Trail Magic at the winery

I have done posts in the past about trail magic.

Trail magic, be it on a hike or on a bike, is when a complete stranger does something for you out of the goodness of their heart. There is no tangible or monetary reward for the giver of the magic, he or she simply does it because they want to…

I have been the recipient more than once… Continue reading “Trail Magic at the winery”

That was a busy 36 hours!!

I have lamented more than once, here on my friendly neighborhood blog, that Michelle and I find ourselves very busy at time. This always surprises us, as by nature we are pretty much introverted homebodies.

I can’t remember, though, a weekend that has ever been the whirlwind that this one was!  Continue reading “That was a busy 36 hours!!”

Paying it forward

As we all know, I am cold and callous, it works well for me. I am not quite a “HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!” curmudgeon, but I am taking lessons to get there!

That being said, when I am on the bike, riding for fun, a training ride, or a commute, I always ask the riders changing tires or fiddling with their bikes if they need anything. Over the years it has become a automatic reflex. Most of the time I ask on the fly, and keep going when I hear “NOPE!’ or “I’m GOOD!”, so it was a bit of a surprise when I heard “YES I DO!”…. Continue reading “Paying it forward”

Reward for a Good Deed!

As you may or may not know, I am known in real life as Cold and Callous Valente. I try to hide out and keep to myself. I do fun raiser bike rides, and donate to others doing the same type of thing, but I don’t volunteer that often.

To make up for this, Michelle, my gorgeous wife,

has a HUGE heart and likes to help others. She also knows she can volunteer me as well, as I am always happy to help and be with her. This weekend was one of those times… Continue reading “Reward for a Good Deed!”

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?”

We take care of each other!

Well, as you may or may not know, my big ride of the year is coming up in about 3 weeks. The RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party). It’s a 2 day ride, 100 miles each day. With other things planned for the upcoming weekends, I decided today was the best day for one last century ride before the big event.

Funny, sometimes the cycling gods have different ideas…. Continue reading “We take care of each other!”

A new surprise in the neighborhood

Folks, my wife is a planner. She is always looking ahead, next week, next month, next year, and farther out.  (It’s a damn good thing, I am lucky to plan ahead enough to see if my mom wants to feed the Manchild and I on any given Tuesday!)

Given this, and the fact that this is a year of milestone birthday for her, she has a list of things that she wants to get done in the year leading up to and after the birthday.  Some are easy: riding the big ferris wheel in Seattle was done New Years day this year.






Others, like the one that was fulfilled yesterday took a LOT more work… Continue reading “A new surprise in the neighborhood”

Passing on a request from a friend!

Folks, I’ve heard some say you don’t make real friends on Facebook.  I call BS on that, as I have done just that many time!  Once such person is my buddy Joe Kurmaskie (who is also one helluva a cycling author check out his Metal Cowboy page).  Joe has made a self admitted shameless plug for unused or unneeded airline vouchers/miles.


I have seen this man, time and time again, give his time, energy and money to others in need. Plus, his 4 kids are the luckiest boys to have this man as a dad.  Between him and his wife Beth who teaches at an inner city Portland school, these two are truly amazing people.  So please read his heartfelt and truly entertaining request below!  If you can help, give him a shout!  (I want to be clear here, he did NOT ask for me to use the blog to help, I am doing so because I think he in an incredible human being, and his books have given me hours of pleasure!)

Continue reading “Passing on a request from a friend!”

Two Wheels Help Everyone!

You know, you just never know how the people you meet, especially in college, will affect you when you are older. I’ve talked many times about the guys, Scott, Jim and Dave. The ones I’ve known for 30 + years non-stop. However there are others, like Stacy, one of the hottest freshmen we ever met (which of course first gained the attention of us college boys) who quickly became one the guys and very important to us.


Fast forward the 30 years and the lady is even more amazing. She has a heart as big as her smile, and her smile is huge! As you can see here when she stepped up with her Starbucks power to provide coffee for those in need!


She does anything she can to help animals or people, especially the homeless, who need it. I’ve seen her more than once pay for coffee out of her pocket for someone who couldnt come up with the cash. I am very lucky to know someone who is as beautiful inside and out, so when the lady makes a request for a blog post that DOES have to do with cycling as well, how can I resist.

Through her, today I learned how Facing Homelessness in Seattle helps those in need with their two-wheeled steeds. Continue reading “Two Wheels Help Everyone!”