December’s challenge: crossing the Tech

Today we crossed over into Spain, crossing the Pyrenees over the low Col de Panissars, the ancient route the Romans took through the mountains.  To call the day adventurous would be an understatement. With a treacherous descent and a barefoot walk in the water, it was a ride not quite like any we’ve experienced, a … Continue reading "December’s challenge: crossing the Tech"

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Vinouring outside the box: Fontfroide Abbey

I know that Coffeeneuring season is over, and I’ve already completed my seven caffeine-free entries.  Wine is fine any old time though, and today’s ride was interesting enough to share.  The wine comes from Fontfroide Abbey, a beautiful place we visited last fall.  I was delighted to see a wine from there on the card … Continue reading "Vinouring outside the box: Fontfroide Abbey"

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November art challenge: some headless torsi

I’m not sure what the story is on these colorful statues in Montpellier.  Is it a single work of art, or a series of ancient works vandalized by spray painters?  Whatever we’re seeing here, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s much improved by the addition of a stylishly placed bicycle. There was more to this … Continue reading "November art challenge: some headless torsi"

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THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: SALLY’S RIDE (100KM)

Last Sunday I headed north to take on the 100km Sally’s Ride. Tony also rode (the 45km route) on his ‘bent and you can read his post here. All the proceeds from this Charity Ride go to much deserving local charities. Many of the State’s strongest riders turn up to hammer the metric century route … Continue reading "THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE: SALLY’S RIDE (100KM)"

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The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art

Good weather, that’s the Good, and it seems to want to go on forever. Of course it won’t, but although it is getting cooler, it doesn’t feel like summer ever stopped and I just wonder why the shadows are so long and it is getting dark so early in the day. I love that riding … Continue reading "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful – Monthly Challenge Outdoor Art"

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Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes

I’ve been riding Little Bessie a lot lately. I like the upright sitting and just the relaxed feeling I have on her…oh yes her bell too! However, she has had a rubbing on her back wheel for several months. We thought it was just because the wheel was out of round. Nope she had two … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #5 – Little Bessie Gets New Shoes"

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Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace

November 11, the day of the Armistice Treaty of Compiègne, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. For this occasion, the Munich action artist Walter Kuhn has transformed the Königsplatz into a sea of ​​several thousand large red poppies made of artificial silk, thus commemorating the millions of soldiers and civilian … Continue reading "Public Art Challenge: A Memorial to Peace"

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Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!

How lucky for me that my birthday always seems to fall during Coffeeneuring. That usually means I get a nice ride somewhere fun. Well this year didn’t disappoint…..we drove north to Santa Cruz and had a meetup with The Goddess herself. As you can see it was a bright clear day….well now. When we left … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring #4 Happy Birthday to me!"

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Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth

The day for Coffeeneuring dawned very windy, stormy and without power due to electrical cells in the storms.  Only a short ride then. But where?  Ah, there’s a new Bakehouse in Perth and a new bit of track at the end of the the Breadalbane to Perth shared track to try, so starting at Devon … Continue reading "Tasmanian Coffeeneuring #4. The Country Bakehouse, Perth"

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Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 4: The Tao of Bike

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / 16 miles / By some miracle, four neighboring cities and a town on the San Francisco peninsula agreed on something. It’s called the Peninsula Bikeway, a designated route on surface streets connecting the cities and town. They even agreed on the signage. And even more of a miracle, the route … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 4: The Tao of Bike"

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Donut, tea, and reflectie

Biked at least two miles. Check. Purchased and consumed qualifying beverage. Check. (Also purchased and consumed glazed donut. Yum.) Documented with photograph of beverage and bicycle. Check. (Bicycle requirement added for Cycle365 per Kathleen.) I think that qualifies as another Coffeeneuring ride. And, while I was at it…. Photographed reflection of self and bike in … Continue reading "Donut, tea, and reflectie"

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Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 1: Queen of de Niles

Sunday, October 14, 2018  / 10 miles / Ever see Charlie Chaplin in “The Tramp”? It was filmed in the little town of Niles, California in 1915. Niles was Hollywood before there was Hollywood thanks to Essanay Film Manufacturing Company opening an operation where the weather was more favorable than Chicago. Starting in 1912 lots … Continue reading "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 1: Queen of de Niles"

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Titus, part 1 of 3

The boundaries of Death Valley National Park encompass the geographic feature known as Death Valley, which in turn includes places like Badwater, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, the Mesquite Sand Dunes, and so on. Outside the low-lying bounds of Death Valley itself, the eponymous park also includes places such as Telescope Peak, Aguereberry Point, Darwin Falls, … Continue reading "Titus, part 1 of 3"

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