Ringo’s Retirement Rides #6, 7 & 8 – Cool Dirt from Washington to Utah

For the last few days of the road trip, we switched over to fat tires for three rides and explored steep logging roads in the Olympic National Forest and incredible singletrack in Oregon and Utah. None of these rides were as epic or as bucket-listy as some of the other rides from the last week, … Continue reading Ringo’s Retirement Rides #6, 7 & 8 – Cool Dirt from Washington to Utah

Ringo’s Retirement Ride #4 – Going Big on Mt. St. Helens

As part of the Summer of Ringo, we decided to take a road trip to the Pacific Northwest to see kids, friends and family, and check out some of the great rides that are hidden in the top left corner of the continental US.  After 20 hours of driving (which we broke into two days … Continue reading Ringo’s Retirement Ride #4 – Going Big on Mt. St. Helens

Ringo’s Retirement Ride #3 – The Road to Echo Lake – aka ‘A Fistful of Bristols’

Today's ride was one of my favorites in Colorado - the long, mellow climb from Bergen Park to Echo Lake, then turn around and enjoy a 15 mile descent.  The road is perfectly graded with beautiful turns, and thanks to Bicycle Colorado and a bunch of great advocacy work, there is a wide shoulder and … Continue reading Ringo’s Retirement Ride #3 – The Road to Echo Lake – aka ‘A Fistful of Bristols’

Ringo’s Retirement Ride #2 – The Road to the Top of Mt. Evans

Quasi-retirement is evidently suiting Ringo pretty well. Today's ride was to the top of Mt. Evans, which at 14,200 feet, boasts the highest paved road in North America.  With the Covid, the road was closed to cars above Echo Lake, which made today's ride an exceptional cycling experience. Rather than tackling the whole climb, which … Continue reading Ringo’s Retirement Ride #2 – The Road to the Top of Mt. Evans

Ringo’s Retirement Ride #1 – Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Ringo sold his business and now it's time for an early retirement!  Well, not quite.  But he has bought enough time to knock a few rides off the bucket list, so last week we grabbed a group of guys and headed to Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado for one of the best climbs … Continue reading Ringo’s Retirement Ride #1 – Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Work in Progress: Musings on US as World Economic Power, Starting in 1860s through WWII.

January 31, 2015 interesting that I had never thought of this before, but the mobilization of American capital and industry to win the Civil War launched the USA into being the world's #1 economy.  This global leadership was reinforced in 1919, and again so dramatically in 1945.  The Civil War was the first modern war … Continue reading Work in Progress: Musings on US as World Economic Power, Starting in 1860s through WWII.