Virtual Tour 24: Ride to Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport aka Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands. Before 1852, the entire polder of Haarlemmermeer in which the airport lies was a large lake with some shallow areas. 17% of the country’s current land area has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes. Schiphol is 50km / 31mi from Den Haag. A nice distance for a summer’s evening ride. … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 24: Ride to Schiphol"

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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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Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue

It’s Spain’s Constitution Day, and it seems appropriate to celebrate their holiday while we’re over here. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Actually, we didn’t see anything very holidayish here in Mojácar on our day ride to El Marchal, but we did have an awesome ride.  The featured photo is of a ladder snake … Continue reading "Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue"

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November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba

I’ve deleted this post, but am leaving its place here for the sake of the attached comments.  The reactions to this month’s challenge have been quite a surprise to me, and educational.  I’ve got mixed feelings about the subject but thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I’ll come up with something hopefully less controversial … Continue reading "November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba"

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November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day

I was rueing the fact that the November kid’s challenge came too late for Halloween this year, but little did I know that Portugal doesn’t celebrate Halloween. They celebrate All Souls Day, the day after Halloween and the first of November.  Perfect for the November challenge, and perfect for doing double duty for the Holiday … Continue reading "November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day"

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Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!

This month’s challenge was inspired by Halloween, because it’s such a great time for children watching.  Unfortunately Halloween falls in October this year, but maybe you could trick the judges and treat us with an early entry. Whatever.  This month is dedicated to children – yours, trick or treaters, kids on bikes, waifs on the … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!"

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Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest

With the coldest and wettest (or hottest and driest, depending) part of the year on the horizon, is your cycling interest flagging?  If so, we’ve got just the challenge to revive it: Flags!  National, regional, ecumenical, corporate; straight out in a gale force wind, lightly luffing in a breeze, completely limp; up a pole, on … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest"

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D-Day

In 1983, as part of my ride from Athens to London, I spent three days bicycling along the D-Day invasion beaches in Normandy. Just in case anyone is interested, here’s a link to the D-Day pages from my ’83 journal, hosted over at CycleBlaze: D-Day

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In Memory

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, so I felt it appropriate to pay my respect at the war memorials in some of the surrounding villages. Quite sunny though cool enough for arm warmers and gilet. Memorial in Appleton commemorates 16 local men who fell in both World Wars. Bigger village, Cumnor, more … Continue reading "In Memory"

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Spring in January? – Monthly Challenge Clouds

No, it is definitely not spring yet although it was a few degrees warmer today than yesterday. I somehow expected some spring-like vegetation in the Botanical Garden and since it was a bit warmer and there was no snow on the bike paths, Janos and I cycled there. This winter cycling is something new; last … Continue reading "Spring in January? – Monthly Challenge Clouds"

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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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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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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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