Book Review: Off the Map (Bicycling Across Siberia) by Mark Jenkins

Ladies and gents, LONG before there were kindles and Ipods with Kindle apps, in fact, before there were e-readers of any type. I read these things we used to call books! In fact, back then, when I would come to the Oregon coast, I would scour used book stores for additions to my adventure library.

I have mountain climbing books, river conquering books, and arctic survival essays.

And, of course, in addition to all of these, I have cycling adventures.

These books were in our attic for years, but now that we have moved, Michelle made sure I had space for them. Last week, I felt myself drawn to reread and review one of my favorites…. Continue reading “Book Review: Off the Map (Bicycling Across Siberia) by Mark Jenkins”

Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer

You know its been a long time since I did a book review post when I have NO idea what or when the last one was! (I just checked, it was back in August!) A month ago I felt the need to read a cycling book.

When it comes to cycling books, I am happy to read about any bikes. Trikes, road bikes, recombinants or mountain bikes. Racers, and those just seeing country are all fun. This one combined mountain biking racing AND crossing some serious country… Continue reading “Book Review: Into the North Wind by Jill Homer”

Book Review: Downhills Don’t Come Free by Jerry Holl

Recently I realized something. Even though I have continued being an avid reader this year, as always, it has been a long time since I have read a cycling book. So, a week ago I went perusing Amazon for a good choice.

After a bit I stumbled upon Downhills Don’t Come Free (One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico) by Jerry Holl. I loved the title! It may honestly be the best bike book title I’ve ever read. Anyone who has ever reveled at a fast long downhill after climbing for hours would understand why.

Yep hit the purchase button as soon read about it… Continue reading “Book Review: Downhills Don’t Come Free by Jerry Holl”

The books that stay with you

Finally, after using every trick I know, I got “Larry” Michelle’s MacBook to connect to Starbucks WiFi. I swear if I was 7 years old this would be much simpler!

OK, on to the post. I am here today blogging away, while Michelle is out walk/running 8 miles to get ready for the Seattle Halfmarathon coming up Sunday after Thanksgiving. I hang here at the end, tracking her progress and ready for rapid response, or with an Ice Tea at the end. It’s a hard job!

While coming back from dropping her off, I was listening to NPR. YES there was political news (NO FAIR I ALREADY VOTED) but being NPR it also had real news! Today was a story that reminded me of my, hands down, favorite book ever… Continue reading “The books that stay with you”

Book Review: Full Cycle by Christopher Blunt

Ladies and gents, I love reading cycling books. People travel to places I will never go (but wish I could). A good writer can share the pain, triumph and euphoria of riding a bike.

There are very few cycling fiction books that I have found. However, once I saw a review in Cascade bike clubs newsletter this month, I had to order it… Continue reading “Book Review: Full Cycle by Christopher Blunt”

I wonder…

Back in Jr and Sr High School, at least when I was a kid, we had to take a test to help us figure out what jobs would be a “good fit” for us when we grew up. I took these time and time again, and the results were so not memorable that I honestly can’t remember one job that I was a good fit for.

There was a time I wanted to be a truck driver, but I think this was mostly due to the song Convoy when I was a kid. With my lack of skills of backing up a vehicle with a trailer, I think the world is VERY lucky I never followed this up. I also thought being a helicopter pilot would be fun as well, but again, I never looked into it.

Then, in high school, I tool a forestry class. I loved it, and thought I wanted to be a forest ranger… Continue reading “I wonder…”

A Bridge has 2 sides!

After entirely too long, Michelle and I started our vacation yesterday!  On the way down to Portland, she pointed out that the last time we had had more than just a long weekend was back in August when we went to Santa Rosa.

Folks that is just TOO long a time between breaks.  Luckily, my buddy Joe provided the reason for this one…. Continue reading “A Bridge has 2 sides!”