A Good Plan For Ye Journey


I just refinished this little bookshelf (more on that here) that was built by a family member in the early 50s in High School shop class.

What does this have to do with bicycles you ask? Look closely at ye olde map for clues.

Bicycles In The Bedroom

Ok I decided to make this a series. Bicycles as decor through out our house. First post was the kitchen.
Now on to bedrooms…

Our bedroom has a western theme to it and I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate a bicycle into that. I thought about the bicycle scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Did a Google search and found that the bicycle was on the movie poster. I printed the poster and framed it.

A friend of Nova’s made this bicycle cross stitch which is in the guest room.

This print was given to us by Nova’s Sister and hangs in another bedroom.

This bicycle t-shirt quilt my Mother made hangs on a rack in the same bedroom.

Bicycles In The Kitchen

Bicycles are everywhere in our house. Even in the kitchen…

If I recall someone bought us this dish towel set pictured above.

My Mother has made us quite a few bicycle place-mats and embroidered dish towels. Here is just a sampling…

And this funky cycling chef from I don’t know where.

More misc. junk on the fridge including postcards from Oregon and Sweden that have bicycles on them and state bike license plates from our travels.

Serving plate made by a local artist.
Ok I decided to make this a series. Bicycles as decor through out our house. First post was the kitchen.
Now on to bedrooms…

Our bedroom has a western theme to it and I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate a bicycle into that. I thought about the bicycle scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Did a Google search and found that the bicycle was on the movie poster. I printed the poster and framed it.

A friend of Nova’s made this bicycle cross stitch which is in the guest room.

This print was given to us by Nova’s Sister and hangs in another bedroom.

This bicycle t-shirt quilt my Mother made hangs on a rack in the same bedroom.

28MPH!


No not my speed but the wind. Coming home from the store I thought I was going to have to dismount and walk. Instead I dropped lower on the bars, hunkered down and persevered.

Riding #14

I took a bike on an errand this afternoon that I don”t ride all that much. Occasionally kids will holler as I pass by “cool bike” or “I like your bike”. Today it was “is that a speedometer?”, “does the headlight work?”

Snow Ride


Today started out with a little snowfall which most of is already gone as I type this mid afternoon. I needed to pick up some things this morning from the store for our bike clubs New Years Day lunch and ride. I took the MTB out which I don”t think I”ve ridden since last winter. It takes a bit to get used to after the more relaxed and upright ride of my cruisers and hybrid.


The Geese were first out on the path this morning.


Some of the ingredients for my dish for tomorrow. The panniers pictured I”ve probably owned longer than any other bike or bike accessory I have. They are Bike Nashbar”s brand that I bought 20+ years ago.

Following The Yellow Brick Road And Others Less Colorful


Today I pulled the Schwinn straight-bar frame and fork down from the attic and built it up. I then took off on it for the big city. It was colder and windier than I had thought and I was heading against the North wind, exerting myself pretty good. When I finally turned East my throat was sore and I began a coughing fit. After about 15 minutes of coughing I decided I better get some water (I’d took off without any). I got water at a C store and eventually the coughing stopped. From then on it was a pleasant ride and day. I ate lunch, went to a park and then stopped for dessert. Midway through my ride I crossed paths with another Randy who is a bike friend of ours and was also out for a ride. On the way back home I went a few miles out of my way to avoid my least favorite bridge knowing it would be busier in the afternoon than it was this morning when I crossed it. Once home I mapped my route which was 21 miles.


No Gambling And One Less Goose


Our plan for the day had been to ride to the near-by casino but we decided instead our money would be better spent on a sure thing, breakfast. The temperature was right around freezing when we took off in to the wind towards the big city. Along the way we spotted many geese in the fields and in the air. As one gaggle flew along side us we hear a gun shot and see a goose fall. We also spotted 4 or 5 deer running in another field and I wonder if they are being stalked as well. Coming home was a pleasant ride with the wind to our back, the sun in our faces and our bellies full.


One segment of our ride takes us across this bridge which we both really hate. The bridge being an arch and the speed of the vehicular traffic I feel makes for a dangerous combination. I do like the view from atop the bridge although you can”t stop to enjoy it.

Yesterday’s Windy Ride


Unfortunately I didn”t” get past “Abundant sunshine. High 57.” before I hopped on a bike and took off North about 10 miles in to the big city. The last few miles returning home in the country with nothing blocking the wind was ridiculous.


Short And Sweat

Yesterday feeling as if we were being held prisoners by the heat we decided to bust out and go for a ride. A really slow and short ride. Wish we could”ve stayed in Minnesota till Winter.