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!”

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”

We can fly!

A few weeks ago, Michelle said “We need to do something fun for the 4th of July weekend!” Now we aren’t big fireworks people, nor the simple 4th picnic in  a park. Nope, when it comes to us, something fun involves adventure, and yesterday was no different!

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Yep, we decided to go Zip Lining.. Continue reading “We can fly!”

The Time is Nigh….

Back in 2007 our buddy Mountainstroh stored his crampons, lost his glacier glasses and hung up his ice-axe.  Like an old west sheriff, he reached the time to retire.  Going strictly on my won/loss record (or summit/no summit) I was a dismal 2 and 6 over 12 years,  with the only real summits reached being Mt Baker and Mt St Helens.

Summit Mt, Baker
Summit Mt, Baker
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First St Helens summit

Starting in 2008, the challenge shifted to 2 wheels instead of plastic boots, and roadways instead of glaciers.  In the last 7 years and 20000 miles I have yet not to succeed.  Yep, undefeated.  This week will put that record to the test… Continue reading “The Time is Nigh….”

Year Two!

I realized something today as I was working getting ready to teach 3 upcoming classes (which, could ALL start on the same day. No pressure though….). Since my wife and I are going out to dinner for our 4th wedding anniversary (Can you believe it? 4 years and she still likes me! (Love you babe!)) I rode the bike into work today.

The ride itself was uneventful. No rain, not overly cold, no family of raccoons on the side of the path or mudslide trying to take me out clean. However, this is the start of my second year as a bike commuter! Continue reading “Year Two!”