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Biking Recap for August 2013

This is another record month for me!

Mileage Summary

DistanceTime / Bike
405 milesBiked in August 20131
1,052 milesBiked in 20132
887 milesBiked on Sage3

Next Month

September is BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge. We nerds at Intel are going head to head against the jocks at Nike to see who can log the most bike commute miles. Although September is usually the best weather around here, ferrying kids to school will make consistent bike commuting more difficult.

Keep pedaling!

  1. 812 – 407 
  2. 812 + 240 
  3. 812 + 75 

Biking in the Rain

Earlier this week, I toted my bike to Sacramento so I could ride to work in Folsom. Sacramento has great bike paths that I didn’t want to miss. My Folsom bike commute is about 5.5 miles each way, only an additional mile over my newer, longer commute route in Hillsboro. And I must admit, the scenery along Nimbus Dam and Lake Natoma is beautiful.

Apparently, Hillsboro got rain while we were away and it continues still. I resolved not to wimp out. After all, it was only a light sprinkle when I left home in the morning and who cares about getting soppy headed home?1

While I rode, I thought how much I enjoy2 riding in the mist.

  • The bike lanes are rinsed clean, dark, and pretty
  • My tires make a neat, swishy sound on the wet pavement
  • Everything smells better, including my nose
  • My blinky lights seem brighter
  • Cars give me more room
  • There’s lots more room at the bike rack
  • Riding in the rain makes me feel ten years old again

What do you like about riding in the rain?

  1. And my rain gear is in my pannier. 
  2. I was going to list the few negatives, but I will save that for another post. I’m not in the mood. :-) 


Woo hoo! I’m so proud. I can brag about meeting my goal of bicycling 1,000 miles in a year. And there’s still four months left — of colder, wetter weather. We’ll see how that goes… ;-)

Engine No. 5

Engine No. 5 at the Oregon Zoo.

I’m Researching 23andMe

I’m researching 23andMe genetic testing. There are a lot of reviews by people who’ve tried it.


After biking to work this morning, my bike computer shows I’ve biked 939 miles so far this year. That beats last year’s mileage with more than four months to go in the year.

Forbes Ironic Thought of the Day

Forbes Thought of the Day: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

According to Wikiquote, not only is this quote misquoted,1 it is also taken out of context. Oops!2

  1. Quotation should not be plural. 
  2. And to think I was going to post merely for the irony. 

Sunriver Family Vacation 2013

We spent another week-long vacation at Sunriver this summer.1

While we were there, we enjoyed the 4th Annual Sunriver Art Faire. Some of the artists included (the ones I liked especially):

  • Steven Provence Pottery. I bought one of his vases a couple years ago as a Sunriver souvenir.
  • Janet Biles. We loved her watercolors and couldn’t leave without a few.
  • Blue Spruce Pottery. I got this year’s souvenir here — a cool pot to plant in.
  • Cameron Kaseberg. Cool art done using a “solvent transfer” technique. Fun details in each work.
  • Boise Art Glass. Some really cool glass balls that looked “longer” than they are.
  • Elemental Images. Some nice photographic details of leaves printed on an aluminum substrate that makes it look like glass. Really cool!

We also watched Annie Bany sing while the hail fell and we hid under the trees. We bought her CD and had her sign it so we’ll be able to say, “We heard her in Sunriver, before she was famous.” :-)

Like last year, we set a goal of riding 100 miles over the week. Unlike last year, we blew that goal away. Here are my miles:

DayDay’s MilesCumulative Miles

We all had a relaxing time. We’re looking forward to our next visit.

  1. This post backdated to our return date. It was actually posted on August 22, 2013. 


Starting bike computer reading: 429. Goal for one week from now: 529! Let the vacation begin. :-)

Biking Recap for July 2013

This is a record month for me!

Mileage Summary

DistanceTime / Bike
345 milesBiked in July 20131
647 milesBiked in 20132
482 milesBiked on Sage3

And the smileage keeps increasing. How is your biking going?

  1. 407 – 62 
  2. 407 + 240 
  3. 407 + 75