Biking, United States / 03.08.2017

Martin surprised me with a six-day cycling trip to Hawaii’s Big Island for my 60th birthday. What a great way to start a new decade – riding a bicycle in paradise! Founded in 1979, Backroads claims to be “The world’s #1 active travel company” and offers worldwide trips with biking, walking, hiking, camping, cruising and combinations of multiple sports....

United States, Where to stay / 12.07.2017

While we were raising our kids, we took several wonderful trips to different areas of California. Martin and I have also visited on our own. Our son and daughter-in-law moved to San Francisco a few years ago, so now we venture there to visit our kids and enjoy their big new state! Often times, while the kids work during the week, we rent a car and head out of town to explore. Wine country was calling to us, and off we went to beautiful Sonoma....

Asthma / 10.05.2017

Something wasn’t the same. The bike rides weren’t any harder, but I was slowing down. Unlike years past, I wasn’t seeing progress in my riding as I trained. What used to be fun was a struggle that left me breathless. No matter how good of shape I was in, I struggled to catch my breath. And it wasn’t the same as being winded. It was a totally different sensation, like I could only breathe out of the top of my lungs....