no longer see the fireworks because of the haze.  Still, the masses applauded as lengthy booms erupted behind pillars of white smoke.

Da     dadada  dada dum dum da [BOOM]

I write this post from the basement of the Unitarian Church in Portland, Maine.

Keep Those Pedals Pushing

Chael

Tomorrow – north”

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