About Me


Who am I?

I am just a girl with a bike.  My bike changed my life.  Before I met my bike, I never would have dreamed that I would one day be cycling up famous mountains of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.  I had no belief in my athletic being, and was afraid of adventure.

My bike introduced me to my inner athlete, and showed me that I am strong and capable.  My bike opened up new worlds to me.  My bike introduced me to new friendships that would have gone undiscovered if I had been travelling any other way.

When I am cycling, I have the most fun I have had in my life. It makes me feel strong. It makes me feel free. It humbles me. For me, it is the most satisfying and rewarding experience I’ve ever had and I can’t imagine a life without it.

I love climbing a mountain one pedal stroke at a time.  I love the feeling when my physical, mental and spiritual beings meld into one and work together in a flow that will get me to the top.  I love the feeling of reaching a peak.  I love the celebration and rewards.


Why do I blog?

I blog to inspire others.  I hope that my posts inspire others to try something that they want to do but are afraid to do.  I hope that my posts inspire others to travel and to be adventurous.

I blog to capture and reflect upon my own experiences.  Each time I blog, I strive to not only describe the experience, but to also capture my feelings, reactions, and thoughts. I want to be able to learn from new experiences, and to apply what I have learned on the next adventure.

With my blog I strive to capture the adventures that I am so grateful to have had, and it is my wish to inspire you to follow your dreams.

Let’s Connect!!

By Email: powerpuffjd@gmail.com

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27 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I am so envious of you and your bike! Clearly, you’ve been places and had an amazing time!
    I loved cycling as a kid. My colony had these two major slopes where I could just stop pedalling and fly! Loved that feeling!
    I’m sure your blog has accomplished what it set out to do because it is definitely inspiring! Keep writing and riding and exploring!

    Wishing you many more adventures 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Thank you SO much. I wasn’t very adventurous when I was young, so now I have found that side of me through cycling. I want to keep doing adventures for as long as possible!

      I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

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  2. It’s not often when one would find a person who wishes to inspire others into taking action and living their lives to the fullest. Most are too focused on themselves so I truly love the fact that you are one of those people who wishes the best for others as well!

    Are you from The Netherlands bud?

    Your pal,


  3. Good on you! I came over form the Community Pool and I like your blog. I like the journey you are on and I’m so interested in reading more about you and your bike tours. Oh and whatever you share on your blog 🙂


    1. OH wow!!! I am really glad that my feedback was helpful.

      I just took another look! I really feel like it is much cleaner and less cluttered 🙂 And I do think your pictures pop out more now.

      I like what you have done 🙂 I am so happy I could help. I took in a lot of advice from others and it really helped me with my site 🙂

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  4. You have a wonderful blog. I am not as courageous and athletic as you are. I got to enjoy all the lovely experiences and sceneries through your post. Thanks for sharing. Keep riding and exploring new places, and of course sharing your experiences with us.


    1. Hello!!! Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 Before I got my bike, I was not athletic AT ALL, and totally afraid of adventure. If I can do it, anyone can. I think that whatever you want to do , you should try it!!! I am finishing up the book ‘Just a Girl and a Bike’ which describes how I got into this and over my fears…even though I am still a little afraid every time I go on a big ride.

      Thank so much for reading 🙂

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    1. Oh wow!!!! That is so awesome! MY husband bought me a road bike when we got married. 6 months later we were cycling the French Alps. I had no idea what I was doing…but it changed my life!!! I love that you at both into wellness together!!!

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    1. Hi Jeff 🙂 That road is the famous Stelvio in the Italian Dolomites. 48 switchbacks. I have written about it in my book which is coming out soon. I highly recommend visiting Bormio which is surrounded by several mountains – Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo 🙂


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