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My First Quarter Century Ride

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Recently, I attempted my first Quarter Century ride. This is 25 miles in a single outing. I accomplished this goal, which was significant for me as it's the longest I've ever ridden in one shot, even compared to when I rode back in my mid-20s.

Back in the Saddle

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Back when I was a young man, living in the big city, I rode my bicycle all over town. An abandoned train track nearby had been converted into a pedestrian and bicycle path (called the Springwater Trail) and we quickly became very good friends. I even rode cross-country to the home where I grew up, 16 miles away.

I Sought Adventure And Found It

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For nearly 20 years, I have been curious to reach Badger Lake on the southeast slopes of Mt. Hood, in Oregon. It is near...

The Value of Expertise

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A manufacturer used a very large and expensive machine to make their product. One day the machine stopped working. None of the employees or managers could figure out how to get it working again. The company was losing thousands of dollars per hour in lost productivity. Something had to be done, fast!

A Boy Named Marmite

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I tried Marmite for the first time, spread on a Ritz cracker. Here's how I would describe it.

Independence Day Loop

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I live in a wonderful part of the country. Within two hours of my home east of Portland, Oregon, I can visit the ocean,...

The Whack Job in Detroit

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Photo: Me in Detroit, Oregon Update Oct 9, 2020: Much of what you see in the background, including the store referenced in this post, is...

Have you ever traveled a road that begged for your return?

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I keep going back to central Oregon and route 218 between Shaniko and Fossil, so there must be something to it. Flawless pavement, well-banked corners, wide open scenery, no traffic — it checks all the boxes.

Two-wheeled Cabin Fever

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As is typical for me, starting in January and with increasing intensity through late March, I spend a lot of time daydreaming about motorcycle adventures during the coming riding season. Now that I am quarantined at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this two-wheeled cabin fever is hitting me harder than usual.

Second Citizen First Draft

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I recently completed the first draft of my contemporary fiction novel, Second Citizen. This is a story I've been wanting to write for several...