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Biking for a Spring ‘Tastic Time & Musings of the Mind

I love the seasons, hence why I love my home state of Pennsylvania so much. But because I’m fortunate enough to live very close to many of Pennsylvania’s bicycle paths, I get to experience a few of the seasons up close. Once spring is in the air, I begin to get the urge to grab my bicycle and escape to the paths in the woods. Here my mind and muse are free to wander to my stories.

Is it a coincidence that I write paranormal and fantasy and my muse loves the Ghost Town Trails? Hmmm… 

No Spooky Stuff

Despite the name, I’ve not encountered any ghosts, yet. (Let’s hope to keep it that way. I may write the stuff, but I’m a big baby in real life.) The Ghost Tbicycle, ghost town trailown Trail is one of many of Pennsylvania’s Rails-to-Trails.

Utilizing many of the old railroad trails, Pennsylvania has developed over 93 rail-trails and continues to work on
adding more.

Bicycling, or walking, on these paths gives one the ability to escape into the serenity of the woods, and gain a close-up view of nature in all it’s splendor.

ghost town trail

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Yep, there it is, the age-old question all writers hear all the time. Well, bicycle, woods, Destiny CallingI’ll tell you that these trails really inspire my muse. If you’ve read my book, Destiny Calling, you’ll be all too familiar with the role the eerie woods play in the story. Because something so beautiful, and so desolate, can craft a multitude of stories.

Forget Me Not

bicycleI looked through the eyes of my heroine from Forget Me Not when she returned to her home state of PA as I ventured down the path in the featured photo at the top of the page.

(P.S. I’ve included this eBook (Forget Me Not) in the Grand Prize Basket. Read on to find out how you can win this, and many more books!)

Grandma Must Die

Grandma Must Die, Books, InspirationWhen we approached the church rising from the woods in this small town, I knew it would be in my story, Grandma Must Die. 



Wanna Venture into the Woods?

During the Highway Cafe’s Spring ‘Tastic tour, I’m giving away an eBook copy of Destiny Calling. Here’s your chance to escape into the woods, even if it’s only in your mind.

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When the woman who raised Hope is murdered by something not human, Hope loses the only family she knows and discovers one she might wish she never met. With a touch that can make the desperate hopeful, Hope is the answer. The only question is if she can deal with sibling rivalry, accept that entities feeding off despair exist, and determine if Griffith is the man of her dreams, or not at all what he seems.  


Leave a comment about what you consider a sign of spring for a chance to win Destiny Calling, and if you find the hidden eggs on my blog, let me know for an additional entry in my giveaway.

Blog Tour Highway Cafe

And…Be sure to visit The Highway Cafe’s Blog for the list of other participants in the Spring ‘Tastic Tour, as well as enter our grand prize giveaway of a Spring ‘Tastic Basket of 13 eBooks!


Winner will be announced on April 28, 2017.

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15 Replies

15 thoughts on “Biking for a Spring ‘Tastic Time & Musings of the Mind

    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Thanks, Peggy! I take pictures everywhere and use them to inspire my settings. My hubby is all too used to me stopping on the trail, or other random places, to take a pic.

  1. anitakidesu

    I’m anxious to hit the bike trails. Somehow I hurt my knee last fall and it’s been bothering me all winter. I hope it doesn’t affect biking this year.

  2. Darlene

    You have some beautiful trails to bike on! The sure sign of spring here is when the robins and black birds return. Though they sure seemed confused this year when the snow flurries lingered.

    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Darlene, I almost talked about how I know it’s spring when the birds come back to the old nest by our deck to torture our dog, lol. He wants to be their friend so bad, but they aren’t going for it.

  3. Gini Rifkin

    What great countryside. Haven’t been to Pennsylvania for many years but always love the hardwood forest back there. Miss them, and the wonderful wildlife they contain. Your “spooky” stories sound intriguing.

  4. Tena Stetler

    Yep, been tuning my bike up for spring rides, when it quits snowing. Did have a couple nice days, prepped the garden, as the bike wasn’t ready yet. LOL We pack up the bikes and take them with us camping. Great trails to ride in the mountains. Gotta watch out for the wildife though. Never been to the east coast, but it’s on our bucket list for an autumn trip one day. Enjoyed your blog and photographs!

    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Thanks, Tena. You do seem to keep getting snow. I bet there are some beautiful trails in the mountains.

    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Holland- congratulations! You are the winner of an ebook copy of Destiny Calling! Let me know the email where you’d like your copy sent. Thanks so much for participating!

  5. Sorchia DuBois

    Great trails. My state isn’t as kind to bikers–they tend to throw things at them. What great inspiration for writing–as well as exercise to keep the blood pumping.


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