40 Most Beautiful Places in Korea #4: Miryang Maneosa

Long ago I endeavored to visit CNNGo’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful Places in Korea, but failed to see them all. In fact, I think I only got to about 15 of them before life got in the way. But I am back in Korea now and I will endeavor to visit some of the sites that I missed on that list as I the opportunities arise. But recently CNN Travel made a new list entitled 40 Most Beautiful Places inRead more

White Mountain National Forest

Today I took my second bicycle ride into the White Mountains, this time going over Evan’s Notch in Maine and continuing south/southeast into New Hampshire before turning north across Pinkham’s Notch on the eastern side of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast and home to the worst weather in the world. The loop from Gilead, Maine and back was 118km and included over 1,500m of ascent. You can look at the ride here. It was a great fourRead more

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Yesterday I took a little cruise on the bicycle from Saco to Back Cove in Portland. Along the way I passed through Old Orchard Beach where I took a minute to hydrate and enjoy the views of a place I hadn’t visited since I was a little kid. Old Orchard Beach is a town named for its 7 mile long beach that caters to tourists and summer residents. The most famous attraction is the pier, which, when first built inRead more

Cycling Acadia National Park

Last week when I went east to visit my home town of Bar Harbor, I packed my bike with me and took it out for a few rides around the island, including one through the national park on the Park Loop Road. And what more can be said than that it is, without question, the single best road for road cycling in all of New England. It isn’t the longest or most challenging, simply the best. It is 45km of impeccably maintainedRead more

Mount Desert Island, Maine | Thoughts on Home

Home to Acadia National Park and incredibly delicious seafood, MDI is the place I consider my original home. I grew up as a young child in Bar Harbor, the largest and most famous town on the island, and I spent several summers there as a young adult working at a photography store that is now closed. Until last week I hadn’t visited Bar Harbor in nearly 12 years. I nearly visited last summer to see the old stomping grounds but couldn’t bringRead more

Mount Blue State Park in Weld, Maine

Yesterday, with absolutely nothing to do, I packed my bike into the car and drove north to Weld, Maine where I went for a 43km bicycle ride through the hills in and surrounding Mount Blue State Park. The roads are excellent for cycling, undulating with some significantly steep climbs, and very little traffic. There are some dirt roads as well, but they are well maintained and not much danger for a road bike. Located in western Maine not too farRead more

Cycling in Western Maine

I’m in western Maine (Oxford-Norway region) for about five weeks enjoying the peace and quiet of the rural western woods and mountains. People don’t visit western Maine for any reason other than the outdoors: skiing, hiking, fishing, etc. And I’m finding there is no better way to see the beauty of the rolling hills and country farms than with two wheels beneath you. What better way could there be to pass the time?Read more

Hanoi in the rearview a.k.a Freedom.

Eight days ago I left Hanoi. Pulled a runner. Got paid on Wednesday and boarded a plane on Thursday. I never thought I’d be the man to do something like that, but I didn’t have a lot of options it seemed. You see, Hanoi, to me was essentially Dante’s seventh circle of hell. I don’t regret my decision to go but I certainly wish it had gone differently. When I first arrived in Hanoi I was immediately overworked. I’m talking onlyRead more

Temple of Literature, Hanoi

Built in 1070, the Temple of Literature, which is dedicated to Confucius, was the first national university in Vietnam. The temple consists of five courtyards each with its own unique features and is one of the most important sites in Hanoi. It appears on the 100,000 VND bank note and also appears throughout the Hanoi as emblem of the city. It takes a significant amount of time to wander through the courtyards and read about the significance of the various buildings, sculptures, andRead more

Halong Bay

If northeastern Vietnam is defined by one thing and one thing alone, it is undoubtedly Halong Bay, one of the truly awe inspiring creations of either evolution or the hand of God, whichever you choose to believe in. The “Bay of Descending Dragons” contains approximately 2,000 karst towers that have been shaped for millennia, rising out of deep, sea-green and blue waters that teem with huge white jellyfish. I think everyone who visits Vietnam desires or attempts to make a trip to HalongRead more