Now vs Then!

Yesterday, my post revolved around the fountain of youth many cyclist discover once they saddle up.  My Mom, who reads every post (even though she swears it adds a gray hair each time I do something I think is fun) added a great quote from the book”Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge, MD.  He says, “You do have to age  But you don’t have to rot!” I may have to check out this book.

Well that comment and an article I read today started me thinking about today’s Tony and 20-year-old Tony Continue reading

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Why?

I can always tell when I am working away from my home office.  In the Mighty P’s Seattle office, most people have stopped asking me why I ride home from work in the rain. why I sign up for things like the RAMROD (10000 ft of combined elevation climbing) or just in general, “Why do you ride?”  I think it’s because they know if they ask these questions, I will talk their ears off.

Here in Spokane, they aren’t used to that.  So I have had many of these questions over the last 4 weeks. Yesterday, though, I read an article that supports exactly why I ride! Continue reading

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Low Rent District of Hell

Well folks, I am back in Spokane this week, and recovering from the plague I picked up last week.  This means there’s been no real cycling.  I did learn today, though, that at least in Spokane, the lady spin class instructors are MUCH tougher on the students that the guy instructors!  I did almost once again tip over the spin bike, which would have resulted in a giant yoga pant clad game of dominoes! (Spinimoes?)

But since there is no other cycling news (except wondering how many of the bobbing pony tails in the class have told their fathers “Dad!  There was a guy as old as you in class today! And he didn’t die!” ) I decided to tell a story of when I first heard the term used in the title of this post…. Continue reading

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Ok, it just got real

Long time readers of 15,000 Miles of Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts know that the name Mountainstroh was derived by my many attempts at climbing Mt Rainier.

Rainier

All of which ended with me looking like this heading down while others continued up

Rainier Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycle Idyll

I read an article my friend (as well as a fellow cyclist and blogger) Sarah posted, about the history of cycling.  It discussed that time after chain driven cycles were invented, but before automobiles were invented.  These were the first glory days of cyclists, when people of all social standings would use the freedom of two wheels to travel much farther than they ever could before. ( I consider now the beginning of the second glory days)

One such person was H G Wells, famous for books such as: Time Machine, War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man.  All classic science fiction.  (I’ve read all of these and more).  Little did I know though, he was so enamored with the feelings of joy and freedom from a bike that he wrote a novel that took place entirely on bikes! Continue reading

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Easter Traditions

Michelle and I were talking today about someone we both know.  He was telling her all the things he HAD to do both tonight and tomorrow because its Easter.  All in the name of tradition.

Michelle and I have it easier.  Every Easter she makes Au Gratin taters and we just hang out together.  Its nice, and normally we don’t have to go anywhere or do anything.  But her telling me about this person reminded me of the year my almost missing Easter completely restyled in a new tradition… Continue reading

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Real Beaches

Well folks, I will tell you right now, this post has nothing to do with cycling.  Once again, a post on Facebook inspires me to share.  This one discusses the differences in Seattleites and the rest of the world.  And in this case, I would broaden it to all Pacific Northwesteners, and the real world.

The subject I am thinking of?  Going to the beach… Continue reading

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Racking Up the Miles: March 2015

For months now, I have been calling 2015 “the year without a winter”.  February was warm, dry, and great cycling weather.  One would’ve hoped that this would have been the same in March with the advent of spring…

However, for those of you who are not from Seattle, spring time can be one of he coldest and wettest times of the year, and this month was not exception.. Continue reading

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One thing I haven’t told you

“So there I was, minding my own business…” was how I started my call home on Sunday at the turn around point of my bike ride.  There are very few conversation starters that worry Michelle more than that one.  There’s “Let me show you this trick I learned in Pullman!”  Or, “Well we were drinking beer at WSU when…”  Or possibly, “I have a swiss army knife and duct tape, stand aside little lady, I got this….”

No, after thinking a bit, it is the first one listed above the worries her the most.  And, the reason for the call made me realize I have forgotten to discuss a key point of bike riding, or exercise in general. Continue reading

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Just get moving!

OK from just the title one could think this post will be about traffic.  And there are many days that this could be true.  However, this week finds me in Spokane, and (with all due respect to my EWA friends) there is NO traffic in Spokane.  Once, I have had to slow down and do the actual speed limit, the rest of the time, we are flying.

Nope this time it comes from something I saw on Facebook, and even though I’ve said it many times before, it is always worth saying again… Continue reading

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