Friday, May 15, 2015

J. Dawg Journeys Has Moved!

J. Dawg has moved to a new address!  I'm now at with many new travel stories and lots of new info.  Everything that you found here has been moved to my new address; all my blog posts, pages, pictures, and links that you found here.  If you subscribed to my posts with email or RSS, those have been pointed to my new address so you'll get notified when I post something at the new address.  Everything will remain here at the old address so that people can get used to finding me at my new address. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cowboy Hats - Facts, Folklore, and Fables

Cowboy Hat
I love wearing cowboy hats.  Partly it's a guy thing, but they're super functional for keeping the sun off my face.  And they make a pretty good fashion statement.  I've collected a few on my travels and seem to get a new one each time I go out west.  While wearing a baseball hat may be a fashion standard in New England during the summer months, cowboy hats are a year round standard in certain parts of the west.  Out in the rural areas of states like Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming where the sun is intense year round, cowboy hats are much more prevalent than baseball hats.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pedaling Across Hog Heaven - The RAGBRAI Experience

RAGBRAI – Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.  It's a bike ride that crosses Iowa from the Missouri to the Mississippi. It's the largest organized bike ride in the US, typically drawing over 10,000 riders each year. It started over 30 years ago. It’s so large, riders/participants are selected by lottery. For serious bikers, it a right of passage. I rode it for the first time in 2006, doing  471 miles on one of the hilliest routes they've ever had.  As a serious cyclist, it was a bucket list item for me.  I was in great shape for the ride, but little did I know about what I was to experience with such a large group riding 70 mile days in the Iowa summer heat. What follows is my daily journal about the ride and the RAGBRAI experience.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Biking in Montana - August 1997

In the summer of 1996, I had the idea for my son Liam and I to take a trip together.  My desire was to do something physical and unique that we would remember for many years.  I’m not sure how I discovered the biking trips thru Backroads, but I picked one that was 5 days of biking and camping thru Glacier National Park in northern Montana.  It looked to be demanding and was in an area of the country that I had never been to.