Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, December 28, 2009
8:00am anyone ready to start the new year off with volunteering their time or just walking what will be 3 miles of public mountain biking and walking trail in Fayetteville along the Elk River. Please RSVP so we can have enough food at noon for everyone. Again come to work or just walk and see with your own eyes what we are going to have when the trail is completed in June.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Laurie Pearson, Staff Writer
A Fayetteville family recently hosted an adventurous young couple from Poland, whose goal is to cycle their way around the world.
Ania Kozhowska, 25, and Kris Gasior, 28, left Poland Aug. 16.
"We want to start basic life again," said Ania, in slightly broken English.
"My personal goal is to meet good people in the world and for adventure," she said, noting that they both want to see new places.
This is not their first tour. Ania said they started cycling 10 years ago. Their first cycling trip was around Poland.
"And we fell in love with bicycles," she said.
The two met in their hometown of Goleniow, in northwest Poland.
Over the past several years, they have cycled through Germany, Sweden, Norway, Lapland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.
In August, they cycled from Poland to London, England, then took a flight to Halifax, Canada. It was a tiring seven-hour flight to the Halifax airport. Once they landed, the couple reassembled their bicycles at the airport and prepared for the next leg of their journey.
From Sept. 1 through Oct. 8, Ania and Kris bicycled through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, enjoying the beautiful forests, rivers and lakes. They rode through the Appalachian Mountains with the wind, more times than not, blowing in their faces.
While riding through Canada, they stopped in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls. And while their $7 per day (for food, bike parts, etc.) budget doesn’t afford them much more than bread and jam for meals, they have been fortunate many days to meet kindly people who will buy them a meal or invite them to stay overnight in their homes and provide them with a warm meal.
Other times, they’ve had to pitch a tent along the way, even when the weather is cold and rainy. Like the night in upstate New York after they cycled all day to run from the forecasted, only to spend the night in their tent in a field next to some railroad tracks.
Fortunately, a website Warmshowers.org hooks up touring cyclists, when possible, with sponsors that allow them to stop and take a warm shower. Occasionally, their location corresponds with a sponsor’s home.
From upstate New York, they cycled to New York City, which they described in their blog as "huge, busy and terrifying."
Ania and Kris generally cycle 50 to 60 miles per day, but sometimes take a day to rest, sightsee or watch a concert.
From New York, they traveled to Philadelphia, saw the Liberty Bell, city hall and the steps Sylvester Stallone ran up in the movie "Rocky."
Their next goal was to see Washington D.C., which they considered the best, big city in the U.S.A., because of its malls, museums, landmarks and beautiful bike routes.
In Virginia, they once again headed toward the Appalachian Mountains, nature and fresh air. The cyclists crossed the mountains through the Shenandoah Valley and did some hiking.
Ania and Kris, country music fans, looked forward to arriving in Tennessee. They refer to Nashville as "the little big city". While there, they managed to listen to some country music.
While riding through Fayetteville last week, the couple was spotted on the Huntsville Highway by Kevin Freeman, a local resident with a passion for bicycling. He said that he saw they were serious about traveling and invited them to stay with his family that evening.
Once Ania and Kris reach the southern coast, they plan to bicycle through Mexico, then Venezuela, through the Amazon and Argentina and then … "the rest of the world."
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tina and I walked, what will soon be the Elk River Trail, this trail will blow peoples mind's with it's beauty. Wildlife everywhere and wild sweetwilliam still blooming. It's killing me not to start on it tomorrow, still lots of sponsors and lose ends to tie up before January 2, the official first workday on the new trail
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Paint Store
La Fuente Mexican Restaurant
Pendergrass Supply and Rental
Fayetteville Parks and Rec
The City of Fayetteville
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Febuary 2009, six kids and myself (The Freak) started on what would soon be the first, and the only public mountain bike trail in Lincoln County. March 17 more kids came and put time into this trail. April locals were starting to use the trail for walking and by June other families had noticed the bicycles streaking through the woods. August the trail is done, Trail Head sign completed, time to ride and race on this jewel that we call Lions Club Bicycle Trail (Trails for Kids). 2010 we, friends of the Trail will start on phase 2, 4 more miles on the Elk River.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
So since I was still riding my bike at age 40, I was a freak. Well there are a lot of freaks in this world and a few are going to visit Fayetteville this fall. October 18,19 25,26 & November 22,23 bicyclist from all over the south will converge on Fayetteville to race cyclocross. Cyclocross is a bicycle race on a one mile loop, usually in a park, that last up to one hour. Seven racing divisions from professional (CX 1,2) to CX 4(beginner) and Juniors( kids 10-18) and of course women(CX 1-4), races start at 9:30am and end around 3:00 pm. Three weekends, six races, the bicycle riding population is about to explode in Fayetteville. 100% of the money raised from this event will be donated To what I think is the most important charity of all, “Our Youth” in our community, specifically the Lincoln County High school Band, Lincoln County High school Cross Country Team and Bicycle Advocacy in Lincoln County. Hopefully proceeds from future events can go to projects like, Norris Creek Greenway, or free bicycle repair clinics for our youth in the community. Hopefully this race series and many future events will deafen those words,” Why don’t we have and how come we don’t”. A leader in our community said to me recently, change starts me. It doesn’t take an army.