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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The Big Ten Bunker Tour – 100 Bicycle Days Challenge

Another ride in quest of Munich’s hochbunkers, above-ground air raid shelters remaining from WWII. I have (again) changed the organization of my website. My rides will now be on the blog and not under the header titled Challenges. The site had become kind of a hodgpodge with overlapping categories. So back to the good old … Continue reading "The Big Ten Bunker Tour – 100 Bicycle Days Challenge"

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Ride 80 – Through Munich and to Two More Hochbunkers

In Catholic Bavaria, August 15, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is a public holiday. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 20’s C, and it being a holiday, meaning little traffic, it was perfect for our ride through the city to seak some more hochbunkers I had on my list. Before … Continue reading "Ride 80 – Through Munich and to Two More Hochbunkers"

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Thinking of Vincent – Cycle Days Challenge

This July was one of the five hottest since temperatures have been recorded here. It’s still hot, the thermometer showing 32°C, and going strong into August. For us anything around 30°C is very hot. So I have stayed home the last few days instead of pedaling. Am I being sensible or just lazy? So far … Continue reading "Thinking of Vincent – Cycle Days Challenge"

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May and a half: the Ottoman bridge at Benje thermal springs

Trees are nice enough, but I seem to still be stuck back in May.  Here’s one really final entry for the May bridge challenge: the Ottoman  Bridge that provided access to the adjacent thermal springs in the Middle Ages.  For a refreshing change, I took the extra effort to include my bike in the photo, … Continue reading "May and a half: the Ottoman bridge at Benje thermal springs"

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Cycle Days with Victoria – In a Rose Garden

Munich Westpark June 6, 2018 What a treat the Rosengarten in Munich’s Westpark is this year. It seems everything is in full bloom at the same time. The perfumes of the different varieties of roses compete with each other, and if you walk a few meters away towards the linden trees, you are overwhelmed by … Continue reading "Cycle Days with Victoria – In a Rose Garden"

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Cycle Days Challenge: May (entries 13 – 17)

So I like this challenge, but I’m getting behind.  To speed things up a bit I’m going to batch my entries.  This post is for days 13-17, and came from five consecutive days: May 11-15. The featured image is on the harbor in Agios Nikolaos, Crete.  The remaining four: Continue here to see the complete … Continue reading "Cycle Days Challenge: May (entries 13 – 17)"

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The challenging bridge at Andros

It’s been challenging seeking out bridges in Greece worthy of the challenge.  We’ve been in the islands, and there just haven’t been many bridges around.  I’ve been quite stressed about this, as I’m sure you can imagine. We finally found a second bridge yesterday though, and it was definitely a challenge.  Challenging enough that we … Continue reading "The challenging bridge at Andros"

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CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 17

Hi there, folks and fellow cyclists! I’m having a hard time catching up. So many lovely comments that I haven’t answered, so many rides that I haven’t commented. For the time being, thank you all so much. Here is the sixth segment – Circling in the sun … from Ottenhofen to Garching Wednesday April 18, … Continue reading "CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 17"

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CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 15

So many interesting rides to read about from you Cyclelife challengers – I can hardly keep up with all your great posts. It looks like I might be able to complete my circle theme, although I have certainly posted enough rides, unashamedly using the challenge as an excuse to post pictures and write about (almost) … Continue reading "CLC 2018 – Going Around in a Circle 15"

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