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”

No Matter How Slow You Go…

All my life, I’d set a goal and feel extremely motivated at the start. A couple bumps in the road would get me off track, and then I’d quit. That mindset stopped in April 2019 and I’m refusing to let it crop up again. Everyone’s probably heard this trite motivational phrase before: “No matter howContinue reading “No Matter How Slow You Go…”

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”

Weekend Vacation: Biking the Elroy-Sparta State Trail

My husband and I have a weekend vacation planned to travel to Sparta, Wi and bike the Elroy-Sparta State trail. This trail is considered the first rail-to-trail in the world, and it’s considered Wisconsin’s best rail trail! We wanted to go on a vacation before school started but COVID-19 has made us leery about travelingContinue reading “Weekend Vacation: Biking the Elroy-Sparta State Trail”

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”

It’s Nice To Slow Down and Smell the Roses

After my 50 mile soul-transforming odyssey last Monday, I decided to take all of Tuesday to rest and relax. By Wednesday, I was back on my bike and I did a cool 10 mile tour around St. Croix Falls. I’ve been so focused on speed and distance because I have a distance-based goal, but IContinue reading “It’s Nice To Slow Down and Smell the Roses”

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)”