The perfect day to hang out in the room!

So there I was last night, fast asleep. And when I snooze, I snooze HARD! However, along about 11:30 my eyes snapped open. Outside the wind was howling, the waves were crashing and a storm was raging. The hotel we are in keeps flood lights on so you can always see the waves.

I laid in bed for a bit and saw that the wind was blowing so hard, that sand was blowing higher than our room past our balcony. We are on the second floor. I jumped out of bed, and went on the deck in just my underwear (OK, TMI, but I did) and saw the ocean was roiling! I dove back into bed to warm up and I was back asleep… Continue reading

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We weren’t the only ones with a plan B trip!

As we all know the plan this week was supposed to be San Francisco and Napa. In fact, today we would’ve picked up a rental car and driven to wine country. Instead, we woke up here at the beach.

Yeah, I am NOT sad about that!  Continue reading

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Oregon Coast 2017 continues

Michelle and I have  talked a time or two about this trip. Had we ended up at San Francisco and Napa as planned, it would have been MUCH less relaxing. There are so many things to see, that I would have been setting an alarm and it woulda been GO GO GO the entire time. In fact, Michelle told me she had scheduled a rest day in the vacation on Friday as she knew I would be on the move.

Things are different here…. Continue reading

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Plan B in full swing!

Well ladies and gents, as promised in the last post, we have made it to The Inn At Spanish Head in Lincoln city!

As always we have a great view of the water, and it has been a great day and a half! Continue reading

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Changing on the fly!

Long time followers of the Mountainstroh blog may remember the Plan C vacation of a few years ago. Michelle and I woke up on a Saturday in the Washington, the state, planning to go to bed in Washington the DC.

That night, due to storms, a small fire, and cancelled flights, we ended up at the Oregon coast. I still have never gotten to DC, but that was a great vacation!

Sadly, this week, we had to make new plans again…. Continue reading

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Glad I sucked it up a bit!

I am always excited in the spring time when Daylight Savings time hits. Once this happens, the sun stays up long enough to allow after work rides! Here in the northwest, during June and July, it is light almost till 10 PM! I love these rides!

Now that it is October, the sun goes down sooner, the temps are lower, and, being the northwest, it gets a bet wetter.  All these combined for me NOT to want to ride last night…. Continue reading

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Challenge Accepted!

So, this morning I was perusing my news app on the iPad. For the record, I made a point to skip the political crap that always tends to make me grouchy, It was a crisp, early Saturday, we had slept in, and I had cranked out one serious headwind 48 mile ride after work last night, I wasn’t in the mood to be cranky.

So as I scrolled through I found an article titled (paraphrasing here) “An Ebike can Take You Places a Regular Bike Never Could”  WHAT?!?!?!… Continue reading

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The one nugget from an all day seminar

Ladies and gentlemen, there truly is a hell on earth, and it aint Atlanta. Yesterday, I was a stuck from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in an all day, offsite, networking seminar. There was mingling, and sitting, and talking, and ALL the stuff we KNOW I loathe….  And to make matters worse, even though there were chocolate chip cookies, there was not a Diet Mtn Dew to be found! 
By the closing speaker I was ready to lay my little melon on the table and snooze. Had it NOT been for my new boss attending with me, I totally woulda been one of those who snuck out before the closing.  Since I was still there and almost awake, I was introduced to the one nugget of the day that will stay with me, the one thing that spoke to me….   Continue reading

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Resting(?) at the beach after the 100 mile ride!

There are a LOT of options for me during the year to ride century rides. Quite often I choose the ones I do for the ending spot.

It works even better when we can combine the end of the ride with some time off for Michelle and I. With this weekend’s ride ending at Westport on the Washington Coast

 

it was an opportunity for a long weekend… Continue reading

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The Last Century Ride of 2017

Since the beginning of Mountainstroh the cyclist, I have had the opportunity to ride the Lung Association’s Reach the Beach (from Portland to Pacific City) twice.

 

Finished Reach the Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both times have been fun! So this year when I got an email early on saying the same group was going to do an inaugural ride in Washington, Michelle told me (and I agreed) that I had to sign up! The day of the ride was September 30th…. Continue reading

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