Welcome Assistance

Tim told you about the wonderful help we got at Berlin Bicycle. Below are a few photographs to illustrate what happened.

Our rest day offers time to reconsider our need for repairs. After a phone call to Bruce Miller, we ride back down the road to his shop.


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Bruce looks at the chain and confirms the diagnosis. We have stretched the chain (which isn’t surprising because our tricycle is 10 years old, and we’re not sure if we have ever replaced it). Bruce has the parts we need so he takes the back wheel and chain into the shop.

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Before we even think about what we might do while Bruce works, a velomobile pops in for a quick visit. I never learn the driver’s name but do find out that the vehicle has a battery for assists when needed, that it weighs about 100 pounds, and that the driver is going to ship it to Oregon later this summer for a cross-country ride home with a group of similar vehicles. I get to think what everyone else says to us, “I’ve never seen anything like this before!”

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After a bit more time for Shakuhachi practice and blog additions, Bruce puts the wheel back together again – with a new cluster and shiny new chain (actually several chains combined). Test rides and a bit more adjustment follow and we are ready to say goodbye. Thanks so much to Bruce and his wonderful staff. We are ready for many more miles of riding!

You can see from Tim’s posts that we arrived on Block Island today. I will continue to post the rest of our trip from Cromwell to Block Island – at a more leisurely pace than the one Tim has set.

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Susan C. Larkin

Most of the time I take close-ups of plants—especially seed pods and other remnants left after the plant has flowered. Sometimes my close-ups change. So far, hands and abandoned machinery have pulled me away from plants.

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