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Switzerland/Liechtenstein/Austria Hiking Trip Main Page Location: Wasserauen, Appenzell, Switzerland Type: Mountain hiking trail Distance: 16.51km, Duration: 7:59:16 (ROUTE) En route to the hike, we had the best welcome to Appenzell by driving directly into the Appenzell cattle alpine descent proceeding where farmers in traditional clothing brought their cows from the alps back to the valley... Continue Reading →

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Fürstin Gina Weg

Switzerland/Liechtenstein/Austria Hiking Trip Main Page Location: Malbun, Liechtenstein Type: Mountain hiking trail Distance: 15km, Duration: 7:09:31 (ROUTE) This was the only rainy (and chilly) day on the trip - my one chance to deck out in my snazzy waterproof gear! Before hitting this trail in Malbun (pronounced "Mal-boon"), I already battled an unnecessary obstacle -... Continue Reading →

Centurion Horseshoe 2014

Centurion Horseshoe was another epic experience.  I am no stranger to this event, yet my experience seems to be elevated year after year.  The resorts nearby only allowed a minimum of 2 nights stay - no complaints from me!  Arriving on Friday at Carriage Ridge Resort, we began an enjoyable long weekend of hiking, feasting,... Continue Reading →

Ride for Heart 2014

With my low mileage this year, Ride for Heart (75km) was the longest ride so far with its once-a-year unique opportunity to ride on a highway.  The ride package included the typical bike plate ... and new this year ... a dorky helmet cover.  WHY???  Mandatory or not, it was not going on my head.... Continue Reading →

Tour of Bronte Dirt Dash 2014

It all began last year when long road rides started to feel a little mundane.  A new cycling season is here and it is time to try something new!  After intensive deliberations, I registered for the Tour of Bronte Dirt Dash for my first ever race on mountain bike, my first race with laps, and... Continue Reading →

XC Skiing 2014

This has been one long and nasty winter. Temperatures below -20°C plus wind chill just hurts!  While most of the time was spent hibernating, this winter provided a lot more opportunities for cross-country skiing. Comparing to the one time last year, the 6 times this year was a jump!  Not only did I gain a... Continue Reading →

Tour de Hans 2013

Tour de Hans finished off my cycling event for the year.  I was pumped heading to the ride, yet put a lot of pressure on myself to end the season well.  This Gran Fondo Style race takes riders along the scenic Waterloo Region, followed by post-ride Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations.  Big thanks to all the police... Continue Reading →

Tour de Mississauga 2013

I jumped into another ride in less than 24 hrs after the 125km GranFondo Niagara Falls.  I enjoy Tour de Mississauga each year for its lack of entry fee and convenience -- right at the neck of my 'hood. The ride to the start was barely 5km.  The second I plopped on the saddle, I... Continue Reading →

GranFondo Niagara Falls 2013

What a treat to be part of the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls in the picturesque Niagara region! The organizers truly created a top-notch event -- well organized, scenic route, and even a free concert!  The roads were closed for cyclists, including the high-traffic Niagara Parkway on a busy Saturday morning. That alone was amazing. Police... Continue Reading →

Crank up the Anticipation

September is another exciting cycling month, similar to June except events are more clustered.  Next Saturday is the highly anticipated GranFondo Niagara Falls, followed by Tour de Mississauga on Sunday. With the need to taper off cycling for the week, I squeezed in one last long ride past Sunday to the infamous Café Domestique in... Continue Reading →

Centurion Niagara Ride

A free cycling event?  I'm in!  I haven't ridden any long rides since June.  The Niagara Falls training ride hosted by Centurion Cycling was the perfect chance to end the hiatus, especially since the GranFondo Niagara Falls is fast approaching.  Under sunny skies, a sprained wrist, & a slight cold, I was excited to get... Continue Reading →

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