The Last Century Ride of 2017

Since the beginning of Mountainstroh the cyclist, I have had the opportunity to ride the Lung Association’s Reach the Beach (from Portland to Pacific City) twice.


Finished Reach the Beach









Both times have been fun! So this year when I got an email early on saying the same group was going to do an inaugural ride in Washington, Michelle told me (and I agreed) that I had to sign up! The day of the ride was September 30th…. Continue reading “The Last Century Ride of 2017”

I’m Heading for the Beach!

One of my favorite things to do each year are organized Century rides.  I like the just show up with full water bottles, and someone else is in charge of planning the route, making it easy to follow, providing food/liquid at specific stops, and if I ever flat give up, there is a van to haul my sorry old but home.  Continue reading “I’m Heading for the Beach!”

The Last Long Ride of 2013.

I am REALLY not sure how it is I signed up for 5 big rides this year.  3, the Mayday Metric, Reach the Beach and Crater Lake were true Centuries, Flying wheels was 95 miles and to was 92.  This is a first for me, in the past the most I did was 2.

I had had a hard time getting fired up for this one, and it resulted in my training lacking.  Even though I got 45 miles in last week, I hadn’t really done a big training ride since before the Crater Lake run.  For some reason I got in my head that this wouldn’t be a hard ride.  Folks I was incorrect. Continue reading “The Last Long Ride of 2013.”

Dammit Jim, I’m a Cyclist NOT a Doctor!

Ok, the title is letting my Star Trek fan self show itself a little.  Maybe Comicon affected me more than I thought!

The title fits this post though, as you will see.  Last night I did something I NEVER do!  I signed up for a century ride in May.  The century ride itself is not the bad thing.  Its the fact that its a ride that requires fund-raising in addition to the entry fee.  I HATE fund-raising!  When the kids had fund-raisers in school, I had a few choice people who liked the “Christmas Crud” and would order paper every year.  Otherwise I was out.

I donate to others, but never ask.

So what ride is this?  It is the Reach the Beach 2013.  A Century ride that starts in Portland Oregon and ends in Pacific City OR, at the Pelican Pub. (Reason #1 I signed up)

Pacific City, OR
Pacific City, OR (Photo credit:

More importantly though, this ride supports the American Lung Association.  I am lucky enough to have never become a smoker even though both my parents, and most of the world for that matter, smoked when I was growing up.  My lungs may NOT get me up a big mountain, but they are strong enough to let me do what I like to do!  I know how lucky I am to be this healthy, and it is time to give back. (Reason #2 I signed up)

Finally my gorgeous wife, Michelle, though you’d never know it to look at her (and I do ALL the time (oh sorry digressing again, but she is gorgeous)) has on going lung issues.  She does not let it stop her from being in shape, but it does stop her from working out as hard as she wants to.  This amazing woman works hard to encourage and support me in my adventures, fix me when I am broken, drive me home when I am tired at the end, and helps me find new adventures.  I an sure as hell not a doctor, so there is nothing I can do to fix her lungs, but if riding 100 miles can help, then I am ALL over it (The REAL reason I signed up!)

How can you help, well here is Tony’s Donation Page Link.  The minimum donation is $10.  If you can and want to, feel free, if you can’t or don’t want to, no worries at all!

Donations (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

I do promise 2 things:

  1. Come hell, high water, or bad headwinds, I will complete this ride and raise a class at the Pub to those who donated,
  2. I will NOT, under any circumstances, make the requesting of money a habit on here.  The only other thing I ever do it the Arthritis Jingle Bell Run, and my wife normally covers my donations!

So that being said, this is the only time I will dedicate a post to the fund raising part of the ride, but you KNOW I will share pictures of it!