El Camino Portugués: Santiago to Porto

dscn1843Back in 2013, Cheryl rode the Camino Francesa and the Via de la Plata, the latter stretching from Santiago to Seville. This time, remembering the ugly suburbs and industrial zones south of Santiago and the heavily travelled N-550, she suggested taking the train to Vilagarcia de Arousa. After Vilagarcia, we biked the Michelin three-star roads of the Rias Bajas peninsulas. Continue reading

El Camino del Norte: Deba to Ribadeo

dscn1575Monday, 5 September. Dawn came late as is usual in these parts. If it weren’t for the hikers setting their alarms, we would have slept until the sun came up after 0830. Spain occupies the same longitudes as England, but keeps Western European (Continental) time. During Daylight Saving Time, that makes the sun some up (and go down) two hours later than solar time. We never got used to that. Continue reading

Special sale through May

To celebrate the publication of my second novel, Lockhart, the publisher has arranged a 50% discount through May 2020 at Smashwords for National Bike Month. Use Code RN95T. Good for either book or both. Download for any e-reader, including Nook and Kindle. Enjoy!

 

El Camino del Norte: San Sebastian to Deba

dscn1620The votes coming in from the poll indicate twice as much interest in travel stories than the other categories. Second place: the stories at my author page. So, grab a cup of whatever and join me for a special journey. The Way of Saint James (El Camino de Santiago in Spanish) was inaugurated in 831 AD. For almost 1300 years, pilgrims have walked (and now biked) to the Cathedral in Western Spain where the Biblical apostle James is buried.  Continue reading

Updating the great experiment (2013-2020)

Leaving Georgetown, TexasSEVEN YEARS AGO, I set out on my bicycle to see if I could support myself exclusively from my work (translation) while living on the road. For the last quarter of 2013, I rode the Southern Swing 2013, which you can read about by choosing that category in this blog. A lot has changed since then, and today I want to discuss those changes. Continue reading

Important lessons (re)learned (2020)

When this blog was six weeks old, I summarized what I had learned from the three rides to date. Seven years and many thousands of kilometers later, those lessons have stood the test of time, but I have learned a couple of new ones. I had not met Cheryl back then, and my mentor has taught me much more than I could have learned alone.  Continue reading

Update: lessons learned from the GNI 2012.

Starting this week, I will begin a series of updates to the posts about working on the road. It is, after all, the reason that I started this blog, and much has changed in eight years. Enjoy! Continue reading

Women on Wheels

This week I would like share a resource for those of you who dream of touring on your bikes, but are reluctant to do it alone. More women are touring alone every year, and there is no reason to wait for a guy, a BFF or a relative to set out. Let them catch up! Continue reading

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are one-third of the way from the Winter Solstice to the Vernal Equinox. Spring seems far away if you live north of the Florida border. My apologies to those of you suffering heat waves and wildfires. Maybe you can bookmark this space until the fires move back to North America. Continue reading

Keep the car or not? The rest of the story.

2014-04-25 jetta port bowIf you are considering your first extended ride, and you live alone, you may wonder what to do with your car. If you have already done a tour, you may wonder whether you need a car. I have been on both sides of the question. I hope this helps. Continue reading