Modes of Transportation

We live in the "Boonies" sometimes this is very apparent.

A neighbor Bob, takes his bike into town, he has a basket on the front of his bike. He uses the basket for groceries, I have seen him with three plastic grocery bags, one in his basket and one each on his handlebars. He is retired and has time so if his wife needs something from the store, he takes off on his bike. I have seen him out on his bike when it was below zero, on those days he wears a scarf around his neck and face and the tail ends of the scarf trail behind him as he pedals down the road. He rides his section of highway several times a week, he is one of those guys that cleans up a section of roadway, collecting the garbage that others throw out of their cars into the ditch. He and his lovely wife have a big blue highway sign that marks their achievement. I feel sorry for him when it rains, although I think he secretly loves to ride in the summer rains. Sometimes when I go to town I see his bike in the ditch, and no Bob, my heart skips a beat…and then I see him walking a mile away. The way some people drive now a days, I would never attempt to ride a bike on the roadway. Some amount of bravery must be needed.

Another elderly gentleman, is almost always seen on his lawn mower. It is his preferred mode of transportation, he has a covered homemade trailer that he totes behind him. I have often wondered, what is in that trailer?

Then there is the elderly gentleman who takes his tractor to church. The church he prefers to attend is about ten miles from his rural home. You have to be really dedicated to go to church by tractor, I would be tempted to just open the good book and read something aloud and call it good. Another small tid bit about this individual, he lives in a barn, he moved in there after his house burned down years ago.

Are all of these country gentleman, making the best of what they have? Or are they making a statement? Are they so poor that they cannot afford a vehicle? Has their old age given way to senility? Two are dependant on fuel, one is dependant on pedal power, non of them are required by law to license or insure their mode of transportation they do not even have to have a drivers license. I have a theory about these men…they are all probably really wealthy, because they don’t get all caught up in the material side of life. I bet that none of them have a credit card in their wallet and their homes are paid for, in this day and age ..that is wealthy. Do you know of any elderly gentlemen or women in your area that use a different mode of transportation ? :)
 

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6 Responses to Modes of Transportation

  1. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    When I first began working on my family history, I met a man working at the museum named Bob. It turned out we are third cousins. When I told my family about him, my sister said…”Oh, so you’ve met ‘Bicycle Bob?’ He is a very interesting character. He dresses sort of “punk” (think all black, chains, fishnet shirts, etc.)and is about 80. He drives his bike all over St. Cloud, and has done so for 50+ years, I gather. He has also biked all over several European countries… numerous times. Although many people call him wierd, I prefer to think of him as extremely individualistic…he is highly intelligent (walking encyclopedia) that marches to the beat of a different drum.

    I have noticed the increased usage of bikes as modes of commuting, but also, seemingly, an increase of bike/car collisions.

  2. Avatar of astrobob astrobob says:

    Great topic Far, and timely too. I remember long ago seeing someone go into town on a lawnmower. I used to take bike five miles to work years ago when I lived in the country but the dogs got to be too much.

  3. PrairieWoman says:

    When I was a kid I remember seeing Hattie walk the 8 miles or so to town for groceries or what have you. She did not walk in the winter, she took her tractor. She passed away many years ago, but, she was one tough lady. Rumor had it that she was extremely wealthy, but, when she died that rumor was quickly squashed.

  4. Abra La mente says:

    Prairie woman piqued my curiosity about Hattie… I have a feeling she might be in my family history by something I read a few years ago and the description of where Prairie woman said she grew up. Very interesting & if my instinct is right, that would make this a very small world, indeed!

  5. Far Side of Fifty says:

    Hey way to go! I hope you figure it out!! Keep us informed! :)

  6. PrairieWoman says:

    I don’t know how to spell Hattie’s last name, so if you are related and it’s not spelled right I apologize. Hattie Holstrom(sp).