PREPARING FOR THE JUNE CHALLENGE

I’m looking forward to the upcoming challenge because before-and-after pictures have always interested me, because I like reading people’s stories (and extra credit has been offered for stories), because I like TELLING stories, and because . . . just because. This morning I was going through some old pictures and scrapbooks in preparation. I had … Continue reading "PREPARING FOR THE JUNE CHALLENGE"

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Virtual Tour 12: Getting from A to B on a Bicycle in the Netherlands

Regular readers know that I lived in the Netherlands for about two years. I miss it. The Netherlands really is a cyclist-friendly country. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly a form of strict liability is the law in the Netherlands for bicycle-motor vehicle accidents. If a car collides with a cyclist, the driver’s insurer is … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 12: Getting from A to B on a Bicycle in the Netherlands"

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Virtual Tour 10: The Ronde van Vlaanderen

Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands was my home from 2010 to 2012. The Belgian border is about 100km / 62km to the south. Belgium is home to some of the most prestigious one-day professional road cycling races. Including one of the five biggest, collectively known as the Monuments. The Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).is … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 10: The Ronde van Vlaanderen"

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May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes

I didn’t really see what the May challenge was supposed to entail, so I have come up with my own challenge that reflects what we call ‘the current situation’ at work. We are not allowed to say anything like coronavirus or COVID-19 or ‘the virus’ in ANY of our work communications (including the many emails … Continue reading "May challenge: The current situation – Changes, changes"

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A MINNESOTAN RESPONDS TO THE “MAY I GO OUTSIDE YET PLEASE?” CHALLENGE

Hi folks, it’s your favorite cycling philosophizer here. I’m going to do something a little different today. Actually, it’s not all that different because I did it in one of my touring journals. And James Joyce did it for something like 900 pages in “Ulysses.” You guessed it, this entire post is going to be … Continue reading "A MINNESOTAN RESPONDS TO THE “MAY I GO OUTSIDE YET PLEASE?” CHALLENGE"

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Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?

It’s difficult thinking of an appropriate theme for the month at this unprecedented time.  We’re all stuck to one degree or another, some of us really severely – unable to make meaningful plans, unable to tour, unable to leave our home, or unable even to get home.  I’m thinking especially of folks like Mike and … Continue reading "Challenge of the month: MAY I go outside now, please?"

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