August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest

Last day of August!  I’ve just got time for one last challenge post before closing the book. This one has lots  of trees, but I featured the skeleton of a dying Sycamore maple out of respect.  The post as a whole though might interest both tree and quest fans, because it’s the first stage of … Continue reading "August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest"

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August challenge: the trees of Irvington

We’re staying this week in Irvington, one of Portland’s inner east side neighborhoods.  It feels a bit like living in an Arboretum, with a great diversity of mature trees – there must be fifty different species here, often grouped in short rows along parking strips, each block featuring a different tree than the one before. … Continue reading "August challenge: the trees of Irvington"

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The July challenge: hogging the bandwidth

So Rodriguez and I didn’t use up all of the visible spectrum yesterday, but we certainly grabbed our share.  We got a bit carried away when Suzanne pettifogged over my posting of someone else’s bicycle in my first submission.  She’s right, annoyingly enough – I did state that you needed to pose with YOUR bike … Continue reading "The July challenge: hogging the bandwidth"

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CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack

With the tread of G-2’s rear wheel fading into the distance, I’m starting to lose hope of breaking the tape on this spring’s challenge.  Still, I’m in it to win it so I’ll plug away, keeping my chance alive.  Maybe Doris will flatten or get waylaid by the midwest’s floodwaters and I can zip past … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #5: Slipping off the back of the pack"

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CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park

I really HATE IT when I’m in a race and don’t realize it until my competitor zips past with a well-timed taunt.  Typically this happens with Rachael, who likes to sneak up from behind and then whiz by gleefully proclaiming “Race, I win!” So I’m understandably none too pleased when I read the comments on my … Continue reading "CLC 2019, #4: Saint Johns and Cathedral Park"

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February challenge: whiteout in PDX

Or, as we like to call it up here, Snowpocalypse.  After warnings of a killer one to three inches of snow though, all we got last night was a light dusting.  An insignificant showing compared to our friends almost anywhere else in the northern hemisphere right now.  I’m almost embarrassed to submit it, but for … Continue reading "February challenge: whiteout in PDX"

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The Cycle Days Challenge: April (photos 1-4)

Well, somebody needs to be first!  Thanks, Suzanne, for posting the Cycle Days Challenge.  My challenge to myself is to bike on 150 days between now and the end of year – should be attainable, given our plans for the rest of the year.  I’ll post them here through monthly posts, beginning with the tiny … Continue reading "The Cycle Days Challenge: April (photos 1-4)"

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Mary S. Young State Park

After weeks of unstable weather and a string of damp, chilly days, the pattern looks like it is changing for the better.  Starting today, we’re looking at great riding conditions from now until we depart for Chania.  It’s about time.  I in particular need to start putting some miles in, beginning today. Continue reading here.

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CLC18-F: Biking my age in miles (3rd ed.)

Old Bicycle Life followers might recall that I started an annual challenge to myself two years back to bike my age in miles on or after my birthday (Where’s the challenge in that, some might ask? Just you wait, Alchemyrider and Tempocyclist!). I’m a few months late, but the first day of spring seemed like … Continue reading "CLC18-F: Biking my age in miles (3rd ed.)"

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CLC18-D: Website ABC’s at the Albina Press

About the website First off, this post isn’t primarily about cycling – it’s about the website.  I biked to Albina Press for coffee and carbs though, so I’ll credit it as a CLC ride also. Albina Press is a nice place to hang out – spacious, excellent WiFi, close to Tiffany’s.  I’m here instead of … Continue reading "CLC18-D: Website ABC’s at the Albina Press"

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