Sunday, April 22, 2018

Keeping It Simple and Some Other Stuff

A few bike-related pieces that have caught my attention recently......

Kent Peterson laments the complications of modern life.


This video about the SF Randonneurs' Adventure Series makes you want to ride long distances to nowhere.  More here at SFR's home site.


And, about ten years and maybe 20,000 miles ago, the Blue Riot's debut was reported here.     Now that I'm getting ready to take the plunge on a new ride, it's a good time to be nostalgic.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sequence of Odd Choices

As Lydia Kiesling wrote,  '....life is nothing if not a sequence of odd choices vaguely considered...'

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cycling, Teaching and Getting Past the Nope.

Alyson works on the negativity.    Lots of parallels in coaching, teaching, and Alyson's writing is always worth a read. 

Why Drivers Hate Cyclists

Thoughtful comments by the Reno Rambler on the never-ending friction between those who use different modes of transportation.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Life Hacks and Rules for Living

Lots of Life Hacks and Rules for Living out there, and some are worth repeating, noting, while others are best ignored.    Here are a few.....
Others have things worth saying....
And maybe my favorite set, Satchel Paige - "Avoid running at all times."  and "Don't look back.  Something might be gaining on you."

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The World as it is in 2018.....sort of.

From Ursula Le Guin's blog.....The Wall and Constructing the Golem.   Worth a read in light of her passing and the current regime in power in the USA.

And other observations regarding the State of the World 2018, from Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 Bike Recap

2868 miles in 2017, 300 more than in 2016, and more than any other year for which I kept records.   100 rides,  15 more than 2016.  But, only 700 more feet in elevation.  So, more rides, over shorter distances with fewer hills.   Lots of rides to Locks, Sunset Hill, Golden Gardens — a staple and a favorite.   

Rides to remember—>

  • New 520 bridge.   Game changer, route changer, easy access to Eastside, where there are better bike lines, longer segments and fewer stops.  
  • STP - Faster times than in previous several years, rode train back to Seattle.   Staying at EconoLodge is old.  We’ll put a big 'we’ll see' on 2018.  But Cascade says I’ve done nine of these, including 3 in a row, so there’s some momentum there to continue
  • GR2R - 1st one was wet and cold and we had a few rain outs along the way.  But we had a big turn out of new riders and Cascade RLs.  Successful series, and I'm organizing the 2018 editionl
  • Chilly Hilly - Signed up but didn’t ride - too wet, cold, and windy for me.
  • Snohomish County rides with Dorothe, Cheryl F, Larry, et al.   Thoroughly enjoyed when I rode, especially the ride through Tulalip and farmland.   
  • Completed the coffeeneuring challenge.
  • Bike share rides in Tampa, Austin, and even Seattle, plus excursions in Key West and the Bahamas.
  • Scouted and began rides out of EdCC in SnoCo for exercise during the day.  Want to do more of those in 2018, including some more commuting.
  • Mid week Less Hills rides during daylight savings time.  
  • CTS - I got burned out on this.  Ride leader work, rules and roles, waiting for the slow riders, etc., all served to make me grumpy about this, which I've done for several years.  
Goals for 2018?  Keep pedaling and enjoy the ride!