Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers Day 2018

As far as I'm concerned, there is no better way to spend Fathers Day than going for a bike ride with the RetroKids. It was a hot one today - with temps up near 90ยบ - but that didn't stop us from getting out on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath for a ride and a picnic.

It wasn't that many years ago that I was towing them behind me on a tandem trail-a-bike, and a Burley trailer before that. Now they're on the edge of having outgrown these 24" wheeled bikes. Full-size adult bikes will be coming soon.
Having our lunch near a visitor center in the national park. This might be the only picture of me that has appeared in this blog. 

Retrogrouchy bike shot. Vintage Stumpjumper, circa 1983 - repainted several years ago in shocking green.
A well-loved Carradice Barley saddlebag, covered in Towpath badges. They used to offer a new badge for each year. I don't think they do that anymore.
A stop on the wooden boardwalk over a beaver marsh. The RetroKids always like to stop and look for turtles and blue herons.
The marsh was formed by beaver activity, but somehow we've never seen the beavers.

Ice cream sundaes with big piles of fresh fruit at Szalay's market in the heart of the national park.  An indispensable stop on any bike ride in the valley.

That's all for today - I hope all the fathers out there enjoyed their day as much as I did.


  1. Happy Fathers' Day, Brooks! Looks like it was a very good one!

  2. That's a good-looking machine, that old Stumpjumper. Reminds me of my ride, a vintage GT Timberline, in it's stock forest-green hue.

  3. No, there's a picture of you and somebody from Mercian outside their shop.

    Jim Townsend

    1. Ahh - you're right. And I'm in the group pictures from the Steelhead ride. I usually go out of my way to avoid putting pics of myself in the blog. I guess I should say "a rare picture of myself"