• Tour de Sad News 2020

    Earlier today, I received an email, “Regrettably, we must inform you that the 2020 Tour de Whatcom scheduled for July 18th is officially canceled as of today due to the COVID19 pandemic.” And a bit later today I received another email, “Regrettably, we announce that the Mt. Baker Hill Climb scheduled for September 13th is officially canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.” It’s a weird year, this 2020. It’s not like I didn’t expect either of these cancellations. In truth,…Continue Reading

  • 2019 Mt. Baker Hill Climb

    I considered my ride in the 2018 Mt. Baker Hill Climb an adventure to be endured, not necessarily enjoyed during the adventure, yet another example of a favorite C.S. Lewis quote, Adventures are never fun while you’re having them. Going into the 2019 event with eyes wide open, I’ve been expecting a tough but enjoyable ride, even during the ride.  I’d been reimagining my Kona Dew as a fast road bike with gearing to tackle the hill at my pace, as well…Continue Reading

  • Tour de Whatcom – 2019

    My Garmin read 100.9 miles meaning that for me, the 2019 Tour de Whatcom was in the books. Before the ride, my wife and I were trying to figure out if if this was my 3rd or 4th time, but couldn’t come to a definite conclusion, so just left it out there as a question that might remain unanswered. However, during the ride there were hours upon hours to mindlessly ponder the question.  2015, or 16, or ?  The years didn’t…Continue Reading

  • Northeast County Loop – pimped out

    Just last week I did what is my more normal Northeast County Loop, but as I am trying to get in some longer rides, I decided to pimp out my normal loop.   So I pimped out the loop by adding in Ferndale, Lynden, going a little further north, ultimately bumping it from 40 to 50 miles.  And the gold bling on this loop was that I rode it clockwise;) The ride is a nice one whether for training or…Continue Reading