Take the long road home…

Anyone who has been following the blog this week knows I have been in Spokane all week. I decided to drive over and bring the bike so I could bike commute to the Spokane office.  Combining the fun rides and the commutes this week, I cranked out 140 miles.

I have to admit, though, when I came up with this idea I had NOT factored in I would be driving home on the Friday of Memorial day weekend, which around here is NEVER a good time to be on the road… Continue reading “Take the long road home…”

Some rides just remind me why I ride

Anyone who has read more than a post or two here in the trusty Mountainstroh blog, will quickly realize that I truly love cycling. I’ve ridden in rain, shine, fog, hail and even snow. Never have I regretted being on two wheels.

I would be lying, though, if I said all rides are the same amount of fun. Too much heat, cold, wet or sadistic winds can make even a short ride harder than it should be.  (it’s still better than being in an office or stuck in freeway traffic for hours though.

There are some rides, though, that are just perfect. These come about unexpectedly sometimes, but when they do, a rider can’t help but smile when he thinks (or blogs about it!) Last evening was one of those rides…. Continue reading “Some rides just remind me why I ride”

You know there are hotels closer to the office right?

Over the years, the people I work with in Seattle and Lynnwood office have gotten used to my riding the bike to and from work.  They have even, for the most part, gotten used to me riding over 100 miles in a day, just for fun.

Because of this, I forget that those in Spokane, even though they know I ride, haven’t been exposed to my riding. A buddy of mine, Josh, posted the title of this post on my page. He has been a cyclist in the past, so I know he is kidding, but it made me giggle.

Others though, just look at me strangely when I say I am staying all the way downtown…. Continue reading “You know there are hotels closer to the office right?”

A very WET Bike Anywhere Day!

In May, the third Friday of the month has historically been Bike to Work Day. OK, I know, y’all are thinking “But Tony, almost everyday is bike to work day for you!” This is very true. However, this is a day set up to encourage EVERYONE to do so!

This year it was called Bike Everywhere day.  The theory, of course, being that ANY miles are good miles! (Which is true) but the festivities did revolve around the morning commute… Continue reading “A very WET Bike Anywhere Day!”

How was your commute?

I feel almost kinda bad writing this post today. Our dear friend Coni had over a 2 hour commute because of the weather. From what I gleaned from her post, she was NOT a happy girl. Most car commuters aren’t today.

Me, on the other hand, I also had an extra long commute, in VERY crappy weather. I have a bit of a different attitude about it though… Continue reading “How was your commute?”

Traveling by bike

One of my favorite bike quotes came from Ernest Hemingway, and goes like this:

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

This is true, and I can honestly remember most of my epic climbs and blistering downhills.  This last weekend along the coast I had plenty of both. But today, on the first day back at work, I had time to reflect on the rides of the last week, and, I find this quote lacking a bit…. Continue reading “Traveling by bike”