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April 25, 2013

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gingerbeard

I’m glad Bill has found so many people to take him in. Years ago I took 2 Germans cycling across Canada into my home when it was evident they would not make their planned destination that day. I am so glad to see what I did is what such a large number of others continue to do, despite the fear we are always being sold.

Bill's experiences help overcome my wife’s fears about family bike trips. The funny thing is, we received far greater courtesy from drivers and help from strangers when we cycled through Oregon and Washington, then we have do at home. And in Ireland a lorry driver sat behind us for 5 kms on a tiny road, never attempting to overtake, or trying to push us, just patiently waiting for the road to widen before passing.

There is something wrong with how we see our society. Right now we are safer then we have ever been, especially in the west, and yet we are sold such a culture of fear we forget this. I am really grateful that Bill Parker is out there reminding us that the world, especially our corner of it, is safe and filled with decent people.

Lisa

Billy is staying with us tonight in Flamborough. He rang our doorbell and asked if he could sleep in our shed. We didn't know who he was but he explained and encouraged us to look him up on the internet...which we did. We were planning to meet friends for dinner but decided to make him a meal instead.
While we ate we heard some of his very interesting travel stories. He said he preferred to talk while we ate then take his meal out with him to enjoy throughout the night. He said he will be on his way first thing tomorrow morning.

Anita Amaro

Bill showed up here in New Dundee last night. We shared a meal and some beers and he entertained us with endless stories. After a quick coffee this morning he thanked us and was gone as suddenly as he arrived. Safe travels Bill!

Glenn

Billy arrived between Paris and Burford this evening - full of stories, but easygoing and no trouble. Wish him safe travels!

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Bill Bean


  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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