Biking Recap for December 2013

December had some unseasonably cold temperatures. But there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

My December Bicycling Accomplishments

  • I reached the biking 2,000 milestone in a single year milestone. The next day, thanks to a beheaded spoke and a flat tire,1 I broke my streak of not commuting to work by car since sometime in May. Coincidence?
  • I biked in sub-freezing temperatures and snow.
  • I carried my camera, taking some of my favorite shots of the year. If I had commuted by car, I wouldn’t have stopped to capture any of these shots.

My 2013 Bicycling Accomplishments

Mileage Summary

Distance Time / Bike
184 miles Biked in December 20133
2,162 miles Biked in 20134
1,997 miles Biked on Sage5

How was your 2013 on the bike? I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.

Keep pedaling!

  1. Which Bike N’ Hike fixed for free. Woo hoo! 
  2. Well, other than biking more than 2,162 miles… ;-) 
  3. 1,922 – 1,738 
  4. 1,922 + 240 
  5. 1,922 + 75 


It’s finally raining!

And I’m on my bike. I wouldn’t miss this. :-)

Update: It’s getting better / wetter.


Rain in the Forecast :-)

Q: How do you excite an Oregonian?

A: Forecast rain after months of dry.

We’re so excited!

It’s nearly time to break out the bicycling rain gear. :-)


Biking in the New Year

The New Year is here with beautiful weather: sunny and 50°+. To celebrate, I rode my bike to Starbucks with my new Nook in my pocket. Woo hoo! A whole 4.07 miles on the bike on January 1. ;-)

Because I know I’ll want to know what my bike odometer read at the beginning of the year, here it is: 71,758.1 That means I rode 560 miles since July 23, 2011. This year, I expect to ride even more miles.

1Yeah, I don’t know how the reading got that high. I’m absolutely positive I haven’t ridden my bike that far. I blame a cosmic ray, a glitch, or something.

Mid-October Lunchtime Walk, Part II

Hillsboro is back to October weather: instead of yesterday’s blue skies and 73°, today is overcast and might reach 62°. In other words, it’s beautiful!

After all, “There’s no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothes.”1

So, like yesterday, I grabbed my camera and set out on a walk. I had hoped the soft light would yield better pictures than yesterday’s, but my cheap point and shoot camera didn’t know which leaf to keep in focus.2 Oh well. The colors are gorgeous.3

How is your October?

1Thanks, @MaryRarick!
2Or maybe, it’s the operator. Nah… ;-)
3A little vector magic and the focus doesn’t matter. ;-) Click the picture for colorful goodness.


The weather prognosticators say Hillsboro will be 73° today and 85° tomorrow. We are almost giddy.* :-)

*And bragging only a litte… ;-)

Double Brrr

And I thought it was cold yesterday morning.


It’s a little cold for the banana belt of Portland.


It’s a SUNami

Remove the “T” from tsunami and what do you get? A SUNami.

Credit for the #SUNami hashtag goes to Verso.

Oregon Weather

I figured I’d check what the weather’s going to be for the rest of the week.

Oregon Weather

Welcome to Oregon… ;-)