Goodness, not having a 15 mile round trip bike commute a couple times a week definitely hampers getting my mileage in. I'll need to take more lakeside walks with the dog! Virtually we are now in the Yorkshire Dales and this is where I can actually start writing and posting pictures from my real life … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 595.7, Yorkshire Dales
This post is in memoriam of Banita's dear friend Steve Wright, who passed away this time last year. We were fortunate to be able to visit with him briefly in his home, near Leeds, in May 2019 during my 50th birthday trip. Upon his passing were were able to travel back to celebrate his life … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 565.6: Bradford/Leeds with a jaunt through the Peak District
It's a big week in 'merica and stress levels are off the chart. Good time to visit my virtual trek. This mileage was completed via a couple five mile hikes in Upper Michigan and multiple, now short biking commutes to work. Been a busy couple months of fitting in a getaway, moving, and maintaining sanity … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 520.6: Sheffield and almost the halfway point
We have reached the Midlands...and more or less of the halfway point of this virtual adventure. This mileage was brought to you by some bike commuting and walks around Ohiopyle, PA during a brief road trip last week. Leicester Murder, mystery, mayhem. The War of the Roses. The death and disappearance of a King...until 2012 … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge- Mile Marker 478.6: Leicester and Nottingham (or where Richard III was lost then found and Robin Hood is a thorn in the side of the rich).
Pics from Montrose and McCormick Bird Sanctuaries. Bird wise, just the local year rounders. A Mourning Dove, European Starlings, American Goldfinches and a House Finch.
Before I start the virtual English tour part of this post, I want to spend a moment to say their names. Jacob Blake. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery...the list goes on and on. Don't be complicit. Don't be silent. Do VOTE! Stratford-upon-Avon Most of my mileage as been due to bike commuting and if … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 438.7. Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry
Fall like weather here in Chicago finally made for some comfortable bike riding and I was able to put in 45 miles over the past few days. Took some time to dip my toes into the lake. Don't tell the mayor! Lake Michigan is a wee bit high these days. So I'm really excited about … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 328.7. Oxford and the Cotswalds
The hot, sticky weather continued so not much Chicago venturing was had, but I counted my steps and added in a bike ride home from work to move myself 18 more miles closer to my virtual goal. In my virtual English world this had me venture past Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame. I admit … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 328.7, near Donnington
It has been a very sticky, uncomfortably hot week or more in Chicago so not much bike riding or walking long distances was done. But it's cooled off enough that I was able to log 25 miles over a couple of bike commutes to work. This get's me my next postcard! Every year on the … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 310.7 in a hamlet somewhere
Now that the lakefront is somewhat opened up, Banita and I headed north to Montrose Harbor where she found a lovely bench to read and I headed out to see what feathery friends I could find that day. Banita enjoying her bench time. Cedar Wax Wing I think this is a juvenile robin A very … Continue reading Adventures in Birding: Montrose Harbor