Mountain Biking

Michigan Leeches

Michigan Leeches

It was a hot, sticky morning, Michigan style, the big lake perspiring mist, like all of us, while we struggled to pull on tight bike shorts. Our legs and behinds turned into polish sausages, stuffed in a casing, ready to hold in all our juices and sweat. The North...

Holiday Road Trip

Holiday Road Trip

Josh and I logged 2600 miles, notched 10 states in 9 days, with an average gas price at $1.85 per gallon. Post Christmas through the New Year of 2015, we headed out on a good ole fashioned road trip. The route was Spring Lake, Michigan to Chicago, through Nashville,...

Flat Alaska

Flat Alaska

In 2006, I visited Alaska for the second time with fellow biker chic, Theresa. The trip plan included several epic, two-wheeled adventures. Before embarking on a 23-mile Johnson Pass bike ride, with six other exceedingly fit women, it seemed wise to gauge what to...

Ore2Shore Mountain Bike Epic

Ore2Shore Mountain Bike Epic

The pace of my life, leading up to the Ore2Shore Mountain Bike Epic race, felt as if I was pedaling downhill in too low of a gear…legs spinning fast and out of control, fingers ready on the brakes. I needed the slower pace of the Upper Peninsula and views of Lake...

Lost in Provence

Lost in Provence

It was a vacation where getting lost became a daily occurrence for our five-some on a ten day tour de Provence. We got lost on our cycling route even with a Garmin GPS strapped to our handlebars. Very little, in fact, went to plan during most of the trip. For example,...

Five to France

Five to France

What’s been your determining factor in selecting a place for a vacation? Do you have a goal like me to take one big trip each year? …to unplug and step away from the routine of our lives. I carry around a list on a piece of worn scrap paper, tucked deep in my purse,...

First Class Virgin

First Class Virgin

As it goes with airlines, I have no status. I am not a medallion member…neither platinum, silver, gold or even bronze. My profile is represented by some random pastel color with no upscale or metallic qualities at all. I travel often (so I thought) but apparently not...

S is for Strenuous

S is for Strenuous

Have a bucket travel list? Add Sedona, Arizona hiking to that list! I had already fallen off my mountain bike more than once in previous days so I was much happier to be on my two feet. I learned there is literally one beginner mountain bike trail and the rest were...