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KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
Ok, happier pictures. We fled to Portland for the weekend, partly for clean air, partly because our visiting friends from Boston were there. You know me... we biked around, drank beer, ate good food. We also recorded a podcast with Sprocket, a bike-themed podcast produced out of an Airstream trailer. If any of you have ever wondered what I sound like (while drinking very good beer), we're episode 374 here: The Sprocket Podcast | simplifying the good life

At any rate, pictures. My first surprise was getting to Portland, opening my camera bag, and discovering that I'd accidentally only brought the rokinon 12 and the XC 50-230. Haaaa ha ha. So long, middle focal lengths! Made things interesting, but I like a challenge.

Podcasting:
KBRX7329 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Biking
KBRX7380 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Partial Group Selfie, Japanese Gardens
KBRX7453 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Japanese Gardens:
KBRX7489 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX7498 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Head podcaster took us all on a long ride the next day, about 10-12 miles uphill along a mountain, to a dive bar. But it started raining, and the temps dropped to the high 50s, and the bar didn't allow minors, so us parents / kid split from there via a called car. Still an awesome ride / good workout.
KBRX7589 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX7624 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX7693 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

He shoots too - and finally went digital. I talked him into an XT2, which he loves. She gets exasperated by having to pose.
KBRX7712 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

The "Brompton Lift," in which you hoist your Brompton folding bike over your head. Because you can.
KBRX7747 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
 

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
We bought a house. It's up in the heights, so my commute went from 1 mile downhill to 2 miles downhill... in the morning. The return trip is 437 feet of gain in 2 miles, which is a pleasant, warming workout that should help keep me from getting too fat and lazy. On the way in, I've started taking a wooded trail that runs along one edge of town, overlooking a steep dropoff into first a creek, then a river. It gets me 3/4 of the way to work, with quiet and woods. This last week or two, the light has been juuuust right as I bike it (post dropoff of kiddo at school) so it's been lit, and stunning. Yesterday was better, but no camera... so you get what I could get today instead.

The wooden water pipe used to carry water down to the railroad-facing fruit storage warehouses, to power early refrigeration pumps.
KBRX0769 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX0775 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

It dumps you into a steep neighborhood, looking over the Hood River. Looks a lot like West Virginia.
KBRX0781 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Over the usual bridge and down to the port area, like always. Geese on the wing.
KBRX0782 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
 

tonyturley

Legend
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Congratulations Kyle. Great news, and yes, it does remind me a lot of some of the better areas of my state. My commute, unfortunately, involves 30 minutes of heavy interstate traffic, surrounded by highly aggressive drivers who tend to collide with each other when even the slightest bit of precipitation touches pavement - often turning a 30 minute commute into 60-90 minutes. Sounds like I'm the one who lives near Boston, rather than a city of 50,000.

I envy your new commute more than I can possibly put into words.
 

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
I don't miss being near Boston. That kind of traffic / road rage is 95% of why we moved to Oregon... there's a finite limit to how much of that agression and stress anyone can take, and we were getting very close to finding out what our limit was. I miss my friends there, badly, but ... this is so nice.
 

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
This weekend we explored another of Oregon's Scenic Bikeways (officially recognized / signed / websited / etc "nice longish routes to bike," if you will...). This one, the Tualatin Valley, is northwest of Portland, and connects a smallish town to another distant smallish town via some farm roads and a paved rail-trail. We took a bus for an hour to Portland, then light rail to get within 5 miles of a good place to spend the first night at a hotel. Saturday, north to a campground, Sunday back down.


Owing to the wife’s advancing state of pregnant-ness, she rode the electric mountain bike towing our almost-9 year old this time, and I rode her usual long distance mount, the 70s Peugeot I converted to be a single speed with front racks and generator lights. People who noticed my setup (almost always older gentlemen on nice bikes, if I may stereotype) thought I was nuts for riding a single, but it was honestly delightful. The very few STEEP sections, you just stand and grind. Otherwise you bop along at about 14mph all day, happy as a clam.


What I rode:

KBRX7368 by gordopuggy, on Flickr


KBRX7438 by gordopuggy, on Flickr


KBRX7427 by gordopuggy, on Flickr


And some shots… I brought the XT1 and 18-55, and accidentally brought the 56 1.2. I thought it was the rokinon 12, didn’t look in the bag before I left. Really didn’t use it.

First, this for awhile.
KBRX7445 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX7297 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX7305 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Then a lot of this...
KBRX7343 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

And finally a shortcut through the woods to the back entrance of the Hiker/Biker campsites...
KBRX7363 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Happy to have arrived, and to have found one of the 2 remaining empty sites.
KBRX7371 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

My memory of how large this used tent we got is, is flawed. I keep thinking it sleeps 3, but it does NOT. Thus, I slept on the picnic table.
KBRX7422 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

And then we biked home...
KBRX7400 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

And finally, we passed this set of signs, upon which I shall now NOT comment. But I turned around to get a picture, so apparently I'm still 17 years old.
KBRX7395 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
bart
I was wondering how on earth i missed this, but then i realized it's probably due to the forum merger that i'm getting to see it now - i was hardly ever active on xspot anymore.

Congrats on the move, the scenery and your photos of it are spectacular!
 

john m flores

All-Pro
Aug 13, 2012
I was wondering how on earth i missed this, but then i realized it's probably due to the forum merger that i'm getting to see it now - i was hardly ever active on xspot anymore.

Congrats on the move, the scenery and your photos of it are spectacular!
Me too. I still thought that Kyle lived in Cambridge/Boston!
 

marlof

Trying to focus
Dec 25, 2010
The Netherlands
Marlof
I really enjoyed these updates, Kyle. And congrats on house, 9 yr old, pregnant-ness (!) and imagery. I can relate to the joy of leaving heavy traffic behind you. My recent change of work location converted a one hour by car commute to 30 mins on the bike. I am really, really, really grateful that this finally materialized. I even get to buy a new bike, since my old one doesn’t seem to respond well to high mileage on/off-road. No big problem though: I can easily pay for the bike with all the saved gas money.
 

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
Thanks a ton, all.

The kid is indeed growing at an alarming rate. She likes it here, has made good friends, likes the school, and can ride her bike there like she used to in Cambridge. It's been exactly 2 years right now, pretty much. Nutso.
 

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