Photoessay

Early Spring Ride: A Photoessay

Atlantis in Madison Park On a particularly warm and sunny day in early April I took a meandering ride along Lake Washington. Riding through parks along the water and then I skirted the University of Washington along the Union Bay Natural Area the wildlife was out in force. I concluded at Magnuson Park where I made coffee and hung out in a little nook next to the Community Garden. Here are a few photos from…

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Bicycles

It’s all downhill after double digits

My Rivendell Atlantis at Ten Years February 2005 my Rivendell Atlantis that I had ordered late 2004 arrived at my apartment in Woodinville, making it ten years old today. In the intervening years I have ridden this bicycle nearly 40,000 miles on many hundreds of commute trips, hundreds of errands, all over Washington State, across the country, into Canada, over the entirety of the Cascade Mountain range and most of the Sierra’s, in Seattle, San…

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Photoessay

Last Ride 2014

My favorite recent Atlantis shot The end of the 2014 has been marked by unusually wet and warm weather (pineapple express!) interspersed with unusually dry, clear and cold.  Sure it’s not the approaching absolute zero of the midwest or what have you, but it’s been cold. However I wanted to get in one last ride for 2014, plus I needed to get some ingredients for a New Years potluck and I’ve had those coffee outside plans…

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Ramblings Ride Reports

420/Easter Ramble

Atlantis at the Ballard Locks It’s rare that these two significant holidays occur on the same day but instead of celebrating either I went for a rambling ride along Seattle waterways. The weekend had been rather grey and rainy and Sunday was expected to be similar but with that spring like character of occasional sun breaks. I’d been hankering for a ride as I’d spent the last weekend (which, of course, had been the nicest…

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Ride Reports

Rainy February Ride

Trees on Lake Washington It’s been quite some time since my last point and while there is a backlog of things I should have put some work into there hasn’t been much of interest going on.  The winter doldrums perhaps, hindering rides and blogging past glories.  There are a couple of events that happened at the tail end of 2013 that I should revisit: we shall see.  Anyway the weather this winter has been pretty… variable,…

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Ride Reports

Autumn ride around the sound

The Mountain as seen from Fay Bainbridge State Park After an unseasonable cool and rainy September the first weekend in October was one of those perfect PNW Autumn days. I’d recently gotten a new camera (a Nikon 1 J2 for you trainspotters out there) and I went out for rides on both Saturday and Sunday with picture taking as a goal but taking advantage of the beautiful weather as my primary motivation.  I’ve been wanting…

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Cyclotouring

May Micro-Tour Day 4

Atlantis packed up and ready to roll May Micro-Tour day 4 The last day of the tour is of course the ride home.  Now when I was camping at Twin Harbors, just a few miles up the road, I rode back to Olympia in a straight shot, which I intended to repeat.  It is a few more miles, but the route I did that time took a rather northeastern jog that added a few miles…

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Cyclotouring

May Micro-Tour day 3

May Micro-Tour day 3 With the shift in the tour route I now was able to take a day off and spend it on the beach.  So I did.  I spent the morning on the beach, walking up and down, taking pictures and letting the constant wash of the surf cleanse my mind. After a few hours on the beach I decided that I’d go out for lunch (the only time on this short jaunt)…

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Cyclotouring

May Micro-Tour day 2

Fellow traveller   May Micro-Tour day 2 There is nothing quite like waking up in your tent in the woods to the not so dulcet tones of a child bellowing through a megaphone.  Fortunately it wasn’t too early and I’d slept pretty decently, but talk about a motivation to get out of bed.  It was a grey morning again but would soon clear up to blue skies and warmer weather than the day before.  I…

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Cyclotouring

May Micro-Tour

Prepping the Atlantis for tour Mid-May brought the PNW some unseasonably spectacular weather: about ten solid days in the mid-seventies to mid-eigthies fahrenheit. After going through a weekend in the 80s (F) I felt that sweltering in my apartment was all well and good (I took some top notch twilight rides around town) but that I would enjoy the cooler weather of camping out at night. So I spent some time on Google Maps working…

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