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

 

The Danube: Gyo̎r to Bratislava

dscn3601.jpgAfter two days in Gyo̎r, I set out on the 12th for Bratislava. There was a steady northwest wind all day, but it was not as strong as earlier. North of Gyo̎r, I found myself riding through tidy suburbs with single-family dwellings, set in the middle of vast fields of various crops. The plants were all short, and different bright shades of springtime green – except for the rapeseed (brassica napus), blooming in blinding yellow. Continue reading

The Danube: Budapest to Gyo̎r

Monday, the 8th of May, a heavy overcast made sunglasses unnecessary as I hauled my bicycle from the basement and my five bags from the room. By shuffling things around on Sunday evening, I managed to get more weight moved aft on the bike. OsmAnd software led me easily up the left bank of the Danube and over the great river into Buda. The sky cleared as I crossed the bridge.  Continue reading

Breaking Out 2021: Chippokes Plantation State Park

cp-image-01On Monday, 8 March 2021, I wheeled my loaded bicycle into the lift and went down to the street. Glorious, blazing sunshine in a cloudless sky, the temperature in the low teens (°C). The weather forecast was as close to ideal as it could get for the first day on the road since the Pandemic Pedalling of 2020. Although a headwind was forecast for both days of my outing, it proved to be almost a dead calm. Continue reading

Come on over: Survivor

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

Next week, we’ll interrupt River Run 2017 for my third pandemic outing, the first ride of Breaking Out 2021. 

Smooth roads and tailwinds, 

JT