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
At this point the environment becomes more mountainous and less foresty.
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
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’
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 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
I thought I'd share some of my favorite songs by some extraordinary women. Enjoy! Nina Simone - Feeling Good Patsy Cline - Got a Lotta Rythm in My Soul Ella Fitzgerald - A Tisket a Tasket Liz Phair - Polyester Bride Fontella Bass - Rescue Me Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good April … Continue reading Hey Ladies – Music for a Snowy Day in April
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.
December 4, 2009 I can’t drink milk any more. The La Leche League might not like me for saying so, but after collecting the colostrum from my incapacitated wife, participating in 3 ½ years of nursing two children, cleaning the pumping equipment twice day, mixing home-made formula from goat milk and rice syrup, freezing and … Continue reading Dairy King
May 6, 2009 I’ve been going bald since I was seventeen. When I was about 23, I realized that the best fashion solution for thin hair was to clip it down to about an eighth of an inch. No comb over, no plugs, no wigs, no reliance on hats. Just accept the inevitable and save … Continue reading Jake and Elwood and Hitler