More nature than I really wanted….

I have said time and again how lucky I am to live in the Pacific Northwest. We have fresh air, green trees, lakes, rivers, wildlife, oceans and mountains. As a cyclist up here in the left hand corner of the county, I know that whether I am 100 miles away from home or less than 10, if I keep an eye out I am likely to spot something like this guy I saw Sunday.

I will say getting close to the shore in cycling shoes was NOT easy, but worth it! If he is going to pose, then it just seems right I take the photo!

Tuesday, though, was a bit rough from the nature standpoint.. Continue reading “More nature than I really wanted….”

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?”

I’m just gonna have to be smelly!

It’s a sad truth, working gets in the way of cycling. Yep, bills, groceries, wine and stuff costs money. Had I known the person I was now and how much I liked riding at this stage of life, I may have chosen another career path. (One that involved 2 wheels….) But, luckily I am happy now, so I have no regrets.  The job pays the bills and buys the bike gear, though  it does require I get creative with finding time to cycle!

Yesterday, even though I had to work, was one of my more successful days… Continue reading “I’m just gonna have to be smelly!”

Physician Heal Thyself

Folks, being a parent aint easy.  There is no owners manual, and the only thing you can hope for is that the kids don’t end up breaking a bone or splitting their melons when you are left in charge of them.  It is something all Dad’s worry about.

Being a dad also means that you are in charge of the helpful advice when someone does get inured. “Just rub some dirt on it!” “If there’s no blood you aint really hurt!” “Chicks dig scars!” and “If you fall, you know the rule, you have to do 2 more laps!”

What? Oh the last one may not make as much sense.  Let me explain… Continue reading “Physician Heal Thyself”

Strange Day but Great Ending

Ladies and gents, I have a pet peeve. (Ok to be honest I am sure I have more than one!) But one of the thing that bugs me is when normal people (like me) get inconvenienced by high racking officials visiting the state.

This is NOT a political commentary.  I don’t care WHO the hell they are, Repub, Dem, president, candidate, or the flipping queen of England.  Anyone who show’s up here, and, in the name of security, shuts down major freeways, is on my sh*t list.  Today’s entry on the list was the President of China.   Continue reading “Strange Day but Great Ending”

Sooner or later, its gonna happen

As you may or may not know, I work for an insurance company here in Seattle.  The Mighty P!  Michelle and I also have our insurance through them.  Insurance is one of those things we all have to have, but dislike.  We all have it,  though, because no matter how careful you are, someday whether its your fault or not, you are gonna have an accident.

Why am I telling you this?  Because on a bike, the same applies.  Not the insurance part, but the fact that sooner or later, all bike riders crash… Continue reading “Sooner or later, its gonna happen”