Any one can ride in the summer!

Yep, today was the last Sunday of February! In Seattle, that means it is time for the Chilly Hilly! I have written about this many times, but for those who are new, this a 33 mile ride around Bainbridge Island, rain or shine!

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Add to the miles, 2300 feet of climbing, and it is a great early season ride! Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again!

I am different from other cyclists that I know.

First off, I only have one bike. Others think the correct number of bikes should be N + 1 (N of course equaling the number of bikes you have now, so you always need another (who says you will NEVER use algebra?))

Secondly, I never set an annual mileage goal. I know I will ride whenever I can, including commuting to and from work, regular exercise rides, as well as some longer more adventurous ones. At the end of the year I will add up the miles and see what I did.

The one almost constant, though, is I do ride the Chilly Hilly every year!  Continue reading

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Today was NOT that day!

There are times, on long, hard rides, that thoughts slip into your head. (That is not to say I don’t have thoughts regularly mind you!)

Sometimes snippets of books you have read will be mulled over, sometimes its day dreams of beers and hammocks of days gone by, others its past adventures with good friends

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And sometimes, it’s about things to come. Every now and then I wonder “What will be my last ride?” Continue reading

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Does Make me Wonder

I know tomorrow the world will be full of posts about the Super Bowl, the commercials and lady Gaga. I am happy to say I didn’t watch a play of the game. Quite honestly, I didn’t care this year.

Instead, for the last 3 or 4 days I have been reading quite a lot. In fact I finished two books in that same time frame. One was an EXCELLENT science fiction book, let me know if you are interested. The other was Rainier Sojourn: Around Rainier on the Wonderland Trail, by Daniel Saviers. Not bad at all.

This is not a book review of either book, though I may do one about Rainier book later. Instead, it’s a post about one line in the book. Near the end, when they were making the final push to the car, the author wrote:

In my limited experience it seems that it is the mind that gives up before the body is defeated…

Wow that got me thinking…. Continue reading

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So Glad I Bike Commute

In the last two nights, after work, looking around at the cars around me has reminded me why I try bike commute as often as possible… Continue reading

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So Glad I Sucked it Up and Went

I observed a class at work today, which is an easy gig. No prep, participate only when you want, and we had cookies near the end of session! (The chocolate chips were fresh out of the oven and the chips were still gooey!!)

At one point, the class discussed a person’s “I think” vs his “I feel” as in: I think I need to clean the garage, but I flat don’t feel like it! The theory is: In order to get someone to do something tough, you gotta get the “I feel” and “I think” on the same page. If not the “I feel” will win every time.

I took particular notice of this as I dealt with it this morning for the commute in… Continue reading

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The things we do to stay in shape!

Once again I was called upon by the Mighty P to leave the land of year round (well for the most part) cycling and head east to the wilds of Eastern Washington. Yep, I had to make the run to Spokane again to train some new hires, molding them into my image.

For those of you who do not know, Spokane is in the midst of its snowiest and coldest winter in years…. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

I love to read. Ask Michelle, and she will tell you I am reading all the time. Hell, I will spend an hour with her in yarn store, or Nordstroms as long as I have a book on the kindle to read. For the record though, she NEVER spends that much time in Nordies, but a good yarn store….

That being said, I usually limit my book reviews on this blog to bike books, for obvious reasons. I am making a rare exception for this book. Why? It was just THAT good! It got my first 5 star rating in quite while… Continue reading

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Rough Week for the OCOB 2016 crew

September last, the OCOB (Oregon Coast or Bust) crew started south from Astoria Oregon to Crescent City California.  Rob and I were using leg power to get there.

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While our faithful Sherpas, Michelle and Kim had to use every muscle in their bodies to schlep all the luggage and the gear into and out of the hotel everyday.

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Aside from sore legs, arms and a few bruises from the equipment, we all escaped injury free. A very successful trip!

But then January hit… Continue reading

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Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor

It’s been quite a while since I have done a review on a bike book. A while ago, Michelle and I were walking around Third place Books in Lake Forest park.  I picked it up to take a look and the subtitle grabbed me:

The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderline Empire. Reading this I realized this would be different from any other bike book I had read. This wasn’t someone traveling cross-country or around the world for fun. This was using bikes to smuggle people across the border from Mexico to the United States.

I have always said a bike can take you anywhere, but I never thought about this… Continue reading

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