Oregon Adventure Part 4

#OregonAdventure Part 4 #ridebikes #makeadventure

If you need to catch up, feel free to read  Part 1, then Part 2, and Part 3.

Leaving behind McMinnville was just a little bittersweet. Sure, adventure awaited us on our journey – but we had just met this town and I felt like we could become good friends. I suppose the mediocre espresso we had in the morning made parting easier.

With lunches procured from the local grocer, we decided to amend our…

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Oregon Adventure Part 3

#OregonAdventure Part 3 #ridebikes #makeadventure

Forgive me – it has been nearly a week since we left off the story of our Oregon Adventure. If you care to refresh yourself, go read Part 1, then read Part 2.

[Scene] Daybreak over Newberg, Oregon, population 22,400. Your intrepid adventurers awake to find that nothing has gone wrong overnight. The bikes – right were they were left. No missing parts, no mysterious failures.

To top it off, the sky…

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Oregon Adventure Part 2

Oregon Adventure Part 2

6:24pm: I was holding a pedal in my hand, but only long enough to launch it at a nearby fence.

THUD.

I could feel my blood pressure rising, the heat in my face. Curse words had little calming effect. This seriously messed up our plans.

6:27pm: Three minutes had passed. My phone battery was low, and the rental shop closed at 6pm. What the hell, maybe they’ll pick up.

Ring. Ring.

[WB] Hello.

[Me]…

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Oregon Adventure Part 1

#OregonAdventure Part 1 #ridebikes #makeadventure

10 days in Oregon – the land of beautiful scenery, craft beer, pinot noir and bikes. It would be wrong to call our August vacation a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but I certainly had been looking forward to this adventure for quite some time.

Hello Mr. Hood

Hello Mr. Hood

In a nutshell, our plan was to fly into Portland and pick up rental bikes – then cruise down the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikewayfor a few days…

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[Beer Review] Flying Dog Dead Rise

[Beer Review] Flying Dog Dead Rise

Friends, this beer wins Summer 2014. Hands. Down. When Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Maryland bottled a new summer seasonal this year they struck at the hearts, minds, and stomachs of the residents in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Though I still hold on strongly to my New England roots, the Chesapeake Bay is really the second best place there is.

But wait you say – it is late August, pumpkin…

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Four More Bikey Books Worth Reading

Two years ago I offered up four books as suggested summer reads to enjoy at the end of a long day of riding relaxing sipping a beer, on a bike-camping tour after dinner has been enjoyed, in the middle of a utilitaire under a tree in a park, and even on those days when it is just too darn hot to ride.

I’ve torn through four more books this summer – and though the season is coming to and end (at…

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2014 #Hoppy100 Aftermath

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2014 Hoppy100 Update

2014 #Hoppy100 Update #bikeDC #ridebikes #drinkbeer

I messed up – and will certainly mess up many more times – Perhaps it is the tragic flaw of the Hoppy100.

OK, We  are replacing Mad Fox with Capitol City Brewing in Shirlington.  And amending the start time to 0900(meet a little before then). Oh.. it also looks like Denizens might have changed their hours and they may not be open. BUT, I still want to include a ride-by in the tour (as we have…

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Playin Around

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[Beer Review] Hardywood Saison Rustica

I’m a little afraid to say it out load – but this summer has been so wonderfully mild in DC. Unlike last year when a run or bike ride in the hot, humid, polluted air would cause my eyes to burn and my lungs to constrict, it seems like this year we have had one very long spring. Sure, the temperature has crept up, let’s call it Spring+™. That being said, I’ve had less and less of a desire to seek…

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