Monday, March 30, 2009
Peter was a great house guest and he kept us entertained with stories from the road and lessons learned from touring by bike. He was our first Warm Showers guest and the experience was rewarding. We hope to host other riders as they make their way to the Parkway and the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
Here is a link to Peter’s website: http://petervanglabbeek.googlepages.com
Here is a link to the Warm Showers website: http://www.warmshowers.org
Jack and Raquel
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Over the past few weeks I’ve been riding without a computer on my bike. Here are a few things I’ve noticed.
-I’m spending more time looking around at things, old barns, cows grazing, wildlife, whatever.
-I’m noticing how demoralizing a bike computer can be sometimes. Lately, I don’t really care how fast I’m going or how far I’ve traveled. I thought this would really bug me, but no. I’m going as fast as I’m going. I’ve traveled as far as I gone.
-I’m no longer measuring myself by my last ride. I’m not trying to beat my best time to the top of Water Rock Knob. I’m just happy to be where I am riding my bike.
-I’m more mindful and in the moment. When I ride with a computer, I’m more focused on numbers and I’m usually scrolling through the data looking for my average speed or total time. Now I’m more focused on how I’m breathing and how my legs feel.
I’m not saying computers are a bad thing to have on a bike, just that lately, I’ve enjoyed not having one.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Assault on the Carolinas
Tour de Cashiers
**A three day inn to inn tour at the Outerbanks**
The Fletcher Flyer
The Cherohala Challenge
The Roan Moan
**Bryson City, NC to Front Royal Virginia via the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive**
Tour de Tuck
Tour de Leaves
Tour de Nantahala
Tour de Franklin
Lots of day rides here and there and a few bike camping trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Jack & Raquel