Monday, December 27, 2010

A spirited tire changing competition taking place at Warner Springs tonight.

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A slice of famous Julian apple pie......already ate half just to make sure it was good! Beautiful cloudless day in SoCal!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

one last milestone

The forecast was for wind and cold rain, but the plan was to ride 20 miles with a few friends today and bag my 10,000 miles for the year. The weather prognosticators missed it. No complaints here, we enjoyed a mostly dry, and definitely wind free ride. There were a few rain drops in the last few miles but it wasn't really rain as defined by our little group of Oregon winter bike riders.

The route followed the East Bank Esplanade, Springwater Corridor, I-205 Bike Path then surface streets back to close the 20 mile loop. Here's our route.

We were a group of 9, that morphed into a group of 7 for the after event at Madison's Grill..........that lasted for 3 hours!



10k bagged, and good friends to join me. It doesn't get a whole lot better than that!



............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......20...............0................0...........20
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........272...............0................0..........272
______________________________________
TOTAL....10,000...............0..............5........10,005

Woo Hoo! 10,000 miles for

Woo Hoo! 10,000 miles for the year logged today. Joined by 9 friends on a better than expected weather day. Now doing beer!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

24 hours later

Last night was almost the most miserable I've been on a bike. Cold rain and poor visibility made it a chore. If I hadn't had company on the ride I would have opted out.

Tonight Dave and I rode the same route. Dry roads, good visibility, and Dave is pretty good company too! ;-)

We pedaled along at a pretty good pace and had so much fun we took a little turn near the end to give us a bonus mile.

That gives me 20 miles yet to ride to get 10,000 "real bike" miles for the year. Saturday will be the day to do that when I'll be joined by some of my social bike group members.

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......25...............0................0...........25
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........272...............0................0..........272
______________________________________
TOTAL.....9980...............0..............5.........9985

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A birthday ride

A friend had a birthday today. What better way to celebrate than go for a bike ride!
We had planned on a 45 mile ride after work tonight, however a tire issue delayed our roll out. The nice weather of the daylight hours had morphed into a steady cold rain. We made one lap of a planned two lap ride before time constraints and family duties forced us to bag the rest of the miles.

It was wet, it was cold, it was dark, but the company was good, and the miles were good too. My riding partner tonight will be one of the 5 of us heading down to San Diego from here in a few days to ride the 400 mile San Diego Christmas Ride and felt there was a need to ride a few miles to maintain fitness.
It will be nice to be pedaling in sunshine surrounded by palm trees and citrus!


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......24...............0................0...........24
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........247...............0................0..........247
______________________________________
TOTAL.....9955...............0..............5.........9960

Monday, December 13, 2010

a short evening ride

I got off work a bit earlier than normal tonight, the temps were mild. I have this crazy idea to have a ride on Saturday where friends of almost any bike fitness can join me as I reach the 10,000 mile mark for the year. I want to get my remaining miles down to about 20-25 miles or so for the Saturday ride so I jumped on my bike tonight and rode a favorite night route. Well lit, low traffic, mostly wide shoulders or painted bike lanes. Just perfect. I got the first 23 mile loop done just as it was getting dark, could easily have done another lap, the weather was so nice, warm, light wind, dry, but I am likely being joined by company for riding this same course again on Wednesday and Friday. I don't want to go over the 10k until Saturday, so it was one loop tonight!

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......23...............0................0...........23
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........223...............0................0..........223
______________________________________
TOTAL.....9931...............0..............5.........9936

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A warm day in December

It was warm with temperatures most of the day just above 60 degrees. We did ride into a 20mph wind for the first 35-40 miles, then a blustery quartering head wind for the next 20 miles, and THEN it started to rain! Along with the precipitation came a reduction in the wind so now we were robbed of that nice tailwind we had been hoping for. We still had a tailwind, allowing us to ride 21-22 without a lot of effort but just not that 20 mph wind pushing us.

Here's the route


One of our riders had a bit of problems keeping up. With the effort to ride against that wind it was not surprising. It slowed us down a bit and since the Canby Ferry was closed because of high water we'd be crossing the Boone Bridge on I-5. We didn't want to be crossing that in darkness, compounded by spray kicked up by autos. After taking the Wheatland Ferry side loop we changed plans and decided to take the most direct route back to Wilsonville. It would save us about 5 miles of riding, not much, but perhaps enough to cross the bridge in daylight.

We did indeed get to the bridge in daylight, just barely. I was so close to the somewhat magical 100 mile mark that I couldn't resist. I was already wet, but not cold. I made a loop of Wilsonville picking up the 4 miles I needed to reach 100 for the day.

Despite the wind and rain we all decided that it was a good day. How many time can an Oregonian ride 100 miles in December and have 60 of those miles be dry and the day be near 60 degrees all day!


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today......100...............0................0..........100
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........200...............0................0..........200
______________________________________
TOTAL.....9908...............0..............5.........9913

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A sunny day in December!

As of Saturday evening the weather forecast for today was a low of 32, high of 41, and 6mph winds from the NE. Wrong on all counts!

At 7AM the temperature was 42, as we rode through Salem near mid day I saw a time and temp display that said it was 52, and the wind was far greater than 6! Hey, can't have everything! Dry roads and sunshine were a plus, and the wind was really only an issue the farther north we rode.

I was joined by 3 others today.


We rode this route:


The ride today was a bit challenging as we had a virtually free ride down to Salem because of a tailwind but had to earn our way back northward and the last 10 miles of the ride had the vast majority of the elevation we'd climb today. What that meant is we had most of the work today at the end of a 100 mile ride.

Not a problem for the Desert Coyote ;-) but for those who don't ride 500 mile rides with lots of hills and winds it was an issue. Okay, so it was a bit of an issue for me too!

But we made it! Our lone female rider today logged only her second century ever under these challenging conditions. Congratulations to her!

Despite the wind it was a great day to be on bikes!


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today......100...............0................0..........100
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
Dec........100...............0................0..........100
______________________________________
TOTAL.....9808...............0..............5.........9813

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Simple arithmetic

If you have two ferries, and take two away, how many ferries are left?

Well, that would be zero ferries of course.

5 of us took off from Wilsonville today and planned to ride a 69 mile route that would cross both the Wheatland and Canby Ferries.



I've led this route 3 times, and twice now the route had to be modified due to ferry closures. Seems that high water is anathema for ferries!

I didn't bother to call the ferry hotline, didn't seem to be a need, there hasn't been a lot of rain in the last week, or so I thought. I won't make that mistake again! We got down to the Wheatland Ferry and saw the sign.


We thought about it and decided that maybe vandals had dropped the sign and the ferry was only a mile or so away so we rode there to inspect the situation for ourselves.

Yup, it was closed alright!


We decided to ride farther south by following Wallace Road into West Salem and crossing the river on the bridge into downtown Salem.

There was just the hint of headwind that we pushed on our ride southward today and this added a few miles of that for us.

We arrived in Salem and made the turn into Keizer where we stopped to eat a quick bite. Our little detour was going to add a few miles to our ride and our on bike supplies weren't enough to make the trip.



We made a few calls during the food stop to determine if the Canby Ferry was also closed. As it ended up it was open.

We pedaled quickly with the slight tailwind but still as we made our way northward we determined that we would likely not be able to complete the ride in daylight if we took the extra miles to the Canby Ferry. We had started late today (just after 9AM) since we only planned on 69 miles. Our ride would stretch to 100 if we took in the Canby Ferry.

We ended up crossing the Boone Bridge on I-5, and made it back to Wankers Corner in Wilsonville before dark. ....just in time for a post ride debriefing!



So we ended up crossing NO ferries, but had a great ride none the less. Perfect weather given the time of year. No rain, well, okay we had a very few sprinkles along Wilsonville Rd very early in our ride, but the sun came out from time to time as the day went on and the roads dried out. Never put raingear on, and temperatures were well within reason.

Good group of folks and a good ride!

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......87...............0................0...........87
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........523...............0................0..........523
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9708...............0..............5.........9713

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Got dropped.......again.

Went for a flat Pre Feast ride today with 10 members of my social bike club. We rode from Gateway up to the Columbia River via the I-205 bike path, then followed the Columbia River downstream to Smith and Bybee Lakes where we took to the roads and made our way to the Willamette River then followed the Eastbank Esplanade to Springwater Corridor and on back to the I-205 bike path and closed the circle at Gateway. It was just a few degrees above freezing but I was dressed way too warmly for the amount of work I was doing.

Got dropped.......again. I was on the mtn bike, 43 miles, 15.1 mph avg, 151 bpm avg heart rate! This is getting old! (maybe I am getting old!)



............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........43...............0...............0..........43
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........436...............0................0..........436
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9621...............0..............5.........9626

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A tale of two rides

I was joined today by 6 other riders on a social club ride down to Keizer for lunch.
All week the chatter was what our weather would be. There was talk of ice and even a good chance of snow. I had two riders change their mind about going within a few hours of the start because we had a morning low of 31 degrees. The frost was enough to quash our planned preride. 4 of us were to ride to the start via a 17 mile route including a ride on the Canby Ferry. The ice on the roads at 8am and the likelihood of it being an issue on the steep, windy, and shaded roads near the ferry made us think it just wasn't wise to attempt it.

We waited an hour and road a more direct route to Butteville instead on roads that were more exposed to daylight, and the temperature had risen to just above freezing.
The timing was perfect. We rode down to Butteville without incident. No patches of frost.

We arrived in Butteville about 20 minutes before the planned 10AM shove off time.


Before long all 7 of us shoved off and headed southward. The feared ice had melted, we didn't see even a single patch. We were riding into a noticeable wind that continued to increase as we rode. It eventually reached an estimated 10-15 mph.



We got to Keizer and retired to a Taco Del Mar for lunch.



We were looking forward to the tailwind that was going to give us a push back northward. What we didn't look forward to, or plan on, was the rain. While we ate lunch a COLD rain started falling. Not a shower....RAIN.

It ended up being some of the most miserable weather I've ridden in. It would have been worse if we were still riding into the wind, but this was bad enough.

By the time I got to the 72 mile mark and the end of the ride I was pretty darn wet and cold. A real Jekyl and Hyde day, a dry and relatively nice ride down and a COLD rain non stop on the return.

More of a concern to me is that I averaged a mere 15 mph but a whopping 141 bpm avg heart rate. Once again I was working way too hard to ride that slow. What's up with that?

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........72...............0...............0..........72
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........393...............0................0..........393
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9578...............0..............5.........9583

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ridin' with Danny

I was thinking I should join Danny MacAskill on his little ride



But opted instead to join Dave!

We took off tonight at 6PM for a little night ride. The weather was just perfect. We just cruised along enjoying the evening. We had a 15.6 mph on bike average which wasn't too bad at all. Not quite the excitement of Danny's ride, but then we didn't need that much excitement!

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........25...............0...............0..........25
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........321...............0................0..........321
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9506...............0..............5.........9511

Sunday, November 14, 2010

not a drop of rain but................

....There was a 100% chance of blizzard! A group from my social bike club set off on a little bike ride from Wilsonville heading toward Monmouth via the Willamette Valley Bikeway today. Our destination was the Dairy Queen there where we intended to have those little ice cream treats known as blizzards!

We pushed a bit of wind all the way down there but did eventually arrive.
Just a few miles north of the Wheatland Ferry we happened upon my Furnace Creek Crew Chief and his lovely bride as they were riding with friend Elise. We were on a mission (and the animal Ken was leading!) so we pedaled on at a pretty good pace. Probably a bit faster than those Keizer residents wanted to ride and we were soon back to just us heading south in search of a blizzard!

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We found blizzards!


Not only where there blizzards but there was a banana split too!


There wasn't a drop of rain today but we were all dressed for it after yesterday's rainy weather. I was dressed ready for what I thought would be inevitable rain consequently I was too warm most of the day. The roads were wet for the first few hours so I was hesitant to take off my shoe covers and goretex pants. I had my prized Furnace Creek finisher's jersey on so didn't want it getting dirt splattered either so I kept all my rain gear on.

The wind that hampered us on our way down was kind enough to keep blowing thus becoming a tail wind as we turned back north.
We had a good ride back to Wilsonville. We returned via the hilly Doak's Ferry Rd and the not so hilly Wheatland Ferry. My partners showed me just how slow I really am! Some days are fast, some days are slow. Today I worked hard and still could only watch as my partners rode away from me. They were kind enough to wait for me from time to time, then the process would repeat.

Oh well. When the day was done we all finished the ride!
We then promptly retired to Wankers Corner to replenish calories and carbs!



Post ride data download shows:
109.4 miles
2651 feet total ascent
131 bpm avg heart rate
89 rpm avg cadence
174 max heart rate
15.4 mph avg
41.3 mph max
5636 calories burned

I was working way too hard to be going that slow!



............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today.......109...............0...............0.........109
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........296...............0................0..........296
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9481...............0..............5.........9486

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A lunch ride

I led a ride for my social bike club today.

(10 folks eventually showed up)
We began at the Steel Bridge and rode the Eastbank Esplanade south to Oaks Park then got on the Springwater Trail and made our way to Gresham where we had a long lunch at the 4th Street Brewery....then rode back!

It rained pretty much all day on us, not hard, but wet none the less.

Tomorrow's forecast has deteriorated as well. We have a 105 mile ride planned and it now looks like it will be wet for at least the first half.

Welcome to November!

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........39...............0...............0..........39
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........187...............0................0..........187
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9372...............0..............5.........9377

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A night ride

For most folks after work rides have morphed into night rides given the rapidly shortening daylight. We were no exception. 4 of us started off from Wilsonville tonight at 6PM. I had mapped a route that I had hoped would be either well lit or low traffic, and hopefully both.

Here's what I had mapped

It turned out to be even better than I had hoped. Wide shoulders and/or marked bike lanes on the vast majority of the route and where we had some traffic there was good lighting. Even the traffic on the mile of Hwy 99 we rode was not bad and we did have a good shoulder and excellent sight lines.

It was a frisky group tonight and we rode a 17.4 mph average. Fall was definitely in the air this evening. With clearing skies the temperature was dropping. We stayed warm riding but afterward it didn't take long to chill down.

Post ride consensus was that this was good route worth riding again!



With my commute to the ride I ended up with 26 miles


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........26...............0...............0..........26
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........148...............0................0..........148
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9333...............0..............5.........9338

Sunday, November 7, 2010

drip, drip, drip

That's the sound of the rain showers that have been part of our weather the last few days.........and the rate at which I am accumulating miles. I haven't been riding any rides over 50 miles in the last week or so, but have been out pedaling a bit on short rides. Today was no exception.

My mother's birthday was a few days ago and we got together to celebrate her old age today. ;-) Even though the forecast predicted at least an 80% chance of rain climbing to 100% as the day wore on it didn't look too bad this morning. I decided to ride my bike the 32 miles to the family gathering.

Though the sky had lots of blue showing I did pack rain gear "just in case".

The roads were damp but not splashy wet. I made my way to Scholls then headed toward Forest Grove. About half way through today's ride the wind picked up and the sky darkened. I saw a rain shower coming over the hill and knew that getting wet was eminent unless I stopped and put on my rain gear, or better yet, found shelter. Luckily I know most of the farmers on this end of the county and I was very near a farm shed that I knew would work just fine.



I felt pretty smug as I sat warm and dry near a Case-International Axial Flow hillside combine.....and the rain started hard, turned to hail, then back to rain before tapering off.

I did put on my booties and rain pants because the roads were wet.

I pedaled the remainder of the distance without any issues.

I managed to trickle another 32 miles into the mileage bucket.


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........32...............0...............0..........32
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov........122...............0................0..........122
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9307...............0..............5.........9312

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Something about Art

I don't know what it is about Art, but I think I should hang around him more often! wunderground.com showed a 50% chance of rain this morning, climbing to 100% by this evening. Somehow not only did we not get rained on today, but didn't even need the waterproof shoe covers I had along. A good day for a ride any day of the year, let alone in November!

5 of us met in Wilsonville this morning for a ride of about 45 miles including a crossing of the Canby Ferry.


The only "issue" we encountered today was a road closure just north of Gervais where they were working on a rail crossing. It needed some attention so the extra miles won't be complained about!

We made our way in a circuitous fashion to the Canby Ferry and made the perilous crossing of the mighty Willamette River then navigated the steep pitch as we exited.






We ended up at Wankers Corner for a post ride debriefing where we discussed the three B's....bikes, beer, & business! I suppose you could add "babes" to that list, but we are cyclists and have no time for such distractions!



It was a surprisingly good day to be on bikes!


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........48...............0...............0..........48
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov.........90...............0................0...........90
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9275...............0..............5.........9280

Thursday, November 4, 2010

second verse, same as the first, little bit slower, little bit (can't think of an appropriate rhyming word!)

Social bike club friend Carol and I rode off tonight with the sun at our back on a repeat of the yesterday's ride.



The sky was blue, but it was a bit cooler than last evening.



We got tangled up with a long line of slow traffic on Willamette Drive. Never quite figured out what the slowing as about.



When we reached the historic Willamette area of West Linn we got out of the long line of cars and began the ascent of Pete's Mountain.


We had started at 4:30PM so even at our slower pace we not only ascended in daylight, we still had plenty of light on the descent. We really didn't get in the dark until we neared Mountain Rd near the Canby Ferry. It's there that we ran into a couple of women who were on the side of the road tending to a tossed chain. They were just getting back on their bikes as we came by. I notice they didn't have front lights at all, and only one had a passable rear light. We offered to put them between us since Carol and I both had good front and rear lights. They accepted the offer and all four of us rode back into Wilsonville together.

It was a good ride, but noticeably cooler than last night. Got a few extra miles by starting at Fry's Electronics.

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........24...............0...............0..........24
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov.........42...............0................0...........42
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9227...............0..............5.........9232

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

another Pete's Mountain ride

What a beautiful evening to go for a bike ride! Dave and I took off at 5:30pm on a little 18 mile loop from Wilsonville to Willamette then back........via Pete's Mountain. ...just because we could!

Nearly 2000 ft of climbing in 18 miles on this great low traffic route.




............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........18...............0...............0..........18
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
Nov.........18...............0................0...........18
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9203...............0..............5.........9208

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A mountain bike to Mountaindale



A good time indeed! I joined Art's Butts on Bikes "Two Phase Ride" today. I brought the mountain bike because I figured I ought to be able to maintain the 15-16mph advertised pace and also because I picked up a piece of glass in my tubular tire on the carbon bike yesterday and haven't changed it yet.

Art had a good turnout as well as perfect weather for his ride.


I managed to hang with the group, even managed to hang with the faster breakaway group, but stopped to post the audio addition to the blog at the beginning of this post, as well as do a bit of texting back and forth with a friend.



I knew that we were approaching the Mountaindale out and back and knew I could just turn around when I met the rest of the group coming back the other way.

As it ended up, the group had fragmented and was coming back down the ever so slight grade in groups of 2-3. I kept riding up the hills until I was about 1.5 miles from the gravel turnaround when I decided that it was all the farther I needed to go.

I turned around and met back up with a half dozen or so riders at the Mountaindale Store. We rode back along our route together.

I think they were humoring me a bit, the last 10 miles we were in a pace line....with me on a mountain bike leading a train of road bikes!

We all ended up back at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse for an after ride "debriefing".



It was a good day, and I did manage to get my 900 miles for the month. If I were still working hard at biking I would have been sure to get 1000 miles,...... but I'm not. I'm just a guy on a bike!

It was the longest ride I've ever been on while riding the mtn bike.


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........54...............0...............0..........54
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........905...............0................0..........905
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9185...............0..............5.........9190

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A pumpkin ride

I led a 12 mile social paced ride around Sauvie Island today, sort of my way to give back a bit. Before you have a heart attack I also commuted to the ride from Hillsboro with a few friends. We rode up Logie Trail to Skyline then down Logie Trail on the other side to Hwy 30 and on to the island. We met up with the group


We stopped at Krugers for a snack and a few photo ops!




Then two of us rode back to Hillsboro via Rocky Point Rd. Along the way we ran into some pretty thick fog, at times visibility was 50 ft.


A perfect example of why I always require front and rear lights on all rides I lead in the winter.

We had rain pretty much the whole ride back to Hillsboro but the ride around the island was mostly dry.


............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........57...............0...............0..........57
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........851...............0................0..........851
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9131...............0..............5.........9136

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The gods must be smiling



Well, though I had posted tonight's ride as an event for my social bike group I ended up being the only rider. What a shame! Tonight was likely to be the only night this week that isn't raining. The sky was blue most of the day but clouded up late this afternoon in anticipation of rain coming later. I had friends in Salem tell me it was raining there, but it wasn't raining here and didn't the entire time I was on the bike.

It was a nice route that avoided the higher traffic roads. A reasonable amount of climbing just to make it fun!



Saturday I lead another ride for the group. 17 so far say they are going. The social group is somewhat flakey and the predicted wet weather will likely result in a 50% no show. It will be a completely different kind of adventure, unless someone twists my arm and wants to commute to Sauvie Island from Hillsboro with a climb over the West Hills.

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........19...............0...............0..........19
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........794...............0................0..........794
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9074...............0..............5.........9079

Saturday, October 23, 2010

letting go?

The weather guys were finally right, it's raining. A bike friend called and wanted to go for a ride. Anytime in the last 4 years I would have been all over this. Today I turned her down. I made all kinds of excuses, no fenders, wet roads, and I'm busy putting my Furnace Creek video together, but still I wonder if the "letting go" has begun. How much will things change now that the goal of finishing the 508 has been achieved?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another bonus day!

Despite predictions of rain it's still dry!

By the middle of the afternoon I was seeing a lot of blue sky around (well, actually a lot of blue sky BETWEEN the big puffy clouds that looked like they might rain!)
I sent out a mass text message from my cell phone to everyone in my phonebook who rides saying that if it stayed dry I was going to ride tonight and they were welcome to join me.

Well, it's Friday night. Everybody had plans already.

No problem, I didn't have any "plans" so I went for a ride by myself!

I took off from the Butteville Store at 6PM for a 27.5 mile route that I originally rode in February. The route was flat with very low traffic.

With the cloud cover I was running lights from the get go.

It was a beautiful evening for a ride however.

I've ridden three nights in a row now. That's more mid week riding than I was able to muster even when training for Furnace Creek!

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........27...............0...............0..........27
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........775...............0................0..........775
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9055...............0..............5.........9060

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BONUS!

It was supposed to be raining this evening. It wasn't yet by the time I got off work so I rushed out to Hillsboro to join my social bike group's "Maniac Ride....West Side Edition"

We began at West Union Elementary at 5:15pm and headed up toward Skyline Rd. Once there we took Beck Rd back down, then climbed back up to Skyline again!

By the time the craziness was done we had logged 25 miles with 2300 ft of climbing, and it was dark.



Despite some rather ominously dark skies to the west tonight we managed to have a dry ride. We had timed it perfectly because it began raining as we stood around chatting post ride.

............BIKE............LIFECYCLE.....ROLLERS....TOTAL
Today........25...............0...............0..........25
Jan........618...............0................0..........618
Feb........692...............0................0..........692
March......940...............0................5..........940
April......934...............0................0..........934
May........905...............0................0..........905
June......1152...............0................0.........1152
July......1020...............0................0.........1020
Aug.......1000...............0................0.........1000
Sept......1002...............0................0.........1002
Oct........748...............0................0..........748
_________________________________________
TOTAL.....9028...............0..............5.........9033