Just over a year ago, I posted on the PPSP blog that I would be taking a pause in my Poky Pedaling Stevens Point activities due to a number of personal issues. Topmost was my frequent travel to Los Angeles to visit my Dad, who had a variety of health issues including dementia.
A few weeks ago on December 12, as I was by his side, my Dad passed away.
Visiting my Dad on his 90th birthday last year
In the past three years, I made 16 trips to visit him. During this time, his health varied considerably. Although there was no consistent pattern overall, over the past 9 months I felt that his brain function was steadily diminishing. During my trip this past September, he didn’t seem able to remember anything about anything.
Despite this, he seemed generally comfortable, he continued to eat very well, and his health was relatively stable although he had symptoms indicating very poor blood circulation. I had concerns about his quality of life, but I did feel it was still on the positive side. Continue reading
After a great deal of self-reflection, I have decided to take a pause for 2017 in my Poky Pedaling Stevens Point activity.
My decision means that it is unlikely there will be any Poky Pedals next year. It also means that if I post at all to the PPSP blog over the coming year, such posts will likely be infrequent. The PPSP website, including all past blog posts and other accumulated information, will remain available online.
The pragmatic rationale for my decision stems from a collection of personal issues, several of which have drawn significant amounts of my time and energy over the past few years. In the recent past, these have prompted me to scale back my PPSP activity in hopes I could find a suitable sustainable balance.
Unfortunately, scaling back did not go far enough. As a result, I feel it is best for me at this time to take a pause. This has been a difficult decision, but I am satisfied that it is the right decision for me at this time.
I am not ready to say what may or may not happen beyond 2017. That is for me to consider at a future time. Continue reading
The just completed fifth season of Bike Fun with Poky Pedaling Stevens Point again provided a variety of slow themed urban bicycle rides for the enjoyment of all Poky Pedalers. Before we all start preparing for the colder weather to come, let us review some highlights from all the Bike Fun shared with PPSP over the past several months. Continue reading
Yesterday on a cloudy yet pleasantly cool day, nine Poky Pedalers shared Bike Fun on the Maple Ride. As always, the Maple Ride celebrated the onset of fall by seeking out streets named “Maple”, in whole or in part.
This year, the Maple Ride took a route through the village of Plover. Starting from Little Plover River Park, we took a route that skirted the west end of Springville Pond, after which we generally travelled southeast. Poky Pedalers enjoyed riding on calm streets through many lovely neighborhoods. Yet as we turned south on the Hoover Ave sidepath and crossed busy Plover Rd at a signal, we still had not encountered a single “Maple”. Continue reading
Our final Poky Pedal of 2016 is coming up this Saturday. The Maple Ride will offer a bit of Bike Fun to celebrate our passage into the fall season.
The Maple Ride will meet on Saturday September 24 at 12:45 PM in Little Plover River Park near the tennis courts. As always, the Maple Ride is our annual opportunity to seek out streets named “Maple”, in whole or in part. This year, our route will take us on calm streets and non-motorized paths through scenic neighborhoods in Plover. Continue reading
On Sunday, Point Area Bicycle Service held the third annual Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza. John Pawlak, the mastermind behind the BAE, told me that approximately 250 people participated. Adventurers rode around Stevens Point for about three hours looking for checkpoints and objects that allowed their teams to accumulate points. The finish destination was at Lakeside Bar, where an after-party with food, beverages, and live music awaited the Adventurers. Continue reading
The 3rd annual Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza organized by John Pawlak of Point Area Bicycle Service is taking place this Sunday. PPSP is collaborating with PABS on the BAE by organizing one small piece of this event: the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament.
Sunday will provide a massive amount of Bike Fun. I will first give an overview of what the BAE is all about before giving a few details about the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament. Continue reading
After an overcast and damp morning, conditions Wednesday became downright pleasant for our Poky Pizza Pedal. Eight Poky Pedalers shared pizza-themed Bike Fun as blue sky gradually emerged from between the clouds.
We met at Point Area Bicycle Service where we learned about the Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza that PABS is putting on this Sunday. As part of that event, I will be staging the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament. Look for a blog post shortly to learn more about this upcoming event. Continue reading
[Weather update Tue 10 AM: It looks like the weather will cooperate for our Poky Pizza Pedal. The forecast for Wednesday indicates that any rain should end early in the day. After 5:30 PM, temperatures should be in the mid-70’s with mostly cloudy skies and less than a 20% chance of rain. Wednesday shapes up to be a nice evening for sharing Bike Fun.]
Poky Pedalers have another opportunity to share Bike Fun this Wednesday on the Poky Pizza Pedal. Combining two of everyone’s favorite things, bicycling and pizza, the popularity of these Poky Pedals should come as no surprise.
The Poky Pizza Pedal meets on Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 PM at Point Area Bicycle Service (1311 Strongs Ave in downtown Stevens Point). Veterans of past Poky Pizza Pedals should note that our meeting time is 15 minutes later. Continue reading
This past Saturday, nine Poky Pedalers enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon riding through scenic neighborhoods while ding-dinging our bike bells on the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride. We had to wait a couple of weeks beyond the original schedule due to a personal health issue, so having a pretty day for our delayed Bike Fun was much appreciated.
The theme behind the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride was to chime a chorus of bike bells each time we rode upon a street whose name starts with the letter “P”. Over our 12-mile ride, we discovered that an unusually large number of street names in Stevens Point start with the letter “P”. Continue reading