An Indian Wedding


When my nephew Ethan sent me a wedding announcement, I was so happy. Weddings are automatically a source of rejoicing. The couple picked late September for the celebration.

Then I read the wedding venue: Kerala, the long thin state at the bottom of India. He and his fiancée Meghana live in the Bay Area. Meghana was born in Hyderabad but is as American as any Bay Area Millennial. So I immediately started making plans. By a stroke of luck, my girl Kathe had scheduled to take off the entire month of September. She’s a doctor and had made those plans long in advance. She was going with a girlfriend of hers to bicycle the Camino de Santiago de Compostela the early part of September, so we made plans to spend the second half of the month first at the wedding and then traveling around Kerala a bit.

Now Training: The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb


On Saturday, August 15, 2015, I will bike up Mount Washington, a 7.6 mile all-uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Some have even dubbed it “The Toughest Hillclimb in The World. It is my birthday–I’ll be 66. In lieu of this major event, I will be posting updates of my training and spirits– hopefully they can help you train for how to train for an upcoming cycling event or maybe inspire you to become a more active cyclist.