Tour de Blast 2018

OK before I recap the ride I need to address a couple of things! If you are a rider reading this before the 2019 or beyond ride remember 2 things!

1) Do NOT believe the weather forecast!!! Make sure to have rain gear in the car with you just in case!!

2) This route EATS tires! Have plenty of extra tubes, patch kits, pump and CO2 with you! Also your toughest tires!!

OK, so lets talk about the ride… Continue reading “Tour de Blast 2018”

Traveling in Texas

I had never been to Texas until last week. I’ve seen it on TV, read about it in books, and met people who are from there, but I had not spent any time there. In fact, I’ve been wracking my brain, but I don’t know for sure if I had ever even caught a connecting flight there.

So, I had no idea what I was in for.

I did have some preconceived notions though…

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Why I Ride Wednesdays

So, in doing my weekly (or so) clean out of my Yahoo email (yeah I suck and cleaning it out) I saw one titled: “Why I Ride Wednesdays”. This is an email from Reach the Beach century ride organizers helping to get people to sign up for, or to donate to the ride. (I am riding at the end of September from Olympia to the beach in  Westport. WA. )

After reading it I decided it was time for this post. Not to ask for donations (I am good!) but to tell people why I ride…. Continue reading “Why I Ride Wednesdays”

Yep Cycling is SO much easier!

For almost 20 years, I drove 26 miles from my front door in Federal Way to the Mighty P in Seattle. In study after study, Seattle keeps coming up on top of the worst commuting cities in the country. But I was good at it. I could read the traffic, knew what lane to get in, Paul Tosh the traffic guy came through time and again for me, allowing me to bail out and get off the freeway and use my patented alternate routes.

When I moved to the Holy P for 3 years, my skills enhanced even more as the commute was longer. After coming back to the Mighty P again, Michelle and I were lucky enough to score spots in the office 5 miles from our house. No more traffic issues… Continue reading “Yep Cycling is SO much easier!”

Oregon Coast 2016 ride musings

Well, I just completed my first full week of work since coming back from the bike ride. It wasn’t easy. It honestly is just not as much fun to work 5 days in a row in an office than it is to ride 8 days in a row (Yes I know this is shocking!) . I found it hard to focus at times, as my mind would wonder back to the days on the road. So for this post, I thought I’d capture some of the musings. It may be a bit ramble, and the funny stuff might only be funny to me, but here we go… Continue reading “Oregon Coast 2016 ride musings”

Riding on Roads

When you are ‘known’ as an avid cyclist (and I think I qualify) you start to hear the same questions and have the same discussions time and time again.  One of the most common, here in the great northwest, is, “I guess its OK to ride in the summer, but what to you do in the winter when it rains?”  My answer is always the same, “I get wet.” I swear, to a person, I just get a blank look, a head shake, and soon a subject changer “So how bout them COUGS!”

The other most common statement is: “I’d get a bike, but I don’t have anywhere to ride it, there’s NO WAY I will ride on the road!” Continue reading “Riding on Roads”