Recently, I’ve gotten a few questions about my novel, ‘Wheeler’, and I have to say, I’m over the moon about it. It means people are reading it, not just those I’ve asked to review it!
The first question was about Bucknell. Out of all the universities out there, why did you have Mackenzie graduate from Bucknell?
Good question. The answer? Because of these four cyclists (that’s my husband in the Phillies shirt btw).
I’ve participated in the Sea Gull Century in Salisbury, Maryland since 2009 (except last year when it was cancelled). These four, two young women and two young men, passed my husband and I at mile 30 with a chant of: ‘Come on ride the train, the Bucknell train…’ We sprinted off and caught on their draft and for the next 70 miles (including two rest stops) we hung with them, making our first (and only) 5.5 hour century. [Although this year my friend, Bob and I came fairly close – if it weren’t for those pesky road closures and rain.]
Anyhoo, meeting those four has stuck with me ever since and I wanted to pay homage in some small way. Here’s to you, Bucknell Cycling Team from 2010, wherever you are. I don’t remember your names, and you probably don’t remember us (although having some big burly guy wearing a Pedro Martinez t-shirt could be memorable), but I thank you for the inspiration.