I’ve been remiss in sharing an update on our exploration of Iceland’s Ring Road. In fact, it’s been over seven months since our trip to the island of fire and ice. Looking back, this ranks among my favorite trips abroad. There is so much to see and experience in this small, remote nation. For one, there is an abundance of wildlife! The joke is that there are twice as many sheep in Iceland as people (total human population is underRead More
I enjoyed a beautiful century ride with friends during the 2017 Tour de Livingston earlier today. This was our last major ride of the season. It’s now time to turn our attention to some serious gravel grinders, including the 209-mile Coast to Coast race, in the first half of 2018.
On Saturday I completed my first One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM). The ride started near the Lake Michigan coast in Montague and traversed the state to the Lake Huron coast in Bay City. The self-supported ride was approximately 150 miles, which now marks the farthest I’ve ridden in one day. Bring on the randonneuring! The weather was perfect for the long ride; sunny skies and temps in the mid-70s. Big love to Dharma for providing S.A.G. along the route.Read More
Last weekend I participated in the Mad Anthony River Rally century ride. This was my first time riding in Ohio. All in all, it was a fun event. There were a few hundred riders, good weather, decent support, and a scenic route. The course was incredibly flat, but the headwinds for approximately twenty miles were a real pain. In fact, my only complaint is that the pancake breakfast at mile 17 was poorly marked; I completely missed it! The M.A.R.R.Read More
Until recently, I had never heard of the Congaree National Park. I believe I read about it in either Backpacker or Outside magazine. I learned from the magazine article that the Congaree River, which runs through the national park, is a noteworthy destination for kayaking. So, after a little research and planning, Dharma and I decided to carve out some time from our road trip to Florida for a short kayaking journey on the river. We rolled into Columbia, SouthRead More
After years of deliberating my motivations for running a marathon, I have finally decided to give it a go. That’s right, on May 1, 2011 – at 6:30 a.m., to be precise – I will join several thousand runners at the starting line of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Runners World recently rated this marathon on its top ten list of great marathons for first timers (See January 2011, A 1st to Remember). This recommendation, coupled with my desire toRead More