2013 in Places

Oops. It’s 2014 already. So, following my yearly tradition, here’s a record of all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night during 2013: Alexandria, VA Benton, TN Chattanooga, TN Holland, MI Kingsport, TN Stamping Ground, KY Nashville, TN Prince William Forest, VA Solvang, CA Stamping Ground, KY Woodbridge, …

2012 in Cities

Following tradition, here’s a record of all the cities, towns, hamlets, or dots-on-a-map in which I’ve spent at least one night this year: Birmingham, AL Charlotte, NC Chattanooga, TN Holland, MI Kingsport, TN Shenandoah National Park, VA Nashville, TN Rodanthe, NC Sylvania, OH Woodbridge, VA Washington, DC cf. 2005/1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 3

[Continued from part 1, and part 2] Lookout Mountain Lookout Mountain is an icon of the South.  As a kid, en route to see my grandparents in Alabama, we’d circle the hump-backed juggernaut as we passed through Chattanooga.  It’s lore was spread via one of the most innovative advertising campaigns in history — painted barns throughout …

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 2

[Continued from part 1] Sand Mountain The showers drenched, but didn’t dally. By the time I made the turn onto the rough rural roads of northern Alabama, the rain had ceased and a steamy vapor began to rise from the pavement.  Aside from the bad roads, there was little clue save for a sparse state …

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2012, Part 1

Given the recent Lance Armstrong and pro cycling doping scandals, I thought it might be worthy to show what the cycling world looks like more often than not — that is, undoped, unpaid, underprepared, and wickedly fun.  What follows is a report (in three parts) from an ride I undertook earlier this year. One hundred …