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I like to bike. I like to see new places. Doing both simultaneously is kind of my new favorite thing to do, so I've taken it upon myself to share it with you, dear reader.

Bonjour, Quebec!

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Routes we rode:

Spots we loved:

Things we learned:

  • Even when at the airport with more than enough time, it’s possible to miss your flight.
  • Purchasing expensive, untested cycling technology right before a tour will surely cause frustration.
  • You will always bike more than you anticipated for that day.
  • Terror + Ice Cream can be adequate fuel for about 90 miles
  • Laundry stops are critical.
  • Have a Plan B.  And a Plan C.
  • Celine Dion is like, seriously popular in Quebec.

Quotes we quoth:

  • “Run Laura!  Run like the wind!”
  • “On today’s episode of Dawn and Laura bite off more than they can chew…”
  • [Gazing upon fields of corn as far as the eye can see]: “This is really beautiful.  But it’s also going to be really terrifying after dark.”
  • “If we get murdered in our sleep tonight, I’m sorry, it’s all my fault.”
  • “I don’t understand it.  Forty-eight hours of air drying our wash and the only difference is that now they smell bad again.”

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One if By Land…

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The 2015 season found me entrenched in a major project at work, which almost completely killed my trail time.  By the time May rolled around, I had yet to even sign up for any full fledged rides, much less get started with any sort of consistent training schedule.

But I’m the sort who’ll take my lumps where I can get ’em, and when I flew up to Boston for a wedding that month, I decided to squeeze a cycling jaunt into my schedule and tick Massachusetts off of my bucket list.

I started looking around for some options that I could squeeze in the morning before the wedding, and found  a tour retracing Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride . They unfortunately didn’t have tours that meshed with my travel schedule, but the idea gave me enough information to pull together a quick route from our hotel across the river from Cambridge and into Lexington via the Minuteman trail.

Add an equally game friend and wedding attendee and a couple free bikes from the hotel and the rest, as they say, was history.  Bay State, check!

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The Sunshine State, check!

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Routes we rode:

Things we learned:

  • Swimming with Manatees is so worth an additional 8 hours of driving.
  • Old Key West is very walkable, and a hotel on Duval street is the perfect way to be in the thick of it all.
  • Beach bums are surprisingly clued into the local gossip.
  • The Keys are remote, and driving on the Overseas Highway at night feels desolate — almost reminiscent of being lost at sea.
  • If caught in the rain on a highway in a convertible,  the wind resistance creates an invisible and yet highly effective roof for the car, sheltering the passengers from the rain as long you’re moving fast enough.
  • The car rental counter at MIA is a long long ways from the terminal.  Plan accordingly.

Spots we loved:

Continue reading The Sunshine State, check!

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