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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A look back to 2016

For years, every month I did a Racking Up the miles post. I would log the miles and give a short review of the month. Somewhere along the line this year, I stopped. I have a rule. If I stop doing something, and don’t miss it, then I don’t start it up again. (Like the ONE year I ran a half marathon!)

So I thought about skipping the almost mandatory “Looking back” post, but as the day went on, I kept looking up info I usually include, so it must be something I want to do!  Continue reading

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2016, 12 months worth of photos

In my off cycling life, I am a corporate trainer. I am the Claims Cowboy, training the new claims department hires at the Mighty P, a Pacific Northwest Insurance company. I like to say I am molding The Mighty P’s youth in MY image, but that scares people!)

When I was a young trainer, I had someone tell me some valuable advice: When it comes to teaching, steal unmercifully. Meaning, if you are in a class and see a technique or a game or activity that works well, steal it, use it and make it yours!

I have found this applies to blogging as well! If I see something someone does, and I like it, I pounce! This is one of them. Continue reading

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So? What happened?

Well it hit me today, I have been a bit remiss. Last month, in the post His Heart Grew 3 Sizes that day I told you the story of Michelle finding a tag on our offices giving tree from a 17-year-old boy. All he asked for was a bike…

Michelle launched our personal fundraising plan that day by hitting up people we knew at work. I in turn hit Facebook as well as all the riders I knew here. The first day we had $300 in pledges.

I am remiss because I never told yall what happened!  Continue reading

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It was a fun Christmas Long Weekend!

I am pretty sure I have let y’all know that I am NOT great at planning days off. Over the years, I morphed into the guy who would come into work on Tuesday, look at the forecast as decide Thursday was the perfect day to go hiking or cycling! (There were some years where every Thursday afternoon was a 3 hour, USELESS meeting of us supervisors. So even if the weather wasn’t perfect, I would still take the day off.)

Luckily Michelle IS a day off planner. Last year, when she saw Christmas was on Sunday, and therefore we would have Monday off, she had us take Friday as well. I am very glad she did!  Continue reading

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Time to suck it up!

Back in April 2013, I started back with the mighty P. Since that time, each and every month, I have cycle commuted. When I worked downtown, I threw the bike on back of the car so Michelle and I could commute in together, and I would cycle the 17 miles home. Since moving to the Lynnwood office, I bike the 5 mile one way trip 3 or 4 times a week.

In addition I do longer rides after work in the summer. In the fall and winter though, I have to wait until the weekends to do so.  December 2016 has NOT been conducive to riding… Continue reading

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Its been a long haul

So what happens when it is halfway through the month of December and our hero Mountainstroh has a total of 10 (nope not a typo, ten) bike miles so far? Well for one, he starts wondering just how many layers he will need to ride in 30 degree weather, and for two, the blog needs other inspiration to keep it from dying an early death. Tonight I stumbled on a bit of a spark. Continue reading

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Sometimes the Hubby has a Good Idea

Ladies and gents, I do my best. But lord knows, NO husband is perfect. Being guys, we are adept at saying, wearing or doing the wrong thing at a moments notice. Case in point, the time I wore cargo shorts, a tshirt and a Cougar Baseball cap to a pretty high classed wine tasting thing at the Barking Frog. When we were almost there, I noticed Michelle had dressed up. I checked out my shorts, sandals and tshirt and asked “Should I have put on something nice for this?” She just patted my arm and smiled.

In fact, today, our friend Mary told her she was a saint and would go straight to heaven as my wife. Lord knows it aint easy!

Sometimes though, I make up for it! Continue reading

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