While Sunday’s bike ride and yesterdays beach walk were met with sun, warmth and blue skies (I might have a bit of a sunburn!) Today has been foggy and blustery! The winds are out of the north and gusting to 20+ mph, which is normal for us.
This is fun pedaling southbound, but when I have to turn around north to go home the fun stops and true work begins! I have done these rides before and will do it again, but really just didn’t wanna today.
I need to go on record here. I am a bit disappointed with myself. Here I was a member of the Cascade Bike Club in Washington State, a club that had a Major Taylor ride every year. But, until I read this book, I had NO idea who Major Taylor was! I know who he was now, and this was an excellent book… Continue reading “Book Review: The Worlds Fastest Man, by Michael Kranish”→
As we all know, many of my discoveries happen when I am on a bike. However, in this instance, I have ridden by the location I am blogging about many times, and had never taken a right turn to check things out. In my defense, most of the time when passing the tiny Town of Neskowin, I have had over 90 miles under my legs and I have a big hill coming up and I just want to get home and eat….
I love to read. Ask Michelle, and she will tell you I am reading all the time. Hell, I will spend an hour with her in yarn store, or Nordstroms as long as I have a book on the kindle to read. For the record though, she NEVER spends that much time in Nordies, but a good yarn store….
I love going places with Michelle. No matter where we go, we generally will park the car and walk all over the place. From Key West to Vancouver BC, Disneyland to Boston, there is NO way I could even guess how many miles we’ve gone.
I am the same way when I travel alone as well. In Spokane, unless I have driven and taken the bike with me, I will only use the car to go to the office, otherwise I walk wherever I want to go.
Looking back, it has been quite a while since I have done a book review on a cycling. Part of it is because I have had other books (mostly Science Fiction) that have taken a chunk of my reading time. Part is also I have subscribed to Scientific America and there is only so much reading time available in a day, plus reading while pedaling is NOT recommended.
Before I get into this post too far, I need to point something out. Miles are not everything!
Unless you are a cyclist, this may not mean much, so let me try to explain. I keep track of my miles, because I am a math geek and like numbers. I really like knows how far I travel on any given ride (even the 1.5 mile ride to the store today), how far I travel each year and since 2008 when I started riding. Its fun for me, and it helps me make sure I am on track for big rides each year.
Much more important than the miles are the experiences, adventures and thoughts, you have during these miles, not to mention the stuff you see while riding. I love all of these.
I read an article my friend (as well as a fellow cyclist and blogger) Sarah posted, about the history of cycling. It discussed that time after chain driven cycles were invented, but before automobiles were invented. These were the first glory days of cyclists, when people of all social standings would use the freedom of two wheels to travel much farther than they ever could before. ( I consider now the beginning of the second glory days)
One such person was H G Wells, famous for books such as: Time Machine, War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man. All classic science fiction. (I’ve read all of these and more). Little did I know though, he was so enamored with the feelings of joy and freedom from a bike that he wrote a novel that took place entirely on bikes! Continue reading “Book Review: The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycle Idyll”→
One of the advantages to having bike riding blogger and Facebook friends, is they share things that you enjoy to read. Sarah, of Honoring My Compass (an excellent blog in my humble opinion) did just that today. She posted an article on the History of Cycle Touring, which takes you through the earliest days of touring (late 1800s) with some amazing pictures! If you have a chance, I highly encourage you to read it.
Who knew HG Wells rode a bike? And wrote a story (newly downloaded to the Kindle, I might add) involving bikes? Many other authors I’ve read from that era rode as well.