The Journey

Reflecting on September

September was a challenging month for me. With school starting back up again, there were a lot of unknowns about everything. How would the kids handle the new mask mandate? How the hell am I suppose to teach five days a week in person while also offer the same quality of education to 40% ofContinue reading “Reflecting on September”

Adventures on The Elroy-Sparta Trail and Hitting the 1,000 Mile Mark

“Utter darkness is as much a part of the scenery along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail as the views of the rolling hills and farmland.  That’s because visitors pass through three hand-dug railroad tunnels on their 33 mile journey from Sparta to Elroy on what is widely acknowledged to be the oldest rail-trial conversion in theContinue reading “Adventures on The Elroy-Sparta Trail and Hitting the 1,000 Mile Mark”

Using Exercise To Cope

My grandma passed away on Friday morning. She’s the one who I spoke about in my post about writing and storytelling (“So You Wanna Be An Author”). Her passing was expected but it doesn’t lessen the pain and the grief. My sister and I went on a leisurely (ok … semi-leisurely) 16.5 mile bike rideContinue reading “Using Exercise To Cope”

Should We Kill The Author?

Over the past few years, many troubling truths have surfaced in Hollywood and in the literary world about media that I either consume(d) or held near and dear to my heart.  As a child, I admired Bill Cosby.  Mom and I bonded over his family friendly comedy.  As a teenager and college-aged woman, I religiouslyContinue reading “Should We Kill The Author?”

July Mini Biking Update

I’m working on a longer post about non-biking stuff, but I wanted to leave a quick biking update now that July is almost over. Overarching Goal: Bike 2,100 miles by December 31st 2020 Current Progress: 790 miles out of 2,100 Optional Goals: Bike from St. Croix Falls, Wi to Siren, Wi (one way) Bike fromContinue reading “July Mini Biking Update”

Bike Touring in Maple Grove, MN

The Elm Creek Park Reserve is a biking paradise unto nothing I have ever encountered before. The bike path is well-paved and clearly marked. The trail features rolling hills and twisty turns that make riding feel exciting and like a proper adventure, and the mixture of wetlands/marshland, suburbia, scenic creeks, rivers, and lakes, make bikingContinue reading “Bike Touring in Maple Grove, MN”

Doubt Comes In (But I Beat It)

I accomplished another biking milestone! I completed my first Imperial half-century (50miles) on the Hardwood Creek/Sunrise Prairie Rail Trail. I started in Hugo, MN and turned around in North Branch, MN which is the half-way marker and the natural end of these rail trails. I initially planned to do this feat today (Tuesday) because theContinue reading “Doubt Comes In (But I Beat It)”

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