Tricycle Jim: A True Legend Emerges

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  1. If anyone can think of a mightier man, I want to meet him. I mean before our eyes we are watching a
    man, Jim Muellner, who, as I keep saying, is making a mockery of his 67 years. When you consider the
    fact that he built one hugely successful company and sold it, built the trike he is riding across
    the US, started yet another company to sell it and is loved by everybody because he loves them, who
    in our time has a more powerful story to tell? I mean this is the stuff of legends folks!

    In my own experience, even when I was in my early 20's on my first TransAm, I had barely enough
    energy to set up camp at the end of a riding day. It was a daily miracle for me to keep a journal.
    And yet here we have a man old enough to be a grandfather to many of his readers, making child's
    play of his own continental crossing. And he's doing so while riding 115 mile days and camping in
    graveyards and abandoned sheds, as he also pours out page after page of Pocket Mail reports and
    stays in touch with his business contacts, accepts interviews and processes the logistics of his
    many mayoral receptions on his cell phone. I don't think we should tell him the book he notes below,
    that has him so fired up, is just fiction. Tomorrow Des Moines will do its best to honor his efforts
    as he rides in with Jeff Longtin, Peter Borgen and the Reser brothers, Jeff and Jason!! Here Jim who
    rolled in yesterday, shares a few reflections:

    Hi everyone!

    So today I have a little time to reflect on the ride. Everyone has been kind and generous to me.
    However few people understand the need to cycle. Few really associate biking with health. They have
    been so totally hood winked by the automobile industry that they cannot imagine life without a car.

    With regard to another of life's necessities, yesterday as I was biking down from Baxter I met a
    group of cyclists going the same direction. I asked them if they had been to Grannies, "Oh no, we
    are going to McDonalds", they all said. I was saddened, that here was a lovely setting and they
    opted to leave it to go to a fast food joint rather than supporting their own local businesses. Soon
    all these individual restaurants will be gone. All food will taste the same regardless of where we
    are. Soon they will compress those little patties into pills so you don't have to waste time
    chewing. Someday at the rate we are going there won't even be any REAL whip cream. Life will hardly
    be worth living. So, I encourage you all to avoid fast food and support the unique places in your
    area so our lives remain rich with diversity.

    Today is laundry day finally. I have washed out my clothes almost every night, but today they are
    getting the royal laundromat treatment. I can feel the difference already, at least until I get to
    the first hill and the sweat comes rolling off.

    Have been reading "The Happy Isles of Oceania" by Paul Theroux. My ride is like a cake walk in
    comparison to some of the things he did. I am not sure paddling off into the sunset to strange
    islands would be my cup of tea.

    Thanks, Jim
    Local access to PocketMail mobile e-mail now available in Europe, North America & Australia

    btw: Jim's bike company is Just Two Bikes and he is riding in the 2bd Annyal
    Mayors' Ride

    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.

  2. The book by Theroux that is mentioned in this letter from Jim, according to many people who are
    familiar with Oceana, is fiction, even though it was intended to be a true-life travel diary. I
    challenge anyone to read Theroux's works and without seeing their categorical designation,
    determining which are fiction and which are non-fiction.

    Steve McDonald
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