A Valentine’s Day Date, with Margo and Air Supply

They do the casino circuit now, but are still doing over 200 shows a year after 38 years.  And they hit the Pacific Northwest every couple of years on Valentine’s Day weekend.  Theirs was the first concert I attended as a kid back in the ’80’s.

I surprised Margo with tickets to see Air Supply at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, OR.  And there are enough romantics in the area that they sold out their 1500 seat venue.  Lots of Love.  And I was wise enough to know the value of the aisle seats, as Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock joined the audience and took to the floor in mid-show for “The One That You Love”.

 

Graham Russell of Air Supply takes to the floor.

Graham Russell of Air Supply takes to the floor.

With a good mix of their early love songs and their more recent dance rockers, it was a fun night for all.

For those closet Airheads, here’s their website:  www.airsupplymusic.com

 

2013 Worst Day of the Year Ride

An annual Portland ride, taking place on the “worst weather day” of the year.  But in typical Portland fashion, the meteorological “worst day” was not. Though chilly, it was dry, which meant great February bicycling weather. Joined a couple of thousand riders to do the “urban route” – 15 miles. Wasn’t ready to do the “challenge route” this year.  This was a “no rush” ride. Just enjoying the families riding the course today.

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More pictures on Smugmug.

http://nakagawa-west.smugmug.com/Sports/2013-Worst-Day-of-the-Year

An “Inspired” Ride

An idea I had last year during my work with the Tour de Cure training rides was to put my tagline on my summer bike. Today, she got her name – Inspire. And that she did, with an amazingly smooth ride for a very early February day.

Decals for Kent's Madone, with TeamNakagawa and Dare to Inspire

Decals for Kent’s Madone, with TeamNakagawa and Dare to Inspire

Kent's Madone gets its stickers

Kent’s Madone gets its stickers

Kent's Madone gets its stickers

Kent’s Madone gets its stickers

Kent's Madone gets its stickers

Kent’s Madone gets its stickers

Kent's Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent’s Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent's Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent’s Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent's Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent’s Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent's Cooper Mtn scenery

Kent’s Cooper Mtn scenery

 

Surviving the Dark Age

January is a difficult month in Oregon.  The Northwest has a reputation for being all soggy wet.  Well, that’s Seattle.  It’s not that we don’t get rain here.  But more times than not, we get valley fog.  And in January, the sun is so low in the southern sky that its not strong enough to burn off the fog.  The cold air sits until the next storm comes by.  Welcome freezing fog!

This January was the coldest since ’93.  Not in absolute cold terms, but in average temp.  I think we had two solid weeks of freezing fog in the valley.  And in spite of that, I managed 158 miles on my bike, with 10 of 17 trips to the office sans car.  Not that I’m anywhere near the condition I need to be for my summer event rides.  But maybe the first spring ride won’t hurt so much this year.