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Love: Riding along the Loire
By Martha Kendall
Ever since I wrote a report in 10th grade about the chateau at Chenonceau, I've wanted to see it. Fifty years later, my husband Joe and I had the opportunity to do that as part of a 600-mile ride across France.
We are musicians who played traditional American folk music in July at a 10-day international cultural festival in Gannat, France. After the last concert, we tossed our band costumes and fiddles into our panniers. Then we cycled toward the Loire River Valley, famous for its chateaus.
Rolling around the Black Hills
By Howard Shafer
The Black Hills of South Dakota offer spectacular riding and during a recent September, my wife and I rode there. We used Hill City, S.D. as our base. This pretty little town of about 1,000 inhabitants in the heart of the Black Hills was founded as a mining town in 1876. Today its looks have been updated by a thriving tourist industry.
We browsed several arts and crafts centers and bought earrings and a horse-hair pottery jar from a Sioux artist named Tonkiaishawien Kientunkeah, who went by "Tonki."
Many people are looking to green their lifestyle today and this commitment to Mother Earth can also include how and where they choose to travel. Those who look for a vacation that benefits instead of harms the natural environment no longer have to travel to the ends of the Earth to do so. In the so-called Lower 48, many resorts and destinations work hard to minimize the impact of travel on the environment.
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