RSVP Day 2

There is a question amongst those of us who have ridden the Seattle to Portland.  Is it easier to ride 200 miles in one long day, or to ride 100 miles the first day, then get up and do it again the next?

I have only done back to back rides like that twice in my career. The first was my first STP back in 208, the 2nd was the first RSVP in 2009. This last Saturday would be my third…. Continue reading “RSVP Day 2”

RSVP day 1

Back in 1980, Mt St Helens blew and blew big. This caused disruptions to many people in the state of Washington, as you might expect. One such disruption, was the cancellation of the Seattle to Portland ride. Roads were gone, or flooded, or buried in ash, or all three…  NOT conducive to riding.

That year the RSVP was born: Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party! People enjoyed the ride so much it became an annual event. Friday morning, I started my second riding of this run…. Continue reading “RSVP day 1”

There is something about the Seattle to Portland ride

You know, it never fails. Every time July rolls around people ask me if I will be riding the STP this year.

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It makes me smile when people seem honestly  shocked that I am not riding. It make no difference which rides I AM riding in that year, or how hard they may be. To my non riding, and, to some extent, my riding friends, my not heading south this next Saturday morning seems strange. Continue reading “There is something about the Seattle to Portland ride”

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”

Unappreciative Jerks!

I’ve had a lot of time to think about my Sunday adventure.  Cascade Bike club had the first (and possibly the only) Emerald City ride.  This ride was unique in many ways.

  1. We were able to ride across Highway 520, the longest floating bridge in the world.
  2. We were allowed to ride on the I-5 Express lanes, which means MILES of interstate highway were closed to cars for us bikes.
  3. Only 6000 riders were allowed to ride…

Given this alone, people should have been happy as hell! In reality though, there were complainers… Continue reading “Unappreciative Jerks!”

The 6th anniversary weekend

Saturday was April 2nd.  Six years ago that day was one helluva stormy night.  It was a Friday, and our friends and family braved the weather to watch a lovely bride get hitched to kind of a dweeby looking groom

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It was honestly one of the few weddings I very much enjoyed!

Now 6 years later, it had to be celebrated as only we could… Continue reading “The 6th anniversary weekend”

Struck out!

When I was a kid, every now and then the folks would pack up the whole family and we’d head for the swap meet.  For those of you who have never seen one, picture a huge-assed garage sail set up at a drive in movie theater.  (Of course there may be some of you that have never been to or seen a drive in either.)

Earlier in my alleged adulthood, I would do the same, and roam the aisles since “You never know what you might need!”  Luckily, I outgrew this, and Michelle and I don’t see the need to buy someone else’s crap.  So we avoid swap meets, flea markets and yard sales.  Well, except for one.  The annual Cascade Bike Club Swap Meet!  Which just happened to be today! Continue reading “Struck out!”