Heading to 3 corners of the world

So at the conclusion of TrekWorld on Wednesday, which my brother Steve and my daughter Becky attended with me, it was an interesting scene at the airport. After all three of us first flew from Madison to Chicago, we then went in three different directions.

Steve joined up with his wife Teri and took a plane to Belgium, where they’ll be doing a Trek Travel trip. They love the Trek Travel trips; 100% no-hassle bike vacation. Just a tad bit different from what Kevin and I do!

Becky took a plane home to San Francisco. It felt odd seeing her off; like I was abandoning her. Obviously, at 28, she can take very good care of herself, without help from anybody else. Still, it felt a bit odd she was going one way, me another.

Which gets to the “me” part. As a member of the Board of Directors of the NBDA (National Bicycle Dealer Association), I had to be in Minneapolis to be part of an interview team that’s selecting our next Executive Director. In a nutshell, yesterday was a very, very, very long day. 3 candidates, interviews of about 2 hours, each one followed by about an hour and a half spent debating their suitability. Followed by a long evening in which the overall merits of each were discussed.

So that’s why you haven’t heard anything from me. I’ve been busy in a manner that defines an exhaustion you can’t compare to the toughest of bike rides, because those bike rides make you stronger, and this… it’s not something you ask for more of so you can become tougher yet.

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Back for a few days, time to fly again

Less than a week after returning to France it’s time to head to the Midwest, Wisconsin specifically, to see Trek’s dealer show. Most of the bike news has already been released (like the new Madone 9 aero road bike) but there will be plenty of other things to go over, and an opportunity to test-ride new product as well.

Kinda sucks though, getting into shape by riding 8 days in a row in France, and then coming back and losing out on a lot of regular riding! Hate that. Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ll wake up early enough before the flight to get out on a ride with Kevin. That’s the plan anyway!

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