There have been some related items that have come to our attention which we would like to share with you at this time. The first is in regard to Chris Smedley, proprietor of Bicycle Shack . He has operated a reputable establishment in Grandview, Missouri for the last 30 years. His Longview Lake Ride has been popular with area cyclists for a number of years. Chris has lived and breathed bicycles for most of his life and he has certainly served the cycling community well.
Unfortunately in December Chris was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Needless to say, the battle with this disease is quite expensive. His family and friends have quite recently organized a ride to assist him with the mounting medical expenses. As this event coincides at precisely the same time as “Velocipede and Tweed – Indeed”, and none can attend both, we will be “passing the hat” to allow all those who wish to participate in a show of charity. Calvert Guthrie has graciously volunteered to say a few words on his behalf and see that the collection reaches the proper individual.
There is another individual we would like to bring to your attention. You may recall our Grand Marshall from last year, the venerable Wm. Poindexter. Bill was highly instrumental in making our inaugural event a smashing success. Realizing his talent for route orienteering he has moved on to a much larger expedition. He will be retracing the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail by bicycle, mapping out a suitable route for cyclists. This trek will cover over 700 miles and cross through portions of 9 states. We wholeheartedly endorse his endeavor and encourage others to do likewise.
Bill will be present at Velocipede and Tweed – Indeed! to chat about his plans, answer questions and solicit support for the trip. Additional information is available at http://cyclingw3r.blogspot.com/