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

The Laugavegur in the City

I just finished detailing our Laugarvegurinn Trek through the Icelandic interior in recent posts, but it turned out that our trekking days were not over.¬†We returned to Reykjavik and our AirBnB host for about a day and a half of big city exploration after our hike. Our main goals were to see the sights, buy … Continue reading

Iceland by the Numbers

I still have a few more things to post about our time in Iceland, but now that we’re back home, we have crunched some numbers for those of you who have been following our adventure. Here’s an “Iceland by the numbers” summary that Mike put together: Kilometers biked: 1880 Kilometers bused: 0* Flat tires: 0 … Continue reading

Bandit Camping in Iceland

We’ve begun the last leg of our biking journey since we are now working on completing our circle. There are no major stops until we return to where we started. We’ve moved from northern Iceland into the west, where signs of the capital’s relative closeness are more apparent. There are fewer convenient camping card campgrounds … Continue reading