The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

‘North America’

Bicycle USA 2015 Summary

It’s been a few weeks since we returned from our bicycle trip in the States, so we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what was an eventful, emotional and enthalling 1,100 mile journey.   As you may know, the trip began in Memphis. Our quest was to complete the wonderful Mississippi River Trail. On… Read More


Well, we made it. Chicago, the windy city. What a joy it was cycling the various trails that make up the Grand Illinois Trail. It wasn’t very pleasant leaving McHenry as there were sections on very busy roads, but soon we hit the trails off road through forests and passing lakes. A pure delight. We… Read More

Prairie Trail

Just a mere 14 miles along the flat Prairie Trail from Richmond to McHenry today. The trail’s surface was not that great, loose gravel and sand, but it was level into McHenry. We stopped in Peterson Park for a picnic before heading to Super 8 for the rest of the day. Tomorrow, will be a… Read More

Hebron Trail

Just 23 miles from Harvard to Richmond today. Despite a misty, cooler day, it was a beautiful ride on the Grand Illinois Trail. Rolling roads gave way to the Hebron Trail. We passed through splendid conservation areas flanked by wild flowers and grasses full of vivid colours. It certainly makes a welcome change from corn… Read More

1000 Miles

“I would bike 500 miles, and I would bike 500 more”. And so it is! On our 32 mile leg from Rockford to Harvard, we passed the 1,000 mile mark. Of course, 1,600km sounds better but it’s still an achievement for us oldies. It was fitting that we were cycling the Long Prairie Trail at… Read More

Camping Over?

As we get closer and closer to Chicago our camping options are now very limited. The broken tent pole is in the bin. The 10 year old smelly sleeping bags have joined the same fate. From Freeport, it was a gentle 21 mile ride along the Grand Illinois Trail to quaint Pecatonica. We were early… Read More

Chicago Here We Come

To quote the Blues Brothers. “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas. Half a pack of cigarettes. It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!” And so we are. Heading out of Galena fully refreshed and ready for those rolling hills on the Grand Illinois Trail. The road route follows the… Read More

Goodbye Mississippi

Sunday would be the day we say goodbye to the Mississippi River. It was spitting with rain as we decamped. By the time we were ready to go, the thunder and lightening was getting ever closer, so we just made it to the park shelter in time before the heavens opened. We were sharing the… Read More

Grand Illinois Trail

At Illiwek CG, Hampton, we decided on a lie in at 6am, but all this hay fever from the blasted mowing of grass doesn’t lend well to a comfortable doze on the ground. So, off we went straight on the trail and soon we were joined by Bruce Perry. He was very knowledgeable as it… Read More

Grand River Trail

We have finally made it onto the Great River Trail and one of the myriad of recreational paths that make up the Grand Illinois Trail (GIT). It was a warm, sunny morning as we left our motel by the Quad Cities airport. Ambling through quiet residential areas of Moline , the Rock River was left… Read More