I am a 50-year-old guy living in a small community called Mountlake Terrace, about 15 miles north of Seattle.  As a biker, this is good and bad.  Good because MLT is on top of a hill, so every ride from home starts with a fast down hill.  Bad, because no matter HOW tired I am, I have a 1 to 3 mile uphill before I get home.

I live there with my gorgeous, and luckily, very supportive wife Michelle.  She encourages me to pick new challenges, pushes me to train on those days the red chairs look so comfy, and is there at the finish line whenever possible on my long rides.

We have 2 sons, one about to graduate as a Cellular biology major/math minor from Western Washington University, and one starting his senior year in high school.  We are very proud of both of them for all that they do.

So in a short, just a normal guy, who likes to ride as much as possible.

This blog started out to help new riders and I hope it still does but since the beginning it has grown.  Over the years it has grown and morphed into  a place for me to share stories, thoughts and ideas, some related to biking, a lot with the outdoors in general, and sometimes, not related to anything in general, but I think its important, or fun or both!

I am also an avid reader, though I am finding that blogging is cutting down on my reading time! This means there will be occasional book reviews as well.

I welcome comments, thoughts, ideas, disagreements and stories.  Just like when I teach a class (I am a corporate trainer) things are a whole lot more fun and meaningful with an interactive conversation!

So thanks for visiting, if you like something let me know, and if you decide to follow my misadventure in blogging, I am honored!


23 Responses to About

  1. Jim says:

    Dude, I didn’t know you had a blog. Awesome! Congratulations.

  2. kelsheets says:

    Hi, thought I’d stop by to check out where the tentrain might be located 🙂 Now I see. Up by Seattle. We are in Central Oregon so you are not too far north. I look forward to following and hearing what you have to share, Kelly

  3. idesoflife says:


    I just want to inform you that I nominated you for the VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD because your blog inspires others. Feel free to check it out at: http://idesoflife.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/very-inspiring-blogger-award/


  4. belindaegreen says:

    Whoa… Very nice Mr Valente! I like what you are doing here. Very easy read and follow. I’ll stop in and check you out every now and then. Good job! 🙂

  5. Happy Friday! I bestow upon you the nomination for the Liebster Award! You can view it here: http://heretoconquer.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/liebster-award/

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Kiernan says:

    Hi Tony,

    Just wanted to share this bicycle safety guide with you http://jknylaw.com/bicycle-safety/ in hopes you might share it on your 10000 Miles of Experience, Adventures and Thoughts cycling blog as a cycling safety resource. We created this graphic to increase bike safety awareness across the United States.

    If you do decide to share it on your site you would really be helping us increase bike safety awareness in the cycling community. Thanks for taking the time to look at the graphic and please do not hesitate to email me back with your thoughts on the graphic and if you decide to share it or not. Thanks again.

    All the best,

  7. Kiernan says:

    Awesome.. Thanks so much for adding the link and helping us spread the word of cycling safety!

  8. LadyLyme says:

    Tony, I found something for you, and it benefits us both 🙂

  9. Just added your blog to our list of Washington state bike blogs at http://wabikes.org/growing-bicycling/resources/bike-blogs-in-washington-state/. Happy riding and writing!

  10. snuffcat says:

    Hello. First of all, sorry for my BAD English.
    I found your blog a week ago. It is very inspiring .Just like you , I love traveling by bicycle. Especially in the mountains . I have a wonderful wife and 4 month old baby . My daughter.

    I can not stop to read what you write . Please do not stop doing it .

    Greetings to you and your whole family.

    I apologize again for my spelling errors.

  11. Diana says:

    Wow, small world. One of my best friends used to live in Mountlake Terrace. And I graduated from Western Washington!

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