Grand Island, NE Celebrates NBG and Mighty Jim after all!

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  1. This just in from Jim Muellner, here we see the size of one very Giant Man's will. Indeed an
    extremely well connected and well liked individual, Jim was not going to let a bike shop that was
    too busy keep Nebraska from being represented in our Mayors' Ride schedule. Especially not after we
    had rerouted from Omaha, last year's Nebraska proclamation city, to then build our west bound route
    around Grand Island. Despite the fact that we could have added cities in Missouri and Kansas, where
    we would have picked up two new states when we left Des Moines, it sounds like Jim made Nebraska
    worth our while after all!!

    What's all this saying? People everywhere want the National Bicycle Greenway! Even in the middle of
    America's heartland. And even if their bike businesses are too busy to market effective
    infrastructure for cycling, people everywhere know in their hearts that making it easier for people
    to ride a bike is the right thing to do!!


    Good morning you wonderful people:

    When you lest expect it everything turns up roses. Last night I stopped at the Dairy Queen in
    Columbus for a small blizzard. As soon as I sat down a fellow came over and said, "Saw you this
    morning 50 miles back", before he continued with the usual questions, "Where you heading" and etc.
    Then he invited me to the double header between Columbus and Schuyler at Pawnee Park right across
    the street, where he said I could also camp. I did not last to get the final, but I was impressed
    with the players, they looked professional, scouts take note.

    Pawnee Park is unique. It has stories of the folks who settled and fought here. They also have a
    collection of church bells that ring every 15 minutes. They weigh from 500 lbs to 2300 lbs. That
    helped me decide to look for a more remote camp site.

    They also have a new memorial to the World War II veterans, with a landing barge and a half dozen
    soldiers, very impressive. The train engine on display even has lights that go on. As I was shopping
    for the best site, I spotted a rose arbor that would have been fun to sleep under. But when I saw
    the little porch next to the swimming pool I opted for that. As I set up my gear, out of sight, a
    couple of local kids, who must have used it as their play area rode through and I scared the devil
    out of them. They came back a couple times to hassle
    me. I really just wanted to talk to them, but they must have been frightened.

    Slept well and never even heard the final cheers for the games.

    This morning Officer Bryan Heusinkvelt, on his bike, escorted me 15 miles out of town and shared
    some interesting facts about himself. He is married and has 4 children, the oldest is 11. His wife
    is a homemaker, which he really likes. He works for the Columbus Neb. police dept where he switches
    between bike and car patrolling. He said the bike patrolling was very effective. He also does some
    triathlon events. It was wonderful to have his company. He pushed me a little to 13 or 14 mph, where
    he often goes 18 mph average. It was fun.

    I needed breakfast and as I cycled into Silver Springs lo and behold there was K.J.'s Cafe on Vine
    St. What a great find and breakfast.

    The sun is shining, the wind is less, life is good.

    I am only 35 miles out from Grand Island, so thanks to my wonderful, smart and resourceful
    connections I will have a proclamation from the Mayor to pick up. What more could I want?

    Just stopped in Central City and a woman suggested I wait a minute so she could ask the press to
    come down and interview me. Can you believe it? Three interviews the last week! What is there about
    the Midwest? Well maybe they are craving for some news. Even an old biker is news. And yet there
    again, bikers don't get old they just pedal away.

    Now the clincher, as I biked into Grand Island, two reporters, one from Channel 5 and one from the
    newspaper are there to take shots as I cycle to the front door of city hall. They even wired me for
    sound while they interviewed me. It was one of the most thorough interviews I have had.

    Then Renee Edwards, the City Clerk and Steve Paustian, Head of Parks And Recreation presented me
    with the Proclamation from Mayor Jay Vavricek.

    The whole event was filmed by Channel 5.

    It was exciting.

    Now I am going to enjoy a great meal and for desert bike another 20 or 30 miles.

    It has been a wonderful exciting day. I don't know if I can handle all the personal appearances
    and pressure.

    Love to all, Jim

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    If you want to start from the beginning and/or follow Jim our other NBG relay riders as they move
    forward in the National Mayors' Ride at <>, point to
    their blog at <>. All of this
    excitement will al be consummated at the second annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest

    btw: If you want to become a rider, we N E E D you!! Go to
    <>, to find out how!! btw2: We
    have pictures from the various ride legs on line at btw3: If you want to see who these
    cyclists are, go to <>.

    MARTIN KRIEG: "Awake Again" Author c/o 79 & 86 TransAms, nonprofit Nat. Bicycle
    Greenway CEO Ever wanted anything so bad U were willing to die for it? Really die? By moving thru
    clinical death and reversing paralysis, *I saw God* when I answered that question.

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