My Buddy Rob, from riding the Oregon Coast fame
Texted me one day earlier this month and told me about this book. All he said was, “I am halfway through and it is good writing.” Rob is pretty damn picky when it comes to food, wine and books, so if he reaches out to recommend something, it is worth taking a look. I am DAMN glad I did… Continue reading “Book Review: The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa By Neil Peart”
It’s not often I blog about someones passing. I try to keep this a pretty upbeat blog. I share the things I do, the things I see and life I live.
I think you will see why I made the exception here… Continue reading “Never met him, but he was a huge part of my life.”
Over 8 months ago, we moved from Mountlake Terrace to the Oregon Coast. if you have been following this blog, you have seen some of my cycling and beach walking photos. Here is one from today.
Long time readers will remember that at the old house we had a Little Free Library in the front yard, made by my step dad.
Rest assured, we made sure to load that puppy up and bring it with us. Where it languished in the garage for most of the last 8 months.. Continue reading “The library is up and running again!”
I know its been a while since my last post. As we know life gets busy!
But I wanted to sneak on for a quick shout out to a good friend and amazing artist: Renee Hazen!
Renee and I worked closely together for years at the mighty P. As I trained people in person, she used her creative talents to make sure to fully enjoy my classes. She developed all the online training which rescued them from me blathering on and on…
Last summer, Renee took a leap. She left corporate America, and went on her own to embrace her art, which aside from her hubby and son, is her one true love!
She has her site open! Renee Hazen Designs
In addition to her children’s books (I own them all!) which are amazing, she has developed a line of animal pillows. each one has an original piece of Renee art! There all also animal cards for that personal note to a love one!
Would you like a sneak peek? Sure you would!!
My cycling buddy Rob has a 22 year daughter that we love to death. I got her the giraffe pillow for Christmas and she loved it! Not only was the art amazing, but the pillow was soft and comfy! Rumor has it it made “Squeeeeeeee!”
So, for baby showers, Valentines day, or you just love owls, check out her page! And if that is not enough, just think: Anything you purchase helps supports a women with a genuinely amazing heart, continue her escape from cubicle hell!
I am damn proud of her!
Shop like the wind!!
OK, right of the bat folks, I gotta tell ya this is NOT my normal kind of book. I love books about cycling, cycle travel, and have even fought my way through some books on cycle racing. But, as a rule, I steer away from the “I got hurt and made it back and this would be a great Lifetime network movie” kinda story.
However, I was looking for a good cycling book to read, and my Facebook cycling friends Naomi recommended this one. She told me that it helped her as she recovered from and injury. Well, hell, I once fought my way through a Nicholas Sparks book, why not give this one a chance!
I am glad I did… Continue reading “Book Review: Cycle of Hope (A journey from paralysis to possibility by Tricia Downing”
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”
It’s been quite a while since I have done a review on a bike book. A while ago, Michelle and I were walking around Third place Books in Lake Forest park. I picked it up to take a look and the subtitle grabbed me:
The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderline Empire. Reading this I realized this would be different from any other bike book I had read. This wasn’t someone traveling cross-country or around the world for fun. This was using bikes to smuggle people across the border from Mexico to the United States.
I have always said a bike can take you anywhere, but I never thought about this… Continue reading “Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor”