Category Archives: Tales from the Trails

Anecdotes from trips and rides.

Fall Foliage on the High Bridge Trail

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Yes, with the passage of Labor Day Weekend, Summer is pretty much done. But don’t despair!  Fall is around the corner, and the cooler temperatures and changing seasons bring some pretty amazing rides.

I read about the High Bridge Trail on Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Trail Link site, and thought it looked like it would be a good candidate for a weekend jaunt.  Not long afterwards three ladies jammed three bikes into one car for about three hours, and realized this trail really does offer an unbeatable way to enjoy the gorgeous colors of Fall in Virginia.

A highly recommended ride!

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Sonoran Sunshine in the Springtime

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My mother lives in Phoenix, AZ, which is a amazing place to have in my back pocket when the majority of the country is draped in Winter. I’ve biked around her neighborhood quite a bit when visiting her, but she and I had never gone on a ride together until my trip to visit her for her birthday this past March.

We took a Sonoran Desert neighborhood tour, courtesy of Arizona Outback Adventures.  The tour was was an easy enough that my mom (who is somewhat new at cycling) and I were both able to complete it with no issues.  We lucked out and were the only two people on our tour.  Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and taught us a lot about the history of Scottsdale and the ecosystems of the Sonoran desert.  The desert really has a beauty that is all its own, and shouldn’t be missed, and makes for a truly delightful morning.

Grand Canyon State, check!

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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.”

Continue reading Bonjour, Quebec!

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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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