Category Cycling

The Ride: Chilly Hilly

The cycling season starts early in Seattle!  Every year on the last Sunday in February, thousands of cyclists turn out for the Chilly Hilly on Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound.  It’s a short (33 miles) ride and, as you might have guessed from the name, famous for it hills and chilly weather.  I had […]

The Ride: Seattle to Redmond, plus seals!

Okay, so it’s already the middle of August and I’ve done basically zero cycling this summer.  I’d meant to ride more, but, you know, first it was cold, then I went to Japan, then I had to get a bike  tune-up and buy a house.  But all of that is done now (or at least […]

The Ride: Going to the Sun Road

Even if you’ve never heard of Kalispell, Montana, you’ve probably heard of Glacier National Park. It’s one of those places that has a way of turning up on calendars and post cards — all snowy peaks and sapphire lakes and lush green valleys — but it’s so remote that you’ll never get there unless you […]

Perfect weekend

There will be a special place in hell reserved for people who schedule moves away from DC during the springtime. [Er . . .  hold on . . . I’m the one who scheduled this move.  Let’s start again.] Whoever invented DC in the springtime deserves an award.  Like, an Oscar for “best pairing of city and […]

The Ride: St. Mary’s Century

Remember how I signed up to ride a 100-mile bike race today?  And do you also recall how I predicted it would be a complete train wreck because (a) I knew I would end up working so much that I wouldn’t have time to train, and (b) I had tickets to a 5-hour opera the night before the […]

The Ride: Bogus Basin

Boise claims to be a cycling town.  in the interest of getting in shape for the big ride at the end of the month, I decided to put it to the test.  Last week I hunted around for a bike shop that would rent me a good road bike.  Idaho Mountain Touring was the only shop […]

The Ride: Mason Neck

This morning dawned grey and chilly and very humid.  I wasn’t exactly ready to get up, but I’d agreed to meet up with some friends from the ward for a Saturday morning bike ride.  We left a little after 7:00am and returned right before 11am, and in the intervening three-ish hours we made it down […]