Wednesday, March 29, 2006
aahhhhh that felt good. Hopefully the sprain will heal quickly.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Hey don't get me wrong. We have biked in other states too. But Oregon has been the best so far. Next summer (or the summer after) we plan on going international. I think our first stop will be Tuscany. But that's down the road. Right now on to the article . . .
EUGENE, Ore. — They're middle-aged but not grown up. They like to play outdoors but take their creature comforts come nightfall.
They're baby-boomer bicyclists. They're people who can drop $1,000, $2,000 or even $8,000 on their two-wheelers.
Recreation and tourism officials see gold in promoting Oregon as the premier place for them to ride. They have organized an Oregon Bicycling Summit on April 1 in Eugene.
"Bicycling is one of the most affluent sporting activities out there right now," said Jerry Norquist, executive director of Cycle Oregon, a nonprofit cycling organization.
He said many boomer cyclists "no longer like to just go out and camp in a tent and cook on a stove. They like to stay in a bed-and-breakfast or a hotel and they like to eat at a good restaurant. ... We call it credit-card touring."
He said officials are pushing to improve Oregon roads for cyclists, get cycling routes marked and mapped, grease the tourism communications, "brand" Oregon cycling and market it nationally and internationally.
The state draws people from around the globe for bicycle-touring events and wins recognition for its cycling environment.
Eugene landed on Bicycling magazine's list of best medium-size cycling cities this year. And Portland won the title as the best cycling city of any size in the nation.
"It can't hurt to have that reputation developed even more," said Jan VanderTuin, executive director of the Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Well, after 3 1/2 months off my bike because of foot surgery, I got the go ahead from my doctor to begin walking and spinning again. Let me just say this, "It's amazing how much muscle and muscle strength you can lose in such a short time." My husband setup my bike on my trainer in the family room. I plugged my ipod into our entertainment system, jacked up the volume to my favorite tunes and began spinning. Thirty minutes later I was dying and had to stop. Normally I could spin for hours! I've done double centuries! But being optimistic, it's only March. Hopefully by June I will be back in form. Stay tuned . . .