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Brevets, commutes, tandem rides, coffee. Sometimes a marathon. Washington, D.C.

Bike Commute Hoarder

Lifehacker recently posted an article called the Cycling Commuter’s Daily Bag that essentially emptied out a bike commuter’s pannier. Curious, I looked through the items listed and the accompanying photos. The number of items this person carried to her job was shocking. The article did not go into the mileage of the […]

Hilly Billy Roubaix: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

This is not a joke so please stop smiling What was I thinking when I said it didn’t hurt –Wilco, “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart“ After an exhilarating experience at the 2013 edition of the Hilly Billy Roubaix, Ed Felkerino and I returned to Morgantown this past weekend for another opportunity […]

Mancation, All I Ever Wanted

I overhear our friend talking to Felkerino about his upcoming bike trip, a multi-day self-guided tour in Europe. “Mancation,” he tells Felkerino. I turn my head at that. “Just me and my bike,” he adds. Surprised, I say, “Wait, you’re going by yourself?” “Good job, Mary. You got it on […]

Twitter, Facebook, and Randonneuring, oh my!

Since riding PBP in 2011, I’ve developed a Twitter and Facebook addiction for tracking randonneuring events. It originally started when I discovered that I could follow ultra-running events like the Barkley Ultrarun in practically real time. That was so cool! Even though I have no thought of every doing Barkley, […]


Recently, a friend recommended Willa Cather’s My Ántonia so I have been reading it. I’ve always avoided this book because it sounded too much like required high school reading. Now I understand why that is so, although I don’t know that I would have appreciated all this book had to offer […]