Photo of octagonal green wire bike cage. Inside several bikes hang vertically. One door is open with a peach-colored bike sticking out at an angle with a blue bag on the front handlebars.

First Ride of 2024

Today I pedaled along East Bay Drive, smiling because I was riding my bike in the sunshine. So far this month we’ve had days of rain interspersed with sun and I’ve been getting in some long walks in Squaxin Park.…Continue Reading

Image of a penny farthing bicycle (the kind with the giant front wheel and tiny back wheel) against a blue sky with the words Hello January! above it in a typeface that resembles the shapes of a penny farthing.

Riding Down Memory Lane: January

Some blog posts are evergreen, some a flashback to events I haven’t thought about in quite a while. Rolling back through the archives, month by month, yields this round-up of posts written in Januaries past. This isn’t every last January…Continue Reading

2023 Greatest Hits (and ones that should be)

Some posts roll, some get a flat tire not long after they head out into the world. I write to share thoughts and information, not to try for a huge following, but it’s still instructive to review which posts gain…Continue Reading

Cover of a book. White background, big black block letters BIKE ART, below that the subtitle in smaller letters, Bicycles in Art Around the World. At right, an image of a mass of leafy growth covering someone riding a bicycle, all rendered in shades of a medium-dark purple.

Think of this list as the liberal arts major roundup on my bookcase. I keep my bike books sorted in categories: travel, history, policy. And then there’s this group of books that got shelved together in part because some are…Continue Reading

Alas, you can't see how the two peachy pieces on top complement each other. But you can see the snow on the ground. Luckily I don't have to ride in it with my skinny tires!

Riding Down Memory Lane: December

Don’t assume December will be too wet, cold, icy or snowy to ride. Even living in the four-season climate in Spokane I often rode on bare, dry roads in md-December. If you have the right clothing to go for a…Continue Reading

Image of the band Queen with their faces highlighted against a black background. Below it the words "Queen-Bicycle Race".

Bike Song Playlist: Tunes to Get You Rolling

No, I’m not talking about songs to elevate your heart rate while you work on your cadence. I’m talking about songs that celebrate the bicycle and riding for any old reason. What favorite would you add? Mark Ronson, The Business…Continue Reading

#Coffeeneuring 2023: Success!

I mean, how hard is it really to go for a bike ride and get some coffee? Seven times in just over six weeks. With no more than two trips per week. Always to a different venue. OK, so, yes,…Continue Reading

Riding Down Memory Lane: November

So many, many things to be thankful for this month or any month, and the ability to move our bodies outside is one of them. Reminder of November Bike Events All month long: #RideInTheRain. This one is promoted by Washington…Continue Reading

Photo of a path through flat, empty land with hills and pinkish clouds in the distance ahead. Text on the photo: “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” – Hippocrates

Walking Poems

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” –Steven Wright Walking comes up so often in poems it’s nearly a cliché. Poems inspired by taking a walk. Poems about things noticed on a walk. Odes to walking, the original…Continue Reading

In 2011 when Mary Gersemalina created coffeeneuring as a mash-up of the words “coffee” and “randonneuring” I jumped at it. That came along during what I might think of as my “peak challenge” period. I had founded Bike to Work…Continue Reading

In foreground, sitting on a wooden table-top in soft lighting, white coffee cup with drawing of a turquoise upright bicycle and the words "Life is a beautiful ride". Background soft focus of kitchen with appliances.

#Coffeeneuring Is Rolling!

My very very favorite bike challenge starts today, Oct. 7, and runs through Nov. 20. It combines two of my favorite things to do: ride my bike and drink coffee (or some other fall-appropriate beverage). Mary Gersemalina created coffeeneuring 13…Continue Reading