Archive for the ‘Mountain biking’ Category

Trundlin without moving….

November 1, 2008

Cold (3 degress Celsius), wet, windy. Not ideal for a training ride, but for the committed cyclist that’s no excuse.

Today I’m doing something different. For the first time in eighteen years I’m going to hook up my road bike to an indoor “turbo” trainer and spin for an hour whilst watching an old Lance Armstrong DVD showcasing his seven TdF wins.

Before long I’ll have the grey November rain to my left, and the Pyrenees glinting in the sun in front of me.

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Inspired by The Clash…..

October 25, 2008

Should I stay or Should I go?

A couple of days in San Fran or stay at home for some R&R – perhaps a lightning trip to Snowdon?

How to decide? Aha, back to the Trundlin equation – a complex algorithm of time, money, weather and relationships.

For the moment I’m pondering……

Twixt Seattle and Vancouver…..

October 17, 2008

……lies Bellingham, one of those places in the Pacific Northwest that constantly features in magazines’ “Best towns to…” features.

Check out the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism website’s outdoor recreation page for an idea of what you’re missing .

Escape from Wall Street

October 12, 2008

Imagine this nightmare scenario. Confidence fails, banks tumble, the world’s governments try but can’t arrest the slide, stock markets continue…… I think you’re with me here. No imagination required!

If I was working in Manhattan, I’d look to escape ‘capitulation’ by heading for the hills, or more precisely, the Catskill mountains of upstate NY.

http://www.bigindiansprings.com is the sort of retreat to salve your nerves and recharge your batteries ready for another week of ….. ups?……downs?…… Predict correctly if you can!

Seattle style

October 2, 2008

As a resident of a damp island (the UK), I have a special affinity with islands, and gravitate to temperate locations, rather than tropical – much to the consternation of my Caribbean loving family!

So, Seattle and its environs, such as Vancouver, Vashon and Whidbey Islands makes it onto my list of great places to live if you like Trundlin.

Skiing? Snoqualmie is around an hour’s drive away.

Boho island life? Vashon or Bainbridge islands may fit (even if you’re only bohemian at the weekend, and are a buttoned down tech sort of gal/guy Mon-Fri  😉 )

Cycling? Washington, Oregon and Vancouver all provide a lifetime’s worth of roads and trails.

Running? Perfect! Visit the Seattle Running Company (www.seattlerunningcompany.com) for local guides or event details.

Sounds idyllic? Well, like much of the “civilised” world, Seattle is in the midst of a credit crisis, so if you’re not lucky enough to live near Puget Sound already there could be a bargain awaiting you. Once there, why would you ever want to leave!

Click on www.visitseattle.org for a further glimpse on what the region has to offer, and get trundlin……..

Trundlin in the San Juan mountains, Co, USA

August 18, 2008

There is no greater opportunity to vacation at your own pace, than when you set the pace.

A bike, a BOB ( www.bobgear.com ) , and some free time are all that are needed to leave schedules and timetables behind.

Set off from your front door and the world is before you, all the better if you call home the San Juan mountains in Colorado as the San Juan Hut System ( www.sanjuanhuts.com ) means you don’t need to carry a tent.

Huts or yurts ( Wiki: Yurts ) ( www.huts.org ) are ideal for hardy Trundlers and as you will see if you do some research on the sites mentioned its not just a Summer option, skiing from Hut to Yurt in the Winter months is is a great way to Trundl at the pace of nature……