Beograd

Nowhere near as pretty as Budapest, Belgrade is a grittier, dirtier city. It has a few interesting quirks, though.     As we were biking into town we noticed the plethora of barge clubs and restaurants along the Danube. The river bank was lined not only with these interesting venues but with a pedestrian walkway and … Continue reading

Euro Velo 6

When we left Budapest, we spent 5 days biking to Belgrade, Serbia. By chance we stumbled across the Euro Velo 6 bicycle route, which travels from somewhere in France on the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea in Romania. It more or less follows the Danube between the two cities, so we more or less … Continue reading

Budapest

After a longer-than-anticipated stay in Ljubljana, I was finally rejoined by Mike. We decided that since we’d lost about a week of travel time, we’d “fast-forward” to Budapest. This meant that we did not cycle through the northwest corner of Croatia or the southwest of Hungary. We’ll be going to the coast of Croatia toward … Continue reading

Lingering in Ljubljana

First of all, if you’re going to read my entire post about Ljubljana, you might want to know how to pronounce it. It’s not as hard as it looks. A “J” has more of a “Y” sound in Slovenian. Basically, the capital of Slovenia sounds like Lube-lee-ah-na. This is where I am currently, where I … Continue reading

I Feel Slovenia

After our crazy night of camping, we woke up to a cold, rainy day. Nonetheless, we hopped on our bikes and started pedaling (uphill, on gravel, into the wind). There were a few grueling bike paths, but we eventually made it back to pavement. Mike found us a host in Nova Vas for the night, … Continue reading

Honey Badgers and Hippogriffs

Wow, a lot has happened since I last checked in from Aqualeia. For starters, we spent one more day biking in Italy. We went to a cool little town on the Adriatic called Grado. It had lovely bike paths. After that, we wound our way toward Slovenia, which meant that we were biking from sea … Continue reading

Beyond Treviso

We’ve been on the road for two days now, not counting our initial jaunt from the airport. Our butts are breaking in the saddles (or maybe it’s the other way around) and we’re soaking up the sunshine (seriously — we’ve had to apply sunblock multiple times a day). Aside from being a little windy, the … Continue reading

Firenze — Fast and Furious

How many hours were Mike and Jackie in Italy before being interrogated by the police? Read on to find out! Things haven’t exactly calmed down since we got to Italy, but we’re on vacation now. When we got to Venice on Friday, we got right to work putting our bikes together outside of the airport. … Continue reading

Flying (by the Seat of Our Pants)

After an insanely busy week, we are off on our adventure. Finally. The typical packing fiasco preceded our trip, of course, but there was so much more going on as well. I finished grading my students’ end-of-semester projects in record time while Mike raced against the clock to get his aquaponics system on line. Aquaponics, … Continue reading

Panic and Triumph in Pine Creek Canyon (Zion NP)

A huge rumble engulfed the cavernous space, and I yelled for the others to “go, Go, GO!” Terrified of facing a flash flood in the tight confines of Zion’s Pine Creek Canyon, I moved faster than I ever had before. I knew that we wouldn’t stand a chance of escape with slick, moss-covered sandstone walls … Continue reading