June 2015

Planning the 2015 Adventure - this year the Danube

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Every year we spend several months cycling in Europe in the late summer and fall. When we first began this series of grand adventures, we were inspired by a book by Mike Lyon "Cycling Along Europe's Rivers". Each year we base in Haarlem, near Amsterdam, and set out on a quest to explore the best of Europe's great rivers. The first year we did the Rhine all the way to the Bodensee in Switzerland and the Mosel. The next year it was France's beautiful Mayenne and Loire Rivers. This year we are planning the Danube. We often communicate with Mike Lyon while planning and he is always generous with information and tips. Mike has recently written an article about multi-generational bike touring - kids to grandparents and everyone in between. It's a great read for anyone planning to tour with younger or older people. It also has photos of a Swiss cycling training center - why don't we have things like this? Read the full article at the link below, and stay tuned for more planning and adventures.  

2015 Shakedown Cruise

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We were really busy this year with yard and house improvements, so we didn’t really get a shakedown cruise in preparation for our Third Great European Adventure. The closest thing we got was a ride on the Beautiful Kal-Haven Trail into Kalamazoo back in May to celebrate our anniversary (48th) and my birthday. We stayed at the historic Henderson Castle and of course made the traditional trip to Bell’s.

Leaving Spring Lake campground for Kalamazoo
Leaving Spring Lake campground for Kalamazoo
Leaving Spring Lake campground for Kalamazoo
Leaving Spring Lake campground for Kalamazoo
Kal-Haven Trail head at Kzoo end
Kal-Haven Trail head at Kzoo end
Kal-Haven trail history
Kal-Haven trail history
Arriving at Henderson Castle
Arriving at Henderson Castle
Arriving at Henderson Castle
Arriving at Henderson Castle
On to Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Brewery
On to Bell's Eccentric Cafe and Brewery
Inside Bell's - Oberon please...
Inside Bell's - Oberon please...
Anniversary Dinner at Henderson Castle
Anniversary Dinner at Henderson Castle
Anniversary Dinner at Henderson Castle
Anniversary Dinner at Henderson Castle
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Henderson Castle
Henderson Castle
Henderson Castle
Henderson Castle
Heading home on the Kal-Haven trail
Heading home on the Kal-Haven trail
Another anniversary dinner at Fricano's
Another anniversary dinner at Fricano's