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

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Playing Hookie

Sometimes, ladies and gents, you have to make an executive decision. Work is important, as it pays the bills, let’s me eat regularly and allows Michelle and to go on vacations. However, for me, a summer that has already been wicked busy, is soon going to get worse!

Michelle and I have a couple of days off together coming up (at least one for sure will be blogworthy) but other than that it is straight on work till Labor Day weekend.

Last week I looked at the calendar and made an executive decision. Monday was honestly my only window, it was time to take a day off and ride!  Continue reading

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Its all in how you say it!

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am NOT the best at filtering what comes out of my mouth. No, Really! True story!

I had a boss once that came in all excited showing off his linen salmon pants he got on sale. He walked up, me wearing my khaki dockers and polo shirt, and said “I KNOW you wish you could pull off this color like I do!”

Without a blink or hesitation I replied, “Even salmon themselves hate that color, they wear it on the inside!!” He didn’t seem to appreciate the humor. (For the record they were GAWD AWFUL ugly, and it wasn’t, by far, the ugliest piece of clothing he owned. (OR it is entirely possible I just don’t understand fashion))

But I digress…  A couple of days ago I was the recipient of a non filter…. Continue reading

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Tourist in our own town!

Well the 4th of July is upon us! Independence Day! This year, though, it of course falls on a Tuesday. We love the day off from work, but sadly both Michelle and I had to work the Monday before and again tomorrow. This means we couldn’t get the heck out of dodge for the holiday. So it was time for a different plan… Continue reading

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Paying it forward

As we all know, I am cold and callous, it works well for me. I am not quite a “HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!” curmudgeon, but I am taking lessons to get there!

That being said, when I am on the bike, riding for fun, a training ride, or a commute, I always ask the riders changing tires or fiddling with their bikes if they need anything. Over the years it has become a automatic reflex. Most of the time I ask on the fly, and keep going when I hear “NOPE!’ or “I’m GOOD!”, so it was a bit of a surprise when I heard “YES I DO!”…. Continue reading

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Really hadn’t planned on doing a 10 K that day!

After my big ride near St Helens on Saturday, it was time for the drive back. It was important to get home Saturday night as Michelle and her best friend Kim (the two sexiest bike sherpas ever)

Were going to walk the Seattle Rock and Roll marathon the next morning. I was going to be able repay them (a little) for all they did on the Oregon Coast for me last year! Little did I know how much of a workout I was in for… Continue reading

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Tour de Blast 2017

Since 2008, when I bought the first bike, there has always been a big summer ride. The first was the Seattle to Portland, but there have been many others. I sign up for them because I enjoy them, I see new places, and, most importantly, it makes me get out and ride to train for them. Once I pay for something, I am damn well going to do it. And the only way I can be sure to finish is to get the miles under my belt.

Yesterday was this year’s ride! The Tour de Blast. Riding from Toutle High School to the Johnston Ridge Mt St Helens observatory and back. Yep, once again, a ride involving SERIOUS hills…

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LardButt 1K or Run for the Doughnuts!

So, over the course of a year, Michelle and I sign up for different events. 5 Kilometers runs, half marathons and century bike rides. Anyone who follows this blog knows we like to keep active.

Now somewhere in our events we saw a sign for the LardButt 1 K! A one kilometer (.62 mile) walk and/or run in which they place doughnut stops every 250 meters.

OK how could we NOT sign up???…. Continue reading

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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

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There is just something about May

In the past, I used to do a blog post at the end of each month called Racking up the miles. In it, I would recap the month of riding, the amount of miles I accomplished, the high and low points during the month, and share my favorite photos. Somewhere along the way I stopped doing this. Maybe one of these days I will start again.

Looking back though, over the history of this blog, more so than any other, May has always been an interesting month… Continue reading

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