Yep Cycling is SO much easier!

For almost 20 years, I drove 26 miles from my front door in Federal Way to the Mighty P in Seattle. In study after study, Seattle keeps coming up on top of the worst commuting cities in the country. But I was good at it. I could read the traffic, knew what lane to get in, Paul Tosh the traffic guy came through time and again for me, allowing me to bail out and get off the freeway and use my patented alternate routes.

When I moved to the Holy P for 3 years, my skills enhanced even more as the commute was longer. After coming back to the Mighty P again, Michelle and I were lucky enough to score spots in the office 5 miles from our house. No more traffic issues… Continue reading “Yep Cycling is SO much easier!”

All miles are good miles

Somewhere in the last couple of years I ended up as a member of a bike page on Facebook. Its fun for quite a few reasons.

  1. I get to see photos and videos from cyclists all over the country and the world.
  2. I can share my photos with people who love riding the bike as much as I do.
  3. I learn a lot about cycling, types of bikes, and equipment
  4. I’ve given and gotten advice about different rides and routes
  5. I’ve met some fun people!

That being said, I am amazed (and I know I shouldn’t) about those who get all uppity with people… Continue reading “All miles are good miles”

Seattle Rules to Live By

Folks, I am sure everywhere someone lives has it own particular set of rules. In California, I think there is a requirement to be tan. Texas, somewhere is a bylaw that says you have to own boots and a hat. South of the Mason-Dixon line, Y’all are required to use the word Y’all!

On the Oregon Coast, somewhere in the closet you have a pair of these.

In Seattle, we have many. Some involve only drinking Good wine, good beer and good coffee. ( I am sipping Starbucks as I type this.) But others revolve around the sun coming out….

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Bite Me!

I am far from an expert. Now normally, a person who types those words is referring to a certain thing. For example, I am far from an expert on spring fashion. When you are mountainstroh your spring, summer, fall and winter wardrobe is made up of Levis 501s, polo shirts (for work), tshirts, hoodys,  cargo shorts and gray sweats. I wear sandals year round, and when it gets cold I sometimes add sandals… sometimes

Now me, I am not really an expert on anything.  I know a lot about some things, and just enough to get in trouble about others. I’ve got enough knowledge about the Bible to ask annoying questions, and I’ve read enough science fiction to hold my own in many a science discussion.

After 27000 miles on the bike (I hit that milestone today) one would think I would be an expert on most things cycling, but once again, today I just don’t get it… Continue reading “Bite Me!”

Any one can ride in the summer!

Yep, today was the last Sunday of February! In Seattle, that means it is time for the Chilly Hilly! I have written about this many times, but for those who are new, this a 33 mile ride around Bainbridge Island, rain or shine!

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Add to the miles, 2300 feet of climbing, and it is a great early season ride! Continue reading “Any one can ride in the summer!”

It’s that time of year again!

I am different from other cyclists that I know.

First off, I only have one bike. Others think the correct number of bikes should be N + 1 (N of course equaling the number of bikes you have now, so you always need another (who says you will NEVER use algebra?))

Secondly, I never set an annual mileage goal. I know I will ride whenever I can, including commuting to and from work, regular exercise rides, as well as some longer more adventurous ones. At the end of the year I will add up the miles and see what I did.

The one almost constant, though, is I do ride the Chilly Hilly every year!  Continue reading “It’s that time of year again!”

Today was NOT that day!

There are times, on long, hard rides, that thoughts slip into your head. (That is not to say I don’t have thoughts regularly mind you!)

Sometimes snippets of books you have read will be mulled over, sometimes its day dreams of beers and hammocks of days gone by, others its past adventures with good friends

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And sometimes, it’s about things to come. Every now and then I wonder “What will be my last ride?” Continue reading “Today was NOT that day!”

So? What happened?

Well it hit me today, I have been a bit remiss. Last month, in the post His Heart Grew 3 Sizes that day I told you the story of Michelle finding a tag on our offices giving tree from a 17-year-old boy. All he asked for was a bike…

Michelle launched our personal fundraising plan that day by hitting up people we knew at work. I in turn hit Facebook as well as all the riders I knew here. The first day we had $300 in pledges.

I am remiss because I never told yall what happened!  Continue reading “So? What happened?”

It was a fun Christmas Long Weekend!

I am pretty sure I have let y’all know that I am NOT great at planning days off. Over the years, I morphed into the guy who would come into work on Tuesday, look at the forecast as decide Thursday was the perfect day to go hiking or cycling! (There were some years where every Thursday afternoon was a 3 hour, USELESS meeting of us supervisors. So even if the weather wasn’t perfect, I would still take the day off.)

Luckily Michelle IS a day off planner. Last year, when she saw Christmas was on Sunday, and therefore we would have Monday off, she had us take Friday as well. I am very glad she did!  Continue reading “It was a fun Christmas Long Weekend!”