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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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Cancer survivor thrives on her bike

This morning I pedaled out of Harpers Ferry with a breakfast destination fifteen miles west in Shepherdstown. I cycled up the switchback from the canal trail to the main road into town. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a wide shoulder on both sides of the highway welcoming towpath cycle tourists into the quaint college town. I Yelped Betty’s restaurant and easily found myself…

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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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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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Thankful for life

Thirteen years ago I could not have imagined being in the place I am today. Touring Europe on a bike would have been a laughable dream for me, the sedentary obese fifty year old recovering from a heart attack and triple coronary bypass. Change happens. There is something to be learned from changes in our lives. The challenge is to turn unfortunate circumstances into teaching…

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Life is good on the bike

I cheered Susan on as she pedaled her recumbent slow and steady down A1A. I met Susan earlier in the week at Bike Florida’s Gullah Geechee Tour. She began cycling at age 50 and became an avid cyclist completing numerous bike tours and riding a century (100-mile ride) every year. Pretty awesome for a 75-year-old active senior. This past week I was reunited with Susan…

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26 fascinating facts about bees

Beekeeping is a hobby that fits me well. It involves a mix of challenges, learning, and enjoyment. I attended a Knox County Beekeepers Association class yesterday. Here are some interesting things I learned at that class, other classes, and though my work in the hives this past year. The queen bee is queen! The hive dies with no queen. She determines the number of bees in the…

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