Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A year later - glad we went last summer

Pretty amazing a year has gone by since our great bike adventure to the East Coast. We sure picked the summer to go. Never a 90-degree day, and low humidity. I can hardly stand to be outside these past few weeks. You just pick your days for when you'd like to ride, and do other indoor activities when it's too unbearable.

I haven't had any real great rides to write about this summer, just trying to bike as often as I can, even if it's not very far. Just nice to be on the bike. I've got a favorite 23-mile ride from my house to the country that is heavenly. Hoping to do a bit more biking in the fall. Just love the sound of that, "the Fall." Cooler temps, less bugs, just downright better.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The End of August

Well, it's been a while since I last wrote, and even longer since I last rode my bike. It's amazing when you have an event to train for, you're all gung-ho.... I've been working out at the Princeton Club, enjoying that, and working on transcripts, and it's been hard to fit in riding, even the most beautiful weekend we had. Something always gets in the way. I need to make it on the top of my priority list, because I feel fall is in the air, and it's the most beautiful time for riding. I dream of doing bike rides starting in northern wisconsin, and working my way down as the fall color changes. This may have to wait 2 years, when soccer is over and we have our weekends to do with as we please.

I have thought a lot about our adventure this summer. we're asking Zoe to put together a power point with music and pics. from the trip. It will seem more real to me. Right now our pics. our still on the computer, and not seeing them makes the trip seem unreal.

Enjoy the last week of August!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Why I love biking

Let me count the ways. The open road, and the great adventure. This trip provided that and much more. Memories to last a lifetime.....

One never plans on getting sick, and when I came down with chills Tues., June 30th, I thought it would pass. We all wanted to see Maine, and since the weather was stormy, we drove through Vermont, NH and got to the coast of Maine on Wed., July 1st. We spent the night in Freeport before heading to Bar Harbor and Acadia. I still was not feeling well, and the weather so foggy, you couldn't see the coast, it was time to head back to Madison. The doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia, and the first week of recovery was the hardest, but am now eager to get the rest of our trip posted and hope to be back pedaling the roads of Dane County real soon.

Thanks for following along on our journey. I am glad Steve and I could share such an experience for Zoe and Eric!!

Riding to Ticonderoga - Tues. June 30th

Steve, Eric and I had spread out on what was to be our final day of biking, and Zoe ended up rescuing all of us from a pretty bad thunderstorm. Eric had made it most of the way, 70 miles this day, and Steve and I met up in North Hudson, where we got the bikes loaded and then the rain came. We all agreed the mountains were our favorite part of the ride, the most scenic, and even though there were a few logging trucks, the traffic was pretty light.

mornin' chores

Eric is applying sunscreen, getting ready to ride, and Zoe is washing the morning dishes. We know it's going to be a tough ride today through the mountains, so we wanted to get an early start. Eric and I took off a little earlier than Steve, who helped Zoe break camp, and then got caught in a morning shower. The climb out of Blue Mountain Lake was a tough climb, a good way to wake your body up.

Sunset over Durant Lake - June 29th

Durant Lake Campsite