Biking for Books … All the Way Across the Country

Rich McKinless believes books are the way to open the windows of the world to children. So he spent the summer pedaling across America to raise awareness and money for literacy. McKinless, 57, of Arlington, Va., ended a 4,351-mile, “sea to shining sea” cycling journey on Sept. 28 and raised more than $45,000 for First Book, a nonprofit that provides access to new books for children from low-income families. He became acquainted with the organization while working at audit and …

Great Ideas for Great Places: Cycle Tracks!

Welcome to my series, Great Ideas for Great Places! I’ll highlight the innovative, creative and even downright quirky ideas happening that make homes and communities great places to live. If you have an idea to share, please feel free to tell me all about it at the Livable Community Story page! As you may know, there has been an increase in the number of people riding bikes. Some folks ride for health, some for fun, some to get around town and …

Were Lance Armstrong’s Lies Justified?

Betrayed. That’s the only way to express the feelings I have as I track Lance Armstrong’s “process of confession.”  In fact, I was so upset I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Oprah interview last night, which, in addition to “coming clean” had to include some justification for why he spent nearly two decades lying, attacking his denouncers and systematically deceiving a community of cycling supporters and fans. (I am one of them.) I am an avid cyclist.  I cycle …

Distance: 3,000 Miles. Average Age: 70. Goal: Fun.

Action movies are popular, duh! Lots have ‘Specialist Team’ centered character dynamics. The Leader. The Toughguy. The Plucky Young Recruit. Only this isn’t about an action movie. And the youngest guy on the team is 68 and is an accomplished motocross competitor. This is about endurance as much as about skill. In the mind of this team, it is about passion for health, fitness and cycling. A team of gentlemen have come together to do the Race Across America – …