Monthly Archives: April 2017

First Timer at Buckeye Trail Fest

I am off today to Yellow Springs Ohio, to attend my first Buckeye Trail Fest!

What is Buckeye Trail Fest?

Buckeye Trail Fest

The Buckeye Trail Fest is the annual meeting and celebration of the Blue Blazed Trail that winds around the state of Ohio. There are hikes, bird watching, work shops, talks scheduled for attendees.  It is a very nice schedule of events, I have had to choose between favorites that are happening at the same time! A nice problem to have!


I’ve Lost My Voice!

The high tree pollen count has smote me. It started on Tuesday, at work, my voice getting huskier and huskier as the day went on. Wednesday, I had practically no voice at all, just a soft rasp.  Great! I’m going to Buckeye Trail Fest to meet and talk to new people! Talking being the key word here!

Today, the voice is a bit better. I am hoping the tree pollen in Yellow Springs will be a bit more advanced than my home area, and my allergies clear up a bit. I’m prepared to bring sharpie pen and notebook and write big notes to people if needed!

What I Hope to Accomplish at Trail Fest

I want to hike in some new areas to me. I want to attend some work shops in order to learn more about the Buckeye Trail, camping, photography. I want to get some good ideas for future writings from other hikers, such as “what has been the biggest mistake you’ve made hiking” “best piece of gear” “best advice” “favorite section of the Buckeye Trail” so you may see whip out my little notebook when we’re talking-if I have a voice!

I plan on writing a Trail Fest Report next week, stay tuned for that!

Are you attending Buckeye Trail Fest? Come on over to Yellow Springs!

Barkley Interviews and Reports

Post Barkley 2017 Interviews

Barkley Interviews and Reports

Just in case you did not get enough of #BM100 this year, the interviews and reports have begun trickling out of tired runners everywhere.

Audio and Video

Guillame Arthus Video of his Loop One

Jamil Coury Video of his 2017 Barkley

CBC Radio with Gary Robbins

Ultrarunner Podcast with John Kelly

Bob Babbitt chats with John Kelly

The Intelligent Racer Podcast with John Kelly

John Kelly on Sports Center!

Barkley Interview with John Kelly on Pacers Running

Talk Ultra chats  with Mike Wardian
Canadian Running Magazine talks with John Kelly on the Shake Out Podcast. The next two episodes of the Shakeout Podcast are with Gary Robbins.

East Coast Trail Runner Podcast with John Kelly

Amazing 8 minutes, all in French, but watch it!

Ginger Runner  Live with John Kelly

Citius Mag Podcast with Jamil Coury and Mike Wardian experiences

Southeastern Trail Runner Podcast talks with John Kelly

Bad Boy Running Podcast with John Kelly interview

The Printed Word

Race Report by Brandon Staponovich

Race Report  by Mikael Heerman

Print interview with John Kelly by Run Washington

A short note from Benoit  Laval

Kat’s Loop One

John Kelly’s own report on I Run Far

Crew Report from Joe Kelly!

Seth Wolpin’s Race Report

Arthus Guillame’s Report

Any others posted out there? Let me know, I would like to add to my list!


World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day


It’s World Malbec Day! Fill a glass of lovely Argentinian wine and celebrate!

World Malbec Day

Malbec is one of our favorite varietal. It’s a strong red wine mainly produced in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Malbec grape is from France, where it was used more as a blending grape in a Bordeaux wine. It found a great home in the higher altitudes of Argentina.

We have found great bottles of Malbec Wine under  twenty  AND under ten dollars.  Hit your wine store on the way home to take the Moan out of Monday and celebrate World Malbec Day today!

World Malbec Day

Do you have a favorite Malbec?

Things I Don’t Understand About Biking

Things I Don't Understand About my Bike

This could be a long laundry list of things I don’t understand about  bikes and biking. Where to begin?

How to install water bottle and bike kit? Where do I carry the tire inflator and spare stuff? I don’t see how this fits on the bike.

What is the best way to fix a flat? I’ve only changed the tires twice. Both at home, not on the road.

How often do I need to clean my bike and oil the chain?

When do I need to replace the brake pads? Am I breaking too much going downhills?

What is a power meter and do I need one? Is a power meter the same thing as a bike computer? Do I need a bike computer? How will it help me?

How do I know what kind of brakes I  have? When do I need to replace the brake lines?

Why do my brakes squeak? Should they squeak?

How often should you replace your helmet? I do know to replace after a crash. I haven’t crashed. I think my helmet is about five years old.

Got any answers for me?