It was a cold and snowy February here in Chicago so not much mileage was had either by walking or cycling. Just a few one to two mile jaunts here and there so that kept me virtually in the Yorkshire Dales for some time. Not a bad place to be even if only in your … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 636.8, Cumbria
Adventures in Birding: Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
For Banita's birthday we rented a little renonvated barn in Sawyer, Michigan for the weekend. While there we saw on our friend and avid birder Scott's facebook page that the very rare Common Crane (despite it's name it really was way off course, as it is usually found in northern Eurasia) was seen amongst the … Continue reading Adventures in Birding: Sandhill and Whooping Cranes
Montrose Harbor and Point-Winter 2021
Post blizzard and pre brutally cold temperatures I made it out to the lakefront with my repaired camera to capture some bird images. Looking forward to getting back into my new found hobby that I started last May and put on hold while my camera was on the fritz. Not at that point yet where … Continue reading Montrose Harbor and Point-Winter 2021
LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 595.7, Yorkshire Dales
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
LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 565.6: Bradford/Leeds with a jaunt through the Peak District
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
LEJOG Virtual Challenge-Mile Marker 520.6: Sheffield and almost the halfway point
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
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).
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).
Some local birds, plants, and other critters
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.
LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 438.7. Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry
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
LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 328.7. Oxford and the Cotswalds
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