11 10, 2014

Finding the Rossignol Ancestral Homeland. . . Kamouraska, Quebec

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 October 11th, 2014|Lifestyle|2 Comments

In 1765 Julien Rossignol Sr. a navigator on a ship that sailed from northern Brittany France landed in St. Denis, Kamouraska Quebec along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence seaway. On labor day weekend this fall my father and his sister Virginnia and her husband Don and I visited the same exact farmstead where [...]

6 09, 2014

Rossi’s bike shop. . . Siena, Italy

By | 2017-11-09T16:52:46+00:00 September 6th, 2014|Italy, Lifestyle|1 Comment

My first visit to Rossi's bike shop in Siena, Italy about 10 years ago had me hooked, I knew then that I would be returning. "Venga, Venga!", the friendly old man Martino, summoning me into the depths of the old shop to show me among other things a photo of him on the wall, 1939 [...]

21 08, 2014

Tour de L’Acadie 2014 . . . A great success!!

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Fresh Trails Adventure and the CMA 2014's Tour de L'Acadie 2014. . . In the books. On Saturday August 16 over 100 cyclists gathered at the University of Maine at Fort Kent bright and early for the inaugural and annual Tour de L'Acadie. 3 different rides/distances, the 10 mile family and kids ride, the 30 [...]

30 07, 2014

Capturing the Acadian Spirit

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

I always wanted to be Acadian. For the longest time I thought I was Acadian. . . I spoke french, was born and raised in the St. John Valley, had a french last name. To my surprise, apparently Rossignol is not an Acadian last name. The first Rossignol’s immigrated from Rennes, France to the Kamarouska [...]

13 07, 2014

Anderson’s Store . . . Stockholm, Maine

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 July 13th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

"If we don't have it . . . you probably don't need it." I know you've all heard that one before, but in today's world of excess, this statement truly rings clear and true at Stockholm's best little country store. In the past year alone I've been to Anderson's over 25 times and Walmart 0 [...]

3 07, 2014

My Approach to Bike Safety on the Road

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

During my time as a full-time athlete I developed a love-hate relationship with the road when training. On the one hand the road was where I spent the majority of my day, cycling, running, and rollerskiing; I was thankful for the smooth pavement and stretches of quiet road that I sought after while training. On [...]

29 06, 2014

Zoe . . . in memory of a great dog

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 June 29th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Of all our Bernese mountain dogs Zoe was unique. She was always calm and very low maintenance, I think she'd get annoyed with Oliver and his antics, barking and his constant seeking of attention. And so it was, Zoe tolerating Oliver and always the first to greet us or head out with us on a [...]

16 06, 2014

Why we ride “Road Bikes” on Gravel

By | 2017-11-16T16:27:47+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

There has been quite a bit of discussion recently among many of my cycling friends regarding riding on gravel roads, specifically riding road bikes on gravel roads. Anytime I'm going on a ride and ask fellow riders if they are interested in joining me they almost always ask, "will you be going on dirt roads?" [...]

5 06, 2014

Cycling with Friends Aroostook Style

By | 2017-02-21T21:51:50+00:00 June 5th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

I have had the good fortune of returning to the County this spring and summer to do some cycling and take part in the events that Fresh Trails Adventures is offering over the next few months. Having been away for three years working and cycling in Boulder, Colorado, it has been a joy to return [...]

20 05, 2014

Fresh Trails Hill Climb Challenge

By | 2017-02-21T21:50:01+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Here's something new and exciting for your summer cycling goals; Hill climbs!! I've listed my 8 top hill climbs in northern Maine, New Brunswick and Temiscouata, Quebec, I hope you give some or all of them a try. 1. Stockholm, Church Hill, Donworth road, Axel siding rte 161 south. 2. New Denmark, NB Lucy's Gulch, Mill [...]