Winter in 10 Photos

January 2: Short days, long shadows January 7: A splash of color on the pond January 21: Early morning ski in Maine’s 100-mile wilderness January 28: Skiing through snowflakes in the County February 5: High noon in Tuckerman’s Ravine February 11: Blue bird day on Isolation February 20: Skiing in Baxter State Park February 22:Continue reading “Winter in 10 Photos”

Fruita Mountain Bike Trip

Ever since our Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail bikepacking adventure in 2019, we’ve longed for another bike trip to the desert. We finally returned in April 2022—this time to western Colorado. This trip was different. We didn’t sleep under the stars, carry all our water, or push fully-loaded bikes up steep hills. Instead, weContinue reading “Fruita Mountain Bike Trip”

White Rim Trail

3-day self-supported tour on Canyonland’s 100-mile White Rim Trail This story was originally published on #GoEast. As I struggled to the top of a gentle, rolling hill on Mineral Bottom Road, I was sure we had made it.  It’s only 12 miles of riding from the top of the canyon to the parking area and surelyContinue reading “White Rim Trail”

Green Mountain Stage Race

This story was originally published on Senior Ripper. There’s a unique sound that vibrates from a peloton. It’s something like a purr or a hum or a whir, but it’s not quite any of those. As I was thinking about this while concentrating on and adjusting to the subtle, nearly imperceptible movements of the cyclistsContinue reading “Green Mountain Stage Race”

Bikepacking Baxter SP and Katahdin Woods & Waters NM

“The Katahdin 360 is a 100+mile bikepacking route through the heart of Maine’s Katahdin region that includes something for everyone: incredible views, remote forests, dreamy gravel, decrepit logging roads, discouraging blowdowns, and some bushwhacking to boot!”… That’s the description of this route on and it’s all true. This is a trip I’ve wanted toContinue reading “Bikepacking Baxter SP and Katahdin Woods & Waters NM”

Northern Maine Singletrack

When when my husband and son started gravitating towards singletrack last year, I reluctantly joined them. I’m so glad I did. We’re fortunate to have many miles of trails near our home and over the past year each outing has been slightly less terrifying – and more fun – than the last. My son’s appetiteContinue reading “Northern Maine Singletrack”

Whiteface Uphill Bike Race

My older son built this bike. He researched and purchased each part separately over the winter, and had them shipped to the house. When he returned home in May, he found his room filled with boxes of various sizes, each holding a small treasure. He spent the next few weeks assembling it and getting theContinue reading “Whiteface Uphill Bike Race”

Northern White Mountains Bikepacking Loop

The Northern White Mountains Bikepacking Loop is a terrific 60-mile weekend trip along the (flat) Presidential Rail Trail, a bit of pavement with wide shoulders, and two (hilly) seasonal gravel roads. I explored the route with a group of friends in mid-May. With free, first-come-first-serve campsites in the White Mountain National Forest at the mid-wayContinue reading “Northern White Mountains Bikepacking Loop”

Cycling the Whites

A 130-mile Hostel-to-Hostel Adventure Challenging climbs, thrilling descents, and stunning scenery framed our White Mountains cycling adventure this fall, while comfortable lodging, good company and camaraderie made this trip truly great.  It was late October when I joined a group of intrepid cyclists on the brand new 130-mile, hostel-to-hostel cycling tour through the White Mountains,Continue reading “Cycling the Whites”

Biking Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

This article was originally published in the Summer 2018 edition of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Wilderness Matters. In mid-May, a group of Appalachian Mountain Club trip leaders visited the KWWNM, some for the first time, to explore and learn about the recreational opportunities it holds. When I pulled into the parking lot at the Matagamon Gate with my twoContinue reading “Biking Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument”

C&O Towpath

Finishing what we started!  In April 2018 I traveled to Cumberland, Maryland with my two teenage sons to cycle the 180-mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Towpath to Washington, D.C.  We were picking up where we left off one year earlier, after cycling from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD on the Great Allegheny Passage.  That adventureContinue reading “C&O Towpath”