2013 Salem Monster Cookie Bicycle Ride (62mi)

This ride is the traditional kickoff to the Portland Oregon bicycle season.  Dry, comfortable temps for near-perfect riding conditions…but strong southwesterly winds all day meant great outbound pace, brutal inbound pace.  Record overall pace – 62 miles in 3:36 (16.5mph).  With most of TeamNakagawa and at least a dozen TDC riders, we were well represented on the ride.

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A Rememberance to the Internment Camps

George Takei (Star Trek) posted a guest blog recounting the dedication of a museum in Arkansas to remember the two WWII Japanese internment camps.  I still remember the stories my grandparents and great aunts/uncles told about their time, both there and in the California camps.

And I believe (though not confirmed) that it is because of the camp in Arkansas that my family made their way to Chicago.

George Takei: Why We Must Remember Rohwer.

Tour de Cure Oregon Executive Ride – Camas, WA

30 riders representing businesses in Portland OR and Vancouver WA participated in the TDC Executive Ride. Organized by the ADA Executive Committee, hosted by MacKay Sposito (WA), sponsored by Columbia Credit Union (WA), a 27 mile ride in eastern Clark County, followed by lunch, stories, and an ask for companies to participate in Tour de Cure Oregon by encouraging ride teams and recruiting participants in their respective companies.
I drove the support van, helped the Columbia Credit Union folks set up their water stop on the route, and spoke to a few of the execs at the post-ride lunch.
The Executive Ride group picture (riders, sponsors, volunteers)

The Executive Ride group picture (riders, sponsors, volunteers)

2013 TDC Training Ride #7 – French Prairie/Champoeg State Park

On a day that was forecast to be scattered showers, this week’s training ride attracted 50 riders, including a record 24 joining me (the caboose) on the “short course” (16 miles).  We beat the rain, but both the morning chill (40’s) and the morning headwinds did bring up the challenge level.  But it was still smiles all around when finished.

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2013 TDC Training Ride #6 – Henry Hagg Lake

A showery day, but more dry than wet. Cool, but not cold. And a hardy group of 39 riders, including 2 new riders, took on the “hill course” around the lake (29 riders) or the “flat course” out-back (10 riders). Followed by 12 riders sharing stories at the post-ride lunch.

I took out the red PDX commuter (given the rain), and had the caboose attached to it, as Lanterne Rouge for the “flat course”…

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