I’ve had the thought that I would ride my bike on the Tour Divide every summer as long as I was able to do so. Being in my mid-60’s, I knew there would be one day that I wouldn’t be able to. With my good friends Hal Russel and Rick Ashton in their 70’s still riding from Banff AB, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico along the Continental Divide, I didn’t know if I’d ever catch them - age wise.
I’m not sure where I came across the saying #outsideisfree, but I like it. On trips up the turnpike to Kansas City, I typically stop at the Bazaar Cattle Crossing to take a photo looking south. The higher elevation of the stop is a perfect place to view the Flint Hills. It’s amazing how every trip to the spot is different than the previous time through, even if it was just a few hours. On social media, I use the tags #mostscenicspotonearth #Kanzaprairie and #outsideisfree, which all pretty much describe the spot.
Who doesn’t remember Jack LaLane, commonly referred to as the Godfather of Fitness? I remember watching him on TV years ago, showing us how workout in our homes. It seems that Jack was a pioneer of incorporating nutrition into fitness and informing the general public of how eating a proper diet could change your life. Well, you should meet my friend Matt Smith. He’s what I’d call the Godfather of Fitness Today. An avid cyclist, Matt rides single speed bikes, or bikes with only 1 gear. A fitness fanatic, he also uses sledge hammers from estate sales for his workouts. Oh, and he's a health nut, as he eats mostly non-processed food.