About Me

Name: Jim Quinlan (Jr. if you want to be specific. And "James" if you want to be really specific... but if you call me that, I assume you're trying to sell me something.)

Live: Westtown, NY. It exists. We have a zip code.

Age: Born 7/7/80

Politics: The Green Saddle is not a political blog, therefore I will not discuss this.    Okay.  Liberal. Very, very liberal.

Career: Middle School English teacher. Currently employed-ish at Pine Bush Central Schools. The "-ish" part of that is a long, long story. I'll be taking a leave of absence for the 2017-2018 school year in order to attend some writing workshops.

Hobbies: Crosswords. Theater. Semi-professional pianist (accompanist). Reading. Video editing. Writing. I'm really big into crosswords though. I construct a couple here and there for publications, solve at least three a day, and occasionally blog at www.crosswordfiend.com.

Favorite Beer: Big fan of IPA's. Not a snob though. Don't confuse me with one of them.


  1. Hi Jim,
    It's Todd MacKenzie who, along with Annie O'Shaunessy visited you through warmshowers last April on our way from Vermont to Pennsylvania.
    I wanted to let you know that I read your blog for the trans USA trip and enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to reading the Eastern Europe trip too. As you suggested, I did not miss a single episode while reading and often left several days between installments to let the experience sink in. Great stuff and thanks!

    I also enjoyed the crossword puzzle that you developed as you passed from Nevada to California. It was a nice creative piece that rewarded those who read the blog in its entirity. I hope that all is well and that you are enjoying the new school year. Cheers and happy cycling!

  2. Hi Jim,
    It was great to 'host' you on your War-ick stop over. I know I suggested that canals would be a good route. Back in the days I used them I was on a MTB with decent treads and no load, although it was the days before suspension. All I can say is well done.
    The explanation for the dumped bent bikes is that there are groups of guys with electric magnets who 'drag' the canals for 'treasure'. Unfortunately they dump the worthless scrap metal on the tow path.
    Cheers Stephen