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Idaho Day 3: Whitewater!

Every good bike tour has one key ingredient: a rest day. This one may have preserved my cycling habit after yesterday’s urge to exchange cycling for life on the sofa. But a prime rib dinner and a good night’s rest yielded a morning of new energy.

Being that our campsite was beside Jackson Hole, Wyoming, there was just one rest recipe for me: whitewater Continue reading


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Idaho Day 2: The Worst Wind, Wyoming

A fierce and unrelenting headwind resisted every pedal stroke as we attempted eighty miles of flats, climbs and rollers enroute from Ririe, Idaho to Hoback Junction, Wyoming. After fifty miles I was fatigued and famished. At sixty I struggled to recall why I started biking. At seventy I was beginning to think that “sagging” Continue reading


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Idaho Day 1: Flats, Gravel, “Try to Keep Up!”

We are at it again. Bike tour number two – stateside this time. It’s my first vacation in the northwestern state of Idaho. We started in the rural southeastern town of Blackfoot, self proclaimed potato growing capital of the world. A wee bit of irony given I just returned from Ireland last month.

Our first mission: bike 60 miles north and then east to Ririe, an even smaller town (population sub 650). I thought I’d share the three challenges I faced Continue reading


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“I Can Pedal Better Than I Can Walk”

The reasons for biking are endless: to have fun, see new places, socialize or to get fit. Some ride their bikes to commute to work, run errands, train for a race, or just to enjoy the outdoors on a nice day. But how about biking to regain lost mobility?

Four months ago, while walking in a park in Phoenix, Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!

No boring stats today. You will find our new friends, Chris and John, along with their “High Nellies” and advice for bicyclists much more interesting. With their permission I am sharing photos and video from our visit at the Meiteal Cafe in Dunlavin, a village in County Wicklow with a library at its center.

Michael and I were in search of Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike: Arrived!

Being greeted at the gate by Geri (my aunt) made for a swift exit from the Dublin airport: bikes and husband packed under and into the bus; niece and auntie tucked into the not-sizable-for-bikes-plus-husband Toyota.

The ninety-minute northbbound drive to Belfast afforded us a wonderful window of one-on-one; a rare and precious gift that I have learned not to take for granted. While “craic” is the usual Continue reading