Tour de Blast 2017

Since 2008, when I bought the first bike, there has always been a big summer ride. The first was the Seattle to Portland, but there have been many others. I sign up for them because I enjoy them, I see new places, and, most importantly, it makes me get out and ride to train for them. Once I pay for something, I am damn well going to do it. And the only way I can be sure to finish is to get the miles under my belt.

Yesterday was this year’s ride! The Tour de Blast. Riding from Toutle High School to the Johnston Ridge Mt St Helens observatory and back. Yep, once again, a ride involving SERIOUS hills…

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Yep you have to like it.

I read a post yesterday from my blogger buddy Echo at Echo in the City.  Her post talked about a ride she had taken recently with her husband, and she flat did NOT enjoy it.  In fact, she admitted, she hasn’t ridden since August.  Now for some people, this wouldn’t be a big deal, some don’t ride but once a year.  But Echo is a major advocate for the bike culture.  She wants everyone to ride whenever possible. So admitting she hasn’t ridden was hard, but she had a great reason behind it Continue reading “Yep you have to like it.”

The OTHER part of Washington State

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love the Northwest, both Washington and Oregon.  The mountains, ocean beaches, trees, and greenness (no I don’t know if that is a word, but I’m going with it!) are some of my favorite things.  But to be fair, there is a another part of Washington that I rarely mention… Continue reading “The OTHER part of Washington State”

I’ve Never Been There!

We were up bright and early today, and I made the Starbucks run for Michelle’s ice tea. Since I am working at the office closer to my house, we aren’t carpooling so I went down as she got ready. As Trish, our favorite barista (except for Stacy the VERY best ever) was making the drink, she asked if we had any fun plans for the long weekend.

I told her we were getting up butt early to head for Mt. Rainier. She just kinda smiled and said the thing that just amazes me every time I hear it. And surprisingly I hear it a LOT! “You know, I’ve lived in Washington all my life, and I have never been to Mt Rainier. I really need to go!” Continue reading “I’ve Never Been There!”