Where mammoths walked!

Ok just a warning folks, my inner geek will be busting loose on this post.  Yes, yes, I know, most people think of me as a suave and debonair man about town.

But in truth, I am a bit of a nerd.

Which is why I was VERY excited to go to the Waco Mammoth National Monument!

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Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

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….

That being said, I usually limit my book reviews on this blog to bike books, for obvious reasons. I am making a rare exception for this book. Why? It was just THAT good! It got my first 5 star rating in quite while… Continue reading “Book Review: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck”

Making the Best of it

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.

This week, I was stuck given the opportunity to travel with two coworkers to Nashville to observe a training program we might implement…. Continue reading “Making the Best of it”

Book Review: Lanterne Rouge, The Last Man in the Tour de France

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.

This one also took a while to get through…. Continue reading “Book Review: Lanterne Rouge, The Last Man in the Tour de France”

The difference 8 years makes…

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.

All this being said, I hit 3000 miles for the year last week, and that just made me smile Continue reading “The difference 8 years makes…”

Book Review: The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycle Idyll

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”

My history and bike history are very similar

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.

I am not going to recap the article, since I think if you want to, you will read it, but I was intrigued with similarities of my bike history and the history of bikes themselves.. Continue reading “My history and bike history are very similar”