Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time flies...

I can't believe it's been 2 years since my last post! It's a good thing I don't write for a living or I'd be poor.  I would like to say that I have been diligently riding my bike with every passing season that has occurred between then and now but.....well......Pinocchio comes to mind!

I must say as I boarded the bus the last few weeks it was interesting to notice how some things never change. Greetings from daily commuters, friendly hello's and where have you been from the bus driver's make you feel like you've walked into a reunion.  Crazy people at bus stops, yelling at the passing cars, yelling at you that if you try and kill them they will just kill you back! (Am I missing something with that one? I think that occurs only on The Walking Dead!) Smells that move you to chew gum or in a pinch floss! (hey, I clean teeth for a living, I ALWAYS have floss, and it's tasty too!)  It has all been there patiently waiting for me....yup, a reunion all right. You know the kind, the ones with the mix of all the people, some you can't wait to see and others that you avoid like the plague!

On a more pleasant note...I dragged my husband out for a ride on the Olympic Adventure Trail.
We did the section from off of Joyce Access Road to Log Cabin Resort on Lake Cresent. It is beautiful ride with some uphill grinds but you get rewarded with some beautiful views!

We encountered some hazards on the drive up. We are lucky this oversized branch didn't ruin the spokes in my husbands bike!

A good picture of us but it doesn't do the view justice. We could see Canada in the background!

One of the disadvantages to not owning a small truck.
Ghetto style bike rack! 
My mechanic would KILL me if he saw this photo! 
He tried to tell me last time I was in for service that I had been off
roading in my car (which wasn't true).
My husband says I can no longer lie.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alive and Riding...

The sun is out and I decided to make a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things for dinner. Sporting my bright orange vest that my sister gave me for my birthday last year. Just proving to her that I'm being safe!

 Here are a few things I saw a long the way!!!

Th Beautiful Olympic Mountains!!!

 Babies, babies, babies!!! Its cow time!!!

Destination reached!!! 
Sunny Farms Country Store!!! The best little store on the peninsula!
Loaded up with veggies, vegan bars, and whatever else fit in 
my pannier and headed home! It was a good day.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Riding and other maladies....

Well, well, well....It's been awhile.

It's been awhile since I blogged because frankly, it's been awhile since I rode. I felt kind of sheepish blogging about something I'm not participating in so why bother. But today I pumped up the tires and off I went.

 I wish I took this route....
Or better yet....

 I wish I had the ability to do this....

But sadly....

This is a more apt description of how I feel.

Injuries are a bummer. Sounds funny to say that I'm injured and riding but my injury isn't FROM riding. Not sure what caused it. 

Could have been several things, maybe the running that I recently took up so that I could run a marathon this fall to honor the death of my cousin. 

Or maybe those box jumps that I decided to start doing so I WOULDN'T get injured. 

Anyways, here I am, pining away about my aging body. The upside is that I've started riding again. Last year my work schedule changed and along with the fading daylight so did the riding. Now with daylight creeping in earlier the thought of riding to work again has been playing with the fringes of my consciousness. 

We'll see...all I know is that for now running is out, swimming takes a trip to town and my bike tires are pumped and ready to go. Officially.....I started today.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Up, up and my beautiful, my beautiful....

Bicycle??? Well as the song goes a balloon would have been a lot easier but I have to confess it was fun in a morbid, self torturing sort of way. I set out to accomplish something that has
long been on my "to do" list or as they now call it "bucket list".
I have always had the desire to ride up Hurricane Ridge on my bike and this 
year with all the commuting under my belt I thought it was high time!
The elevation at the ridge is 5100 ft. The City of PA is 32 ft. That about sums up the ride.

So the day before the ride I got this idea to attach a camera 
to the front of my bike a video. So below are some photos and the
video. It is a little lengthy but hey, at least you don't have to do the ride to see it!
Me! And yes I was crazy enough to carry a pannier. I needed something to hold gear for going down!

 One of the tunnels that you travel through on the ride up the ridge. I have a cool video on going through the tunnels on the way down!

Victory photo at the top!!

The Video!!  Enjoy!
Victory Breakfast! Swedish Pancakes!!
And YES!!! A stupid flat at Mile 2.5!

Surprising....with this being the day after....I was expecting some soreness.
I was pleasantly surprised to only be fatigued this morning an gone this afternoon.
Guess all that daily riding has paid off after all!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Christmas in July (well I guess August now!!)

New Stuff!!

Everyone loves new stuff!  I just received a package in the mail today
and I was very excited about it! It contained new bike stuff.

I usually wait until fall to buy new stuff but I couldn't wait.
The WSDOT has had a serious problem keeping the side of 
road clear this summer. There is tons of debris on the shoulders, ranging
from glass shards to rocks. Perfect combination for a flat tire. And
I've had a few lately. Last week I had one that made me decide
it was time to make the BIG purchase. Puncture proof tires.
The main reason I haven't purchased them is the cost.
I took the plunge and bought them over the weekend.
Good thing too, cause on Monday I had 2 flat tires on my ride
to work. Yes, 2 flats, same tire, different locations, different holes.
I gave up, caught the next bus, and walked the rest of the way to work.

This evening my wonderful husband put my awesome new tires on....

Now....we wait and see!

(Oh, I also got new gloves, and a new CO2 repair kit!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blogger's Block

Definition: ~verb  The inability to obtain sufficiently entertaining information to post to a blog.

I'm not sure if it's the weather, or the lack there of, that has contributed to my blog block but lately I have had a hard time coming up with topics.  Maybe it's the fact that I haven't been riding my bike ALL the way to work lately that has been a problem. When I'm riding, I split the time between watching my rear view mirror and thinking about topics. Don't get me wrong, I have some topics that are floating around in my head but they haven't reached full maturation yet.

It's not like I have given up commuting. If you ask the cyclists I'm a failure since, unlike the 100+ miles a day Tour de Lance, I mean France riders or my patient's daughter who just completed a 400 mile 30 hr endurance ride,  I have been doing the riding the 5 miles to town and catching the bus senario! But to the bus riding crowd, I'm a nut case for the extra trouble of having a bike to deal with on the bus!

I have had some amusing things happen on the bus this week, and while you may not find them entertaining, I did and since this is my blog, I'm going to write about them.

Monday~ A guy was angry that the bus driver let any bikes be put INSIDE the bus, and while it didn't disrupt his seating, when he got off the bus in a huff, he put on the most entertaining jiggity jig on the sidewalk using every imaginable flipping off symbol known to man at the whole bus. I've never been on a bus where that many people were laughing at once!

Tuesday~ Had to remind the bus driver (at the top of my voice, which can be quite loud) that he is suppose to stop at the bus-stops when people pull the signal instead of cruising right by....I almost told him to stop his major flirting conversation about all the "art" he makes on the side and pay attention but I thought I might be pushing my luck!

Wednesday~ Oh, today was fun, fun, fun!  A guy sat next to me this morning who talked non-stop about music. Not just any music but Banjo music. I'm sorry to all you banjo lovers out there, but 5 minutes of that is about all I can take. I really never knew there was that much to talk about! It all sounds the same. I told him that and guess what? He agreed.

Still Wednesday~ First time EVER on the bus, after I pulled the stop cord I got up (holding on to the holding rails!) and the bus driver(different one from Monday) told me in his not nice bus driver voice to sit down and not be standing while he was driving! If I wasn't so shocked I would have laughed. In all the hundreds of times I have ridden a bus I have never been told by any driver to sit down. Exactly what does he think the rails are for, and what would happen when all the seats were full.....I was going to mention that to him...but his not nice voice convinced me I should probably save it for another day.  (don't worry, I'll bring it up!!)

So, there you have it....nothing earth shattering...just life on the bus. I think tomorrow I'll ride to work.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thanks...but I'll pass!

While I applaud the city of Pt. Angeles for trying to "Go Green" I have my 
concerns about these lanes. I for one am NOT going to pull
myself out in front of the cars to wait for the light.
We do not have 25 cyclists that are crowding for a safe position at the light!
This is the Olympic Peninsula! The population here is tipped towards the aged.
Frankly, most people here do not know how to deal with or handle cyclists. 
Granted...there are some obnoxious cyclists that give the rest of
us a bad name...but generally most cars don't see us or pay attention.
The "Green" lanes look nice with the new paving...
But I'll be sticking to the shoulder!