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Possum on the Trail and Jesus on the Metro

Possum on the Trail and Jesus on the Metro

I volunteer one morning a month at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis.  I’ve been maintaining their website for several years and have been amazed at what this little school in East St. Louis is accomplishing. 100% of their graduates finish high school and 95% enroll in college.  Those are amazing numbers for that area.  I wanted to help!  So one Friday morning every...

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Day Trip to Sanibel Island

Day Trip to Sanibel Island

Our favorite day trip in Florida is cycling from Fort Myers to Sanibel Island.  We enjoy this 40 mile round trip every year while we’re vacationing in Fort Myers visiting Craig’s mother. Our adventure begins right at Carole’s doorstep in The Forest gated golf community where she lives.  This year we had a gorgeous sunny day with highs in the 70s and no wind.  Absolute...

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Biking Fort Myers, Florida

Biking Fort Myers, Florida

Goodbye snow and single digit temps!  This week, Craig and I are enjoying the beautiful weather in Fort Myers, Florida.  We vacation in Fort Myers every February to visit Craig’s mom who lives down here during the winter.  Usually by February, we’re ready to get out of the cold and get our butts down south for a week of sunshine and palm trees.  Despite the frigid temps in St. Louis,...

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Bern Helmets

Bern Helmets

Well I’ve been super busy at work and haven’t posted here in a while.  But don’t think for one minute that I’ve been hibernating during this arctic winter.  Nope!  I’ve been out there on my bike several times a week even when the temps have dipped down into the teens and windchill has been below zero. So it just happens that the year I decide to bike all winter long...

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We bought our train tickets!

We bought our train tickets!

The trail magic has begun 9 months before we even begin!  Shortly after I posted my previous article about our Chicago Loop Tour plans on my Crazy Guy On A Bike website account, a helpful Larry M. sent me a friendly email to let me know that the AMTRAK train to Chicago DOES allow roll on bikes and to ask if I might be interested in some suggestions for our route.  Larry and his wife live in...

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Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Two months have now passed since our grand European bicycle tour in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. And we are already itching for another!  Our next tour will need to be a bit closer to home due to cash and vacation time constraints SO we’ve elected to do a 200 mile loop in the Chicago area over six days in September 2014.  Craig and I have been throwing around the idea of a...

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Cycling Below Freezing

Cycling Below Freezing

Alright I have a confession… all my LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic fashion sense goes out the window when the temps dip below freezing.  When frostbite becomes a serious possibility I am only concerned about one thing: STAYING WARM.  So does this mean that I park my bike until it gets warmer?  NO WAY!  I simply eschew the cute little jackets and skirts in favor of more heavy duty cold weather...

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Sunset Greenway Trail

Sunset Greenway Trail

Time for another day trip trail review!  Craig took a half day off work yesterday and we biked out to the Missouri River on the Sunset Greenway Trail.  As usual we started from our doorstep and biked the familiar 5 1/2 miles through Ferguson, Calverton Park and Florissant to where the trail begins in front of the historic St. Ferdinand Shrine in Old Town Florissant. The 3 1/2 mile off road paved...

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Planning Your Commute

Planning Your Commute

I’ve been a bicycle commuter for years now and it seems like a normal lifestyle to me.  I am aware, however, that to most people this way of travel is considered unusual… around these parts anyway.  But there are also lots of folks out there who really WANT to try bicycle commuting but they just don’t know where to start.  So here’s the process I go through when planning...

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Winter LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

Winter LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

It’s getting colder out there.  Time to put away the bicycle?  I THINK NOT!!!  Don’t pile on the flab this winter.  KEEP CYCLING!!!  You’ll feel better and if you spend time outside regularly, you won’t get cabin fever during those dreary winter months. With proper layering, there’s no reason why we can’t cycle all winter long.  The first couple of...

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