About JT Hine

A writer and translator who carries his office and his world in the panniers of his bicycle.

Danube Detour: Eisenstadt to the Vienna Woods

IMG_20170520_185716Saturday, the 20th of May, the forecast called for stiff headwinds and colder temperatures, so I was not sure how long the day’s ride would take. Only 67 km, but riding uphill 400 m into the wind had me worried. Rain was supposed to start after dark, so I was sure that I could have my campsite pitched and ready in time, regardless of how slowly I rode.
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Danube Detour: Bratislava to Eisenstadt

DSCN3595Tuesday morning, the 16th of May, I rose early, excited to be on my way again. Crossing to the right bank of the bank of the Danube, I quickly found myself in Austria on a dedicated bicycle path that led south into the fertile floodplain. The wind was out of the southwest. Had it been any stronger, it might have posed a problem from the outset. But the air was warm, and the day was sunny. I revelled in the fresh air and the smooth pavement leading me among the wind farms. Below the turbines, immense fields stretched to the horizon. I recognized corn and rapeseed, but not most of the other crops. This early in the spring, it all looks like a lawn that needs mowing. Continue reading

Breaking Out 2021: the Cumberland Gap

IMG_20210505_164810Natural Tunnel State Park, Thursday the 6th of May. I woke at dawn and dozed until 08:30. The Duty Ranger I had spoken to on the phone showed up while I was breaking camp. Perhaps because they are so happy to be vaccinated and able to talk to people, the rangers were very sociable. He told me that I could pay at the Park Office on the way out, which was more convenient than finding the station in the Lovers’ Leap campground. Continue reading

Come on over: Father and Daughter

This week, I invite you to enjoy a new short story from the world of Emily & Hilda on my author’s blog.

Next week, I will bring you the final installment of my ride to the Cumberland Gap. Do come back for it! 

Smooth roads and tailwinds, 

JT

 

Breaking Out 2021: Beyond the Blue Ridge

On Monday, the 26th of April, I broke camp at the Indian Heritage RV Park in mid morning. It was sunny and not as cold as the day before. As I started into the hills away from Martinsville, the headwinds from the west were moderate, but steady. I needed my lowest gear twice, an augury of what lay ahead. Continue reading

Come on over: Purple Heart

Purple HeartThis week, I invite you to enjoy a new short story from the world of Emily & Hilda on my author’s blog.

Next week, I will bring you the first installment of my current ride across Southside Virginia. Now that I have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the tour Breaking Out 2021, resumes. Do come back for it! 

Smooth roads and tailwinds, 

JT

 

Breaking Out 2021: Southside Virginia

cp-image-01The week after receiving my first dose of the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19, I rode to Chippokes Plantation State Park (see: https://freewheelingfreelancer.com/2021/03/20/breaking-out-2021-chippokes-plantation-state-park/). Continue reading

Come on over: Stryker Soldiers

This week, I invite you to enjoy a new short story from the world of Emily & Hilda on my author’s blog.

Next week, I will interrupt River Run 2017 to bring you the first installment of my current ride across Southside Virginia. Now that I have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the tour Breaking Out 2021, resumes. Do come back for it! 

Smooth roads and tailwinds, 

JT