Canada, eh? CO to AB

After receiving a very gracious invitation from my cousin, Edie, in Alaska, Eric and I decided this scenic drive was a must for our year-o’-travel.  Bicycle racing season FINALLY ended for Eric, so we headed north in mid-August.  Up until this time, we had been renting condos or staying with family or at B&B’s.  Since … Continue reading

Life in Deadwood, SD

Our friends who have visited the Dakotas recommended a stop at the famous Corn Palace in Mitchell.  It’s covered entirely in corn cobs, with a yearly redecoration and theme change; this year is “Remember When.” We stayed in a historic bed and breakfast, with some great hosts: Laura and Dustin.  They own this gem of a … Continue reading

Iowa City, Unexpectedly Delightful

Upon leaving Eville in early June, our next destination was the Dakotas.  Alas, Holly was quite far behind on her schoolwork, so we made a five-day pit stop along the way, in Iowa City.  It was a fun little town, dominated by the campus of the University of Iowa. We enjoyed the Museum of Natural … Continue reading

Back Home Again in Indiana

In early June, we headed for home turf, and the bike races sponsored by Eric’s team, Guitar Lab.  My dad was in town for a wedding (Congrats, Nathan & Ashley), and purposely arrived two days early, simply to have the chance to catch Pork Chop Night at the Hornville Tavern.  We met my mom’s side … Continue reading

Cross-Country Trek: Colorado Springs to Flagstaff to Evansville

Howdy, friends.  I’m getting back to my roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma on this fine evening – en route to Evansville for the next week or so.  It has been about 19 years since I lived here, but it is still pretty recognizable.  One look at Oral Roberts University brought back all sorts of inappropriate jokes … Continue reading

A Childhood Paradise Revisited: Mt. Nebo, Arkansas

The next stop on our journey holds a dear place in my heart, for it was the site of family vacations I took as a child.  I have fond memories of my mom, dad, brother and me (in the days before my sister), exploring the wilderness of Mount Nebo State Park.  Our A-frame cabin was … Continue reading

Team Guitar Lab Training Camp – Chattanooga, Tennessee

We gladly welcomed the arrival May, for it brought with it a number of lovely things: a brief respite from school, a long weekend with the friends and comrades of Team Guitar Lab, and of course, more cycling!  The Team reunited on the outskirts of Chattanooga for some strenuous training in the mountains, to be … Continue reading

Action-packed Asheville, NC

We made the short drive (yay!) from Burnsville to Asheville and settled in our new digs, a rustic cabin complete with fantastic host and two fluffy kitties.  Once again, the drive up to our lodgings made me break out in a cold sweat just a bit.  There are some seriously steep, shoulder-less roads in North … Continue reading

Training update

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, so I figured now was the time for a few updates on how my cycling is progressing…. To all that haven’t heard, I got my ticket into the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race on Feb. 15th, this is a lottery drawn event, I had no expectations of getting in, … Continue reading

The Arts and Outdoors of Burnsville, NC

Mid-April found us heading to new territory in North Carolina.  We stayed in the upper level of a lovely round house with panoramic views of the Black Mountains (VRBO #371267, if you’re interested, but be warned of the steep, rocky driveway). It was the perfect spot for some rest and relaxation, removed from town, quiet … Continue reading