10 response to "Biking Barbados"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: July 22, 2021

    What a great memory to recapture! I was confused at first and thought that your father had written this until seeing the photo at the bottom.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 22, 2021

    Condolences on the loss of your father.
    Going thru all the stuff is no easy task.

    The trip to Barbados sounds like a very interesting time to say the least!
    That was quite a week of adventure — good to read a description of how things are there that are unlikely to be found in the travel brochures.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 24, 2021

      Thanks, Rich. My very elderly and frail father passed away in Virginia in December. It has been a herculean task for my siblings in Virginia to deal with the house and many decades of accumulated possessions. Unbeknownst to me, my mother (who passed away several years ago) saved every photo, letter, postcard, and scrap I ever mailed home. My brother hauled a big box to California a couple of weeks ago, and we’re still going through all the treasures. My piece about bicycling Barbados in 1983 was one of the interesting discoveries. I bet you can empathize with trying to get to O’Hare to catch a flight in the middle of a major blizzard!

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: July 23, 2021

    Very sad news about your father, Bill. Sending you and your family my condolences.

    You certainly made up for the crap start to that trip and had some great adventures. Never thought Old Grumbleface would let anyone stroke his ponytail though!

  4. By: gregblood Posted: July 23, 2021

    I’m not exactly sure how long ago it happened, but I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s death and I wish you and your family positive thoughts.

    Regarding your Barbados journal: Wow! What a great story. It reads like a Caribbean dream. Your descriptions were perfect and I felt like I was right there. And I must say, I could see myself doing everything exactly as you did if I had been there at that age. (Except even back then I didn’t have enough hair to grow a pony tail.)

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 24, 2021

      It was quite the vacation. Stretch and I were laughing about it not long ago. The article left out all the non-biking hijinks, of which there were many.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: July 23, 2021

    Sorry to hear your father passed away, Bill.
    Great writing, great photo, great adventure and blast from the past!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 24, 2021

      Thanks. The article about Barbados is just one of many blasts from the past to emerge from that box of treasures my mother saved for so many years. Among other things, she had old photos that I didn’t even know existed. You can imagine what it’s like to suddenly see photos and letters and postcards and more from 40, 50, and 60 years ago. Let me know if you want to see the big photograph of my entire 2nd grade class in Hawaii in 1958. 😉

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