RAGBRAI 2014 Day 6 – There’s a storm Brewing

When I went to bed Thursday night.  There was not a cloud in the sky.  I found an outlet to charge my phone and all was well with the world.  Concerns of possible thunderstorms had vanished.  I settled into my tiny tent for a restful night’s sleep.  That was cut short somewhere between 3:00 am and the ass-crack of dawn.  I was awoken by rain landing on my tent.  If… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 5 – A milestone, museums and Amish pie!

Mason City was fun and the best Hump Day Ever!  Thursday’s adventures would have me heading to Waverly, IA.   At RAGBRAI, every day’s adventure begins with breaking down camp, putting all your crap back in a bag and getting it to the baggage truck.  This may not seem like much until you consider that thousands of people are doing the exact same thing.  We are setting up tent cities… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4 Short and Sweet

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4, promised to be a short and sweet affair.  Despite the challenges of the previous day’s rides, I felt as though I was getting stronger.  The soreness in my legs had begun to subside, I was finally catching up on my sleep and I was beginning to relax and let loose.  I had been looking forward to getting to Mason City.  I am an architecture dork and… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 3. Wind, Wind and more Wind!

RAGBRAI Day 3 turned out to be one of those days when I wished I didn’t wear prescription glasses. They have some wind in Iowa, that’s for sure! It was 81 miles from Emmetsburg to Forest City. A head wind is the cruelest of the winds. However, the side wind is just a jerk! The previous day’s ride ended with an 8 mile pull into a brutal headwind coming out of the south.  The… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 2

The ride from Okojobi to Emmetsberg was supposed to be a breeze.  At only 41 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain, it is the type of ride I can handle in my sleep.  Well, the ride was indeed a breeze, but not in the way that I expected. Since it was going to be a short day,  I got a late start.  The evening before, I enjoyed fine craft brews… Read More »

Entry to Iowa or RAGBRAI 2014 Day 1

Flying to Iowa from Washington State is never easy. Not lots of options for direct flights. Go figure. So through Dallas was the plan. Damn thunderstorms. One redeye to Chicago later, I arrived in Iowa with a lot of bags and not enough sleep. But I didn’t care! I was at RAGBRAI for the second time! Of course, I had a booth at the Expo. It was fun, although I… Read More »

Beer Run IV

My last BEER Run to Lower Case Brewing was months ago.  It was not even an intentional BEER Run.  I just stumbled across it on my ride home one evening.  I was long overdue for a more formal BEER Run (BEER Run IV).  My plan was to go from the Tukwila Community Center to Ballard to Peddler Brewing.  On my way home, I was planning on stopping at Lower Case Brewing. … Read More »

Review: Park Tool Super Patch Kit Redux, Trail of Tears

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Park Tool Super Patch Kit.  At that point, I had been using it for about a year (4-5 tubes) without any problems.  They were so easy to use.  You just prep the surface and apply them.  What could be easier?!  I usually have a stack of tubes to repair.  I patched them all in preparation for my review.  To test my patch job,… Read More »

Local Bike Shop, BPA Seattle

This weekend was the annual Fremont Solstice Parade.  I had really been looking forward to it.  If you are not familiar with the Solstice parade, it is truly a one of a kind event.  Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, the solstice parade celebrates the summer solstice.  All of the floats are human powered, edgy and very creative.  There are all different types of music.  The crowning touch of… Read More »