Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs. Instinct vs. Covid-19

There are plenty of exhaustive reviews of both the Instinct and the Vivoactive 4 out there, but this isn’t one of them.  I’m just a person who has used the Instinct for a year or so, before switching to the Vivoactive 4 a few weeks ago. I’m a 59 year old guy who rides his bike a bit, goes on hikes, and plays occasionally with running.  In revamping my health over the last few years, my eyes are tragically still…Continue Reading

Seattle to Portland – 2020 Virtual Edition

I just completed the Seattle to Portland 2020(STP), though this years STP was virtual in a certain manner of speaking.  There was no real event with thousands of people forming a ribbon of bikes between Seattle and Portland, but people, many people, took up the challenge to ride real bicycle miles in an organized virtual STP challenge.   The challenge was to ride over 200 miles, the equivalent mileage to Portland, within a 2 week calendar window.  I think that…Continue Reading

VP Who?

I reluctantly voted for Donald Trump in 2016.  In my opinion he was, and still is a narcissist, an egomaniac and a liar, but with respect to ingrained political corruption, he is no Hillary.  I also expected that he would put all the right people in the right position because his drive to win would outweigh his ego; I was wrong.  Another part of my decision to vote for Donald Trump was that he brought along Mike Pence, who I…Continue Reading

Sixty Three

That’s the mileage for my virtual tour of the Tour de Whatcom(TDW) routes that I am riding this summer due to the covid-19 induced cancellation of the TDW reality ride. It was 63 miles and after about the first 40 miles I was feeling every one of those miles. I recently rode the 20 & 40 routes and then last week rode another 50 mile loop out in the county so I was feeling pretty good about 63 miles. So…Continue Reading

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.” I was looking forward to this ride, just like every…Continue Reading

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 can recall concepts and incorporate them into your everyday life.  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, I am grateful to…Continue Reading