Ride Like A Girl Cycling

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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.

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Spring has its Price: Rain

Some days you don’t see it coming. Some days it looms ominous but yields only grayness. And some days it reigns over your best-laid plans. Rain: drizzly, shower-y, intermittently, steady or downright heavy; in any form – we love it and we hate it.  As a cyclist, I do my best to avoid it.

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Do Hills Scare You?

Northern California was my playground last week. The Siskiyou Mountains, to be more specific. Pedaling up hills and whizzing down them was how I spent most days during “The California Bike Ride”, a seven-day bike tour hosted by Bicycle Rides Northwest. Together with 300 other cyclists, my husband and I biked over 400 miles and climbed over 24,000 feet (total elevation gain). And guess what? The group’s median age was Continue reading


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Encouragement from the Ranks

BoB'ers offer their encouragement

BoB’ers offer their encouragement

Encouragement can be a powerful force in one’s learning experience, increasing self-confidence and willingness to step out of the proverbial oh-so-comfortable zone. While adults bring a wealth of life skills and experience to a learning opportunity (evidence they are quite capable of learning something new), learning can still be a scary proposition. Self-doubt and anxieties of various sorts can wreak havoc in the mind of even the most determined learner. Will I look foolish? What if I make a mistake? Can I keep up with the others? … We think and re-think all that could go wrong and possibly lead to an embarrassing and unpleasant outcome. Continue reading