Old Issues

This post should be about my second and now truly annual Stumpjumper Day ride; but it isn’t and it is.  It is about Stumpjumper Day ride, but it’s more about the old issues that came up on the ride.  Issues, old issues that really set in as I coasted down the exit road on my limping Stumpjumper and came across this, before unknown to me, trail aptly named “Old Issues.” …

Let America Be America Again

I find that one of the greatest benefits of education is not that you remember every word or date, but that you remember ideas and concepts.  Such is the case for me on this 4th of July.  My education could have emphasized that the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 2nd of July not the 4th, but how would any of us be served by that trivial fact? Today, …

Heliotrope Ridge

Biking is and has been my go to recreation choice for most of my life, but really anything in the out of doors will do nicely. For instance this early season hike up Heliotrope Ridge that my wife and I did last week was a sensory experience not could not be matched on a bike. Rather than typing out a bunch of words, I will let the pictures tell the …

Burley 2.0

A few weeks ago I looked around my garage searching for space to hang one more just one more bike. I paused for only a moment before grabbing down my Kona Dew.  It’s rare that a bike leaves my garage for a new how, but I’m out of space and seeing that the Burley Runabout and the Kona Dew serve mostly the same purpose, that purpose being my hop on …

Masks

Don’t conflate donning a mask for self protection against a virus with donning a simple cloth mask to slow the spread of the virus to others.  They are not the same thing. Mask science is not political science nor social media science.  Mask science is science science, and it’s well established Science. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to put this pandemic behind us and begin to reopen our …

Forty Four

Forty Four miles this morning for my second ride in my personal version of the 2020 Tour de Whatcom, the plan where I ride each of the routes, 20, 40,60 & 100 mile routes over the course of the summer.  It was pretty easy to connect the Raleigh Twenty to the 20 mile loop, but I had to think a bit longer on a connection to this route.  Save for …