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I had a few minutes to work up the next installment.

50 Shades of Ralgrey continued....

Chapter 3: Into the Light

It was too dark and dank on that pre-winter day to ascertain pedigree and providence inside the shed. The best the pastor could do was determine an approximate number to be four or five two wheeled vehicles. An initial assessment that there was at least one child sized and three or four youth and adult sized models. Brand, condition, and value was impossible in the dim interior, so one by one they were wheeled into the light.

Through the door and down the step and onto the packed granite gravel they bumped one by one. A child’s Huffy. An electro-forged Schwinn heavy weight. A crusty and overly abused low-end Peugeot. A silver-grey Raleigh Sports. An entry level Univega. Nothing made the pastor’s heart rate tic-up one additional beat. No bits and pieces worth stripping for the parts bins (this was long before www.freewheelspa.com emerged from the pastor’s creative itch). No wheels or tires worth salvaging. One by one they were bumped back into the darkness of The Shed. The door was closed, the hasp secured, and the pastor’s vintage Schwinn retrieved from The Shed’s weather-beaten side.

As the pastor pushed through the cold wind blowing in from frigid Quebec, his mind kept returning to that orphaned Raleigh. From Schwinn Forums and Bike Forums – Classic & Vintage he kept thinking about his South Florida friend, cudak888. Kurt harbored affections for Raleighs. He’d know more about the abandoned Sports. The pastor wondered if he’d like to see a few pictures?

…to be continued….
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