Friday, October 17, 2014

Plenty to Do @ E C U

   I'm chillin' @ East Carolina University's Student Center, in Greenville, NC, here with a group of basketball players to play in the NC Senior Games (NCSG) annual tournament. 

   Left at 3:45 am this morning for the 3-4 hour drive, got here at 7:30, and my first game isn't until 3:25 pm, so I've got time to "chill out" & see a few sights around campus. We will play up to four games, if we win all four, we get a gold medal.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Ride Complete- by DAVID FREEZE © 2014

Oregon & The Pacific
   Welcome biking enthusiast DAVID FREEZE to The Bob Page!

   David Freeze is a running & biking enthusiast;  he is also President of the Salisbury Runners Club, which is a member of the national Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA).  David went on a 4,200 mile cross-country bike trip in June 2013, and recently completed a 2,750 mile trip from Maine to the Florida Keys.  More is in store for this wonderful guy & athlete.  Read up on him in the following blog, and then order his book "Lord, Ride With Me Today".  [see below for more information].


     My Maine to Florida Keys ride is now complete. I am home, safe and sound, with a clean bill of health. Both bikes are here too, especially the Surly Long Haul Trucker that was damaged in the wreck. It is a very sobering thought to look at the way it was mangled and know that all I had was scratches and a few bruises. 

David's Mangled Bike
        The ride itself was great, made very special with the wonderful scenery of the northeast, the history of the Virginia Civil War area, and Florida. I have never been to Maine before the ride, nor had I been to the Keys. Both areas were fantastic, especially Maine. The ride totaled out to 2,752 miles and 35 days. It was a great adventure, similar in some ways to last year’s cross country ride, but also very different in others.

    The Atlantic Coast ride was definitely traffic laden, especially when the rider just had to go through New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami. I thought I would never get out of Miami because of flooding and heavy traffic. The cross country ride last year had very little traffic for most of it, but did have challenges of its own. Points of supply were often hard to come by out west, cell phones were useless for 80% of the area that I passed through, and excessive heat in Kansas was oppressive with temperatures reaching as high as 107. That cross country ride was 54 days and 4,164 miles of the best journey that I have been a part of. 

On the Ferry near Bath, NC

    I felt all along that I had started with the biggest and best trip first, and after riding the east coast, I still feel that way. After both trips, I still feel very confident that lots of fine people have confirmed my faith in Americans. Countless angels have been the true reason for the success of both trips. 


   Future plans include possible rides in North Carolina through significant Civil War sites and another that would highlight North Carolina Historical sites. At present, I am considering a long ride next summer from Ontario, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. This would be the reverse route of the Underground Railroad, the system that transported escaped slaves to safety during the Civil War.

                                                                       --- © 2014 by David Freeze


        [EDITOR'S NOTE:  If you've enjoyed this wonderful blog by our friend David Freeze, you'll probably want to order his book "Lord, Ride With Me Today", which goes into much greater detail about his bike journeys.   David is also writing his second book which will be out shortly!   You can contact David to order his book(s) at the following address :  Cost of the book is $14.95 plus $2.50 shipping.  His book(s) are also available online at and at]

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Side Effects

Did you Know...?

 1/4 Million (250,000) people die every year from medical errors,
including side effects from prescription drugs.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Own Your Health

I found a new blog today on health and fitness, and it seems like something worth checking out.   

Hope you enjoy it !

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bob the Hiker

   I joined a hiking group back in the spring called the Outdoor Adventure Club.  We have monthly hikes and other activities, and average about 12 to 15 people at each event. 

    Today, we took a trip to Winston-Salem to Salem Lake.   Here is a recap of our trip, and some brief info about our club and its activities.

   More pictures are also available at the following link.




Saturday, May 17, 2014



  I've often made it a challenge and goal of mine to "walk my weight off". (I'm appx. 275 lbs.. who knows how many kg's this is?.. either way you measure it, it's way too much!)  I've started walking before, only to let it lapse..  the couch and rocking chair is more alluring at times.  This spring, I've jumped on the bandwagon once again.   I've registered at : and started trying to walk daily, or at least 3 or 4 times a week.  I've been averaging anywhere from 2-6 miles on my walks.  The six-miler two weekends ago nearly "killed" me.  The "Map My Walk" site allows you to map out a route, and this one I've nicknamed "WEAR ME OUT", so that that warning will be there, should I one day attempt to hike that trail again. (see below)  As you can tell by the bright red trail markings, this route took me practically all over my town.

My "WEAR ME OUT" Walking Route: 6.87 miles!
   I remember that day, I just set out walking, and did not have a definite route in mind, but had the entire afternoon to walk, and nothing else planned.  So I just started walking. Sounds like or reminds me of Forrest Gump.  For no real reason.  I just started walking.  HA HA!  Boy, was I in for a "treat".  I found myself at the far apex of my walk, and still very far from home.  I got to a place between Mahaley Avenue & Grove Street called Forest Hill Park, it's an expansive (big!), green, grassy area that has walking paths.  It's part of what's called "The Greenway" here.  As I entered, I encountered a couple on a park bench, and jokingly asked them, "What do you do when you're at the END of your walk, and you're still a LONG WAY from home?"  They just laughed.  I was beginning to get tired myself.  

   By the time I cleared this park, I headed to Hurley & City Park, two adjacent areas nearby.  Then I made my way to Fulton Street, and took the long, straight path down to my home street, which is right before S. Main Street.  Then, as I turned onto my street, I counted the blocks until reaching my house, upon which I dragged myself up onto the porch, and exhausted, fell headlong into the rocking chair.  A family member brought me a cold glass of a mix of lemonade and ginger ale, and I sipped slowly, barely having enough energy to enjoy the drink.

   I don't know how I'd get by on my walks if it were not for my walking partners, my little buddies "Pandora" & "Spotify".  A friend today called them my "vicious dogs"! Yeah, they "bark" pretty loud through those headphones of mine.  But seriously, I so enjoy clicking on different favorite artists and listening to their music while I'm walking along the streets, getting my daily exercise.  It makes it so much more enjoyable.  I've already done so, but thanks to my pastor, Chris, who reminded me about PANDORA & then another friend, who told me that they were using SPOTIFY..  I got "turned on" and "tuned in" to these great music resources.

  So I've been listening on my daily walking journeys to artists like these and others :  
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • The Beatles
  • Paul McCartney 
  • Amy Grant
  • Phil Keaggy
I'll be posting more about my walks and my newfound musical friends soon, so keep posted !   
Thanks a lot for checking my blog out !

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bob the 1500 Meter Man

   I just walked a 1500 meter walk this morning at a local college with a group of other walkers in the RCSG competition.   

   My time for 1500 meters was 14:10.  Is that okay ?  One of you walkers let me know.