By: Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle May is designated as National Bike Month. To honor this designation, the Museum of the Albemarle has on display several bicycles from the collection. The very first bicycle was invented in 1817. It was called the “Walking Machine.” Later came the velocipede, the high wheel bicycle and the high wheel tricycle. Columbia Bicycle was the first American manufacturer of cycles. In 1878 the Hartford, Connecticut based company sold 60” High Wheelers for a cost of $125.00. The bicycles, tandem bike, and tricycles on display were manufactured by companies such as Schwinn, Goodyear, Troxel, and Rollfast. These rides belonged to area residents including Elizabeth Small, Andrew Perry, and World Pocket Billiard Champion Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter. We even have on display a few tricycles for you youngsters at heart to reminisce. Take time this afternoon and go for a bike or trike ride around your town. May 12-16 is Bike to Work and Bike to School Week. May 16, is Bike to Work Day. Locally, join the River City Cycling Club or participate in Port Discover’s program that offers the use of a Surrey bike built for five. But, do remember to bike safely and adhere to your state’s bicycle laws. According to North Carolina law, a bicycle is “a non-motorized vehicle with two or three wheels tandem, a steering handle, one or two saddle seats, and pedals by which the vehicle is propelled is considered a vehicle.” The law also states that the rider must “use hand signals to communicate intended movements”. Also riders must “wear a bicycle helmet on public roads, public paths and public right-of-ways if the bicyclist is under 16 years old.” Getting Back Into the Game Life is a circle of failure and success. Each failure is a lesson for improvement; each success a reward for effort. Then why do you refuse to move on? Why do you get so caught up in failure that you refuse to pick yourself up? It is time to move on. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe We should never give up on our dreams, no matter what we may have already achieved, or what we haven’t achieved. Follow through with your destiny by continuing to seek your greatest expectations. It is clear that you desire more because you are willing to read into this, and seek inspiration, but don’t just leave it at seeking inspiration. Life and time moves forward with or without us! Life can pull us along and we can allow it to take us where it leads. By allowing this to happen we surrender control to anyone who happens to waft into or out of our life. Instead you can take control and move your life forward at your own pace in the direction you choose. You can take control and go where you want to go. Take steps towards your dreams, instead of just being fed inspiration! Make your life better today by making better decisions, and by making choices that will lead you closer and closer to your dreams each day! Pastor Smith, the Pastor Who Cares NTC/APL - Apostolic Oneness http://www.ntcapl.com Pastor Smith 252-512-0283 http://www.ntcapl.com Bass Ale CLock Ask for SAL - New Phone # : 252-207-2002 $75 Need Cash? Bad credit score no problem. 252-482-3808
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