I saw this book more than once on our visits to the giant book store, Powells Books, in Portland. (I just realized, I need to do a Blog post on this store! Next time I am there I will take pictures and do so, but I digress)
Reading the back of book, it was the story about a man who started his ride on the Oregon Coast and rode to Patagonia. How could I not read a book that starts at my home town??
During our last visit I finally picked it up and, last night I finished it.
I was really excited to read this book… Continue reading “Book Review: To Shake the Sleeping Self By Jedidiah Jenkins”
It’s not often I blog about someones passing. I try to keep this a pretty upbeat blog. I share the things I do, the things I see and life I live.
I think you will see why I made the exception here… Continue reading “Never met him, but he was a huge part of my life.”
Ladies and gents, I have reviewed many a book on the Mountainstroh Blog over the years. Some I have loved and others not so much. The one I am presenting to you today is one of the best yet.. Continue reading “Book Review: A Guide to Falling Down in Public by Joe Kurmaskie”
Ok, I won’t lie, I take a little bit of pride in the name of my blog. I have traveled 20000 miles and had some vert memorable adventures. But, my hat goes off to Dominic Gill. He did 2000o miles in 2 years traveling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Just to add flavor, he did so riding alone, on a tandem (bike built for two) bike, and offering the rear seat to anyone who would be willing to ride and help him along the route…
For the record, I feel guilty sometimes reviewing these books. The writers have done things I will NEVER do. I commend them all for having more guts than I ever will, and for their achievements. So whether the book is good, bad, or indifferent, it is no reflection on he or she who had the adventure…
Continue reading “Book Review: Take a Seat (One Man, One Tandem 20,000 miles of Possibilities) By Dominic Gill”
I have recently come to the conclusion that I have been pretty darn lazy lately. Not in the riding or exercise department (shoot today I planked using a Bosoo ball for 50 seconds, plus the walk and the ride home). Nope I am talking I have been taking the easy way out in reading.
Continue reading “Mushy Muscles”
Folks there are two things about me when it comes to Christmas shopping. One, I hate shopping in stores, so I use the online option. Amazon has become my friend! Second, being the reader that I am, I like to share books whenever possible, especially with kids.
I am VERY lucky that a great friend of mine, Renee, has written some of the best kidlet books I’ve ever seen. I wanted to share these with you today as we all start shopping!
Continue reading “Best Books for Kids EVER, written by Renee Hazen”
Folks, my wife is a planner. She is always looking ahead, next week, next month, next year, and farther out. (It’s a damn good thing, I am lucky to plan ahead enough to see if my mom wants to feed the Manchild and I on any given Tuesday!)
Given this, and the fact that this is a year of milestone birthday for her, she has a list of things that she wants to get done in the year leading up to and after the birthday. Some are easy: riding the big ferris wheel in Seattle was done New Years day this year.
Others, like the one that was fulfilled yesterday took a LOT more work… Continue reading “A new surprise in the neighborhood”
It has been a while since I have done a book review on a cycling book. I’ve honestly stayed away from these for a while, as the last few just haven’t been that great. However, when my buddy Joe Kurmaskie, my favorite cycling story author comes out and recommends one on his Facebook page, how could I not read it?
Damn glad I did! Continue reading “Book Review: Going Somewhere, A Bicycle Journey Across America”
Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader. If I am sitting, I am reading. If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever. Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name. (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)
Today though, I was reminded why I like to read the books before I watch the movie (or the series… Continue reading “Read First and Watch Second”
My wife will tell you that when I am not riding or getting things done around the house, or riding herd on the cats of the Manchild, chances are I am reading a book. I am not the kinda person who can just sit, either my mind or the body (or both if I am stuck in the gym working out instead of outside) has to be occupied.
With the advent of the Kindle, I carry multiple books with me at all times, and I read for 2 or three minutes if I am in line at Starbucks or Safeway, it makes the wait seem shorter.
Yesterday I read a post by a blogger name Lynnette that made me start pondering what makes a book one of the best (in my mind that is…) Continue reading “What makes a book one of the best”