Hey everyone, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means. It’s driving season – time to get gouged at the gas pump. We’re getting close to 4 bucks a gallon over here (lucky for me, I run on recycled veggie oil, which is still free). Industry execs say they don’t know what’s going on, while analysts predict a 6 dollar gallon before the year is up. So while you’re stewing in your hoopty because you’ve Shelled (ha!) out an Exxorbitant (ha-ha!) amount on gas to sit still on a snarled and overheated expressway, en route to Aunt Gladys’ cookout, remember: there is another way!
Get on your bike! Use your legs for fuel and feel the breeze in your face. You don’t have to be Lance Armstrong to ride a bike, you just have to have a bike and a desire to have a little fun. And, in case you missed it, here’s a little taste of the fun bikes bring.
The pictures were taken at Redbones 13th Annual Bike Benefit. There were a ton of cool bikers and cool bikes, some great food and some great prizes. All the bike characters were out and having a blast talking about bikes and showing off their new rides. Some people even won new rides! And what will those lucky winners do with their new bikes?
The same thing you should do – get ready to ride in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon. It’s coming soon – June 8th – but you can start training now. The Bike-A-Thon’s bigger and better this year, with the Green Roots festival for an after party, tons of riders, tons of cool speakers and three ride lengths to choose from. Of course, all the money you raise (see how many sponsors you can get) goes to a very worthy cause – helping Bikes Not Bombs teach people how to use bikes in order to promote peace and stewardship of the Earth, across Boston and the rest of the world.
When you’re done with that ride it’s time to start thinking about the 270 mile ride from Boston to New York to raise money for research to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). It’s called the Tri State Trek, and it’s not for the novice rider. It is for a very worthy cause, however, and it looks like a very fun 3 day ride. It kicks off July 18th and so you should start thinking about it (and start training). More on the Trek soon…
So there you have it folks. The answer to all your gas related problems is right here: bikes! Ride your bike! Pull it out of the basement, get it tuned up, and get going. You’ll feel better, your wallet will feel better and you might even make a little difference in the world. Peace.