|TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
May 28, 2000
Face of America is all heartBy Lynne Tolman
During the launch of the Face of America bike tour in Boston,
amid the made-for-the-media sound bites about seeing people's capabilities,
not disabilities, one rider joked it was the "In-Your-Face of America"
Maury Webb, 57, of Orleans, a Norton Co. retiree who used to live in Holden, also found it irresistible. He had planned to ride along for the first day of Face of America only. But, he said, "I liked it so much I called my wife and said, 'I'm staying.' "
Besides promoting the value of diversity and the benefits of physical fitness, the Face of America teamed up with the Rails to Trails Conservancy to spotlight recreational trails across the country that are envisioned as links in a coast-to-coast route. About 33 percent of that route is open, said Face of America rider David Burwell, president of Rails to Trails.
At times, Face of America participants in-line skated, ran, or rode horseback to highlight multiple-use trails and alternative transportation. The East Coast and West Coast teams will meet under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on Saturday, which is National Trails Day.
Meanwhile, the East Coast Greenway Alliance is coordinating another journey to highlight recreational trails, connecting cities in an envisioned "urban Appalachian Trail" on a north-south route from Florida to Maine. Dubbed the ECG Wave, it's a relay in which muscle-powered travelers -- cyclists, walkers, wheelchair users, in-line skaters and equestrians -- are ferrying a container of water from the Gulf of Mexico from Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border.
Next Sunday the Wave will roll from Blackstone to Worcester, in part using on-road segments of the planned Blackstone River Bikeway. To participate that day, or later in the week in the Boston area, or June 10 on the North Shore, contact Steve Winslow (781-397-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Wave started in February and is scheduled to end June 29 in St. John, New Brunswick.
A day-by-day chronicle of the Face of America tour, with pictures, is on the Web at http://www.faceofamerica.org/. The ECG Wave details are at http://www.greenway.org/.
The rock band named bicycle, with a small b, is playing a free concert in the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, Hartford, from 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow. If you missed this Seattle-based group at the Lucky Dog Music Hall in Worcester on Thursday, you might want to make the trip south. The four-person band led by Kurt Liebert, along with 15 roadies, travels to their gigs by bike, and they're pedaling in the Hartford Parks Bike Tour today.
The band and crew started the current concert tour last weekend in Portland, Maine, pulling trailers on their bikes holding the band's minimized and miniaturized gear: Steinberger guitars, Gallan Kruger amps, and a drum kit consisting of kick, snare, hi-hat and sensitized bike tires turned upside down that trigger samplers from tom-toms. The music has been described as a combination of heavy metal, folk and rap. Their debut record, titled "bicycle," is out on Capricorn Records.
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