Sometimes, and I hate when it happens, I remember that I am 52 years old. Quite often it happens when I look in the mirror and I am surprised at the old fart looking back at me. Now, compared to most people my age, I am in pretty damn good shape. Shoot, it was only about 5 months ago Rob and I rode across an entire state!
So maybe I am NOT old!! But wait, last month I had to have a colonoscopy, that’s a sure sign that I AM old… (No issues by the way, healthy as a horse!)
So as you can see, there are times I argue with myself on just whether or not I am old. I do have to admit, though, there are some advantages to being in my 6th decade (UGH OLD AGAIN!)… Continue reading “The stuff we do”→
I have mentioned quite a few times in my blog that I have been an avid reader since my dad handed me my first Louis L’Amour book back in the 4th grade. To be honest, I also remember reading “Billy and Blaze” books at even a younger age. (and yes, I am old enough to have really learned to read with Dick, Jane, AND Spot…
My normal go to genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy, which I know with shock those that know me in real life. But, I will change with whatever strikes my fancy. I recently read a book about Thomas Jefferson and early America’s war against the Barbary pirates. I learned a lot, and thank my buddy Stu for the loan.
So it should come as no surprise that I am currently reading “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. All about the history of the Forestry Service and the biggest forest fire ever, an excellent book so far!
What did surprise me today, though, was sitting up straight after reading a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, one of the key characters of this book…
Normally, I do my end of the month posts almost as soon as the last ride of the month occurs. (Yep Michelle tells me I am very much a creature of habit!) However, August ended with a great vacation, a huge storm, and major clean up afterwards (not to mention loss of power and interwebs!) So now, with a day of relaxation, I can get caught up! Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: August 2015”→
Wow, I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized “Holy Crap! It’s August!!” Even though I had been tracking the days and watching out for the big ride of the year, it still surprised the heck out of me that we all already into the last real month of Summer.
So far this year, we have had a record 12 days of 90 or higher in Seattle. The past record was 9 days. And August is notoriously the hottest month of the year. I swear I might melt! But this post is not to whine about the weather, its to talk about the miles for the month… Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: July 2015”→
When I first started riding a bike, back in 2008, there was one guy (The husband of a friend of the ex-wife (Who still holds the prestige of being the only guy I truly disliked on first sight)) who would Lord over me “Well you aren’t a real Washington cyclist until you have ridden the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day)” He would then drone on talking about it. (by then I tuned him out)
Back in 2007 our buddy Mountainstroh stored his crampons, lost his glacier glasses and hung up his ice-axe. Like an old west sheriff, he reached the time to retire. Going strictly on my won/loss record (or summit/no summit) I was a dismal 2 and 6 over 12 years, with the only real summits reached being Mt Baker and Mt St Helens.
Starting in 2008, the challenge shifted to 2 wheels instead of plastic boots, and roadways instead of glaciers. In the last 7 years and 20000 miles I have yet not to succeed. Yep, undefeated. This week will put that record to the test… Continue reading “The Time is Nigh….”→
There have been many years the people of Seattle have lamented June for the weather it brings. In the past, it has been referred to as Junuary, cold, wet and having no resemblance to summer at all. In short, I love it! Days are longer, it’s not too hot, and its the perfect time to be outside.
Long term western Washington dwellers will tell you, to a person, summer does not start until the weekend after Independence Day.
A quick glance at the calendar tells me that the RAMROD, my big ride for the year, is a little over a month away. This means I am rapidly running out of weekend days left to me to get training rides in.