real neat

 Image result for photo of gossamer albatross pedal-powered aircraft which crossed the chanel


oh boy – some highflier

set to go

the propeller falls away

gossamer wing folds-up

heart and spirit earthbound

while scoffers jeer

and oil shares soar

the French coast lies

a hundred years away


but the beauty finally flew

and the balmy boy like

some airborne Eddy pedalled

hardly a Tour de France

but the channel bounded

and the doubters grounded

tell the viewers how it felt

said the flying boy so sweet

oh man – oh man I tell you

oh man – it was real neat



in June 1979 Californian Bryan Allen pedalled

his Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel

it was the first human-powered flight to France


Eddy Merckx won the Tour de France in 

1969 1970 1971 1972 and 1974



Jeff Cloves

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