Life is like riding a bicycle –
in order to keep your balance,
you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein
I’m freaky excited to be a guest at my sweet friend, Libby Hickson’s blog and to join her Tour de Craft. You already know Libby as one of our super über talented designers at Catered Crop, but you may not know what a huge fan she is of the Tour de France. To celebrate the 100th Tour, Libby’s gathered a few cycling, crafting crazies, you know, like me. Sign me up! – Anything for my Libby.
So many wonderful things in my life happened on a bike. And, I’m here to brag that I can out-ride Lance Armstrong.
Check it out. On Tuesday the Associated Press released this: “[Lance] Armstrong tells the Des Moines Register that he and staffers from his Austin, Texas-based bicycle shop will ride for ‘three or four days’ in RAGBRAI, an annual event sponsored by the newspaper that runs from the Missouri to Mississippi rivers.”
Well, shoot RAGBRAI isn’t a three or four day bike ride. It’s seven days, honey.
In 1980 my girlfriend Pat and I trained in hilly Southern Indiana and then joined 8,500 bicycle riders in RAGBRAI’s invasion of the small towns from the western border of Iowa to its eastern border. I admit (not to Lance, of course) I was a little nervous about that 100 mile day and the dreaded SAG wagon.
Thankfully, the wind was to our backs so all I had really had to do was just stay on my bike and pedal for the 100-mile day. Pat and I finished the rest of the seven-day, 500-some mile ride and lived to tell about it.
Really, Lance? “Three or four days” in RAGBRAI – what a whimp!
Tips & Techniques
The bicycle stamp I used isn’t very race like. It’s more my style – I ride to just enjoy the scenery and friends. I used yellow in honor of the Tour’s prized jersey. Because they’re attached with brads, the wheels really do spin.
I used this wonderful new-to-me Zippers Die from Papertrey Ink.
When someone pulls on the zipper, they’ll find this sentiment.
Here are the rest of the ingredients.
Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: Stampin’ Up! retired Classic So Saffron Classic Ink and Cardstock. The vintage sequins were gifted to me by a friend. I colored some stock glitter brads with Copic Marker E49 to match the paper. I purchased the Papermania paper pack and ribbon at Stamp Salado, my favorite local scrapbook store between Dallas and Austin.
In the spirit of full disclosure, RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) isn’t a competitive bicycle race. In 1980 one of the founders of the ride, John Karras, wrote: “It’s a Polish Wedding. It goes on for seven days with people eating, drinking, dancing, laughing, making love (I’m told), and generally having a good time. The reason it took me so long to figure it out is that I was distracted by all the bicycles.” He forgot to mention all the cookie and lemonade stands.
And, again, in the spirit of full disclosure, here’s what I looked like after staying on my bike for 100 miles.
Just keep pedaling.Pin It