HOLY CRAP! Spring finally showed up!

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!”

When it arrives….

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.

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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….”

Back in a real saddle

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”

There was once a song!

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!”

Yes Tony you have to Share…

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.

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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…”