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Amish HEAVEN(7 posts)

Amish HEAVENfiltersweep
Oct 17, 2002 11:52 AM
Yesterday I took a trip down to meet some family and I had to drive through "Amish Country" in MN- was on US 52 south of Rochester (MN, that is).

The road had a full lane shoulder for Amish buggies. If it weren't for all the manure in the lane, it would be heaven for any road biker. It went on for miles and miles...

I have all the respect in the world for the Amish (they certainly don't foist their lifestyle on the rest of us). I can't believe the government can pay the millions of dollars for such a safe lane while the general population maintains a tinge of anti-bike sentiments for any money spent on bikeways. Can you imagine if every US road were constructed this way?
re: Amish HEAVENharry hall
Oct 17, 2002 1:13 PM
Our society gives a major free ride to religions. We have to turn road cycling into an "official" church; maybe call it Merckxism or something, have Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox branches as well as some equivalent of Holy Rollers or Hasids, declare the world spiritual center to be, say, Ghent, Belgium, and apply for tax exempt status.
In the US, religions can literally get away with murder on occasion, certainly respect on the road would be something that a church could pull off.
Not very friendly to religion are you?...Matno
Oct 18, 2002 3:33 AM
I'm just curious: in what way can any church in the US get away with murder? That's a new one to me. Also, "a major free ride"? I don't think so. I've always thought of the gov't here as being continually more hostile to religion. They have even gone so far as to try to deny churches their tax-exempt status merely for expressing "political" opinions. For crying out loud, if a church can't take a stand on a moral/political issue, what's the point of having churchs at all? Now they're trying to shut down hospitals because they won't do things that are in direct conflict with their religion. Whatever happened to freedom of conscience?!
Ok, they get away with Cannibalism...SnowBlind
Oct 18, 2002 7:55 AM
wadda think the whole brewhaha about transubstantiation vs. consubstantiation is all about?

Eating the flesh of Christ, ewww!
That's becauseMatno
Oct 19, 2002 6:56 PM
only the people who actually believe that...believe that. Nobody else thinks it's real, so they don't bother with it. That's a far cry from getting away with murder... (Personally, I believe the eating and drinking of the sacrament is SYMBOLIC of the body and blood of Christ. A sacred reminder, not actually eating Him).
They have good taste in bikes, too ...Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2002 3:14 PM
Last year, on my epic ride with MB1 in St Mary's County, MD (basically, the whole county), we were in Amish country. Saw some buggies, but also bikes. Some of the old guys rode cruisers like the one I was on.

Then last weekend, in Pa-Dutch country coming home from Trexlertown, I noticed more Amish and more bikes (they let the young ladies ride 'em there). I had some difficulty locating the vintage Campy parts I lusted after. Another cyclist suggested that the Amish buy 'em all up.
Amish observationsDuke249
Oct 18, 2002 5:50 AM
I work in one of the Amish capitals of the universe-Nappanee, Indiana. Yes, I hear the clip clop of the horses and buggies going by my window (one went by about 10 minutes ago). One interesting point is that at least here in super flat northern Indiana, the Amish love to put Tri-Bars on their hybrids. I always smile when I see some Amish old guy on his way home from work hunched onto the geek bars pushing into the wind.