8 posts categorized "Travel"

January 24, 2010

Time to Plan!

Plan your spring and summer rides now!  And when you're planning don't skip the Bicycling Capitol of America!  I suggest you hop on the Sparta-Elroy Trail in Wisconsin and enjoy the first rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S!  It connects with hundreds of miles of additional trails from the Mississippi River to Wisconsin Dells and beyond.  Off trail you will find the best in quiet, rolling farmland riding - or check out the Century Challenge Bike Race in early August.  The trail and road rides are "stop and smell the roses" (or barnyard) kind of rides!  You'll ride through old train tunnels, forests, croplands, historic towns.  You can ride, eat, shop and explore.  Camp or  stay in luxury B & B's, like the Franklin Victorian in Sparta.

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While you're there visit one of America's most interesting bike museums - home to the Wright Brothers first bike inventions and the Deke Slayton Memorial Space Museum.  Then you'll be SO close - ride on down to Waterloo and tour the Trek Factory and displays of famous Trek bikes and rider memorabilia.  One last word on "planning" - if you want someone else to plan your adventures see Trek Travel!

December 22, 2009

Last Minute Gift Giving Idea

Don't delay!  Book the Christmas Gift that will keep on giving!  You and your honey will rack up memories for a lifetime just by taking a bike trip with Trek.  You can reserve "the bike trip of your life" right now, right on line.  Go to www.trektravel.com and peruse the offerings.  We recently took the Wine Country Tour in California and
had the best time imaginable!  All we had to do was arrive with our bike & dinner clothes and everything else was provided.  The newest Madone bikes, fantastic B & B's for lodging, fabulous food, savory wines and vineyard offerings and the "bestest"P9270011, most fun guides that knew about the region like the back of their hands.  What a perfect get-away to look forward to.  But there are also international trips and many locations throughout the U.S. so you have many choices.  I want to share - in photos - some of our great days with other biking buddies that loved wine, adventure, and camaraderie.  Go for it - get your last minute gift at Trek Travel.  By the way, you don't have to be a "riding" expert, all levels of riders were accommodated.  Some riders liked to ride a little, shop a little, drink wine a lot!

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November 13, 2009

"The Video" & Sharing

I must address some moonlighting: yes, I have another blog. I love blogging. When presented the opportunity to blog for Trek, to a wider, women-focused audience, my arm jolted straight up into the air, "YES, PLEASE!!" 

But I couldn't abandon my original blog, An Adventure Called Bicycling. It's where I've stored so many ride photos, videos, how-to posts, rants and raves and general inspiration regarding bicycling. I look at Google Analytics (site visit counter) in awe, imagining my collective audience sitting in an auditorium to hear what thoughts, discoveries and news I have to share about bicycling. Sometimes I find that I write not just for the audience-- but for myself. To hold myself accountable to never stop exploring.

The real driving force, though, is that sometimes I receive notes of thanks for particularly inspiring posts that encouraged people to do something they've been putting off, or didn't think they'd ever do. Wow. That feels just amazing.

I bring all this up, because never have I received so many thanks for a post, than for THIS VIDEO

What We Saw: TransAmerica Bicycle Tour 2009 from Rebecca Jensen on Vimeo.

While I may be applauding myself and my efforts right now, my point is to encourage ALL OF YOU, readers out there-- to think about how you can share YOUR adventure, whatever it may be. If you're bicycling through the winter for the first time, if you're going to train for a triathlon for the first time, if you're a mother, toting her children to school behind a bicycle instead of an SUV.. you are having a positive impact on your community, but don't stop there! Think about how you can SHARE your experience with more family and friends. Take snap shots of your new bicycling adventure (be it commuting, traveling or training) and make a simple slideshow on iMovie, then invite friends over for drinks and a show.

This is just to say-- you don't have to ride your bike for 3 months in order to be inspiring. Every little adventure-- across the country or to the grocery store-- is an adventure worth sharing.

Go share!!

November 10, 2009

Another nice person story or two

Cyclists are just good peeps, all 'round. I have hundreds of good stories. 

This is a good one.

Three summers ago I was racing in a local mountain bike race. I was in the middle of a 4 lap race when I got a flat. I rarely flat (gasp! jinx). So there I was, off the bike, getting ready to remove the rear wheel when some dude I didn't even know, who had the same exact bike, GAVE me his wheel. Said he wasn't gonna probably finish anyway. Wow! Now that's some serious good carma in action. I found him afterwards and tried to give him my winnings. He wouldn't take it. We swapped wheels. Holy crap, he even changed my flat. For real, that was awesome.

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October 20, 2009

More honeymoon pics

Just like I promised, more pics of our honeymoon than you care to look at. The Top Fuel performed beautifully on the terrain. And while RF sustained a nasty knee wound, a broken saddle (inventively repaired using a rock) and a lost Garmin GPS, I got away with some bumps and scrapes. 

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October 1, 2009

Serious, but Colorful Work!

DSCN1915 It's a serious job, delivering mail in Germany!  It's also accomplished on a bike that's an all purpose model with a paint  job that stands out on the road or path.  No way to miss this postal worker!  I've seen delivery services in busy Metro areas going by bike but NEVER so colorfully.  Getting paid to ride a bike - ideal!

And then there is the serious party reveler that arrives by bike and heads home way after dark.  You have to hand it to those brave souls that take to the trails after a night of merriment!  Rain doesn't deter this German guy, either.  Notice all the reflectors and reflective clothing.   Commuting, as RJ pointed out in a previous post, requires gear,  planning and riding defensively.        DSCN1976 

Check out the Trek commitment at www.1world2wheels.org  and see how you can change your carbon footprint by using your bike to commute, run errands or party!  You can also check out www.trekbikes.com and navigate through Trek Life and the Company links to find more info on 1world2wheels.  Good stuff!

September 24, 2009


YES, I have been absent from this site but my heart has been with the Trek Women Who Ride while I was in Europe.  But NO it wasn't a bike tour with Trek Travel or even a single bike ride this time.  I had to satisfy my bike-ride yearning with a daily hike in the Black Forest and a backpacking weekend in the Austrian Alps.  I will post pictures since we hiked to an overnight hut (hutte, in Deutsch) surrounded by magnificent scenery.  I did see some very fit mountain bikers trying desperately to tackle the Alps!

If it wasn't for my regular triathlon training - biking, swimming and running (make that "walking") I would never have been able to trek up that mountain with the other hikers.  Yes, I was the oldest, probably the slowest, but I did it and no one had to carry my load! 

The actual reason for me to be in Europe was for the Celebration of my grandson's 1st day of 1st grade.  In Germany it is a rite of passage and an event to be savored by the children and their parents.  It's like Christmas, with gifts and banquets and performances and processions - a "must-do" for grandparents!

So, I understand that I missed some great Wisconsin bike riding weather; but I will be back in the saddle this weekend.  My one goal as we approach the colder weather is to ride longer into the fall, buck the cold weather by dressing appropriately and stop being a wuss when the temperature reaches 50 degrees.  I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, enjoy the ride!

September 14, 2009

Bike Transition-- and not in a triathlon!

My life is in transition right now.

Yes, I'm moving from one city to another. From one job to another. From one life to another.

But most noticeably, I am transitioning from one bike to another.

This summer, I rode this:


and now, I zip around on a Madone.



This summer, I took the Trek 520 for a lil' ride. We went 4,250 miles across the country, carrying everything I perceived to be a 'necessity' in panniers. Bike, gear and all, I lugged about 80 or more pounds, up and over the Cascades, the Rockies and the Appalachians. Oregon coast to Virginia coast. 

I loved the 520. It felt stable under a heavy load, yet I could still stand up and go nuts uphill if I wanted to. A perfect balance in performance.

Now that I've returned, my dear 520 (I like to call him "Bennington") still rests in the box and Mr.Madone has been my companion. HOLEY MOLEY, I feel like a beginner all over again! My muscle memory has be re-welded to expect EIGHTY POUNDS of heft, not sub-20! So whenever I try to stand up on the bike, I am just a wobbly mess. It's sort of comical, but actually frustrating. I was pretty happy with my road handling skills, especially after racing a season of cyclocross-- a sport requiring you to jump on and off your bike, run with it and navigate around obstacles and barriers. It's satisfying to know your bike as well as an extremity. 

But alas, I went through the same struggle with the fully loaded 520. In contrast to a carbon fiber racer, the 520 felt like a boat! But soon I was fearlessly whipping it uphill.

Now I've got to reverse my programming!


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