Relaxing in a maple syrup wonderland

We've all come to roost in Middlebury, Vermont for our first rest day after 29,000 feet of total uphill climbing in our first six days of riding. That figure may catastrophize things a bit as we've also been able to descend the ~5.5 miles of straight climbing, but sleeping in felt great and much-needed. I promised …

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We are underway!

Three days, ~200 miles and about a dozen bananas into the trip, and I'm sitting in a quaint little lodge in Naples, Maine. Here's my view as I'm writing this: The whole trip began when we left Blacksburg to head to Bar Harbor, Maine last week. While the drive was seemingly never-ending, it was a grand …

The sun is rising over a sea of love and waffles and possibility

I'm either currently in, or poised to enter post-grad limbo, depending on your participle of choice. After walking at graduation, the fancy new video board in Cassell read something like, "Congrats Class of 2013!" So I turned to take a picture, thinking it'd be a nice way to capture the moment. This is what I got. Symbolically …

Ode to Sam Riley

Virginia Tech lost a legend last week. Sam Riley, a communications professor, passed away last month and I was absolutely jarred to hear the news. Professor Riley was witty, cheerful, vibrant, and practically every other positive descriptor you could assign a person. I deliberately sought out his classes and would've listened to him read names out of …