Michelle and I LOVE where we live now. We’ve left the hustle and bustle (and lately, per the news, a plethora of overturned semis on the freeway) of the Seattle area and moved to the small town of Lincoln City Oregon, Population just under 8000 people.
Michelle was pretty picky about the town we chose. It had to be small, on the ocean, but large enough for high-speed interwebs (needed for working from home) a hospital (needed if I ever do something stupid) and nice people. Lincoln City won!
Just last week, though, we were talking that a small town like this would be MUCH harder if it weren’t for Amazon Prime. The nearest Target is over an hour away. And I have let the Costco membership lapse as it is even farther. Luckily you can get ANYTHING at Amazon…
Well this last week, I have learned yet another challenge and benefit of being here. And both revolve around the bike! Continue reading “Here use my spare….”
Is anyone else surprised that this is the last day of January?? Seems like the year just started. yet here we are with Groundhog Day just around the corner.
I will take a minute to brag. With a combination of indoor miles on the trainer and outdoor rides on the weekend, I have cranked out 376 miles this month! Plus who knows how many miles walked on the beach and walked (even ran!) on the treadmill. I am kicking the winter food binge smoothness and getting back to what I want to be, one bad assed cyclist! More on that to come.
But I digress, this is about this week, and damn I liked it, especially the last 3 days. Continue reading
Ladies and gents, we looked at the calendar last week and realized that this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. That means it is November. Here in the northwest, both Seattle and the Oregon Coast, November is supposed to be the rainiest and wettest month of the year. Sometimes in Seattle it rains so much water comes OUT of the drains.
This year, we have had maybe two days of rain all month…
Continue reading “There were some first time evers today…”
Yesterday morning I was taking a quick ride to Newport. Michelle was getting her hair done, and I was riding south to meet her. We were going to drive back together and stop at the grocery store. It was a gorgeous day to ride! Blue sky, no wind and the whales were out
I was cruising along when realized that Saturday was the first day of September! And as the title says, I had ridden less than 200 miles during the month of August…. Continue reading “Under 200 miles???”
You know sometimes life gets busy. Work keeps you hopping, things go on outside work, and suddenly weeks will pass. Sometimes you don’t even realize it.
Then, you start wondering (ok at least I do) how’s come I haven’t had a ping from a person visiting the blog? Only to find its been 3 weeks since the last post….
Wow BAD blogger!! Continue reading “WOW! I have NOT been a good blogger!!!”
I was born, a long LONG time ago, in Boston. But as an army brat I moved around a lot. I DO like the Red Sox, and, until Tom Brady came on the scene, I liked the Patriots. Rarely, if ever, though, do I think of myself as a Bostonian. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since Junior High, so as far as I am concerned, I am a Northwesterner!
This means, rain doesn’t normally bug me. Lord knows I have ridden in it enough!
This year has been nuts though! We have had more rain since October than EVER before. And, even I am tired of it! (Last week I was caught riding home in a thunderstorm)
So, when it was heard that today, A SATURDAY no less, was going to be in the 70s and sunny, plans had to be made! Continue reading “HOLY CRAP! Spring finally showed up!”
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the weather. When you are a cyclist it has a big effect on the amount of fun you have when you saddle up! It can be too cold, to hot, to windy, too wet, too wet, cold AND windy. When you are a northwest cyclist you either deal with all of these, or hibernate for the winter (well most of fall, ALL of winter and part of spring) months…
Sunday, as you saw in the last post was just plain wet.
NOT a good day to be out, but I was. 2.5 hours of downpour… There are those (natives and transplants) who claim spring is as dark and dismal as winter. We let them whine and tell y’all this, because those of us in the know will tell you the sun is coming, and when it arrives… Continue reading “When it arrives….”
Well ladies and gents, as we know, when I am stuck in Spokane, especially in the winter months, I am without a bike. As my wife Michelle will tell you, if I am without a bike and do not work out, I might get a bit cranky.
Last year, to combat this, I signed up for a package of Spin Classes. I had no idea what I was expecting but what I got was NOT it…. Continue reading “Back in a real saddle”
My kid brother reminded me of a song, from the 70s I believe, that has this chorus:
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape
You don’t spit in the wind
You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and
And here is where I added my own verse
You don’t waste a sunny weekend in November!
Ok, ok it doesn’t rhyme, but it fits for this weekend… Continue reading “There was once a song!”
This has been a strange week weather wise! On Saturday, Sunday and Monday I traveled a total of 56 miles over three rides. There are some who would say I swan 56 miles these days. Pure and simple, it poured the whole time! I showed you pictures of mudslides and myself soaking wet. It was NOT the most fun time to ride.
Today, though, things changed. Out of the blue we saw 60 degrees, sunshine, dryness and no wind! Let the heralds go far and wide and declare this a day to go outside.
In all honesty, I think thats JUST what happened today… Continue reading “Yes Tony you have to Share…”