Racking up the miles: February 2015

Looking back over the years, February has not been the best month ever for riding.  First its a short month, so without even trying I lose 2 days of riding.  Then its the dead of winter, so the weather does not lead one to want to ride.  Finally, the legs aren’t in shape yet, so long rides are out.

Luckily this February NONE of these things (well it was still a short month) applied. Continue reading

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A flood of memories

Sometimes something happens, and as a blogger I know the blogosphere will be flooded with posts of every shape and size and opinion about it.  For the most part, I try to avoid those subjects.  I mean really, who needs another post about some dress and what color it is?

However, today, a sadness overtook the world of science fiction fans, Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock for over 40 years, has passed on to the great unknown. When I read that today, I was surprised by the flood of memories that hit me all at once. Continue reading

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This has not been a normal week so far

So here it is, Friday, and it has already NOT been a normal week!  To understand though, it would probably be best if I explained what I mean by normal.

On most weeks, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, I ride the bike home, usually leaving about 3:30.  Tuesdays, I head south to spend dinner with  the Manchild then play pool (or like last week, ping pong).  Fridays are a toss-up.  If it’s a kid weekend, I wait for him to show up and we drive home.  If it’s not a kid weekend, I get an extra ride.

This week, so far Monday and Tuesday have NOT fit that mold. Continue reading

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Snuck off for a weekend

Those who read yesterday’s post may have noted I was writing it while sitting on a deck of a hotel room In Port Townsend, WA.  This is a little town, right on the Puget Sound here in Washington state.

Those who really know me, might think it was strange I was there on the weekend of the Chilly Hilly, which in the Seattle area is the considered opening day of cycling season.  But, it has been a long hard month at work, Michelle and I needed time away, and I SUCK at checking calendars.. Continue reading

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Bikes and Nature

Folks, there is just no way else to say this.  This was NOT been you normal Saturday bike ride.  Right now, I am sitting on the deck of the Tides Inn, Port Townsend, WA.  Sipping wine out of a coffee cup. (There are no wine glasses in the room)  Listening to the waves off Puget Sound lap and looking at a ton of stars!  Its has been a good, albeit VERY strange day!  I will cover the first half here…

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Being an ex science teacher comes in handy

Sometimes you need to finally hit a milestone of some type to realize just how much or how little you have been able to do things.  One of those milestones hit today on the way home, and I did the math to see how long it had been since the last one…

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The 57 mile breakfast!

So, Saturday morning was Valentines day.  Michelle whipped up some DAMN good scrambled eggs with pesto and cheese.  She gave me so much, I could barely fit it in tortilla wrap!  Trouble is an hour later, I looked at her and said “You are NOT going to believe this, but I am hungry again!”

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Book Review: The Carry Home by Gary Ferguson

Early on I let y’all know I was going to stretch my literary choices this year.  Though I am still treating myself to the History of Westeros (Game of Thrones) and its dragons, knights and assorted kings, I have been keeping to my plan.  The Carry Home, though a book about the outdoors (of which I have many) is not one I would normally have read.

However when buddy the author (Joe Kurmaskie) recommends a book, you at least gotta give it chance.  Damn I am glad I did! Continue reading

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The year without a winter

I hesitate to write this post, as I know anyone on the east coast is getting the crap beat out of them this winter.  Boston is getting buried,  and there could be more snow on the way.  My buddy Jim shared this photo he took of the Hudson River, frozen!

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I heard there is so much snow in Boston they have nowhere to put it.  Folks, if it were feasible I’d say ship it out here! Continue reading

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Struck out!

When I was a kid, every now and then the folks would pack up the whole family and we’d head for the swap meet.  For those of you who have never seen one, picture a huge-assed garage sail set up at a drive in movie theater.  (Of course there may be some of you that have never been to or seen a drive in either.)

Earlier in my alleged adulthood, I would do the same, and roam the aisles since “You never know what you might need!”  Luckily, I outgrew this, and Michelle and I don’t see the need to buy someone else’s crap.  So we avoid swap meets, flea markets and yard sales.  Well, except for one.  The annual Cascade Bike Club Swap Meet!  Which just happened to be today! Continue reading

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