Back on the bike…

There are still patches of snow where the warm finger of the sun’s rays have not been able to reach.  Mounds of ugly snow are pushed to the ends of parking lots,  their melt water streaming to find a drain.  The temperature has risen up to the 40’s.  It’s time to get the bike out.

But its not just any bike.  Its a Co-motion tandem,  Oregon green with bright yellow trim. And it has a name.


The green periscope torpedo tandem.  It takes a captain and a stoker to ride a tandem. Communication between the two has to be good or you end up getting really frustrated with each other.

As we get back on the bike (today is the 2nd day we have ridden) we are reminded how important communication is.  Its a reflection of our life, of our marriage.  It makes things work.


Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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