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.
Everyone knows how much I love cycling along the Oregon coast. The majority of my miles this year have been between my house in Lincoln City, and Newport. Its a 25 miles stretch of road, much of it with views like this! Oh and yes there is a whale spouting!
I tell people all the time that I ride this route every chance I get, and I never get tired of it. There is ALWAYS something that makes the ride worthwhile.
There are times I want something different. Like today, since I was watching the Seahawks in the morning, I wasn’t able to ride until the afternoon. I try too avoid HWY 101 on Friday’s after work and Sunday afternoons. There are just to many people driving big ole Winnebagoes they aren’t used to.
I’d love to take credit for the title of this post, but I can’t. Our buddy Tom, after seeing a video I will be sharing a bit later on.
He was referring to nature. He has spent many a day in the mountains and near the ocean. He has learned, as have I, that just looking around, paying attention, and getting out of the car can reveal wonders many would have missed. These last few weeks have proven this time and again here at the coast! Continue reading “Look and you will see”→
Ladies and gents, this week has been a butt kicker at work. Things that seem simple at first glance have gone into a tail spin as I’ve worked on them. It does make the day go fast, but this week I honestly coulda worked extra hours each night. Last night, Michelle kicked me out on a ride instead… Continue reading “I’m a helper!”→
A week ago, Michelle and I woke up for the first time as owners of a house in Lincoln city, Oregon. We had three amazing friends here ready to help, boxes everywhere, and a ton of stuff to do! A week later, things have changed a bit! Continue reading “What I’ve learned in the first week…”→
Anyone who has read more than a post or two here in the trusty Mountainstroh blog, will quickly realize that I truly love cycling. I’ve ridden in rain, shine, fog, hail and even snow. Never have I regretted being on two wheels.
I would be lying, though, if I said all rides are the same amount of fun. Too much heat, cold, wet or sadistic winds can make even a short ride harder than it should be. (it’s still better than being in an office or stuck in freeway traffic for hours though.