Many thanks to Josh Hewitt over at Wanderlust Photo & Travel Blog for inspiring this post. A few days ago he and I were exchanging some blog love around our respective travels – my past travels and his future ones – in the stunning American Southwest. It was then that I realized that I had … Continue reading Long Live Spontaneity!
We recently received some very welcome news: The Belgians are willing to endure another conjoined vacance with us. (It’s not until 2020, which is good because we need time to prepare ourselves physically. It will be a cycling-centered trip, after all, and this is an active family, full of competitive endurance cyclists and distance-runners, including a former member … Continue reading Watch Your Language!
I hate the term “bucket list.” I don’t know why. Kinda like I hate the term “staycation.” Can’t explain it – just hate it. I reluctantly use the term bucket list because there’s not a good alternative, other than to say something like, “blah blah blah is at the top of my list of things … Continue reading The Dust-Farm-Pail List
When I was a kid, my parents spent some time considering whether to take the family to the Olympic Games, which were being hosted by Canada. I can’t remember if it was the ’76 summer games in Montreal or the ’88 winter games in Calgary (and yes, I did just look up those dates and … Continue reading Seeing the Tour de France in Person
If you are familiar with American football and I tell you that I was born and raised in Wisconsin, not far from Green Bay, you would likely assume – and you would be right to do so – that I come from a family of Packer fans. Add the adjective rabid and you’ve hit the nail … Continue reading Rooting for the team: (sigh) I’m going to give it a try
First, I have to thank fellow blogger, Sam, Living!, for inspiring this post with his own post featuring a venomous snake warning sign and the teaser, “Would you?” I guess when you are located in Australia like he is, this is something you have to consider with slightly more regularity than I do, and for that … Continue reading Mice and Snakes
If you read the French version of Happy Accidents in International Cycling, you know that my ascent of France’s Col de Petit St. Bernard was topped off by a ten minute stop over the border in high altitude Italy. Fast forward two years, and I was back in the land of Chianti, Catholicism, and cuisine, but … Continue reading Happy Accidents in International Cycling #2: Italy
Although I have a whole blog category dedicated to When Bad Things Happen to Good Travelers, sometimes – huzzah! – good things can happen to good travelers quite by accident. So when I say “happy accidents,” I don’t mean wheels-in-the-air-feet-awkwardly-clipped-into-pedals-thrashing-on-your-back-like-a-struggling-bug-bicycle-crash kind. (That sort of indignity has never befallen me, as far as you know.) I mean … Continue reading Happy Accidents in International Cycling #1: France
A few weeks ago, as I was putting the finishing touches on, and subsequently mailing, our holiday greetings, I began to wonder how others around the world, and even in other parts of the US (say, the deep South, which can seem like a foreign country to those of us in the north, but I’m … Continue reading The Christmas Letter: A Strange American Holiday Tradition?
On our last trip to France, we didn’t plan to spend much time in Paris. It was mostly just a point of entry and exit. We flew into Charles de Gaulle and picked up our rental car, and were then welcomed into Paris with a two-hour traffic jam. Yes, driving through Paris was probably a … Continue reading Metro Misery in the City of Light