You know, I think I went the entire month August without a post! Oops. And stuff did happen. I may have to go back and do an August post soon.
However, this is not that post.
First off, as always, the important part. Michelle and I are happy healthy and employed.
Fun fact, when I donated blood a couple weeks ago, the Red Cross did a Covid antibody test to see if I had ever had it. I came back negative. I was curious as both Michelle and I were pretty sick in February. But it turns out it was just a bug.
On to the subject of todays post.
Yesterday was Friday of Labor Day….
Continue reading “Head for the Hills!”
So I thought I’d go a little old school here today. A post strictly about a couple a bike rides I had here on the Oregon Coast this week. Both were memorable for good and bad reasons!
First off, as always, the important stuff.
Michelle and I are healthy, happy and still employed. I keep telling her that I am very lucky to be going through a global pandemic with a wife like her!
Pray for her though, she is trapped with me….
But now back to the rides!
Continue reading “Did you REALLY need the wrench?”
One of the accounts I follow on Instagram is for a French Fry Mooching seagull affectionately known as FathomsBarBuddy.
He hangs out on the ledge at Fathoms Bar, up on the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head
He has some pearls of wisdom that come from his feathered head and orange beak. (If you are an instagram user just search Fathomsbarbuddy, all one word.)
One of his tidbits is to “Never waste a winter day when the rains stop!”
Folks, let me tell you, as I type this, our rain gage says we have 15.36 inches of rain since January 1! Our average for January is only 10.4″ (thanks Alexa!) we are well above average and its windy and rainy this evening.
So when there was an unexpected break in the weather this morning, I saddled up! Continue reading “Seriously a 2 mile climb with a headwind???”
When I am at work and talking with other insurance companies, quite often I get asked by the big national insurance companies where the Mighty P, the company I work for, is based out of. Almost invariably, when I say Seattle, I hear. “Does it REALLy rain there all the time?”
I of course say YES IT DOES! We want people to think it looks like this
We try not to let people know that a lot of the time the Northwest really looks like this!
If keeps down the crowds you know.
However, for as much as it does rain in Seattle, the Oregon Coast gets even more. Which makes it challenging to to be a cyclist here… Continue reading “A short window of opportunity!”
Way back in the way back days, before the Mountainstroh Blog, shoot, even before I am sure I knew what a blog was, I become a cyclist. It was December 2007, and I got my first real bike.
Who knew how far it would take me…. Continue reading “New Decade, New focus and a New Name”
Every year I have a dilemma.
Some time or other in the last 11 years I have been cycling, I picked up the tradition of riding my birthday miles on my birthday.
Now if you are in your 20s or 30s, and were born during daylight savings time, this would be easy.
However, this year I turn 55 later this month (UGH! I can no longer dodge saying I am in my mid 50s!) And my birthday is on a weekday that I am working, AND weather in November on the coast can be rough!
This means I have modified the tradition. In my book I fulfill the task if I ride my birthday years on any day of November. Today was that day!
Continue reading “Birthday Miles and Then Some!”
I was a GREAT Oregon Coast weekend.
I know, I know! When have I ever said it was a bad weekend on the Oregon Coast? For that matter, when have I ever said it was a bad Oregon Coast day?
But this one was great for things to see, weather, and just plain fun!
I shoulda known something good was coming. Thursday I got drenched on a 26 mile after work ride (though I did see whales as I ate my trail mix cookie in the deluge.)
As I got close to home, though, and crossed the bridge into town, I looked up Schooner Creek and saw this.
I am starting a new wivestail! Rainbow on Thursday means great weekend coming…. Continue reading “Boy you must have pedaled like the dickens!”