Bike Tour Day 1: Rosendal to Utåker

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Rosendal – Utåker Gray and rainy.  That’s what we’re headed into, and it’s coming down steadily.  For Linda, John, and Janel I’m thinking, OK, they’re going to get their very first taste of bicycle touring in the cold and wet.  The full authentic experience right off the bat. Janel expresses her nervousness over … More Bike Tour Day 1: Rosendal to Utåker

Life on the Shannon

Mon Jun 10, 2019 Banagher to Athlone Relaxed start this morning, but we’ve got kms to cover.  Departure from Banagher is uneventful and we grab ready breakfast onboard, like scones, shredded wheat, and yogurt. Dean navigates us north for many km.  It’s cold and fairly rainy for part of it, sunny and breezy for the … More Life on the Shannon


Nice simple day today.  We’ve had a little taste of Ireland with much more to come. Breakfast at Cnoc Breac is the full Irish variety, you know with sausage, black pudding, bacon, and ham, tomatos, and soda bread.  It’s great but a bit too much for either of us to finish.   Add in juice, coffee, … More Inishbofin

Castle Life

Another day in paradise.  They’re starting to all shmear together. Our perch here at Haus Lipmann in Beilstein is pretty great and we don’t want to leave.  Linda fetches coffee from downstairs so we lounge for a while.  Still, there are fish to fry and stones to overturn and whatever other metaphor you can construct… We … More Castle Life

Intro to The Mosel

I’m not really sure what I expected from Germany.  Spaetzle and gravy, taverns maybe.  What is here is just so beautiful and so inviting in so many ways. Riesling heaven without question.  Amazing scenic beauty and practically no crowds.  Friendly shopkeepers and restauratuers happy to switch gears into English when needed.  The tastiest comfort food … More Intro to The Mosel

Wheeling for Riesling

Friday, May 24, 2019 We both awoke several times last night, once with stars in our eyes and then another time with white clouds.   That’s due to the big skylight directly over our bed. A begrudging 10 minute exercise this morning, the first of this trip.  Some level of exercise regimen is key to feeling … More Wheeling for Riesling