How It All Started Way Back In 2012

It was 2012 when I started cycling. It started after I had left my husband and I needed to get to and from work. I do no drive, I had no car, and a very limited budget for things like

moederfiets

I even used this bike to move house.

the bus. Rather than make a problem out of it, I just started cycling to work, 40 km a day on a rickety old “moederfiets” ( a ‘mothers bike’ is a bike with child seat on the back, basket on the front, and grocery bags under the backseat) It was not a nice bike ride, the bike was heavy and uncomfortable, that being said I believe in working with what you have. The early morning sun rides were stunning. The sun rising up over the misty pastures.I began to realize what cycling did for my mind, my body and my soul. The thing about my divorce was that it left me with the most important thing, my child, the rest of it, money, things, housing was gone. This meant my budget was low, but I had a great deal of free time in the weeks my daughter was with her father. What was I to do with all that time. Continue reading

The Making of a Personal Goal.

It wasn’t as diffiimg_2183cult as one would think. It wasn’t even the goal I had in mind on that first day in April when I picked up my new to me 2nd hand bicycle. No, that day I just needed to go pick up some shoes from a town 35km away. That is how it started for me. That’s what made it work, it wasn’t me telling myself I needed to exercise more, it wasn’t me telling myself I needed to get outside more. It was pure utilitarian, I needed to get from point A to point B and the easiest way was with my bicycle. So that is exactly what I did, and 3 weeks in I realized just how many kilometers I had been making and I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if I could cycle 1000km in 4 weeks, I only needed another 250km at that moment in time. So that’s what I did, cycled. Continue reading

I did it! 1000km/4 weeks 

This is the ride that reached my goal!

What an Adventure!! On April 27, 2016 I brought home my new bicycle. At the time, I had not set out to ride so much and so far yet along the way that’s how it rolled. (Get it- bicycle rolled ūüėČ) Almost 54 hours spent sitting and peddling and observing the world around me.  I’m doing a test right now and writing this post from my phone in order to learn this blogging app. Tonight, Ill sit down and write a few stories I have to share with you! I am excited! Untill next time!

Rain,Rain Go Away

I headed out today on my bike to get 40km in towards my 1000km goal. I wanted to take sorainme¬†pictures of some of the beautiful places here, truth be told, it was cold and wet. It’s been raining since yesterday but it feels like forever already! The lighting wasn’t conducive to pretty pictures and I just wasn’t feeling it. That being said, I managed 35.5km. In the rain on wet roads I’m much slower. I can feel that I worry about falling. ¬†I did’t fall, and I covered ground. Tomorrow I get another shot at working on my goal. Only 167km to go! It actually feels really good to say that, and to know that 167km’s in 3 days is really, really easy to achieve. I have decided that when I reach 1000km in 4 weeks I will treat myself to a day at the sauna, for now tho, a hot shower and a nice cup of tea sound like a good idea before sleep. Untill next time.

Checking in.

I read somewhere, it’s not how much you post on your blog, it’s the quality of what you write. So Ive taken the last week to work on a piece about the extraordinary World War 2 history of the place I live in. I’ve been cycling around and taking fotos and stories from the locals. Stay tuned and this week I will play your heart strings and help remind you to cherish every¬†moment because life is fleeting.

Plus: By this coming Friday, 27th of May, I intend to have cycled 1000km (600miles) in 4 weeks time on my bicycle. I have 218km left to cycle in the next 5 days!

Untill next time!

Spring is in the air

spring7I don’t always go places. Sometimes I just get on my bike and go for a ride. Just to get the body moving, the blood flowing. I struggle with anxiety and depression due to trauma, so the movement is so important for me. On the days when I don’t cycle, it can be difficult to even get up off the sofa. I do not know if you know anyone who has anxiety, or maybe sometimes you yourself know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that is just the nothing. It’s like being dead already, but not. I am alive, I know I am alive, yet there is nothing, not even emptiness.¬†That is depression and there are days I think it is going to win, and I will give in to the deep dark nothing and wither away like old dead brown leaves in the winter wind. Continue reading

Red Sonja Rides

me1I’ve seen a million things, had a hundred hair colours and a thousand nicknames, if ever I’ve had one. Phoenix, Valkyrie and Red Sonja to name a few. I like the names the people I’ve known have given me along the way. Each of them suggest a warrior woman unafraid of change. Standing in fire clad in leather and brandishing a sword; there are people who see me as a brash adventurer exploring both the deep inner world of the soul and the rich outer world of our planet. I, on the other hand, see myself as a terrified little girl who sometimes lets fear win, but other times refuses to give in to the great destroyer. ¬†Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” ¬†This is how my heart lives. Fearful or not, we only get one shot here on this earth, in this life. So go out, adventure, live, laugh, and love.

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Hof van Twente

2-hof-van-twenteSo as you may already know, I am an expat. That means that I was born in one country (America) and later moved to another ( The Netherlands). Untill I was 27 I associated bicycles with children and summer. Certainly not with commuting and pleasure. It has been 13 years since I moved to this little “kikkerlandje”, and the truth is I just love it here, and I fell in love with the bicycle. Cycling burns fat, it frees up endorphins and builds a strong cardiovascular system. Its faster than walking, but slower than driving giving you the option to both cover distance AND see the world around you. It is exactly that that inspired me to make this blog. Seeing the world around me, for the beauty that it is. Continue reading