I haven't traveled much but I will. Serendipity seems to step in front of me a bunch. I must be open to it or something. Whatever the case, it stepped if front of me again last night.
Andy Levine is a friend, touring cyclist and fellow Kents Hill Alum. http://www.kentshill.org/page.aspx?pid=472. The Hill shaped a lot of who I am today. Its a special place to me and I try to maintain close ties. Andy graduated a 'few' years after me so we hadn't met until a school event in Boston's Back Bay a couple years ago. We've been good buds ever since. Andy is the is the founder of DuVine Adventure; a high-end bike touring company for the Uber crowd. http://www.duvine.com/ . He started Duvine with nothing but his bike, cut offs' and a dream. 17 years later he does it better than anyone and is loving life.
Yesterday he posted this on Facebook "
he would. A few minutes later he also forwarded this promo to lube me up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49vHNBPTys&feature=youtu.be......and it worked!
When Andy and I connect our chat always migrates to high imagery around elegant bike tours. Scouting them, running them, the people you meet, the wine etc. Andy overlays all of it with a peppering of snippets like. 'Pfff... dude you've got to do this....Are you kidding me right now Bro, this is your thing'....and like that. It's not that I haven't been interested. It's been more a question of timing, just timing and some positional stuff. Regardless, it's been an ongoing conversation, similar to a friendly game of chess played when moves are made only when the players are actually face to face. (I once lost a 2 years chess game with a Russian guy working the Ski room at Waterville Valley, NH....another story)
The setting, time and group of people last night at The Independent was a prefect environment for me to formulate a clear feel for DuVine as a whole organization, it's culture, commitment, enthusiasm and such. I met the whole gang, shared good spirits with them and swopped stories. The low amber light of a warm Irish pub is a fine place to accelerate backgrounds, aspirations and intent. It would be fair to say that last night I transitioned multiple moves closer to doing something with these guys. To Andy and the gang, Thanks and Cheers we'll do it again in the near future!
As I was driving back to Harvard "You are a Tourist" (Death Cab for Cutie) came on radio. Serendipitous, no? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49vHNBPTys&feature=youtu.be This song talks, reminds me of lots of things.
Peace & love.