Well, I’ve joined the Peloton bandwagon. This is what happens when you realise that two years of pandemic DoorDash orders have not been kind but still cannot even with the never-ending chilly grey Seattle weather that makes outdoor cardio such a drag. So the “gallery” hall that leads to the roof will double as home […]
Weekend reset: mountains and flowers and cycling and a baby tapir!
I took a four-day weekend this week. My time on the covid-related project that has been keeping me so busy at work is coming to an end and my replacement is fairly well onboarded at this point, so it seemed a good opportunity to take a break and (at least start to) reset. Only, what […]
Another day off!
Well, not entirely off—I had to take one call and a few emails in the morning—but for the most part I was able to unplug and enjoy the day. Started out with some pottering among the roses . . . . . . then off to the garden center to see if I couldn’t finish […]
New Year’s Eve Day was a bit of an odd one. It felt like a holiday but all the fun wouldn’t start until night-time. It was also our last full day in Sydney, and Amanda and I wanted to use it to do the last odds-and-ends that had caught our curiosity but not been done […]
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 […]
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 […]