In previous articles I wrote about why I’ve been mostly bike riding indoors this season.

I had surgery on June 26 for the second reopening of my January 2004 brain tumorbiopsy site. The surgery to clean out infected bone was successful.

Since my head was still healing and I was on IV antibiotics, I drove a Chevy Traverse and towed a trailer to sag for the July Little Fingers of Michigan bicycle tour.

USA Melting Pot Club

Sreedhar Patil’s presentation on India’s farming methodsand mine at the May 30 meeting on bicycle campingare posted on our USA Melting Pot club website. Marcus Chen has recently updated our website for those who are interested in those topics or other interesting ethnic or hobby presentations.

GM Milford Proving Grounds Dream Ride

Again I was afoot August 3 taking pictures for this great event. Pictures were shown at our last USA Melting Pot meeting on Bangladesh; eventually they will be posted here.

460 riders joined many volunteers and GM employees who worked hard to put this event on. A great turnout for the first year. Kudos to the many GM Jumpstart and other volunteers and the cycling community for supporting a great cause – Special Olympics of Michigan.

Joy in Troy and elsewhere – Tour deTroit

So it was with great joy that I put on a bike helmet and did my first organized ride of the year. My wife and I saw many of the same sights as last year – the 30 mile route was on a closed course (police had closed the streets for the over 6000 riders, up about 1000 from last year). The self-guided metric century was sold out weeks ago and limited to 500 riders.

Tour deTroit hosts other cycling events which raise money for bike lanes and other bicycle infrastrucure. Check out their website for more information.

Once again I got to ride on the wrong side of Michigan Avenue and over the Douglas MacArthur Bridge to take a lap of Belle Isle with several hundred other bikers. We rode through pretty much the same area: vibrant neighborhoods in southwest Detroit, hulks of industrial buildings, pretty art / graffiti on buildings. What you see depends on your perspective.

The Good, the Bad, the Ready for Rebuilding

With enough people who care about this city who live, work and ride bicycles here, this bankrupt city is on the rebound. Some may think it is hopeless, but with everyone working together and doing their part, it can be done.

We saw signs for the mayoral race – two good candidates who care. People who work in Detroit care, too. On September 12, 400 teamGM volunteers helped at Brightmoor Alliance.

The same week, teams from GM Powertrain where I work volunteered in Pontiac, too. Click on the video to see an overview of the teamGM efforts – watch for my coworkers working at Grace Centers of Hope.

Tour deTroit Pictures Coming Soon

I’ll post some pictures from this great ride when I get time. Some bike-cam shots and some normal shots from the ground of the many people we saw. Like last year, we saw people waving from their porches, friendly volunteers and even the occasional police officer cheering us on while doing their job keeping everyone safe. We even ran into people we knew – someone from Troy city politics and a couple of neighbors who were also enjoying the ride.

More to come…