Monday, November 25, 2013

Dodged a bullet

It was supposed to be an easy recovery ride.

The plan:

  • Load up the bike & gear in the pickup.
  • Drive to Sky Nursery so Kasia could do a little plant shopping.
  • While Kasia was shopping, I'd have a nice, easy, relaxing ride on the Interurban Trail.

Such a simple plan, such a horrible outcome.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coffeeneuring 2013

This year's Coffeeneuring Challenge is currently underway.

Just completed my 7th and finally coffeeneuring ride.

Last year I blogged about each individual ride, then provided an end-of-challenge roll-up summary. This year,  in an act of pure laziness, I skipped the individual articles and jumped straight to the summary.

Here 'tis.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Brewvet 2013 Summary

Brewvet Season 2013 has come and gone. Much like Coffeeneuring and 30 Days of Biking, this has been a terrific motivator to get on my bike, explore my local area, and explore the local beer scene.

Big thanks to Drink Craft Beer for organizing this virtual event!

Here's a summary of my Brewvet rides:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Brewvet #12: SIR July Populaire, Black Raven Hochzeit Pilsner, and Broken Toe Century

My final brewvet in the series comes with a story. The plan:


I managed to follow the plan quite closely, but there were a few snags along the way.

Brewvet #11 - Pike Place Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale at Three Lions Pub

Time for something different today. A brewvet mixed with a little trail riding.

I'm lucky enough to live about 2.5 miles from the Redmond Watershed. The watershed features several smooth, easy, fun-to-ride multi-use trails. Several of the trails are designated "hiker only", and a few are "hikers & equestrians", so pay attention to permitted trail use if you visit.

I hopped on my trust hard tail mountain bike, and headed to the Watershed.

Brewvet #10 - Anacortes DNA Galaxy Pale at Malt & Vine

This was a relatively quick and easy brewvet. I rode from home to Malt & Vine in Redmond, drank a very refreshing Anacortes Brewery DNA Galaxy Pale Ale, rode to Marymoor Park to watch the Wednesday night races at the velodrome, then back home.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Brewvet #9: SIR Permanent #0776, plus Mac & Jack's XPA

I've been a member of the Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR) for a few years now, but this is the first year I've had the chance to actually join in their rides. In previous years, it seemed as if my schedule always conflicted with their schedule. This year, the stars have aligned.

SIR, being a local organization, is closely associated with the national-level Randonneurs USA (RUSA). Likewise, RUSA is sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien (ACP), the global overseers of everything rando.

RUSA issues many awards every year, one of which is called the "P-12". The "P" in "P-12" refers to "populaire", the randonneuring term for a ride of at least 100 kilometers (but less than 200) over a designated route. The "12" refers to calendar months. One earns a P-12 by riding at least one populaire every month for 12 consecutive months.

I started my P-12 back in February. So far, I've managed to join an organzied populair every month. Unfortunately, the June populaire was on 06/01, while Kasia and I were out of town celebrating our wedding anniversary.

Brewvet #8: Cider [non-]Century at Alpenfire Cider

Kasia & I planned a visit to the Quimper Peninsula, mostly so that she could visit Far Reaches Farm and shop for rare/collectible plants. As usual, I planned to get a few miles on the bike (and hopefully complete a brewvet) while she shopped.

A little research revealed an interesting cider house nearby -- Alpenfire Cider, Washington State's only fully organic cider house. Count me in!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Brewvet #7 -- Skookum Brewery Katspaw Saison at the Washington Brewer's Festival

Friday (06/14/2013) was the ultimate Brewvet ride! Kasia needed to do some shopping in Woodinville, so we parked there and I rode to Marymoor Park in Redmond for the first day of the Washington Brewer's Festival! While there I tasted quite a few (possibly too many) excellent beers from local breweries, including:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Brewvet #6: Corona at Ooba Tooba's

Today was a quick and easy Brewvet. I've been trying to think of a decent way to knock off the "Macro Ride" category. Given all of the wonderful craft breweries in the area, it almost seemed shameful to "go macro". I decided to console myself with Corona, chips, guacamole at Ooba Tooba's Mexican Grill in Redmond.

Beer, chips, and guacamole -- the holy trinity

Many people turn their noses up at Corona, but it's one of my favorites non-micro beers. It's light, it's refreshing, and it sits well on my stomach during bicycle rides.

At least I didn't order Corona Light.

Statistics:

Brewvet #6 - "Macro Ride", 14.3 miles


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