There was once a song!

My kid brother reminded me of a song, from the 70s I believe, that has this chorus:

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape
You don’t spit in the wind
You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and

And here is where I added my own verse

You don’t waste a sunny weekend in November!

Ok, ok it doesn’t rhyme, but it fits for this weekend… Continue reading

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Well the day has come, I am sitting at home, waiting for the tow truck to come and haul away the green station wagon.  As I sit, looking outside on frosty world, sipping some hot tea, random thoughts are flowing through my head.  So what better way to capture them than on here…. Continue reading

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This is a whole different year

Last year I joked from November through March that we were having “The Year Without a Winter.”  It was a season where the rains never came, and the snow never flew in the Cascades.


It was great for our hero and his cycling, I was able to ride all the time and not get drenched.  This year, at least so far, is shaping up to be different!  Continue reading

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I can do it!

As with most people, I am part of Facebook.  Unlike some, I like it a lot.  It keeps me up to date on what is going on, lets me tell stories. vent, poke the bears and, sometimes the best part, hide or delete those that annoy me the most.

Sometimes, though, you get pure gold! A post or picture that resonates.  This happened yesterday when I saw this


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Its the doing that matters.

Every other Sunday or so, in addition to watching a new episode of The Walking Dead on AMC, I also get to take the Manchild home from his weekend with us. Over the years, certain traditions have developed.  He get’s to DJ the radio, he likes to check out cool cars (and cute girls in cars)  and we talk for the entire trip.

The talks can revolve around video games, school work, The Walking Dead or whatever pops into our heads.  This week, after passing people playing soccer in the rain, we started talking about the sports he has been involved with over the years. Continue reading

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It always got me home

Well folks, there are times when people say “it’s the end of an era”. It’s usually when some long-term sports dude retires, or a long running TV show goes off the air.  Or even a favorite restaurant closes down.

Now I have no idea how long an era is, officially that is, but boys and girls, this week marks the end of an era for me.  Almost 19 years ago, a younger Mountainstroh bought a brand new, 1997  Ford Escort Station wagon. This week, 313, 000 miles later (no exaggeration) it had its last ride. Continue reading

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Racking up the Miles: Oct 2015

Thinking back to last year at this time, I remember stressing some about the miles I was getting.  To clarify a bit, I am not one of those who sets a goal for a year of a number of miles to hit, then come hell or high water I make it.  To me, miles mean exercise, and exercise means staying in shape.

Last year, as the fall hit, I was spending entirely too much time in Spokane training new hires. Since I was in a hotel, I was eating out, and when I eat out I enjoy my food and when I enjoy my food I don’t work out as much (especially when I don’t have a bike) and ,,,,

Yeah, I was a mess.  So this year, even though I am NOT away, I have a shorter bike commute, so I was worried about the total miles… Continue reading

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Well its about time!

Well y’all, its confession time. I can ride like the wind (well a summer breeze maybe). I can crank out 100 miles a day easy, and 200 in a pinch. I can survive rainy weather, windy days and crazed  spandexed matching pelatons.

However, one thing I can’t do is service my own bike.  Oh I can change a tire, and clean/lube a chain.  But anything more than that, and I likely to do more harm than good. (NOT that it’s stopped me from trying!)

Wednesday night, I took the first step toward fixing this short coming… Continue reading

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Life is too short for…

Yesterday, the huge buzz on the interwebs was that Lunch meat and (gasp) bacon, could cause cancer.  My one vegan friend (love her, even though I will never understand how someone can give up eggs, cheese and, well, bacon!) asked on Facebook “Why would anyone eat anything that causes cancer?”  My reply of course was, “Cuz its YUMMY!”

Soon, someone after that replied to me with the following:

“Life is too short to take unnecessary risks.”

And a blog post was born…. Continue reading

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An interesting week in the saddle

Folks, I have noticed there has been a distinct lack of bloggage as late.  Part of this is  that I have to feel a post in me for me to type it, and lately there’s been nuthin. Plus, in all honesty, there really just hasn’t been much going on.  However, looking back over the last week, I’ve actually succeeded in getting in some decent miles, and I had the inklings of a post percolating, so lets see what I get… Continue reading

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