Bobby Everhart and I were having lunch at the Pot Belly Pig today and two road-weary cyclists pulled up out front and came in for lunch. Being old bikers ourselves we introduced ourselves and joined them for a chat. They were Torkjell Arntzen and his friend Jorunn Storehaug and they were from Oslo, Norway.
Torkjell had flown to California and intended to ride in the Race Across America. The desert heat got the best of him so he slowly rode to St. Louis, MO where Jorunn joined him. Together they are finishing out the RAA route and finishing in NY.
They had started the day at Mason, OH and the goal was to spend the night in Athens. I mentioned the heat index and he dismissed it saying you just had to take your time and not push it. Obviously, he’s in better condition than me.
They are a very friendly couple and Bobby and I tried to show them the best of Greenfield’s hospitality.
2 thoughts on “Wild Norwegian Bicycle Gang Invades Greenfield!”
Hello Larry & Bobby
tanks for the positive words and the Greenfield hospitality. Always interesting chatting with fellow cyclists at the stops we’re doing on our journey thru US. Especially meeting cyclist emeritus like you guys is fun. Storyes from the pre-carbon era, electronic shifters and gpstracking always engages.
Small correction to your blog is necessary. We are more then one, me and my friend that also luckily is my wife, but calling us a gang is a slight exaggeration:), My wife might be wild though, but I’m not;)
Hope you guys dig out the old steel bikes one day and jump on for a short or longer ride. Recruit one more and you’re really be a gang. Name could be something like GCG. “Greenfield Cycling Gorillas” That would be wild. I can recommend the old trail tracks going east. on hot days like we have this week it gives a natural cooling as you bike along. Shade from threes gives cover for the sun and nothing is as taking a brake in the shade sitting and listening to the silence (absence of a AC and cars)
If you are interested in where the tour continue you will find it on strava.com. Search for my name. I track that stages there.
And to all the others reading this.
Thanks for being such great drivers. No where I’ve been biking I experieced the same politeness, patience and frienliness as from you.
Think you will be good cyclist also. Just do it. Jump on the bike and feel the fun and satisfaction.
Have a nice day and a nice trip.
Thank you for your words and may your journey be a highlight of your lives. Wonderful to meet you both but to just clear the record, both Bobby and I began in the age of steel but we both made it into the aluminum era. Albeit, not with a road bike. I currently own a Fuji hybrid and a Vector Townie 7-speed old man’s fat tire cruiser!