Paul hits the bike trail
September 2nd, 2011
04:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul hits the bike trail

Lake Massabesic, New Hampshire (CNN) - Politicians often seek to portray youthful vigor, but at age 76 Congressman Ron Paul may have to work harder than others.

He showed Friday he's up to the challenge.

Paul, who famously rides his bicycle for exercise throughout the sticky, sweltering summers in Houston, Texas, invited some New Hampshire staffers and reporters on an hour-long bike ride around scenic Lake Massabesic outside Manchester, New Hampshire Friday afternoon.

The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, and the temperature in the North Eastern state was a temperate 72 degrees.

"It looks like the temperature's about perfect," Paul said, when a reporter asked if he missed the Houston humidity, though he noted summer workouts weren't all bad. "I think when you ride in all the heat and humidity you burn calories faster."

The wiry fiscal iconoclast tries to walk three or four miles in the morning and ride ten to 15 miles on his bicycle in the evenings. He reported his resting heart rate was 58 to 62 beats per minute and his blood pressure was 120 over 70 or 65.

Before kicking off, Paul spoke to a small group of reporters who were not dressed for riding. The long-time congressman, who hosted a town hall in the first-in-the-nation primary state Thursday night and has spent time retail politicking here, said he welcomed the visit of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Labor Day.

"The more the merrier," he said. "They just divide up all the opposition. They don't take votes from me."

He said he was surprised and encouraged by the groundswell of support for his campaign in New Hampshire.

"Each time I come up here we get new people, new support," Paul said. "The crowds get bigger. We always plan to have a little gathering, get 50 people together, and sometimes we get hundreds of people together."

After the ride, Paul careened back into the parking lot without having broken a sweat. He joked that during the hour ride he'd covered 32 miles (it was actually about 7.4).

Asked by the media if the ride might serve a metaphor for his campaign, Paul happily obliged.

"We're in good shape and ready and raring to go," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Ron Paul
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. diridi

    To look for Bimbo in Argentina.....

    September 2, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. David Wiener

    Those morons might want to try wearing a helmet. Or will that infringe on their freedom too much? If so, please make sure no tax dollars will be spent on your ER visit.

    September 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dr Me

    Is that a girls bike he is riding

    September 2, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. GOP Reality Check

    Ron Paul is a joke .. always has been. He makes up for the intelligence of his foreign policy with his asinine domestic fiscal policy of working with republicans to further deregulate everything so corporations could destroy more lives while increasing their profit margins – because you know ... deregulation worked out so well for the financial industry in 2008 and the Gulf Coast last Summer.

    Anybody who would vote for him is just as clueless (and quite possibly senile) as he is.

    September 2, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Is this message from Ron Paul ride bike we have lot of spending cuts do

    September 2, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Why is obama hiding in Camp David?

    September 2, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Is this how he is going to run the country? Sitting on a bike all day?
    I could care less if he exercises. That's not the most important thing to run a country.
    He is just remind everyone that he is too old to be president. Can you imagine mcnasty dropping dead and that bimbo taking over? That cost him a LOT of votes!

    September 2, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Mawingu21

    You have my vote Dr. Paul!

    September 2, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. tim utz, minnesota

    So where is the balance of young, healthy studs of the GOP presidential candidates; perhaps resting in hot tubs at some hotel from a long day ridding from one event to another in A/C vehicles, figuring how to emulate Ron Paul's 30 year campaign message. Thanks CNN for appropriate reporting.

    September 2, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. James

    Paul recently offered to any of the candidates to hit the bike trail with him and see if they could keep up. No one took him up on his offer, because they're all too laden down with corporate bribes.

    Paul is the taxpayer's best friend, and all the big corporations hate him because they know as soon as he's President, the free ride on our backs stops. No more corporatism!!

    September 2, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Cody

    I thought doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insanity. Oh well guess I had it wrong. Ron Paul 2012! Time for some real change.

    September 2, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. common sense

    Anybody who thinks that free markets and deregulation caused the 2008 recession just listens to whatever the media is parroting. Government Sponsored entities and artificially low interest rates are all functions of regulatory systems.

    September 2, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Chris

    I love how at the end of this piece the author states that Ron Paul only biked 2.5 miles. This didn't sound right to me. If Ron Paul road his bike for 1 hour and only went 2.5 miles then he was going slower than a person walking. I looked up lake Massabesic and it is split into two parts. the southwest part you can't really bike around, but the northeast part you can. If Ron Paul went around that lake once it is 8.5 miles. That sounds a whole lot more like it.

    September 2, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Paul is allegedly a doctor and doesn't recognize that any weight loss under those conditions is dehydration? Geez. At least he's still right about ending our wars and foreign involvement.

    September 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Alex

    You can vote for more of the same or you can vote for Ron Paul. How's Bush and Obama working for you America? What a joke. Ron Paul has my support. End the war on drugs, don't raise our taxes, bring our troops home and save trillions of dollars, increase our defense and work on our problems at home, also repeal bills such as the patriot act which allow government to spy on all US citizens through their internet and phones. Sounds like a plan to me.

    September 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    Good for him! Like him or not, he is healthy. If you have to make snarky remarks over a bike ride keep it to yourselves.

    September 2, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. LeJimster

    How anyone can criticize Ron for being HEALTHY and physically FIT I don't know. He's just proving he's fit and energetic enough to be President for the next 4+ years.

    September 2, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Kate

    Dr. Me, that looks like a Cannondale Mountain bike, they have slanted bars.

    September 2, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. That's right- GOP REALity check

    Ron Paul is the only real hope for this country. He is an authentic fiscal conservative that knows the federal government only has a few responsibilities and getting involved in your personal life (aka social issues) is not one of them. Those issues should be handled and decided by the people at the state and local levels. Keep up the momentum Dr. Paul!

    September 2, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. cf

    How ironic.. Ron Paul using the very same public bike paths, parks and infrastructure that he wishes to destroy with his anti-government funding agenda.

    September 2, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Geography

    How can they say it was a 2.5 mile bike ride if he rode around a 4 square mile lake?

    September 2, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Gino Martell

    Listen, I am an independent, however folks-to include most of the media- do not give him enough credit. I rather listen to him or former Gov. Hunstman than the rest of these candidates. Give them equal time, instead the media is following whether the droput did not complete her term Palin. Go figure.

    September 2, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Becky

    Very cogent points

    September 2, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. M.M.O'Reilly Jr.

    Another radical, he would eliminate abortion rights forcing women who get
    pregnant the punishment of deadly back alley procedures, Goodbye healthcare as well.

    September 2, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Michael

    You have my vote Dr.Paul.

    September 2, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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