Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, 2,168 miles
This was a retirement dream. I hiked a month each summer for nearly
ten years, slowly inching my way through 14 states towards trail's end
at Mt. Kathadin, Maine. AT hikers of all ages and walks of life form
a tight and caring community on the trail. I learned so much about handling
adversity, getting along with different people, and staying focused
in order to reach my final goal. Trail name was "Tooth."
Trip Across America - 4,700 miles
My second retirement dream! Five of us pedaled through ten states and
over four major mountain ranges to reach the Pacific Ocean in Anacortes,
WA. We were self-contained (no van following us!), camped out and cooked
our own meals making the trip affordable. We witnessed from the seat
of our bikes the majestic beauty of America, and the warmth and friendliness
of the people in small towns along the way.
Coast to Coast Hike in England
A group led trip. Eight of us from England, America, Ireland and Australia
trekked 192 miles across northern England from St. Bees Head to Robin
Hood's Bay. We hiked through three National Parks and stayed in quaint
B&Bs in small villages along the route.
Bike Trip around Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
I biked 1,200 miles around these two beautiful areas visiting cozy villages
with piled lobster traps, fishing boats at anchor, and cod drying seaside
in the sun. Spent one awe-inspiring night as the lone camper in Kejimkujik
National Park by the sea.
Shorter Bike Trips in America
Bike Trip around the Finger Lakes in NY State Age 68
Bike Trip around Lake Ontario Age 67
Bike Trip San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island Age 58
Adventure Cycling Bicycle Tour Maine to Pennsylvania Age 53
(This was my first loaded tour- although very difficult - it turned
me on to bicycle touring)
Distance Tours during my Sabbatical
I roamed New Zealand from Queenstown to Rotorua to Cape Reinga riding
my loaded touring bicycle 1,800 miles through alpine heights and sheep
ranches, past crashing waterfalls and glacial lakes. Managed to also
hike the Routeburn Trail and the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in the South
Ah, beautiful, friendly Ireland, so hospitable to bikers. Visited the
Ring of Kerry, the Beara and Dingle Peninsulas. Rode through the Burren
and around the Connemara Mountains. Ferrying to Wales I explored the
Gowan Peninsula and the Wye River Valley, and ended my 1,200-mile journey
by riding through the Cotswalds, Bath and Stonehenge in England.
Spent 4 days backpacking down into and around the Grand Canyon
Suwannee River Canoe Trip
Three of us canoed from the beginning of the Suwannee River in Georgia
on a two-week paddling trip into Florida.
Wilderness Survival Trip, Utah
Five of us went into the Wilderness with nothing but a blanket and a
knife and spent two weeks learning how to survive. We build traps and
caught snakes, rats, and rabbits. Learned to make rope from grasses.
Carved our own spoons and slept on beds of hot coals at night to ward
off the desert chill.
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