Someday maybe I will get used to it.

If I sit there and be completely truthful, there is one thing that my blogging and cycling have in common.  I do them both because I enjoy it. Cycling gets me outside, exercise, and teleports me back to that kid who learned to ride 45 years ago or so (DAMN that is a long time ago!)

Blogging is just fun. I guess I just like to tell stories. I know the blog itself says I have over 450 followers (some maybe robots though) and lotsa people on Facebook read it as well (Thanks Mom!) but, with all that, I do it because I enjoy it, if it ever becomes a chore, I will stop.

But with both cycling and blogging, I am regularly surprised with comments I get in real life…. Continue reading “Someday maybe I will get used to it.”

Tougher than I will ever be!

Ladies and gentlemen I have been on hard rides, I have done more than one blog post about the ones that are seared into my memory. And, I have, during a climb to Chinook pass, been told by a group of Harley riders that I was, in fact, “Hard Corp!” No matter how tough I am though, the ladies I got to spend this last weekend with are tougher than I will ever be…. Continue reading “Tougher than I will ever be!”

Book Review: Take a Seat (One Man, One Tandem 20,000 miles of Possibilities) By Dominic Gill

Ok, I won’t lie, I take a little bit of pride in the name of my blog.  I have traveled 20000 miles and had some vert memorable adventures. But, my hat goes off to Dominic Gill.  He did 2000o miles in 2 years  traveling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Just to add flavor, he did so riding alone, on a tandem (bike built for two) bike, and offering the rear seat to anyone who would be willing to ride and help him along the route…

For the record, I feel guilty sometimes reviewing these books.  The writers have done things I will NEVER do. I commend them all for having more guts than I ever will, and for their achievements.  So whether the book is good, bad, or indifferent, it is no reflection on he or she who had the adventure…

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When you pushed yourself a bit too far

Over the years, people ask me how I make myself work out.  I am by NO means a gym rat. I honestly hate working out inside.

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So, for years, I have done everything I could to workout in the great outside.  To inspire myself, I sign up for a big event, pay for it, and then train to make sure I have at least a shot to complete it…. Continue reading “When you pushed yourself a bit too far”

An adventure can happen any time you are on 2 wheels

Way back in 1995, when I first thought about climbing Mt. Rainier, I started reading real life adventure books. Up in the attic, in 4 big tupperware containers is the resulting library.  I have books on mountain climbing, arctic travels, rafting rivers and, of course, cycling. (We have a small house and no room for a big book case)

I am reading one now, and will review it as soon as I am done. As much as I enjoy them, sometimes they make me sad. Here I am, living a cushy life, soft bed, great wife, plenty of food, and a decent job. Yet when I read these stories, I see what I could have done when I was younger.

Shoot I have one friend, Sarah, (Honoring my Compass ) who is currently cycling Patagonia, and another two friends Megan and Poodle (Great World Trek) who motorcycled from Tierra del Fuego to Texas, and will now go from Ethiopia to South Africa.

Instead I did the responsible thing, got a job, raised two great kids and got tubby…

But then last week, I read something that made my day. Continue reading “An adventure can happen any time you are on 2 wheels”

Its a wonder Mom survived!

Today, being Saturday, is frequently errand day.  The Manchild was dropped off at the Smash (video game) tournament at UW, Michelle was out getting her hair did, and I decided to get the grocery shopping done.

On these weekend days when I errand alone, I like to listen to NPR.  The weekend programming is a welcome respite from politics, bad news and dumb people we hear about all week.

Today, they were discussing stories told by kids of things that happened to them simply in the course of being a kid.  This started me thinking of all the stuff that I did when I was younger, and wondering how my mom survived, not just with me, but with of us!

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Wracking Up the Miles: March 2016

It is scary how quickly the months are flying by.  Between work, kids, house and life in general, suddenly yet another month has passed!  In fact, I took a look at the calendar just now and damned if it isn’t already the 6th of this month!!! This is just flat nuts.

Once again, March found me away for a week in the wilds of Spokane! Worse yet, it was during the nicest cycling weather of the year so far. Yep getting miles this month was NOT easy…. Continue reading “Wracking Up the Miles: March 2016”