A Florence in the Forest (And It’s Been A Long Time Coming)

It’s me, the woods, a tent, a storm and as always, an adventure and great connections with strangers. Feeling grateful today to have had this experience in 2020!

Star Light, Star Bright…

Nearly two weeks ago already, I returned from (another) bike tour with my two-wheeled companion, Penny. Bike tours always consist largely of planning, eating and pedaling. And pedaling is always … Continue reading Star Light, Star Bright…

Coast to Coast Catch Up

Outside the window, a cactus acts as sentinel. I’m in Phoenix, Arizona where the desert reigns supreme, alongside eternal summer. Just in the last week or so, I’m told, it … Continue reading Coast to Coast Catch Up

(Almost) On the Road Again…

When I tell people I’m riding my bike across the country, responses usually drift (like loaded touring bikes in a crosswind) into two categories: WTF? Followed by: Are you going … Continue reading (Almost) On the Road Again…

As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

Back in the US, one of the first things I usually notice is the freaking roads are huge. It’s one symptom of reverse culture shock, to be sure and surreal … Continue reading As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Regretfully, I just finished Tom Robbins’ time-warping opus, Jitterbug Perfume. I never, ever wanted it to end but it’s kind of book-shaped lesson. Why? My time in Italy also nears … Continue reading As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Water You Up To?

Now don’t get all peanut butter and jelly (jealous?) on me but it’s turning out I am on perma-cation. This time of year in my “adult” life I’d typically be … Continue reading Water You Up To?

Into the (Italian) Wild

Despite the fact I prefer volcanic to arctic, the air in Faenza these days is inescapably infernal. Today a mischievous humidity also creeps about so thick and damp it seems … Continue reading Into the (Italian) Wild

Over the River and Through the Woods…

As I bumble through this time of change — like a cyclone in a ceramic factory — I consistently receive wonderful gifts of encouragement from random sources. One of my favorites: … Continue reading Over the River and Through the Woods…