Saturday, August 30, 2014

Riding with Leo

My friend Leo had a heart attack last week. Scary stuff. But Leo is nothing if not a tough old coot. He survived and the doctor told him he could still bike. 8 of us joined him today on a celebratory bike ride around his neighborhood.

For most of us the ride began with a ferry ride across the Sound to Bremerton.
I rode the fixie down Queen Ann to meet Robin at a coffee shop on the waterfront.

 It's a long story, but Leo rides with a squid on his helmet.  Robin and I couldn't resist stopping for this photo as we made our way toward the ferry terminal.



She also made squids for us all to attach to our helmets.


We arrived at the ferry and found 4 others waiting there.
We boarded the ferry and visited while taking our 1 hour cruise.



We arrived in Bremerton and found Leo waiting along with a couple of other folks.
Leo led us on a short tour of his stomping grounds. We started off with a tour of the Berry Festival.


We rode across the Manette Bridge, but instead of taking the lane we rode the sidewalk, in deference to Leo's fragile post heart attack state. It was okay, we were just glad that we still had the opportunity to ride with him.



Yes, it rains in the Puget Sound area!


We spotted a watering hole that was open, and descended upon it with gusto!
 




The proprietors didn't complain a bit about a horde of wet and dripping cyclists stopping in.

"The Mayor of Kitsap", Leo holding court.





 We rode back to the waterfront and Leo, a navy man, took us on a tour of naval points of interest.  We finished up with a water sculpture reminiscent of submarine sails.






video

We took one last stroll through the berry festival.

 
 I was amused to find "vegan soap". All sorts of visions of washing out a vegan's mouth with soap ensued.


We called it a day and said our farewells, then boarded the ferry for a return trip to Seattle.  I decided to join Robin as she pedaled back to the northside of Queen Ann to her car, then made my way back up Queen Ann via the "Kralik Way".

The total trip today was 53 miles, but 33 mile of that was on the ferry.  Bike trip was 20 miles with 1547 feet of climbing.  Not bad for riding with a fixed gear.


..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today.........20...............0..............0...............0............20 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........359................0..............0...............0.............359 Total..........4542...............0..............0...............0..........4542

Thursday, August 28, 2014

No Time Like (for) the Present

I am still unloading and storing Hoodoo 500 paraphernalia and doing preliminary research on the upcoming Silver State 508. There's no time for a bike ride but a guy's gotta eat!  I hopped on the fixed gear bike and dropped a digital camera off at UPS to ship away for warranty work, and stopped in for the teriyaki lunch special.

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........5...............0..............0...............0.............5 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........339................0..............0...............0.............339 Total..........4522...............0..............0...............0..........4522

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just a short ride

I've been gone to Southern California, Arizona, and Utah doing crew chief duties for the last week.  In between unpacking and catching up on home chores I hopped on the fixed gear bike for a few short miles. (Okay, full disclosure...I rode to McDonalds for lunch)  It was 93 degrees in Wilsonville, surprisingly this was the warmest temperature by 10 degrees that I've seen in the last week.

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........7...............0..............0...............0.............7 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........334................0..............0...............0.............334 Total..........4517...............0..............0...............0..........4517

Monday, August 25, 2014

Following the Desert Coyote - 224th phonecast



Steven Burns finished the 2014 Hoodoo 500 in 45 hrs and 14 minutes. His son Jasper put together a short video of the adventure during the long drive home.

video



Sunday, August 17, 2014

RSVP, gettng home

(Wednesday update)

I am crew chief for Steven Burns as he races the Hoodoo 500 this coming weekend. I am leaving within the hour to fly down to Southern California to prepare the support vehicle. I was hoping to get this blog updated with an account of last weekend's bike adventure, but alas..... I've been busy.

When I return I'll get the story and photos posted.

In the meantime, expect an Ipadio audio update here from time to time as Steven races around the red rock canyons of Utah and Arizona.



..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........13...............0..............0...............0............13 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........327................0..............0...............0.............327
Total..........4510...............0..............0...............0..........4510

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RSVP day 2, Border Crossing Blues


As I am compiling my year end report, I note that I never got back here to post the photos and story. So sorry!  I'll work on it in the next few weeks and post an update when it is complete.

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........77...............0..............0...............0............77 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........314................0..............0...............0.............314
Total..........4497...............0..............0...............0..........4497

Friday, August 15, 2014

RSVP day 1








..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today.........114...............0..............0...............0...........114 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........237................0..............0...............0.............237
Total..........4420...............0..............0...............0..........4420

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seattle

I am in Seattle in preparation for tomorrow's Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party (RSVP).  My friend Julie drove to Menchies Frozen Yogurt to meet with Cascade staff member Robin.


 Yet another registration snafu meant that ride registrations did not arrive. Robin managed to pick up the pieces and hand deliver ride registrations to us.

Robin biked to Menchies, Julie's and my bikes were on her car.  Following a frozen yogurt treat, Robin rode home, I rode back up Queen Ann, and Julie drove 70 miles up the RSVP route to a friend's house where she will start her ride in the morning. I'll start from Queen Ann, adding 6 miles to the 108 mile day.

As I rode back it was 65 degrees and raining lightly.  I noted that it was 77 and sunny at home. :-(

My little ride back up the hill took 8 miles, since I take an easier more circuitous route up. Tomorrow morning I take a direct route straight down the hill.... in the predawn darkness.

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today...........8...............0..............0...............0.............8 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........123................0..............0...............0.............123
Total..........4306...............0..............0...............0..........4306


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Busy

Sunny, 82 degrees, and my niece's wedding. Still time to squeeze in a trip to a bike shop and an 8 mile ride.

  ..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today...........8...............0..............0...............0.............8 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........115................0..............0...............0.............115
Total..........4298...............0..............0...............0..........4298

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Another fixed gear ride.......

......and even less miles than yesterday. This is no way to get, or stay, in good cycling shape!

What's worse is that I rode to a fast food lunch.  :-(

 ..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today...........5...............0..............0...............0.............5 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........107................0..............0...............0.............107
Total..........4290...............0..............0...............0..........4290

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More Fixed Gear Wanderings

I took a little break from a list of chores and hopped on the fixie and went for a little ride.  I went exploring some back roads and paths in the neighborhood.  Road building has made my normal route into "Downtown Wilsonville" impassable so some fact finding was in order.

It was a nice day, temperatures in the mid to upper 70's.


 With the nice weather the kids and parents were out in force at the city's water feature.


It was close enough to dinner time that I stopped for a teriyaki treat. By the time I finished (and watched local news on the in house TV) the shadows were getting long.


11 easy miles.





..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........11...............0..............0...............0............11 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August.........102................0..............0...............0.............102
Total..........4285...............0..............0...............0..........4285

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fixin' stuff

Nothing fancy today, just took the fixed gear bike on a few runs to the hardware store as I gathered supplies for a few home projects.........  but the weather sure was nice!

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today...........9...............0..............0...............0.............9 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August..........91................0..............0...............0..............91
Total..........4274...............0..............0...............0..........4274

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Ride Around Diamond Lake

Today was the second day of the Crater Lake/Diamond Lake cycling weekend.  The girls decided that kayaking on Diamond Lake sounded more fun than cycling around it.  We broke camp, loaded the vehicles and off they paddled!

Laurie and Cathy demonstrating their nautical skills
 David and I hopped on our bikes and set off around the Diamond Lake trail.  David got in full kit, knowing the route I decided that it just wasn't worth getting all geared up.  I rode in blue jeans and a t-shirt.
It was a nice lap around the lake.  There was still a lot of smoke in the air but we managed to see some wildlife up close.




There were a few places worth taking a photo op as we circumnavigated the lake, even with the smoke filled air.





We finished our 11 mile lap, met the girls back at the dock, loaded boats and bikes.


 We all took a quick shower then retired to the Diamond Lake Lodge for the traditional weekend closing lunch before driving back home. It was a nice way to close out a fun weekend.


It would be a long day for them, as we didn't get on the road until shortly after 2 PM, and they had about an 8 hour drive back to the Puget Sound area.


..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........11...............0..............0...............0............11 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August..........82................0..............0...............0..............82
Total..........4265...............0..............0...............0..........4265

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Ride Around Crater Lake

4 of us biked from Diamond Lake up to Crater Lake, around the lake, and back again. Two of our group had never been there before.

3 of our group traveled from the Puget Sound area and traffic woes on top of a long drive made for a late arrival Friday night.  They ended up putting up tents well after dark.



 We planned an 8:30 AM start on Saturday.  I noted that my heart rate before pedaling was just over 80 bpm, nearly twice my normal resting heart rate. I expressed my concern to my fellow riders, as last year I was surprised to see my heart rate with just moderate exertion hit 180 bpm on this ride. We talked about heart rate and other performance issues, but pedaled off right on time.   I was a bit embarrassed as the ride leader to start off with a wrong turn.  All was not lost with our little 8 mile and bonus climbing detour though.  They were polite and said they liked a warm-up, and we did get a nice view of Mt Thielson.


There was some smoke in the air from forest fires caused by recent thunderstorms that would plague our trip today. This was especially sad for the two of our group had never been to Crater Lake before.

Having corrected my faulty routing, we started up toward the edge of the caldera, a nearly 3000 ft climb in 15 miles. In a short distance we entered Crater Lake National Park and stopped for the mandatory photo.


We continued on upward.  I kept an eye on my heart rate display.  I was concerned to see 145 on just casual pedaling.  We were at about 5600 ft elevation.


By the time we were near 6500 ft elevation it was clear that I had to slow down to keep my heart rate below 160.  I told my riding partners to ride their own pace and we'd regroup at the caldera lip.  The smoke seemed to thicken as we made our way southward.


I managed to hold 5-6 mph and made my way to the rim.  I was disappointed to see the thick smoke hiding the beauty of this lake.




We were riding in a counter clockwise direction, to better be able to manage our water supplies. Before we reached the Crater Lake Lodge, we came across a couple from Germany, who had taken a year off work and were biking from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. Holger and Silke Sdunnus are maintaining a blog of their adventure HERE.  (you'll have to use a translation tool to convert from their native German)

Holger
Silke
 We were fascinated with their touring bikes.  David even managed to snag a test ride of Holger's 95 lb steed.


Cathy H photo

 We all held our breath as David tried to wrangle a bike too large for him, with a lot of weight in the front bags.  He wobbled around the parking area for about 50 ft before dismounting.

Cathy H photo
It would have been a real international faux pas to drop the bike on the pavement with them still having thousands of miles to go on their adventure.  David managed to avoid any incidents and returned the bike unscathed, as well as thankful to be able to again be on his own lightweight bike.

We arrived at Crater Lake Lodge, and had lunch, refilled water bottles, took a brief tour of the historic lodge.

Cathy H photo

Cathy H photo

 We ran into Holger and Silke one more time.  They would be pedaling southward, while we would be riding around the lake.  We bid them good pedaling and a safe trip.  We also commented among ourselves how sad it was for them, on this once in a lifetime adventure to have such a scenic impaired experience here.

We took a picture of our group just outside the lodge.  There should be a great background of a deep blue lake behind us, but alas.


While wandering around n the lodge we noted a sign showing where the 18 fires, sparked by recent thunderstorms, where burning within park boundaries.


 We pedaled along, with me descending well, but climbing ever so slowly.  I felt sorry for holding the group up as they kindly waited for me at overlooks and the tops of climbs, but it was all I could do today.
The smoke was really impacting views.  Anything  other than the closest of things was obscured from view.

Vidae Falls


 We took a short hike to get a better view of the Phantom Ship than we could get from the road.  The half mile walk was a welcome respite from the bikes.

Cathy H photo
  Informational signs told us that this is the remnants of an older volcano that was covered over by Mt Mazama, only to be uncovered by the cataclysmic eruption that created Crater Lake.  It contains the oldest rocks in the caldera.


Far from being flat, the 33 mile trip around the lake would account for over 3000 ft of our total climbing today, including the climb up this big switch back about 35 miles into our ride today.


As we made our way around the lake, the wind shifted slightly, moving some of the smoke out.  While far from perfect, it did give us our first views across the lake.




I continued to struggle with high hear rates.  I'm not sure how much is related to only riding 3-4 times a month lately, and how much might be related to other issues. My riding partners continued to be kind and say my slow speed wasn't a problem, but I know I was costing them time.




We all noted that the last 10-15 miles before competing the circuit go agonizingly slow. You keep expecting to round the corner and see the long descent back to camp, only to round the corner and see yet another hill to climb. Luckily, they are comparatively small.

Finally we turned a corner and began the thrill ride back down to Diamond Lake.  While I climbed like a slug today, I could still descend well.

I got on the aerobars and shifted into my 56x11 to give a little push from time to time.  I arrived back in camp in time to store the bike and get the camera out to get a photo of my partners as they rolled back into camp. Despite the smoke, a wrong turn, and bonus climbing, they all had smiles on their faces.  Maybe it was because they realized that they didn't have to ride anymore!


We finished up the day with showers, a cold drink, and a scrumptious potluck dinner.


It would have been better if the smoke wouldn't have obscured the view, but it could have been worse if the predicted thunderstorms had materialized.  All in all, a good day to be on a bike.

..........road bike..........rollers........mtb.........lifecycle....total Today..........71...............0..............0...............0............71 Jan............710................0..............0...............0...........710
Feb........... 578...............0..............0...............0............578
March ...........701.............0..............0...............0............701
April..........749.................0..............0...............0..........749
May...........613.................0..............0...............0...........613
June............309...............0..............0...............0...........309
July...............615...............0..............0...............0............615
 August..........71................0..............0...............0..............71
Total..........4254...............0..............0...............0..........4254