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10 Things Not to Miss in Istanbul

This week, a friend asked  me “why Istanbul, again?”  Her question was valid for, unlike so many of the other trips we take, this one didn’t involve cycling epic distances or elevations, running over mountains, surfing, skiing…we went to try something new. To eat.…

November 5, 2013

Ride/Eat/Repeat in Tuscany

The plan, as it unfolded a couple of months back, was three weeks in Tuscany: one for research, one for field work (read: supporting bike routes and wrenching bikes), and one for riding tremendous and dramatic scenery. Anticipation built, maps were purchased. Gelato started…

July 3, 2013

24 Hours in San Sebastian

The cloud cover had returned the morning after the ITU World Championships in Vitoria but Derek and I only had one day to dig into the Basque Country properly so we started the day with an alarm, a cafe au lait + croissant, and…

October 3, 2012

The Andes + The Galapagos

Because there were so many photos to sort through, and memories to recall since we returned from Ecuador, it took me a bit longer than anticipated to prepare them all to share with you. But, in doing so, I am reminded of how many pinch…

July 19, 2012

Whirlwind in Wine Country

Many of the 20 million tourists that visit California’s Wine Country each year navigate by the wineries themselves. On the 10 days that I spent in this gorgeous, surprising region this month, the wineries were merely pit stops – rewards – for long days…

September 24, 2011