After all the hype on the net and word on the street I finally broke down and had to try a PBR, (Pabst Blue Ribbon). Also to make the decision easier there was a single bottle in a markdown bin at the local store. Price, 69 cents for a bottle of liquid goodness. When I got home opened the bottle poured it into a glass. Light golden in color, aroma of the beer I used to enjoy as a teenager/young adult. Take a sip not bad. Not much flavor either. Not at all like one of my favorite IPA’s but drinkable. All in all the best 69 cent beer I’ve ever had. Maybe I should lower my standards for a while. After all I am saving for another bike. Somehow PBR and a Surly cross check don’t seem like a bad pairing after all.
I only made it 50k. In spite of cutting back on my milage I felt tired and fatigued before even starting the ride. I watched Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry while riding. If I could have ridden without resistance on my Fluid bike trainer I could have finished the event. So for now I can say I did the 50k version of the event. I am confident that I will do much better next year.
I plan do do my 100 miles of nowhere ride on May 14th. I am still trying to decide if I will ride it all on the trainer of do part of it on the clear creek trail or some other location. I’ll post more when I start the ride. I know it is a week later than Fatty, (AKA Ironfatty), and most of the others but my work schedule didn’t allow for the ride this week. Good luck to everyone doing it over the next few days. I’ll be joining you soon.
The answer is not Stp for now at least or at least, not this year. I’m just not ready. Plus the logistics of spending the night at the UW, camping in Centralia and taking the bus back from Portland. I am going to ride a few shorter rides in the area this summer though. I plan to do the Fort2fort in Port Townsend WA. in June. I’m planning on doing the 42 mile ride. The Summer Challange ride from the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis Club in August. Thirty five miles of hills on Bainbridge Island. It is almost a backwards copy of Cascade’s Chill Hilly, only not so chilly. Also to finish off the season the Manashtash 100 k in October. If you see me at any of these events, say hi and try not to run me over. On a side note I have spent the night near the UW campus before. The best part is that it was paid for by the University of Washington. Of course I didn’t tell them I was a Cougar. That was the best part. I get a degree from their rival university and they still pay for my hotel room. It was because of my wife who makes Native American baskets. She had a woven cedar cape on display at the Burke museum as part of the Alaskan Yukon Pacific exhibit in 2009. I must say being married to a basket weaver is much more exciting than it sounds. I get to go the the museum exhibit openings and fundraising auctions where I get to talk with the wealthy elite people of the area and get free food and wine just for showing up. What a deal.
This is my first attempt at adding a new custom header to the site. The picture stretched a little but seems to work. I’m a little rusty at photoshop. More Changes coming soon. The picture is of my single speed bike, a Marin Hamilton that I changed from a flat bar to drops.
On of the great things about riding a bike, (especially slowly), is you get to see things around you that you would never notice while speeding along in a car with the cd player cranked up, windows up to keep out the rain and drinking a Exxon Valdez sized tankard of coffee. About a year and a half ago I decided to try out a route on my single speed bike a few miles from my house I found a whole park that I had never noticed, even though I had driven past it many times. I stopped part way up the hill and while I was bent over trying to catch my breath and wondering if I was going to puke, or collapse and die on the spot. I looked up and saw a small park sign that was placed facing perpendicular to the road that said Nick’s Lagoon. Granted it is more of a preserve than a park. It is not really maintained, nor does it have a proper sign. But those things make it better. It is almost like my private park. Except now all of you, (almost no one), now know about it. The key thing is I never saw the sign while driving by it and I would have continued to be oblivious of it’s existence had I not gone for a ride that day.
I was thinking the other day as I opened a bottle of Old Rasputin’s Russian Imperial Stout. What have I done to deserve this fine beverage today. By simply existing for another day on the planet surely does not justify such beverage. In most cases people who try to get in shape or lose weight etc. start by giving up their favorite foods or beverages. In this case beer. Some try to exist on low-carb or light beers. Life is too short for watered down beer with the flavor of Yak urine. Not that I have tried Yak urine but, I’ve tried some beers that I’m sure were modeled after the taste of it. Instead I choose to ride so I can still enjoy a real beverage. So if I want a Bottle of Old Rasputin’s, Some Fat Scotch Ale or an IPA loaded with enough Hops to choke the afore mentioned Yak I need to earn it. So when my coworkers think I’m insane for squeezing in a 10 mile ride before work and spending my days off on a bike I can laugh all the way home with my real beer. So go out and ride and drink up, save the Yak urine for the others.
P.S. Just make sure you drink after your ride and save some Old Rasputins’s for me.