When I first started riding a bike, back in 2008, there was one guy (The husband of a friend of the ex-wife (Who still holds the prestige of being the only guy I truly disliked on first sight)) who would Lord over me “Well you aren’t a real Washington cyclist until you have ridden the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day)” He would then drone on talking about it. (by then I tuned him out)
He was the catalyst to start me on the quest to complete this ride. Yesterday was my chance to do so… Continue reading
Just crossed finish line! More tomorrow! RAMROD BABY!
Back in 2007 our buddy Mountainstroh stored his crampons, lost his glacier glasses and hung up his ice-axe. Like an old west sheriff, he reached the time to retire. Going strictly on my won/loss record (or summit/no summit) I was a dismal 2 and 6 over 12 years, with the only real summits reached being Mt Baker and Mt St Helens.
Summit Mt, Baker
First St Helens summit
Starting in 2008, the challenge shifted to 2 wheels instead of plastic boots, and roadways instead of glaciers. In the last 7 years and 20000 miles I have yet not to succeed. Yep, undefeated. This week will put that record to the test… Continue reading
OK folks, fair warning here. I do NOT like people who lump people together and complain about them. Be it race, religion, sexual orientation, or nationality, it is just wrong. However, today, I am going to break that rule a bit.
Why, because there are some serious assholes (excuse my language) who are causing misery to many of us in the Northwest! Continue reading
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Ever have one of those days in which you just KNOW somewhere somehow you did something wrong and the karma gods are getting even?
Well I will tell you, the last 24 hrs has been just that! Continue reading
Last month, Michelle and I hit the used book sale at Third Place Books, our local independent book store. Michelle was looking for books for the little free library, while I was browsing looking for a book to download to the Kindle app.
Editors note: I know, I know this is ‘wrong’ but I just don’t read real books anymore, if it isn’t on the Kindle, it gathers dust.
Michelle pointed me to the bike books, and I found Cycling Home From Siberia, by Rob Lilwall. I downloaded it (even I won’t use a book stores wifi for that) as soon as I got home. I was excited to get started on it Continue reading
I’ve often wondered how my love for science started. Growing up I was NOT a big sports fan. My dad would turn on football and I would groan. “How LONG is this on!! 2 minutes left?? Than can last an hour!!!” (my how things have changed there.) Add to it my 0 for 30 single season of little league (Pastorious Reds right fielder baby! Never caught a ball either!) and it is easy to see why I didn’t get into baseball cards…
Somewhere along the line, though, I caught the science bug. Continue reading
This was a the perfect weekend for a long ride. The weather was still cloudy and cool. It is 3 weeks until the RAMROD and the Manchild was not up this weekend. Plus, once again Michelle was telling me YES you will ride! Add it all together, it was the perfect day for to catch a ferry and do a century (100 miles) to Sequim and back.
I know some of y’all think I am nuts when it comes to the weather. But up here in Seattle, during the end of June and early July it does NOT get hot. Let alone 5 straight days of 90 degrees and something like 20 straight of over 80. I was starting to feel like I’d been stuck in a food dehydrator and left to shrivel up to a 5′ 7″ piece of beef jerky!
Then, the weather gods took pity on us, and yesterday was the perfect Seattle summer day!
Yep the clouds came back! Continue reading
I consider myself very lucky living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the great places to cycle, the oceans, the great coffee and fantastic wine, the hiking one can experience up here would compare to anywhere in the world.
You have your choice to go to raging rivers, peaceful alpine lakes, secluded ocean beaches, mountain tops and, ice caves. I encourage as many people as I can to experience all the nature they can up here. Sadly, yesterday, 6 people forgot to pack their common sense. Continue reading