Jim Muellner, 67, may trike to all the Mayors, ++++

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  1. It is wonderful to be in on the creation of something, see it used, and then walk away and smile at
    it. -- Lady Bird Johnson

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    1) About today's quote
    A) Just Two Bikes Jim Muellner (67 years old!) may ride the whole US!
    B) Jim Redd's killer Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest page
    C) Jim to ride Just Two Bikes performance trike that fits in a suitcase
    D) If all goes according to plan, Just 2 Bikes to introduce water bent at Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest
    E) Denise Hill Pulls DC Riders, Sponsor, etc together - to ride to Columbus (after DC to
    F) Jim Redd's killer banner image
    G) Bubba meets with Dan Trevas -- Columbus to work its magic
    H) Added Jeff Stephens and Jim Muellenr's pix to Mayors Ride Schedule
    I) Rail Trail booth at Fest
    J) Velda Solomon goes inactive
    K) Earth Day Kowabunga
    - Coastal Rail Trail Ground Swell
    - Assemblyman John Laird to pump Rail Trail at Fest
    - Sierra Club Connect
    - "Connection" magazine connect
    - Juicycle Crowds
    - Etc

    1) Though many of us here may not have agreed with her husband's politics, the Lady Bird did bring
    some light to the Oval Office. A woman who really should have been in front of LBJ instead of
    behind him, her words form the basis of the detachment principle taught by many of the world's
    spiritual doctrines. Here she is suggesting a way to create a thing of beauty while not invoking
    any of the pitfalls that can come from then trying to own it.

    In the high Tibetan Alps, the Buddhist monks practice this awareness every summer. It is there that
    they use colored sand to create beautiful mandalas made out of complex and intricate patterns. And
    every year once the tourists have gone for yet another season, they celebrate as they smear their
    creations back into the nothingness with their feet.

    For the monks this is a hands on way of understanding that we own nothing of the world. Just as
    we come in with nothing and we leave with nothing, everything in between needs to be viewed with
    the same level of detachment. This is not to say that we should not put our total best foot
    forward to actualize any of our dreams. But it is to say that in order to fully experience the
    joy of living that we must be able to smile at a thing in full appreciation knowing that it can
    never be ours to keep.

    Toward this end, my professional psychic friend, Zev Ben-Yakov offers us this insight:

    One day some people came to the master and asked: How can you be happy in a world of such
    impermanence, where you cannot protect your loved ones from harm, illness & death? The Master
    held up a glass and said: Someone gave me this glass, and I really like this glass. It holds my
    water admirably and it glistens in the sunlight. I touch it and it rings! One day the wind may
    blow it off the shelf, or my elbow may knock it from the table, I KNOW THIS GLASS IS ALREADY

    And it is in this context that I see our soon upcoming ride as exciting and real. And I hope you,
    like me, are ready to throw it all away. This as we see it as just one of the many fun stepping
    stones that will bring us the resources and awareness needed to actualize the far more grandiose
    vision we hold for the National Bicycle Greenway. Onward we roar!!!!!

    A) Jim Mullner of Just Two Bikes <http://JustTwoBikes,com>, might just be the glue that holds all of
    our relay together by riding every mayors' reception all the way to us here in Santa Cruz. Talk
    about newsworthy!! First we'll likely have a woman riding all the way to Columbus, Denise Hill
    (and she sez she'll even keep us stoked with Pocket Mail reports as per (E) below), and now maybe
    even a (big power) senior might be doing the whole thing. Talk about empowering for all those who
    sit behind a TV and watch life happen!!

    Jim, who rode from Indianapolis to Chicago for us last year as per
    <http://www.bikeroute.com/SCNBGFest/ChicRecep.html>, burns pretty hot up in White Bear Lake,
    Minnesota. At 67 years old, he's starting a second career and a second successful business. If
    you've ever rented a cart to move your suitcases around in an airport, you have Jim and the
    business he ran, Smart Carte, to thank. He sold that business a few years ago to create something
    that better aligned with his jolly personality. He started making side by side comfortable
    recumbent bicycles through his company Just Two Bicycles. As added testimony to his desire to sell
    fun, besides his side by side (which can also be split apart to run as separate bikes), and the
    trike we'll talk about
    Aa (A) below, his company is putting the finishing touches on a kit that will turn Hobee Cat
    sailboats into pedal powered watercraft. For less than what it would cost to replace worn
    sails and all the rigging! Here is a prototype:
    <http://www.BikeRoute.com/NBGPix/Just2WaterBike.jog>. Wow - we have a true revolutionary
    taking our ride to a whole new level!!

    B) One can't use the word revolutionary without including Jim Redd (or our other web developers Jody
    Fitch or Andrew Morton, for that matter) in the same breath. Jim who is leaving for a vacation in
    Ecuador with his wife Marshia in just a couple of days has been busy tieing up loose ends.
    Besides laying brick at his innovative new bike restaurant, the Handlebar
    <http://www.handlebarchicago.com>, and a whole host of other jobs, he found time to pump out, as
    he had promised, a new web page for our Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. Too Phenomenal:
    <http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/Events/Festival/indextest.php>. When you get there, you
    will get a sneak preview of the overall look of the all new web pages we have been working on at
    NationalBicycleGreenway.com !!

    C) As I said in (A) above, the bike Jim will be riding is a Just Two Bikes trike. And get ready for
    this. With three 20" wheels and weighing in at under 44 pounds, the whole machine breaks down to
    fit inside of a suitcase. A suitcase that you can bring on a plane as regular luggage!! A
    suitcase that also breaks down to travel *with* the bike not behind it!! And since from his Smart
    Carte business, Jim knows the needs of travelers, he also made sure that this trike which steers
    when you lean would roll through hotel doors. Built of the highest quality components available,
    the Raven, as they call it, was also made durable enough so that it would hold up to long bike
    trips as Jim will be proving to us this summer!!

    D) If all goes according to plan, Just 2 Bikes will the introduce the pedal powered watercraft we
    talked about in (A) above at our second annual Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. Whether or not he and
    his company are satisfied that their pedal boat is ready will determine whether they will come
    out from Wjhite Bear Lake for our show. Because Santa Cruz is right on the ocean, they feel that
    our city represents the kind of built in market that will make it worthwhile for them to also
    come out here with the rest of their product line!

    E) Denise Hill has been very active over these last few weeks in preparation for her part in the DC
    to Pittsburgh relay. Not only has she gotten all the riders in contact with one another so they
    can work out schedules and the like, begun getting herself familiarized with her Pocket Mailer
    (so she can be the lead group scribe) and been working with our send off sponsor and DC Bike to
    Work Day Sponsor City Bikes <http://citybikes.com>, but she has also found time in her work week
    to visit the DC offices of Congressmen Sam Farr and James Oberstar. Here's a picture of this non
    stop dynamo kissing her bike in her DC office: <http://www.BikeRoute.com/NBGPix/DeniseHill.jpg>.

    F) Fueled by a moment of inspiration, Jim Redd threw a new image into the ring for our new web page.
    It totally ROX!! And as such, because it doesn't fit into the navigation structure of the page
    Jody Fitch has been slaving on, all of us scratching our heads as we try to figure out where to
    go from here. If we run with it, it means that all of the work Jody has done to date will have to
    be almost completely overhauled. Here is what Jim threw at us:
    <http://www.cyclechicago.org/ginwaving.jpg>. When you get a look, you will see why we are in such
    a quandary. We welcome your input!! Most importantly what do you think of the picture? Are there
    women who don't like it? And why?

    G) Not only is Pittsburgh going to be much alive as you have been seeing in these newsletters but
    THX to Dan Trevas, the Communications Director for the city of Columbus, and Jeff 'Bubba'
    Stephens, our RAAM racer NBG powerhouse out that way, the barns will truly be burning by the time
    we get there as well (on May 9th)!! Jeff and Dan struck a deal. They agreed what they would do
    what each of them does best. While Bubba agreed to get a worthy bike crowd together to ride in to
    City Hall with he and David Huggins Daines, Dan agreed to use his connections to publicize the
    police bike escort and the luminaries he will have assembled for Jeff and David's arrival!! And
    experience has shown that people put out for these guys!!

    H) If you want to see what Bubba (everyone who knows him, calls him that because they know he loves
    them and vica versa) looks like, we now have his picture at our Mayors' Ride. The loveable Jim
    Muellner is also pictured there: <http://www.bikeroute.com/NationalMayorsRide>.

    I) We've been talking about a Coastal Trail for a while now. And yet we can use our Santa Cruz NBG
    Bike Fest to get it out of the mode of mere words. I mean the county hasn't even bought the rail
    line yet as we saw in here last week as per
    <http://www.BikeRoute.com/MayorFestNews/4-21-03.html#Anchor-6296>. And so I say we get back out
    in front of the push to make this a reality. I say that instead of waiting to see if Capitola
    City Councilman, Dennis Norton, comes up with a booth for our festival (or a web site for the
    internet) that we get the ball rolling ourselves.

    Who will help get an info booth together for this at our Festival? As well, you will have many tools
    at your disposal. Besides the 25 big city mayoral proclamations supporting a National Bicycle
    Greenway beginning in Santa Cruz, local political representatives will also be on hand to pitch for
    it as well!

    Who also will help us get a web page together? We can make this the local theme of our Santa Cruz
    festival -- Momentum for the Coastal Rail Trail!!

    J) Velda Solomon, a Sacramento powerhouse who you saw us talk about a lot last year, tuned in last
    week to say that she is going inactive. Seems her husband's shoulder injury is not healing as
    fast as they would have liked and now with boys headed off to college, they are finding that
    their resources are getting depleted to a a threatening level. Velda did say, however, that she
    will throw some time at our Sacto reception if any becomes available. Let's hope that Carol
    Stubbs, the fiery Sacramento Mayor's scheduler and Gold Country Cyclery
    <http://www.tandems-recumbents.com> and John Hockenbury of the Sacramento Wheelman can fill in
    the huge gap left vacant here......

    K) Instead of rewriting (I) above, I left it intact in order to give our Earth day presence some
    perspective.The gods must have been listening over the last few weeks because at yesterday's
    Festival, Mike Dalby and Bob Riley were there manning an info table for the Coastal Rail
    Trail, And they even have a work in process web site up <http://santacruztrail.org> that
    details this important vision and Mike tells me that meetings are on the immediate horizon
    once again as well!!

    Local state assemblyman, John Laird, who I have kept in sporadic contact with over the years stopped
    by our booth for a brief period. I asked him if he would make a presentation on behalf of the Rail
    Trail at our August Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. He said he'd love to ! He just needs me to clear the
    date with his office!

    I also connected with George Jamal, the executive director of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Sierra
    Club <http://ventana.sierraclub.org>. A long time reader of our newsletters, he was very receptive
    to having a presence at our 8/17 Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest. He and I talked about the transportation
    component of the Sierra Club and he told me the reason we don't hear a big denunciation from them
    about local issues such as a path through Arana Gulch or the widening of Highway One is because they
    don't have enough volunteers working in that part of their organization. If you want to find out how
    you can help in this regard as fortified by the powerful Sierra Club name, address an email to
    George's attention at: [email protected]

    Patty Mills, the publisher of the Connection magazine, stopped by our booth. She told me that there
    is still time to develop a program that will feature our event. In terms of a promotional strategy,
    we had planned on letting our exciting Mayors' Ride do a lot of that work for us. But if we can get
    a strong and growing regional publication to help us get the word out there --- WOW!! I plan to talk
    to Patty this week!

    Woody's Juicycle <http://juicycle.com> was the star of the show as he went thru 25 lbs of carrots
    and bunches of beets as he helped pedal for juice on and off throughout the day. Wes Anthony took a
    shift manning the booth and Faye Saunders not only helped us trailer the booth to San Lorenzo Park
    (we took two trailers) but she helped us to get it set up and broken down!!

    We made a lot of great contacts. And put forward a good face for the National Bicycle Greenway as
    per <http://www.BikeRoute.com/NBGPix/EarthDay2003.jpg>. And when I get this newsletter out I can
    relax with a bike ride to the post office!! Yahooo!!!!

    MARTIN KRIEG: "Awake Again" Author c/o BikeRoute.com 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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