Travel Takeaways: Policy Ponderings from a Long Bike Tour

A week after wrapping up the longest bike travel effort I’ve ever undertaken,¬†what’s going on mentally, physically, and professionally? (since I took a vacation that relates to my work life) The policy aftereffects– Biking in a different part of the country gave me insights and ideas I can take back to work. The signage! The […]

Travel Takeaways: Mental Musings from a Long Bike Tour

Riding my bike for ten straight days on a touring vacation gave me physical effects, of course, and also some policy/professional thoughts and these mental takeaways. Getting truly away from everyday routines and geography creates the most vacation-y vacation ever. I haven’t given myself that kind of complete break for that many days in years–possibly […]

Now THAT Was a Vacation: Day 10 and Done

We made it! The final day started with the hotel shuttle back to the tiny ferry to get on the trail. While the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, the air felt much cooler than we’d thought looking out the window and within minutes of starting to ride we stopped to put on […]

Fixes, Flora and Fauna Along the C&O: Days 8 and 9

Lest you think I’m exaggerating the shaking and baking on the C&O, today a bolt fell out of the rack on my bike, having vibrated loose¬†along the way. Luckily we were close to Harper’s Ferry and the bike shop/general store had something that fit. That’s my first mechanical issue of any kind. Eric had a […]

Shaking It Up on the C&O: Days 6 and 7

As we racked up the miles on the first half of our trek, five days on the Great Allegheny Passage, we heard it again and again from the owner of Confluence Cycles, from B&B hosts, from little old ladies in quaint lunch spots: “The C&O isn’t like the GAP.” They got that right. The Great […]

Swimming on Bikes: Day 5 on the Great Allegheny Passage

Eric: One good thing about all this rain–it will wash the muck off the bikes. Me: That’s a very Sally Sunshine comment for you. Eric: I know. ——————————————– A couple of minutes later– Me: This is like swimming on bikes! Eric: Yep. ——————————————– Rider sheltering in a tunnel: Great day, isn’t it? Me: Liquid sunshine! […]

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