Category Archives: Trips

100th Post, Here’s Some Flowers

It’s my 100th post on this blog. I wanted to do something a little more exciting for this post, but I think this will do for now. Angel and I have been in Eugene for 11 months now. We find new places to go, and things to do everyday. Here is a link to my first post from right after we moved here and rode the Fern Ridge Bike Path all the way out for the first time. Since then we have found so many more places to ride, but Fern Ridge is still one of the nicest places we like to ride here in Eugene. Our last adventure didn’t include the FRBP, but instead one of our favorite places to gets treats, Sweet Life Patisserie. Angel loves their chocolate tortes and pies, and I always get an oven-warmed cinnamon roll.

Pie Girl Cinnamon Roll Boy

The other day we went to the Owen Rose Garden, and here are some photos I took there. I’m not a big fan of roses, so I tend to take photos of all the other pretty flowers at the garden. I did take one photo of a wild rose though, but they look nothing like a cultivated rose.

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Photos: Trip To Arizona

Last week I took a short trip to visit my brother in his new home in Phoenix (Scottsdale), Arizona. It was a fun time and my mom and little sister were out there visiting as well. To me, Arizona was too hot, but there was still a lot of cool vegetation growing around the city.

Arizona for a couple days. I wish you could get home storage like this.
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Arizona Lichen Cactus Flower
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Vegiburger, Grilled Onions, Roasted Peppers, and Onion Strings Built
Frozen Yogurt Denver Airport
Phoenix to Denver Back To Eugene

360 Degree View at McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trails
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Velo Cult, Pedal Nation, & Great Portland Food

Velo Cult Bike ShopYesterday Angel and I got a chance to hang out in Portland after taking her sister back from a visit. We started out the day by going to the newly opened Velo Cult Bicycle Shop. Started in 2006, the shop originally is from San Diego, but decided to move the entire shop to Portland, employees and all. We visited them Sunday, on the morning after their Grand Opening Party. (They were still cleaning up after it). The shop caters to commuters, tourers, randonneur riders, and other subcultures of cycling with refurbished and new bicycles, but this is not just a place to sell and service bikes, but a place where all “bicycle culture” gets to meet. There is a large and open floor plan. They have some amazing mechanic work stations, with benches for customers to talk with their mechanic right in front of them; a bar offering local beer and food, a photo booth (which sadly was shut down when we were there), and even an authentic castle drawbridge (which doubles as a stage) in the shop!! I believe the drawbridge is from Canteburry Castle, after it was demolished in 2009. This is a really cool shop and you should check it out if you have a chance. They plan on hosting shows, and screening movies there in the future, as well as putting on other fun events for cyclists.
Tool Wall at Velo Cult Velo Cult

Also while at Velo Cult I got the chance to check out the Complete Surly Troll. I wouldn’t mind getting one of these as my first mountain bike. I also think it would make a great touring bike for Angel. It would be a good companion to my LHT. If only the Troll came in some color other than orange (her least favorite).Shouldn't Angel Get A Surly Troll?

Before we went to Pedal Nation, we stopped by the Off The Griddle food cart. With super nice staff, they offer amazing veggie burgers from their solar-powered cart. Angel went with Vegan Cheeseburger, and I went with O.T.G Burger (no lettuce, tomato) just grilled onions and added BBQ sauce; I like my burgers simple. It’s always fun waiting for your food to come out while you read through some Trivial Pursuit games.
O.T.G. Burgers Trivial Pursuit at Off the Griddle

After we arrived to Pedal Nation, I spent a lot of time talking with different people about their products and learning whatever I could. There were a lot of cool things there. The spectrum of booths was across the board, with everything from wooden helmets, a fat tire recumbent, to an upcoming indoor mountain bike park (The Lumberyard) and other great cycling groups. Full list of exhibitors HERE. One thing I thought was really cool is that Nutcase is coming out with 4 bell designs based off of their helmets, which will be available for purchase in the near future (possibly June), along with a new visors to attach to their helmets and even cycling jerseys to match the helmets. Those should all be great. I’m sure Angel will want a watermelon jersey.
Pedal Nation Recap Nutcase Is Coming Out With Bells Nutcase Helmets Wooden Helmets

Before leaving Portland we had to get our favorite pizza at Sizzle Pie. I went with 2 slices of cheese, and Angel got a rabbit salad. There was no Spiral Tap in the case, (our favorite) so we got one to go that we could eat at home. It was a super great idea. Angel wanted the pins, and I thought I might put the patch on my safety vest. This is truly good pizza.
Sizzle Pie!!! YUM!!!

Photo: February Adventures

Throughout the month of February I took a lot of great photos that I never used in any of my posts here. So instead of letting them fade back into the darkness of Flickrs past I have collected them all here for anyone interested. February was quite eventful this year. I ended up going on a couple good long rides with friends as well as by myself. I had some good foods I haven’t had in a long time, like a Voodoo Doughnut. And had some great finds like a compost bin and  roller trainer.
Now, on to March for even more exciting new adventures for me.

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GreenCycle Services Christmas Tree Pick Up Peanut Butter Sandwich Easter Island Head Spencer Butte Willamette and Fox Hollow Bill's Bench Country Road Shed At My Back - The Sunset Tri-Color Rotini - after ride meal. Moon Mountain City Park Tires - I just learned Moon Mt. City Park seems to be nothing more then a tire dump. How fun. Boat Protected Natural Area The Moon Hendricks Park Smoothie YUM!!! Bikes Contents of an Owl Pellet Working Glasses - the best My Birthday Dinner Book Eating Robot Glazed Doughnut - it's been too long Angel's New Robot Necklace Pizza Heart Skinner Butte Climbing Columns Up Close Rode Up Skinner Butte 10 Times - Unofficial World Record Early Morning Ride Connecting Communities Sponsors Magazine & Newspaper Room Ceiling Added Reflective Tape to My Rims Bridge Tower Angel and Her Linus Me and My Surly Best Buy's Bike Racks are Full Taking a Break From The Rain Vanilla Shake Rain Cape into Rain Cover - securely locked Squid!!! Found a nice large compost bin on the side of the road for free. On My Way Home Glass Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery - Patch and Books Pot Tower My Bike Takes Me Places That School Never Could Velomobile Bikes Outside The Job Fair Out For A Ride Boca Burger with Onions and Fries Got a CycleOps Roller Trainer on Craigslist Today. Now I'm riding it in the kitchen, I'm pleased. To Much Smoothie - What's a boy to do? Smoothie Cube Starter Work

Video: January Spencer Butte Hike

Angel made a video of the hike we did up Spencer Butte in January after the first good snow. It was our first hike on the butte and a great time. We can’t wait to get to go hike up it again.

Photos from the hike are in this older post: Snow on Spencer Butte

Snow on Spencer Butte

Last week (1-16-11), Angel and I decided to go hiking on Spencer Butte for the first time since we moved to Eugene. We can see the butte from our home, with it just being 4 miles away. I have ridden my bike around it, but we just haven’t ever gone hiking there. Eugene seems to have enough inside the town to keep us busy for quite some time. With the snow falling the day before, we really wanted to get in the hills to get good photos of it. I got great use out of my new Merrell shoes in their first real hike, and I used the GoPro with its head mount to get some nice photos and videos on the hike. The video of the hike will be posted later.

Panorama Photos
I also took some great panorama photos. Follow the links below to view them in their entirety.
• 360° spherical view on the path up the butte in the woods on the trail(Here).
• 360° view up at the summit(Here).

*Update: Video from the hike(Here).

Photos of the hike and climb up to the summit of Spencer Butte, Flickr Set.
Snowman Snowman 2 Hours Later Snow Fern 1-16-12 Foot 365 Little Snowman Trees Angel Summit Snowman Our Home Angel at the Summit

REI Year-end Garage Sale

Saturday December 31st, 2011 was the REI Year-end Garage Sale in Eugene. This is a big sale at REI, where they sell slightly used gear, returns, and display items. This was the first time I have been able to go to one myself, and let me just say it was well worth the short wait in line to get in. There was a lot of great gear to pick up there and I got myself some presents that I’m quite happy about.

ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2.0 – MSRP $199.99 bought at $9.83
This is the first real tent I have ever bought, but it seems like it will be perfect for me: 3 season, fits 2 people, pretty light at 5lb 2oz total, packs pretty small. I’m quite excited, the only thing is the tent was not cleaned up before packing away after the last use, so it smells like the outdoors (Angel claims it smells like mossy earth and radishes). No visible mildew, but I should clean it as soon as possible. If anyone has any ideas on how to clean it in the middle of winter, indoors let me know. The biggest problem right now is all the rain we’re getting, so I can’t set it up outside to clean it out and hang. So I’ll need to do this inside maybe in stages. If I can’t get it cleaned out well enough it’s no big loss, it was $9.83.
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2.0 Tent ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2.0 Fly

Novara Arosa Bike Gloves – MSRP S29.50 bought at $9.83
These gloves fit very well and should be a great cool and dry weather glove, when my Novara Stratos Bike Gloves are just too warm. On the tag, the reason for return was “not warm enough”, but these will work well for me. They just needed a little stitching fix, and now they are perfect. I can’t wait to get to use them this coming spring.
Novara Arosa Bike Gloves Novara Arosa Bike Gloves

Merrell Chameleon3 Stretch – MSRP $120 bought $19.83
The shoes are hardly broken in and all the tread is there, including the fine tread that wears off fast. They should be great for hiking and walking.
Merrell Chameleon3 Stretch Merrell Chameleon3 Stretch

GoPro HD HERO Camera – MSRP $239.99 bought $99.83
It was a big surprise for me to find this, and it was a hard decision to get it but I did. Angel and I shoot lots of videos together and we have always talked about getting one. This price was too fair to pass up. I can only imagine no one got it before me because: A. They didn’t know what it was, or B. They don’t do video editing themselves. The camera is in perfect condition. The reason for return was “didn’t like product”,  and I don’t really know why they didn’t like it, but I like it already. It has HD video up to 1080p at 30fps, with 127º wide viewing angle. 60fps at 720p and WVGA resolutions allowing smooth slow motion playback with 170º wide viewing angle. With a waterproof case allowing it to go to depths of 180ft (60m), my Fuji XP10 depth is only 10ft (3m). Comes with mounts, including a one for vented helmets. This should get a lot of good, fun video footage that we can use. Great for long bike rides, or trips to the coast. Can’t wait.
GoPro Hero GoPro Hero
I’m excited to get to use these new items and after I will write reviews for them, so stay tuned. There will be new videos as well with the help of the GoPro Hero.