A Short Rant :: San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach

After packing our food pannier with goodness from San Luis Obispo’s Natural Foods Coop, we wandered along vineyards to Price Canyon Road, which took us in to the town of Pismo Beach.

Vineyards

When we arrived at Pismo Beach State Park we, sadly, discovered they had done away with their hike/bike rates. Instead of paying $5/person we [Read More…]

Racing to the Bottom :: Realities of Life as an Airline Pilot

When people find out I was an airline pilot, nine times out of ten, the response is something akin to, “Wow, no wonder you can afford to ride your bike around the world!” I usually respond to this kind of statement with a quick insider lesson on the realities of the US airline industry in which I focus upon dispelling the myth of huge salaries and lavish lifestyles. Most people [Read More…]

Wonders of Land & Sea :: San Andreas to Marina Dunes

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

~César Chávez

A colorful mural lining the streets [Read More…]

Berkeley :: Our Haven

Our time in Berkeley allowed us to catch up with friends, take care of bicycle maintenance and equipment warranty issues, and to recover from an unexpected setback.

Spending time with friends Jason, Sujatha, & Sathya was simply wonderful! We had many days and nights filled with engaging conversation, laughter, board games, story-telling and bicycling. And did I mention [Read More…]

Spring Begins!

Today, our calendar announces that “Spring Begins”. Snow fell earlier in the week and we still have piles of snow 5 feet tall along our beltways. However, here in Vermont we know that Spring really is here – because it’s wet and muddy! One day temperatures can be in the low 30s and then, the next, climb into the high 50s, causing the snow to melt rapidly. [Read More…]

Vermont Works for Women : Educating & Empowering

Last week I took time out to go to a fundraising event for Vermont Works for Women with my friend Ann. Bluebird Tavern, a restaurant in Burlington offering a largely local food menu, donated 10% of all sales to the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and education women and girls. It was a welcome opportunity to take a much [Read More…]