Spittin’ wheels

This morning, I was inspired to take a push during lunch. Almost to Starbucks, the sky started spitting. The rain wasn’t supposed to start until after 4, so I figured it wouldn’t get worse. Faulty logic I know, but I stopped anyway. One of my favorite baristas1 who used to work at my favorite Starbucks was there — it was great to catch up.

The sky continued sputtering on my way home, and the roads got a little wetter, thought not enough to get my bearings damp.2 I tried a wet version of afternoon push.

Another great lunch! :-)

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  1. And a fellow longboarder. :-) 
  2. At least, I hope not. These bearings are supposed to stay fast for downhill at Tabor. 

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach never fails to delight, regardless of the weather.

A steady blast from the south has scrubbed the beach clear of its dunes, down to hard pack sand. Rain only adds to the Oregon fun.

The tides are higher than I’ve ever seen, nearly reaching the beach’s edge.

I hope your weekend is going as well as ours.

Holy Saturday at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

This afternoon,1 we decided to visit the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. On the way, we hit some heavy rain, but the weather was nice when we arrived. We had most of the park to ourselves. When the rain finally arrived at the garden (with a little sleet and hail mixed in for variety) we decided it was time to leave.


  1. On the eve of Easter, or Holy Saturday. Interestingly, this is not the same as Easter Saturday

Morning Commute, Part IX

After a couple of days off due to business travel to Arizona, I’m back in the saddle. Today’s was my first commute in steady rain in a long time.

Having dry shoes and socks in my DIY bucket pannier was great. A dry change of warmer clothes, though not necessary, was nice too.

Thanks to the blustery rain, I had a great tailwind most the way in to work. Maybe the wind could calm down before the ride back home. Hmm… The weather forecast doesn’t look promising.

I hope your commute to work is as enjoyable as mine. :-)

Biking in the Rain

Earlier this week, I toted my bike to Sacramento so I could ride to work in Folsom. Sacramento has great bike paths that I didn’t want to miss. My Folsom bike commute is about 5.5 miles each way, only an additional mile over my newer, longer commute route in Hillsboro. And I must admit, the scenery along Nimbus Dam and Lake Natoma is beautiful.

Apparently, Hillsboro got rain while we were away and it continues still. I resolved not to wimp out. After all, it was only a light sprinkle when I left home in the morning and who cares about getting soppy headed home?1

While I rode, I thought how much I enjoy2 riding in the mist.

  • The bike lanes are rinsed clean, dark, and pretty
  • My tires make a neat, swishy sound on the wet pavement
  • Everything smells better, including my nose
  • My blinky lights seem brighter
  • Cars give me more room
  • There’s lots more room at the bike rack
  • Riding in the rain makes me feel ten years old again

What do you like about riding in the rain?


  1. And my rain gear is in my pannier. 
  2. I was going to list the few negatives, but I will save that for another post. I’m not in the mood. :-)