Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snow in Portland

Well today started out cold and clear, but around 1 pm clouds rolled in from the west. By 2 pm we had a full on snowstorm happening. It is finally tapering off now at 5:30 but we have over and inch of snow on the ground. My bike ride home from work was a little slippery and I'm glad I made it without going down. Snow like this totally shuts down the city. Maybe we'll have a snow day tomorrow!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Santa Was Good To Me!

I got really lucky on the Christmas present front this year! Santa (i.e. Clare) gave me a beautiful vintage coffee grinder. I must have been very good this year! Unlike modern electric grinders that hack your beans into uneven chunks and bits of dust, an old-school grinder like mine crushes the beans into nice, uniform sized pieces that make a good clean brew. But the best part about my new grinder is that it looks really awesome and it makes for a nice morning ritual.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cyclocross National Championships

Great video of the start of my race at the US Cyclocross National Championships in Bend Oregon this weekend.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

USGP of Cyclocross

Well, the pros came to town this weekend to show us how it's done. The US Grand Prix of Cyclocross had it's season finale here with races on both Saturday and Sunday. I was scheduled to race both days but a nasty head cold sidelined me on Saturday and knocked me out of the race on the third lap on Sunday. Both days we're cold, but Sunday was cold and really windy; not great conditions to race in when you're sick!! Yes, that is a shot of me in the black kit above, minus the beard and my usual green and black kit. I got a big hole in the butt of my shorts when I crashed three weeks ago!

The elite race on Saturday was fun to watch though and I snapped some pretty good pictures of the pro men and women. The racing was fast and very entertaining, with the men's race coming down to the last lap to decide the winner. Next up, the National Championships in Bend this weekend. I race on Saturday in the morning. This morning it was -8 degrees in Bend!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

California Dreaming

I am soo stoked! Clare and I spent eight days in California, traveling through the Northcoast redwood country, camping, biking and staring at the big trees. We also got in some excellent friend and family visiting time with my buddy Dave and his wife Rosemary in Eureka and with Clare's family down in Mendocino County. We hit all of the main redwood parks, including Jed Smith Prairie Creek, Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods. Riding our bikes among the giants was a big highlight of the trip. We also spent a night at Patrick's Point and fell asleep to the sound of the ocean crashing on the beach hundreds of feet below. Thanksgiving was spent with Clare's family on the amazing property that her grandma (also named Clare) and her (Roan) own in the hills above the Anderson Valley. Grandma Clare spoiled us with amazing food, wonderful company, and big warming fires in the kitchen hearth at every meal. Can't wait to get back there for another visit!
Clare barely escaped from this roadside Tyrannosaurus!
A big fat one in the Stout Grove - Jed Smith Redwoods State Park.
A beautiful old oak tree on Clare's grandmothers property. She owns 3,000 beautiful acres of steep forested hills that we're amazing to explore.