Sturdy bike, COUG Shirt, Must be Tony!

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 “Sturdy bike, COUG Shirt, Must be Tony!”

The Time is Nigh….

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
Summit Mt, Baker
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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 “The Time is Nigh….”

Stupid SOB’s!

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 “Stupid SOB’s!”

Book Review: Cycling Home From Siberia, Rob Lilwall

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 “Book Review: Cycling Home From Siberia, Rob Lilwall”

Feeding the Inner geek

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 “Feeding the Inner geek”