Birthday Boy.

Birthday bash was bakery, bows, bikes, and burgers. Fire Island is hard to beat for pastries, bread, and cakes.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.16 AM.pngBow and arrow practice will now occur in our backyard. Please announce your presence before arriving. It is for your safety.Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.26 AM.pngBicycling all winter is a blast. Kincaid Park has skiing and biking trails.Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.36 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.53 AM.pngBurgers seemed like an appropriate finish to an awesome day. That might be wine and a margarita in the same picture. Birthdays can be trouble.

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Headed North to Door County.

“Door County” is mentioned a lot when you are in the Midwest. We left Milwaukee and headed north. We were going to the famous Door County. Door County is known for its camping, beaches, and cherries. Also, true to midwest style, everyone is very friendly there.

The blue skies were tremendous as we sat in the air conditioned, cruise controlled truck loaded with bikes and luggage. The countryside was better than I expected. Corn fields and dairy farms were everywhere.

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We rode bikes into and through Peninsula State Park. Peninsula State Park has 460 campsites, an 18 hole golf course, a theater in the summer, big sandy beaches, and miles of bike trails.Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 7.15.46 AMNicolet Beach as a storm rolled in.Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 7.14.11 AMWe made it up to Gill’s Rock in the very far north of Door Peninsula. The weather continued to be perfect as we mingled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins while eating, drinking, and watching the sunset. Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 7.14.48 AM

November 11th – Bicycles.

In Prague, they ride bikes all winter.
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In New Zealand, I looked like this most of the time:

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When I was young and in shape, I raced in triathlons.

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In Germany, bikes were everywhere.

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About a year ago, I was meeting my friend Ben for lunch. We are both environmentalists athletes looking for an excuse to ride our bikes. As I stopped at a red light there was someone looking into the box on the side of the road with lots of wires. It turns out that we (cyclists in Seattle) have a way to change the red lights while we are on our bikes. Here it is:

Pavement markings for loop detector systems: As required by State law, RCW 47.36.025, with new construction or upgrade of detection equipment; bicycle loop detector systems should be accompanied by pavement markings that indicate the location where a bicycle should be located to maximize its disruption of the inductance field. Specifications for this pavement marking are illustrated in Standard Plan 725.

What isn’t mentioned is the fact that if you put your wheel on a “T” in the bike lane, the light will change for you. I also can’t find any pictures of the “T” that would be a great example of what I am talking about.

Rock climbers seem to like bikes as well!

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In Paris, I need a chip and pin credit card to use the Velib. I was bummed.

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Feels like summer.

Normally, summer starts in August and lasts until September. But man, this has been one great way to start May.

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Fishing from the beach with the Miyawaki Beach Popper.Screen shot 2013-05-12 at 9.52.47 AM

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Short sleeve cycling jerseys.Screen shot 2013-05-12 at 9.53.16 AMGoslings get going at Green Lake.Screen shot 2013-05-12 at 9.52.15 AMBoat Parades at “The Cut” near UW.

Screen shot 2013-05-12 at 9.51.45 AMWe try to just spend a lot of time outside. There are lots of lakes and mountains that make the views quite nice.
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High gas prices suck.

Ride a bike. Waaaa, it’s cold. Get a jacket! I got this jacket this winter and have never been happier. It is the best cycling jacket I have ever owned. Totally windproof and highly visible, if I can ride in the northwest in the winter, you can do it where you live, too.

As gas prices are increasing at astonishing rates I am riding my bike more and more. I stopped riding my bike to work when school started. I was using the excuse that it took too long. I ride to school every day. It is just over a mile, but it takes a lot less time than driving, looking and paying for parking, and getting to class. Parking is $3 a day at a community college!

My grand hope is that gas hits some outrageous price this summer. $7 or $8 would probably do it. I think that it might eventually lead to more bike paths. Not bike lanes where a small white line separates me from the fast moving vehicles, but an actual bike only lane. Kind of like this: