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Brooks man planning ‘Spokes & Jokes’ tour from Maine to Texas

Chris Quimby
By Tom Groening, BDN Staff

BROOKS, Maine — Have you heard the one about the stand-up comic who bicycles to churches to tell jokes? There’s no punchline; it’s just what Chris Quimby is doing.

Quimby is preparing for his Spokes & Jokes Tour, in which he will bicycle more than 2,000 miles from his home in Brooks to a friend’s home in Texas, stopping at churches along the way to do his stand-up routine, song parodies and share what he hopes is inspiration about facing one’s fears and pursuing dreams.

Quimby is performing 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Fair Haven Camps in Brooks to raise funds for his trip. Admission is free, but he hopes people will consider making a donation.

Quimby plans to bicycle about 40 miles a day, five days a week, beginning in the fall of 2013, and expects the trip to last 10 weeks. As a four-time veteran of the Trek Across Maine, that pace should not be too grueling, he believes.

Quimby’s wife Heather and their two children, Jordan, 14 and Emma, 13, will follow in a car. The children had been home-schooled for several years, he said, and now attend a Christian school. Quimby and his wife believe the trip will have educational value for them.

The trip will require a lot of preplanning. Quimby will look at a map, chart “a reasonable bike route” that avoids interstate highways, and line up speaking engagements at churches along the way.

“I’m honing an hour-plus act,” he said. “I’m writing all kinds of new song parodies and material.”

But there also is a serious side Quimby wants to share.

“I feel like I’m being stirred up. I’m uncomfortable being comfortable in my life,” he said, and he wants to share what he has learned with fellow Christians and others. It’s comedy and a personal testimony, he said.

“I hope they have some laughs — and clean laughs, and no laughs at people’s expense,” he said.

Quimby and his Spokes & Jokes endeavor can be found on Facebook.

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