By Dick Mason
La Grande bicyclist Steve Malone easily saw the large dump truck near the Flying J Travel Plaza in June 2011.
Unfortunately, the truck driver did not see him.
An instant later Malone’s life momentarily went topsy turvy. The dump truck hit Malone, destroying his bicycle and knocking him to the pavement.
An ambulance was called to the scene, but Malone declined the ride. Later that day he went to Grande Ronde Hospital where doctors found he had a broken tailbone. Still, the bicyclist was undaunted. The next day a badly bruised Malone was cycling again, covering between 30 and 40 miles on a Union County ride.
“It hurt to sit in a couch but not to sit on my bike seat,’’ Malone said.
It was telling ride, one revealing uncommon perseverance and a love for cycling, both of which help him do what few people in Northeast Oregon have — cycle enough miles to cross the United States four times a year.
Malone has cycled an average of about 1,000 miles a month for the past three years, and in the last two months he has pedaled 2,400 miles. Bicycling for Malone, on almost all days, is a joy.