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5 bits of advice on bicycle touring

My 2018 bicycle touring season has drawn to a close. Retirement freed my calendar for things that make me happy. Exploring the world on my bike makes me happy. I am a learner, a person who seeks to learn more. My learning experiences are typically about things that intrigue me. There are times when these experiences lead me to learn more about myself.  Here are…

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Cycling the Florida Keys

Cycling the Florida Keys is high on the bucket list of many bicycle tourists, especially those from the colder, northern states. What could be better than cycling 100 miles surrounded by clear blue seas through tropical landscapes cooled by ocean breezes! My cycling pal Greg and I each planned a bicycle tour to cycle together in 2018. Mine was a 3-day tour on the Ohio…

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10 life lessons from my solo bicycle tour

Last week I set out on my first solo bike tour. It was a time of apprehension and anticipation. I was uncertain what I would find out about myself and solo touring. It was a wonderful experience, something I will do more of in the future. Here is what I learned about life from my week in the saddle. Every day is a new adventure….

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Challenges in life are good

Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days of my bike tour. The views cycling Big Savage Mountain are just wonderous with every bend in the trail. At the top of the climb, you are greeted by a spectacular view of the Narrows below into Cumberland. The climb up Big Savage is a challenge, maybe not the biggest, but it is a challenge. With every…

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Family connections

I spent Sunday evening at my cousin Michal’s house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC. It was a very enjoyable evening and the perfect place to start my journey yesterday morning across the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail. I often feel that people under appreciate their family and what family means to you. My family on my father’s side is quite small. Today only…

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Uncle Sam on a mission from God

One of the things I am challenging myself to do this week is to engage in conversation with interesting people I meet along my way. I strongly believe the best part of bicycle touring is meeting new people and experiencing new places. When I boarded the train, Uncle Sam came strolling by my seat. Now this is just something you don’t see every day. I…

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The journey toward self-discovery continues

Early this morning, I boarded Amtrak’s Capitol Limited with my bike and paneers headed to Washington D.C. I am embarking on a weeklong journey across the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage. I will mount my saddle later today in the District of Columbia and cycle 334 miles through Maryland and Pennsylvania. Bicycling touring is not new to me. I have…

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