Four ways to enjoy Amsterdam Aug05

Four ways to enjoy Amsterdam

With a city as diverse as Amsterdam, there are dozens of ways to enjoy it.  Pick a couple, pick them all…you are going to enjoy this marvelous destination. Ride a bike Amsterdam may be the city of bikes. With over a million bikes in the city, and with literally dozens of bike rental shops, this is a city that knows how to get around on two wheels. If you want to look like a local, drive like hell and don’t stop for anything. It’s not that Amsterdamer’s are rude, it’s just how it’s done in this city. For a less harried ride, consider riding outside the business district. Follow some of the canals into the rural, agricultural areas.  There...

To Do Tuesday Jul30

To Do Tuesday

“To Do Tuesdays” again features a list of things to do around town and around the world. . New additions this week from South Dakota  include: Michelson Trail Trek – South Dakota http://dbhas.info/18xjyiO Annual Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival – South Dakota...

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from the air May30

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from th...

Sun Moon Lake has been drawing tourists since 1999, when it was reconstructed into a National Scenic Area after a major earthquake. It is now a 9,000 hectare vacation mecca for Taiwanese and international tourists alike. The largest alpine mountain lake in all of Taiwan, it’s perfectly located at almost the geographical center of the island. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, every direction you look can be a photo opportunity. Rising from 600 meters to 2,000 meters, the hills offer hiking and biking opportunities as well as wonderful overlooks. Approximately a dozen hiking trails of short to moderate distances offer something for...

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attractions May28

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attraction...

Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail Midway down the eastern shoreline of Taiwan is the city of Hualien.  It’s just a short, under-an-hour flight from Taipei and you’ll find yourself next to lush green hills that parallel the seashore. This makes a perfect setting for the Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail. The trail isn’t very long. It can be ridden one-way in about an hour. To the north is a fishing operation where people come to watch large fishing boats transfer their catch to smaller Zodiacs who then rush their loads to the beach. A waiting construction road grader catches their ropes and pulls them up onto the beach. From here, the fish are loaded on...

Biking around Taiwan May23

Biking around Taiwan

Back in Taiwan, in search of some of their most beautiful biking and sightseeing areas. Hit the subscribe button (on the right) and get all the posts for the next week with slideshows of all the sights.   Our first stop was Taipei City where a network of bike paths ply all corners of the...

Amsterdam, where everybody bikes May01

Amsterdam, where everybody bikes

There isn’t a city in the world with more bicyclists than Amsterdam.  It’s estimated that the average Amsterdammer owns 1.5 bikes and most have never obtained an automobile driver’s license. When it takes an hour to drive across Amsterdam in a car, and only 3o minutes on a bike, it’s easy to see why this is such an two-wheeled society. Visitors can join the fun with bike rental locations on just about every other street. People bike everywhere: to work, to shop and to visit friends. Everyone rides, not only students, but bankers, attorneys, even the judges. Despite the person’s status, everyone drives what we would refer to as “beaters”. ...

Ridgway, PA – center of all-season outdoor fun Mar02

Ridgway, PA – center...

In February every year, the internationally renowned Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous takes place in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Since my great grandfather was their town physician around the turn of the 20th century, we decided to go see the Rendevous and also check out Dr. Bardwell’s office on Main...

10 Ways to enjoy the Côte-de-Beaupré region of Quebec Jan23

10 Ways to enjoy the...

Aim your wheels northeast when leaving Quebec City and you’ll find yourself in a region full of fun. The Côte-de-Beaupré region, following Rt. 138 along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River provides activities ranging from relaxing to wild, adrenaline-packed experiences. Some are only...

Outdoor adventures i...

While many people equate South Dakota with Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, there’s a whole lot more there if you saunter over to the southeast side of the state.  Sioux Falls is the state’s largest city and just a one-day drive from Chicago, St. Louis, Winnepeg or Denver.   Central to...

The Great Allegheny Passage for bikers and hikers Sep03

The Great Allegheny ...

Bike Pittsburgh to Rockwood to Cumberland and back in a long weekend, and discover the best in small-town America. Looking for a bike trail where you can ride in natural surroundings? A path you can follow without resorting to maps or GPS? Maybe you want a path where you can find unique rest...

Two great discoveries along the Butler Freeport Community Trail Jun26

Two great discoverie...

This spring, I had been invited to Butler, Pennsylvania for a press tour, and with the weather so enjoyable, I arrived early to take in some biking on two of Pennsylvania’s excellent bike paths. It ended up becoming a much better ride than I ever imagined with two great historical discoveries...

The great Ontario to Quebec VIA Rail 2012 biking adventure – Day Ten Jun12

The great Ontario to...

[If you missed any of the previous days’ stories, you’ll find links to all the other articles at the end of this article.] This adventure started ten days ago in Windsor, Ontario and I was looking forward to a week and a half of riding the rails and trails, utilizing my two most...