Stay Away from that Less Traveled Path!

Today's Blogher/NaBloPoMo prompt:"Tell us about a time when you took the less traveled path."Who knew there were actual mountains plunked in the middle of England? [Wikipedia]...more

30DOC, Day 13

I have never had the opportunity to build a bicycle... until today, that is, thanks to my 30 Days of Creativity project! And it was fun. I'm telling you, if I could find a way to get someone to pay me to make little mini Babybel cheese wax sculptures all day, I would totally do it! June 13, 2012 prompt: ...more
 @motherofnine9 I think at the VERY least the company that makes Mini Babybel Cheese should ...more

Summer Break Is Coming: Get Outside -- on Bikes -- with Your Kids!

Spring is here and time to head back outdoors again. One of the best ways my family enjoys the outdoors is on bikes. For Earth Day three years ago, I posted about getting out your bikes and checking on Rail Trails on TrailLink, sponsored by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. Back then, my daughter was five years old and usually rode (slept) in a bike trailer. Now we’ve ventured into mountain biking as family. We don’t live in an area that is safe to bike in the streets, so my 8-year-old daughter has only ridden her bike in our driveway. When I suggested that we hit the rail trail this year, she was a bit anxious about the narrowness of the trail and the number of people zipping by....more

Why I Cycled to the End of the World

I get asked a lot of questions when people find out I rode my bike from Alaska to Argentina.  How did it happen?  How is it that a 50-year-old wife, mother, and schoolteacher ended up cycling to the ends of the earth?  Indeed, why did I – mom, wife, schoolteacher, ordinary woman complete with an extra 40 pounds and twin skin – cycle from Alaska to Argentina with my family?  It’s kind of… well, shall we say – not the typical path through motherhood?...more
I'd LOVE to hear more about your travels, how you were able to afford this "career vacation", ...more

Healthy Monday

I now weigh 131! Which Means since last week I've lost two pounds. I would love to lose a couple of more this week before Easter; my goal is to get under 130 by then. ...more

Crude Oil Dependence and Consequences

The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice held their sixth annual conference at the UConn School of Business on Saturday, October 16th. There were two keynote speakers -- Wilma Subra and Lisa Garcia -- and eight panels within two workshop sessions: Climate Change and Global Injustice; Oil: Hazardous to Your Health at Every Stage; History of Energy and Oil; Back to the Future of Transportation; Oil and Water Just Don't Mix; Taking a Peek at Peak Oil; Petroleum and Food Production; and Ending Dependency: Exploring Options. Due to time constraints, I was only able to stay for invocation, one keynote speaker and one workshop session. [caWilma Subra of the Subra Company dedicated her speech to discussing the recent BP disaster which began on April 20, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Subra shared with the audience a timeline of events during the oil spill, including a number that received no mainstream news coverage to speak of in this part of the country. She described the groups most affected by this disaster as Vietnamese, Laotian, Native American, and African-American populations who were living and working along the coast, many of whom are experiencing headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and other symptoms due to their exposure to oil in aerosol form. Subra said that people living as far as one hundred miles inland are still being affected. What began in April was not just an oil spill, but a natural gas leak and consequent dispersant contamination....more

Sweet Ride on a Second-hand Bike

When I was 10, I inherited an oversized boy’s bike from my cousin. I was happy to have my first bike. We couldn’t afford the popular Schwinns of the day.  I cleaned and painted it, adding a thunderbolt on the fender to make it look fast and give the hand-me-down a new look.Once it looked like a bike to be proud of rather than a dust catcher from someone’s basement, I had to learn to ride it. The first step was to find a place to mount the boy’s bike since I wasn’t tall enough to reach over the frame without starting from a stoop....more

Be Green, Get Lean: The Secret Benefits of Mass Transit

Want to drop a size or two without changing your diet or putting in more hours at the gym? Start taking public transit! ...more

Few facts...

New York is distinguished from all other American cities by its use of public ...more

Write a Bike-Ku for Bike to Work on May 21

Once you read this haiku, you'll want to two-wheel it to your nearest ice cream shop: Strawberry ice cream Is hard to carry by bike But it makes good paint ...more

Just entered. Thanks for the heads up ...more

Cheap, easy, and green: Get on a bicycle

Cycling has well-known health, social, and environmental benefits too, but the transportation mode's money-saving qualities may trump them all in this economy! If you're tired of paying at the pump, get a bike for nearby errands and pay quite a bit less -- or maybe even get rid of a second car or go car-free altogether for maximum savings! Some ways to get started, eco-nomically: ...more

LadyLight

Haven't been on a bike in at least 5 years.  Would love to start, but my ...more