Plantation Hotel

We stayed at a plantation hotel for a couple of days during an epic bike ride in Jamaica. A High School buddy and I each had our own room in this building. I had a four poster canopy bed with a mosquito net surrounding me, softening the light that came through the windows. There were a…

Guys on a Hill

One of the unusual aspects associated with my epic biking trip in Jamaica was that we had the opportunity to hobnob with the rich of Jamaica. This is the backyard of the owner of Jake’s pace. After drinks at his home, we went for a fish dinner at a famous local restaurant. To reach here…

Alpha or Omega?

There are times when I see these chairs as waiting for a loving couple to come walking barefoot in the cool morning sand to sit together and watch the sunrise. At other times, I see these chairs as lonely, as longing for a couple that has long since walked into the sunset. At any given…

The Healing Powers of Rum Punch

At the end of the 10 hours in the saddle bicycle ride which traversed the Island of Jamaica from North to South coast, we reached Jake’s Place the resort that would be our home for a couple of nights. I dropped my bike and immediately plunged into the pool to cool my overheated body and…

Coconut Milk Jamaican Style

The first full day in Jamaica included a four hour ride to help get us ready for the big ride the next day, a way to prime the muscles for ride that would be akin to self flagellation. After a number of climbs and descents, we hit upon paved street for a screaming descent that…

Maggotty Jerk

The second big ride was truly epic, at least it was epic for me. We left the Big House on the North side of Jamaica and headed to Jake’s Place on the south side of the Island. The entire ride covered 66 miles over 10 hours. The most challenging section was a one hour uphill…

Turquoise Waters

In January 2010, I met up with an old High School buddy and bicycle shop owner, Greg Nesypor, and some of his friends for an epic biking trip to Jamaica. This was my first ever vacation to a warm place during the brutal Chicago winters. Our first long ride was from the big house, our…