Oh Yeah, TOTALLY the correct decsion

Sometimes you make the right call!

While Sunday’s bike ride and yesterdays beach walk were met with sun, warmth and blue skies (I might have a bit of a sunburn!) Today has been foggy and blustery! The winds are out of the north and gusting to 20+ mph, which is normal for us.

This is fun pedaling southbound, but when I have to turn around north to go home the fun stops and true work begins! I have done these rides before and will do it again, but really just didn’t wanna today.

So I made a different decision Continue reading “Oh Yeah, TOTALLY the correct decsion”

Gravel Bike Success!

Hi all!

First let’s cover the important parts, as I have been doing since the word went sideways in March. Michelle and I are still  healthy, happy and gainfully employed. We, like everyone else, are hoping someday things will be more normal; but until then we are being careful. We always have a mask ready when outside.

Today the post isn’t about the pandemic though, I have had success on the back of the Gravel Bike! Continue reading “Gravel Bike Success!”

Remembering the Seattle to Portland!

So last weekend would have been the 2020 STP, the Seattle to Portland bike ride. 200 plus miles from the University of Washington to the Rose District of Portland. Close ro 10,000 of my best cycling friends ride it every year.

Covid cancelled the real ride this year, though Michelle and I will be riding the virtual STP starting Saturday!

On Facebook, people are posting memories of their rides. and it started me thinking of my 4 times on this one. I decided it was a good time to share them with you!

Continue reading “Remembering the Seattle to Portland!”

Avoiding the Hordes

Hi y’all!

Here it is, Friday of the 4th of July weekend. I am happy say Michelle and I have all three days off!

As always, first the important part.

Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and still gainfully employed. As is all of our immediate family.

You may be wondering about the title of the post though.

Being a tourist town, three day weekends mean LOTS of people show up. In fact, so many do, that back when Michelle and I were tourists, we didn’t come to the coast on a long weekend.

Now with Covid going nuts, extra people in town worry us…. Continue reading “Avoiding the Hordes”

Rad to the rescue!

Hi all, just a quick story from Friday. Made me smile telling it so I wanted to share!

Michelle had the day off on Friday, so while I was in the office, she was getting some chores and errands done. One of the chores was to wash the car. We have a VW Tiguan a small SUV.

Now unlike big towns, we don’t have an automatic carwash. The kind when you sit, and roll through, starting dirty and coming out clean.

Nope, we have the old school plug in quarters and do it by had thing. Its about 3 miles north of me.

Just before the world closed, Michelle and I had made the decision to downsize to one car.  We just have had very few reasons to keep two, and with a regularly scheduled maintenance being quoted at between $1200 -$3000 (Volvos aint cheap) it just wasn’t worth it. So sell it we did. Its been 4 months and there has not been a need for a second car. Well, until Friday….

She took off and I was at my desk when she called and said she needs more money. The car was covered in soap and it took more that she though to finish the wash. Hell I hadn’t been to one of these since high school, I had no idea what they would cost. Woulda thought by now they took debit cards instead of quarters…

OK let’s recap. I am at work, we don’t have a second car. She is three miles, and 2 decent hill climbs from me, and, the biggest issue, there was an UGLY headwind between her and I. It would taken be at least half an hour of hard pedaling to get there….

Then it hit me.

She has a RadPowerBike, an ebike. This one has 4 levels of assist, Each one giving more power assist to the pedaler.

I could hop and Rad and be there like the wind!

I grabbed the money, ratcheted up the assist to maximum, put my foot on the pedal to start and…

Folks that think almost took off without me! At that level I was gonna fly!

I got on and used those mountainstroh legs to pedal hard and Rad reached down and pushed me faster than I could believe. I was heading into the wind doing at least 20 mph! It was a kick in the pants!

I could feel the big goofy grin on my face as I got the car wash, Michelle was laughing when I pulled up and said, “Me and Rad are speedy!!!”

It took me maybe 5 minutes longer than it would have with a car, but HALF the time of a pedal only bike!

I gave her a kiss and headed back to work! I was back before anyone knew I was gone!

I have met many riders of ‘real’ bikes who think people riding ebikes are cheating. (I’ve never really understood what the competition is that they are cheating on though….”

I think all miles are good miles. Anything that gets someone out and pedaling is a good thing!

Plus, that sucker is just plain fun! I have more than enough bikes now, so I won’t be adding an ebike to the stable, but if you ever get a chance to ride one, take it!

I was like the wind!!

Did you REALLY need the wrench?

So I thought I’d go a little old school here today. A post strictly about a couple a bike rides I had here on the Oregon Coast this week. Both were memorable for good and bad reasons!

First off, as always, the important stuff.

Michelle and I are healthy, happy and still employed. I keep telling her that I am very lucky to be going through a global pandemic with a wife like her!

Pray for her though, she is trapped with me….

But now back to the rides!

Continue reading “Did you REALLY need the wrench?”

Sadness and Peilicanpalooza

Hi everyone!

Yep, its been a bit since I posted. My Friend Val, of Wedgewood in Seattle History,  reminded me recently that the month of June was over half gone and no one had heard from me!. So, on a rainy first evening of summer. I thought I would rectify this.

First off, as always, Michelle and I are happy, gainfully employed and healthy. As are the families. The mighty P announced this week that those in the Puget Sound area and Spokane would NOT be going back into he office in 2020.  Proud of my company for making sure we are safe!

However, not all has been happy, hence the title.

First the sadness.

We lost a member of the family unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago.

 

The beloved, girl cat, C Catty Proulx, aka Pooh Bear aka Da Bear is no longer with us. She had not been eating and that is NOT like her. The doctor told it is was kitten cancer, and we made the hard decision to not let her suffer. She will be missed… Two weeks have passed and I still watch out so I don’t step on her early in the morning!

Yeah, 2020 sucks…. Continue reading “Sadness and Peilicanpalooza”

Mrs. Oregon Coast Cyclist!

Wow… I totally fell off the regular blog post wagon!!!

I went back and took a look at the last post, and all the photos I have taken since then.  Yep it has been awhile!

I think though you will see that with all the events that have been happening, that the delay is understandable.

So, lets make sure we cover the important parts first. Michelle and I are healthy and still working. Our jobs can be annoying, as all work can be, but we are thankful we are working when so many aren’t.

The scary part around here is we are opening up to the world next week. Hotels open and the folks from the big cities, with a much greater frequency of Covid, will be flooding the town. Add to it, some just aren’t intelligent enough to understand how masking up can help (even though it was proven in the Spanish flu 100 years ago.) We could be in for a rough summer. Michelle and I plan to hunker over the upcoming weekends.

But enough worry, lets cover the last few weeks….

Continue reading “Mrs. Oregon Coast Cyclist!”

Who did I meet on my beach walk tonight?

Hi Y’all!

So two years ago, when we first moved here, May hit and I swear it didn’t rain all month! We, here at the coast, were in a drought. Outdoor fires, even on the beach were soon banned and it was dry as a tater chip!

This year? Not so much! Its been raining off and on for the last couple of weeks. Today, I did a beach walk, 6.5 miles from the car at Gleneden Beach to Siletz Bay and back. It was dry when I got there, but it didn’t stay that way long!

But hey, I am a coast kid. If I gave up evey time a little rain fell, I’d never leave the house! Given what I ended up seeing, I am VERY glad I kept going… Continue reading “Who did I meet on my beach walk tonight?”

I think I missed a week!

Sorry y’all,

Last weekend I got a bit busy with stuff in general. You know how it is, Jig saw puzzles, walks, and bike maintenance. Somehow I flat missed the weekly update!

First off, the most important piece. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and still working! We are bummed we aren’t in Italy as planned, but otherwise life is good here on the coast!

I saw this recently on Facebook, and it fits me pretty well in these interesting times we are  a living in.

Truth be told, aside from not being able to go to our favorite places for dinner after work, and the trip into Safeway done at an almost dead run, things aren’t much different for me.

its a good thing we are surviving well! We just found out this week that our town is closed until June 1. No hotels open, and asking nonresidents to stay away. Personally I think they are trying to avoid the crush of people who would be here on Memorial Day weekend if they opened sooner.  People aint happy about it, and it is tough on the town, but I gotta say, I think its the right plan…

So what has the last couple of weeks consisted of… Continue reading “I think I missed a week!”