A dry spell

It’s no secret: Winter in this part of the Northwest is about rain. No, it’s not a non-stop downpour, but there are more days that feature some sort of precipitation than not. But there are dry days, even sunny days interspersed in there. During the middle of winter, it’s rare to get more than two consecutive sunny days.

But now? We are in the middle of a pretty rare dry and sunny spell. A ridge of high pressure is dominating the entire West Coast, which is nice for us up here (but is basically fueling the wildfires in SoCal, sorry about that.) It’s been dry since Monday December 4, and is supposed to stay dry until at least Friday December 15th, the next time the word “rain” is even uttered in the forecast. Almost two weeks of dry! We haven’t had a ten day dry spell like this since 2009.

It’s been fairly mild, mid 40’s to 50’s F (7-10 C), but a stiff east wind makes it feel colder. I’ve been trying to get out as much as possible, but work plus limited daylight and other obligations mean it’s not easy. The most I managed is a quick ride to Mount Tabor after work on Wednesday. I got up there as the sun was setting.

I do have a three day weekend starting Sunday (now), but Bike Craft is this coming weekend, and I am nowhere near ready. It’s semi tempting to go camping, but a) Bike Craft b) long, cold nights  c) I just went “camping” last weekend  and d) I will be out of town for both Christmas and New Years, so no shortage of “going somewhere”. Still, the instinct of “camp when you can” is there.

I’ll at the very least get a good long ride in. I’m tempted to head east to the Columbia Gorge. After a few months of it being essentially closed off due to the Eagle Creek Fire, parts of the old Highway are open again, including Crown Point. It would be nice to see this area again, but that stiff east wind (even stiffer out there) is daunting. Still, I’ll do something…

And this dry spell may stick around long enough that we’ll appreciate the return of the rain!


15% Off Holiday Sale in my Store!

IMG_20171127_110854-01.jpegHello friends! It’s that time of year, the time you think about buying gifts for others (or maybe yourself?) So now is a good time for a li’l sale in my Store!

Pretty much everything over in my Storenvy Store is 15% off through 11:45 PM Pacific Time on Sunday, December 10th. Choose from a selection of comics, zines, postcards, posters, and stickers!

Here is the fine print:

  • Discount applies only to the items, not shipping or Storenvy fees
  • Discount will be automatically applied, no need for a coupon code!
  • Minimum order of $5.00
  • New Old Stock 2.125 Pre-Order and Postcard Club 2018 are not on sale

Alright, hope you find something you like. And thank you for your support!

Heading to the East Coast Nov 14-20

Hello people, time for a trip!

Tomorrow, Monday November 13, @ejpevents and myself take a red eye to the East Coast! We will be in the Boston area Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov 14-15), then Amtrak to New Haven on Thursday, where we’ll be until Saturday evening (Nov 16-18). Then Metro North to New York, where we be until Monday night (Nov 18-20) Tuesday morning we fly home.

It’s going to be a whirlwind trip, and I haven’t been Back East in TEN YEARS! (Haven’t flown in almost four!) Maybe I’ll see you? We’ll be hitting up Carl’s b-day thing in Boston on Wednesday, and hope to hit up New Haven Bike Party on Saturday.

Oh yeah, we are NOT bringing bikes yet (appropriate folding bikes are not in the quiver) but we’ll be using Bike Share where we can and maybe borrowing where we can’t.

Message me if you want to attempt to hang out.

Rainy day viewing…

I never got around to posting these vids to the blog, so thanks to Grass Up The Middle for doing it! 🙂

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I stumbled upon these little gems this morning!

Well worth a few minutes of your time.

There are actually 4 parts to this BBC Scotland documentary, but unfortunately I could only find the first 2. If I manage to locate the rest of it I shall update this post.

Filmed in 1971 it follows ‘mechanised tramp’ Bill Houston, celebrating 25 years of cycle touring.


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#threespeedoct2017 Week 3, Ride 3: 17 Oct 2017

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After three days of solid dry weather, we’re back into a wetter week. It didn’t rain on the way to work, but it definitely looked like it could for most of the day. While the high on Monday touched the high end of the 60’s F, the high today barely hit the high end of the 50’s. Yep, fall. And it feels more like fall each day, with the lessening amount of daylight and the leaves falling from trees.

The ride to work was uneventful, a well worn groove of a route I’ve done from my house in NE to SE Hawthorne Blvd. On the way home I stopped for coffee at Five Points Coffee Roasters, as I needed some beans and like to support my ex-roommate (he owns it.) After a stop at my post office, I got dinner. By this time, it was dark, so I took a…

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#threespeedoct2017 Week 2, Ride 2: Mon 9 Oct

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Fun fact about me: I don’t like going to SE on my days off.

Now, don’t read that as I don’t like going to SE. I do still like the southeasternmost “quadrant” of the Rose City. No, it’s because I live in NE, and work in SE. So five days a week I am required to head south of Burnside. So on my two free days, I like to stick to the north side if I can.

So it takes something special to make me head to SE on a day off, like a friend’s birthday. PJ was having dinner with friends at Harlow on SE Hawthorne, then people would play pool and then see the new Blade Runner movie at the Bagdad. I was only going to stick around for the first two, since the movie was at 11 PM. Don’t know if I can sit through a three…

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Three Speed Ride Report: 8 Oct 2017

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It was a beautiful day for a Three Speed Ride! Sunday October 8 started off with a spot of rain, then it cleared up, ending up with a day in the 60’s with sun. You have to grab these types of days this time of year.

Of course, I couldn’t even manage to get to the start of my own ride on time! 😦 This was due to some mechanical issues with Emee’s new-to-her Raleigh Sports. (More on that in a bit.) Thankfully, the ride was mostly “the usual suspects”, so a quick text warned the folks amassed at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton that I was on my way. Thankfully, no one was in a hurry!

The nine of us departed from Paul’s shadow at noon. We headed west along the Columbia Slough path, then headed to Smith Lake where we could have a tea and snacks break…

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