Biking the Euros Buff Urban Race Guanajuato cycling Euro 2024 Germany Guanajuato mental health Sierra Santa Rosa Sue Monk Kidd Susan Cain twloha twola warm showers When the Heart Waits

  • Confessions of a Slug Killer

    Confessions of a Slug Killer

    I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. I haven’t felt this relaxed and at peace since I was drinking a cold beer in the sunshine back at my little camper cabin at Campingplatz Werben nearly two weeks ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, yet, at the same time, Werben feels…

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  • The Warm Showers Chainsaw Killer

    The Warm Showers Chainsaw Killer

    I’m a day outside of Leipzig, in the smallish town of Querfurt. It’s morning, and in a couple of hours I continue west, making my way, eventually, to my next Euro 2024 city, Dortmund. In between I have another 3-4 days of cycling before I get there. I’ll be criss-crossing back west, eventually hitting a…

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  • Time to Take a Breath

    Time to Take a Breath

    I’m stopped at the stunning Sanddorn-Garten farm shop and cafe near the shores of Lake Schwielow and on the southwestern outskirts of Potsdam. For all of you sick of me complaining about the rain, wind and cold, you may be happy to hear that I finally have sunshine and warm weather. It was my first…

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  • Berlin and The Big Dog

    Berlin and The Big Dog

    I made it to Berlin! And I’ve officially completed seven days on the bike, one quarter of my total biking days. On Day 1 I was having serious doubts about whether I could actually do this and wondering why on Earth I’d chosen this adventure, but now I’ve biked for a week and I’m feeling…

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  • Sunshine, Good Fortune, and the Mighty, Mighty Elbe

    Sunshine, Good Fortune, and the Mighty, Mighty Elbe

    It’s 7:00 a.m., Thursday morning as I write this. I’m in my single bed, inside my six foot by eight foot cabin, looking out at the beautiful sunny morning, listening to the colorful music of birds as they help me welcome the new day. I’m staying at a campground, outside the small village of Werben.…

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  • Start with Sun, End with Goodnight Gorilla

    Start with Sun, End with Goodnight Gorilla

    I’m wet as a dog. Third day of riding. Third day of rain. The day started with so much optimism as my ride from Hüttblek to Hamburg was a gorgeous one. Frauke and Nills, my Warm Showers hosts, had planned a meticulous route for me and the sun was shining. The three hours to Hamburg…

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  • Cold Day, Warm Shower

    Cold Day, Warm Shower

    Ok. Day 2! Done! The theme once again… cold, windy, wet weather. Ugh. Where are you, sun??? The forecast called for sun in the morning, so I woke up early with the intention to get on my bike by 6:30. But, by the time I was geared up and ready, it was raining. German weather…

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  • Day 1 Done!

    Day 1 Done!

    The madness has begun. Day 1. Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into??? I feel like I need people in my life to talk me out of these crazy ideas! Joking, but maybe only half way. It’s a daunting feeling knowing I have 34 more days just like this one ahead of me.…

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Biking the Euros Buff Urban Race Guanajuato cycling Euro 2024 Germany Guanajuato mental health Sierra Santa Rosa Sue Monk Kidd Susan Cain twloha twola warm showers When the Heart Waits