Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog site. I am Bob Kissinger, a bike touring enthusiast, and recently retired. As my blog tag line states, I am practicing for this next chapter in my life. Where did I get this idea? In 2015, I attended a seminar led by Alan Spector and Keith Lawrence, authors of the book “Your Retirement Quest”. To get the most out of retirement, Alan and Keith advocate finding activities that give us energy and joy, and start practicing them before retirement. For me, bicycle touring is something I really enjoy. My plan is to bike across American within the first year of retirement. To be ready for this BIG ADVENTURE, I am practicing by taking smaller trips, like overnighters and week-long tours. For example, Pat Napier and I spent a week biking the Natchez Trace in 2014. In 2015, I biked a 300 mile portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This blog site will follow my bicycling adventures. Please check in with me every now and then to see what I am up to. And remember, practice makes perfect!