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Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:02:00 +0000

We are approaching that time of year when I'm ready for biking, camping, exploring adventures.
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For my aunt

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 15:59:00 +0000

I kind of let this die. My aunt Linda asked me the other day why I never post here anymore. I'd forgotten all about this site. It's hard to remember to post here, to come up with new things to write about, to find the time to post updates.

A lot has happened. We have a new dog, he likes to run, go camping, and get dirty.

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We've taken a lot of mountain bike trips.

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I'm starting to get a glimpse of summer and I imagine that means more mountain bike and camp trips. Hard to plan for that when I was just up back country skiing in DEEP powder on Saturday.



Please stop

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 03:05:00 +0000

My riding shoes have been damp for 6 straight days since it rains every time I ride. Really? Today all I could do was laugh on my ride home. It started out with a sprinkle and then just got heavier. Yay, wet gloves, wet helmet, went everything. Sigh. Maybe I'll drive tomorrow.



St George, Hurricane and Red Canyon

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000

Old trails and some new ones greeted us in Southern Utah where we rode for 8 days. St George, Hurricane, and Red Canyon welcomed us with hot temps and plenty of sunshine. The riding in that part of the country is rocky and fairly technical with beautiful views. To me, mountain biking is about going new places, seeing new things, smiling as I ride through desert vegetation, across mesas, along ledges, into canyons. I hope some of these pictures can portray the beauty of the region.

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Bear Springs Race

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:49:00 +0000

Sunday was Bear Springs Trap race up by Mt Hood. I don't really race anymore, or train, but I still go to the occasional race and can still survive in the Pro category. I don't get first place anymore, but then what can I expect, these ladies are training and racing almost every weekend and I'm just hanging out having fun on rides.

Despite all this, I got third place and took home enough money to pay for dinner! I had a lot of fun, but suffered a great amount as well. It was a tough race and I just don't have it in me to ride that hard for that long.




Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:09:00 +0000

Last week was the first week of CSA and Derek did awesome using all the fresh produce in our magic bag of goodies. My favorites were the mashed potatoes with leeks, and beet risotto with spinach. Sooo good. When I was little growing up in Washington we lived on property with a giant lot that my parents filled with a vegetable garden. I remember helping to plant and harvest carrots, corn, pumpkins, potatoes, beets, peas, green beans, tomatoes...yummy




Thu, 03 Sep 2009 01:54:00 +0000

A big group of us went camping last weekend out at Shadow Bay on Waldo Lake. It was a farewell to summer trip but somehow I don't think it will be the last riding adventure before fall sets in.

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Group Ride

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 23:45:00 +0000

I had the rare chance to ride with Tony Ellsworth as part of the Cogwild Ellsworth weekend on Saturday. I bought an Ellsworth Truth this past spring and have been totally loving it. The ride we did is probably close to my favorite in the area. Big climbs, lake views, long downhill descents with big trees...classical Oregon riding. We rode from Little Cultus Lake out and around Lemish and Charlton Lakes and a few of us splintered off and rode up to the top of The Twins and back as well. All together it was somewhere around 26 miles with at least 3700' of climbing and topped out arond 7100' elevation at the top of Twins. The group was made up of only people who rode Ellsworth bikes which was amusing. I met people from Alabama, Utah, Northern and Southern California, and Oregon. I didn't take too many actual ride pictures, just a couple scenery pics.

Here I am with Ellsworth founder Tony Ellsworth.

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Views were easy to find.

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Tony isn't riding an Ellsworth here..he's in the campground kids bike race!

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Summer Vacation

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 01:39:00 +0000

I took a vacation to mountain bike in Durango, CO. Derek had to work and couldn't join me so I went to visit my friends Matt and Katri. Matt owns Hermosa Tours and we spent the week riding high country singletrack in the mountains surrounding Durango. The riding in that area is steep and technical with high altitude - some days were up around 11 & 12,000 feet. I took care to drink lots of water and the altitude didn't really bother me that much. The weather was near perfect and I had a blast. Most days we took the Hermosa Tours shuttle up mountain gravel roads and then spent another hour or two climbing and descending as we circled the mountain ranges. At the end of each day I was treated to an awesome long downhill.[...]




Thu, 09 Jul 2009 03:11:00 +0000

As the snow melts I get to head higher and higher to ride. We rode along Tumalo Trail, up North Fork and then across to Mrazek and Farewell. There was only one spot we had to work through snow (about 6 steps) and then there were about 8 trees down on Metolius Windingo. The weather was hot and sunny and the sights were remarkable. Flowers, snow capped mountains and beauty that can't be described. Summer is sure shaping up to be a whole lot of fun.


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Change of Pace

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 02:49:00 +0000

One of the best things about Bend is you are so close to everything outdoors. After work the other day, I met some friends to paddle. We packed up the car and were up at Sparks Lake in no time at all. Kayaking until the sun sets and then enjoying some beers. Good times.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2009 01:42:00 +0000

Derek and I rode in Oakridge on Sunday - well worth the 1.5 hour drive. The trails in Oakridge are steep and varied. Some sections have steep rocky switchbacks, some are smooth with a jungle feel. This ride ended up being a bit over 4 hours with lots of great views and plenty of heat and climbing.

View down after the first climb. The trail actually started down at that water.

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HUGE trees everywhere.

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Here is one of the rocky steep switchbacks I'm talking about.

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Can you pick out Derek?
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Helens

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 01:15:00 +0000

Last week a big contingent from Bend packed up and headed to the Mt St. Helens area for a few days of mountain biking and camping. It was PERFECT weather and I had a really fun time. I lived in Washington when the volcano blew back in 1980 but I was a little girl and was amazed at how much things had grown back. The trails were very different from Bend and we enjoyed the variety of terrain.

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Mt St Helens big and bold.

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That's the trail along the ridgeline!

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That's Mt Adams in the background.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2009 03:03:00 +0000

It has been a long time since I've written anything here. Summer is in full swing and I've been incredibly busy riding, spending time with friends, washing my bikes, and enjoying life. We started off summer on the wrong foot with daily thundershowers and sometimes giant hailstorms! I've ridden in the rain more times this past 30 days than in my whole riding career I think. Trail conditions are really nice right now and I'm writing this after having just returned from an evening ride. Here are a couple shots from my past rides. Darn camera batteries having been playing tricks on me lately. Everytime I go to take a pic the battery is dead. Grrrrr - I've missed a lot of good shots because of this.

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I can't go overwhelming myself with all these words so I'll save some for another day.



Sometimes Life is Real

Sat, 30 May 2009 23:57:00 +0000

Thursday night was girls ride night but we were cut short by an unfortunate incident. We came across a man that was unconscious on the trail. It looks like he was riding his bike up Phil's Canyon and just collapsed because when we came upon him the bike was still between his legs and he was on the ground. CPR wasn't able to bring him about and he never regained consciousness. I can't say I've ever had that kind of hands on experience with death. RIP Ray.

On a happier note, Friday night was the First Annual Bend Bicycle Film Festival and it was sold out! I love the cycling community here, everyone is so fun and supportive and the movie submissions were great.

Today was trail maintenance day so I helped out on a crew that worked on a section of the new trail Funner. It was tough work in the hot sun and we were treated to Phil's Trail Ale and a BBQ afterwards. Yet another chance for friends to hang out and enjoy life.




Tue, 19 May 2009 22:05:00 +0000

Saturday was my first ride up to Bachelor this year. Derek was doing the bike leg for a PPP team so I rode my bike up to the mtn and then flew down. Along the way I caught up to a guy who was down from Seattle for the weekend to visit some family so we rode together and chatted. It was good to get out on my road bike and grind away.

Sunday I got a little lesson on fly casting at a park by my house. I definitely don't have it down yet...I'm using too much power and not enough finesse. No fish were harmed during this activity since we weren't even using hooks and not near any body of water! I don't know if I have enough patience for fly fishing but we'll see.




Sat, 16 May 2009 16:24:00 +0000

Yesterday afternoon I left work and rode out of town to the bottom of Whoops trail to meet some friends. We had decided to move happy hour to the dirt. After a couple loops of riding Whoops we settled in to enjoy nice cold beverages the fine Friday evening. It was a busy place as rider after rider came down the trail and it was fun to see everyone back on their bikes after the winter.



Girls Ride

Wed, 13 May 2009 03:20:00 +0000

I met up with some of my female friends for a ride after work tonight. It was a little bit chilly bit we didn't care. 6 of us flying through the forest was a cool site to see when I looked back. We started by riding Marvin's Garden in it's entirety and it is pretty cool. New trails are always fun and I'm lucky to live in a place where we get new trails.

This weekend I think I'll ride my road bike up to Mt Bachelor to watch some of the Pole Pedal Paddle happen. Derek is racing on a culinary team doing the bike leg.




Tue, 12 May 2009 02:08:00 +0000

Friday was the Epic Trail Ale launch party which basically meant hanging out with every mountain biker in town that I know. I love that about Bend - still a relatively small community and we all support each other as best we can.

Saturday I did a nice mountain bike ride and enjoyed the sunshine and heat! I'm ready for summer...just so you know. After the ride I helped out with registration for the Webcyclery Chainbreaker mountain bike race that took place Sunday. The race was a huge success with 312 racers of all abilities and ages. All the way from the itsy bitsy little kids with training wheels doing the little kid race, to World Champion professionals. It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding to give back to this sport that has given me so much over the years.

I was even home in time to call my Mom to make sure she received my Mother's Day present!



Spit on us if you want

Tue, 05 May 2009 03:08:00 +0000

Saturday I led a group of beginner mountain bikers on a ride of the upcoming Webcyclery Chainbreaker mountain bike race course. There were 17 of us! The weather started out nice enough but turned cloudy and even spit at us a few times. Nevertheless, we persevered and everyone had a great time.

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Ridesssss

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 02:05:00 +0000

Saturday was the first ride of Storm King and CIA this year! All the trees are cleared thanks to COTA and the snow has melted. Derek and I had a nice afternoon riding. It's fun to ride these trails after a 4 month or so hiatus that happens annualy while the snow does its thing.


Me on a section of Storm King

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Derek on a fun fast section. You can't really tell it's a downward slope in this pic.

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Saturday night I rode to a birthday party with some friends where I pigged out on some excellent cake and cookies with a big gathering of friends.

Sunday was race day! I rode the course with Kevin while his girlfriend Angela raced. The trails at Bear Springs are soooo much fun and quite technical. We had an awesome time but didn't take many pictures at all. The course was waaay tougher than years past because snow covered the trail in at least 20 places. So much so that you had to hop off and run or try to do some sort of scoot-n-push method. Angela got 3rd place in her first CAT 2 race and we're proud of her.

Part of the course:

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Angela tired after 2 hours and 35 minutes of racing/hiking through snow.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:35:00 +0000

I have completely fallen off the wagon posting here. I've been riding quite a bit lately, even got a new mountain bike! The new COD trail section is superfun with a couple challenges along the way. I still have to be careful not to crash since I am still on blood thinners though. My commutes to work have been challenging because it's 45 one morning and then 23 the next.

Derek is close to finishing up at Culinary School and he is loving every minute of his new profession. See, layoffs can be good! I'm incredibly happy for him and proud too! I only wish I was a worthy taste tester. But, I'm quite possibly the pickiest eater. The other day he and a friend made beef cheeks that were apparently very tasty but I couldn't bring myself to even try a bite.

I'll try to post some pics this weekend.

Happy Friday!



Mini Vacation

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 01:50:00 +0000

We both had a few days off so we decided to drive up to Yakima to do some wine tasting and bike riding. The weather cooperated and we were treated to mile after mile of hillsides covered in fruit trees. This place is probably amazing when all the trees bloom. It was nice to climb some hills and see new sights.

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We visited one winery that was out in the hills of Yakima and then a couple that were right downtown. We enjoyed a Reisling that we brought back to pair with some spicy Tikka Marsala, a Syrah, and a Red that we enjoyed.



Spring

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:07:00 +0000

The last couple days have been a little sneak peak at the season to come. I rode in short sleeves with NO vest or jacket or anything on Thursday! It's still cold in the mornings so I have to bundle up for my commute in but the mts are amazing to look up at so I don't mind. I saw a few flowers poking through the frozen ground over by the amphitheatre, nobody told them that this is the false spring still. Still don't have any pictures but I'll get back into the groove.

Call me crazy, but I'd never been to karaoke before last weekend. Shilo Inn has it in their bar every Saturday night and so a group of us went to check it out. WOW, there are some really good people that get up on that stage. I had so much fun watching and listening to everyone else, it was hilarious. If you haven't been, it is definitely worth checking out. Free entertainment!



Duck Abuse

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 20:37:00 +0000

Ok, I'll admit that I like too chase the ducks and geese in the park to make them quack at me, but this was different. I was just enjoying an afternoon walk through the park when I witnessed a father and son heartwarming event. The father was throwing chips out in the river for the ducks who would then swim/swarm to get them. The son (I'm guessing he was about 11), would torpedo the ducks with pinecones when they got close. I'm not talking a soft lob of a pinecone in their direction either. These ducks were being fully submerged by the force of the pinecones! The father would then exlaim joyfully, "Good one, you got that one good!"

What a great parent.