Apr 232017
 

We went for a great spring bike ride a couple days ago around the Columbia River Gorge and posted a couple photos from the ride. It was a great day for a bike ride. It was such a nice day, I took a few photos before we went riding with a different camera. When it’s really nice, you are thankful for your good fortune and take it all in.

Bike ride to Mt. Hood on a perfect PacNW spring day

There are a lot of nice places in the world. Some places are nicer than others, but almost every place has that one perfect day out of the other barely manageable days that keeps you hanging on. Take advantage of that perfect day and get what you can from the rest of it.

Apr 212017
 

The off and on spring rain stayed “off” today and provided for a great spring bike ride in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring, but there are still plenty of rain showers and clouds to go around. When you get a nice day around here, you take advantage of it. It’s a nice time of year for cycling in the Gorge if you read the weather correctly and dodge a few showers.

Hood River Valley 4-21-17

The pear tree blossoms are blooming in the Hood River valley and this weekend is The Dalles Cherry Festival, so it’s a big spring weekend. There are going to be a lot of people checking out the blossoms, so be careful if you’re driving, or especially if you’re riding a bicycle around the Columbia River Gorge.

Hood River County 4-21-17

We got the kayaks and kayak gear out and will be getting ready for the fishing season’s first trip. The weather and wind are uncertain for the next few days, so we will be getting the gear ready to go for the first available fishing day.

Apr 162017
 

Well, we were on the road again for the first back to back bike riding days of 2017. I don’t care what anybody else says, we had a harsh winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Usually, winter stops the kayak fishing because there really isn’t any realistic chance of catching a fish worth being out in some really bad weather, but winter only slows down the bike riding because there are usually a few days a winter month you can get outside and ride. Not this past winter. Anyway, it’s great to be out riding bikes again.

Heading out for a bike ride in the Pacific Northwest

Yesterday was a beautiful day, today was kind of overcast and breezy, but not bad at all.

Heading for Mt Hood on a bike ride in the Pacific Northwest

We want to get out on the mountain bikes, but the long winter has really hurt our fitness levels, so the fastest way to get back in shape is to get some road miles in. The roads are hilly enough and all the good mountain bike stuff is, well, in the mountains. Not much fun pushing the bike uphill. If the weather stays decent, might get some fitness back. Kayak fishing season starts soon as well. Being fit and as healthy as you can be is really important.

Apr 152017
 

It’s been a long winter and we are finally starting to see some decent weather here in the PacNW, time to get out for some spring bike riding. Because of the harsh winter, the opportunities for outdoor exercise, except for shoveling snow and digging out stuck vehicles, were few and far between. It’s going to be a longer and tougher struggle to get back into decent condition after being stuck inside for months. Anyway, we got started on the road back with a nice ride around the local back roads.

Spring bike riding on Pacific Northwest back roads

The trees are still pretty bare, but nature kicks into gear pretty quick in the springtime around here. With all the snow we’ve had this winter, there is a lot of snow melt rushing down the local creeks and rivers to the Columbia River.

Rushing creeks full of water from melting snow

Hoping to get another ride in tomorrow and start getting back in shape!

Feb 072017
 

The 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill mountain bike race video has been uploaded to the watermanatwork.com website. From analog Hi-8 video tape in 1995 to the internet in 2017, finally got around to it.

These were the glory days of mountain bike racing. Full suspension mountain bikes were just coming out, but the inch or two of suspension wasn’t much by today’s standards. Clipless pedals and primitive disc brakes appeared. Full face helmets, but not too much body armor. Not super technical by modern standards, but the Snow Summit downhill course was plenty challenging with rocky, dusty trails, off camber turns, sudden steep sections and peddling(imagine that) for two timed runs down Bear Mountain.

Check out the video HERE or click on the photo below:

Click HERE for 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill MTB video

We will be uploading the video to YouTube, but the video quality is always better on the watermanatwork.com website.

We’ve had plenty of time to work on these videos because the winter here in the PacNW remains challenging. Lots of snow for winter activities is what you want, but there is a point when there is so much snow and/or cold, when the novelty wears off. If you can’t get out of the driveway, you can’t do much else. More snow today, but not as cold as it’s been, so we are hoping for a blizzard-melting deal.

Pacific Northwest blizzard 2-7-17

Work continues here at the watermanatwork.com World Headquarters. We have more mountain bike videos in the chute and kayak fishing videos and photos to get the 2017 fishing season going, whenever winter cuts loose of us. Stay tuned…

Jan 302017
 

The relentless winter weather has eased a bit so we’ve been working on a classic Grundig World Cup DH Mountain Bike video. Many people, including us, have been essentially snowed in for about a month. Lots of time we would spend working on photos and videos has been spent instead with endless snow shoveling sessions and clearing snow off the roof so it didn’t collapse. We are hoping the worst is behind us so we can get on with things. Anyway, the mountain bike video has a lot of great footage of some of the early generation downhill mountain bike racers like Myles Rockwell

Myles Rockwell-1995 Grunding World Cup-Big Bear CA

and John Tomac

John Tomac-1995 Grundig World Cup-Big Bear CA

Looks like another few days of crappy weather so we should be able to get a lot editing done. We really need to get outside and get some exercise, use the snowshoes for a walk in the woods instead of getting from the house to the truck. Stay tuned.

Nov 082016
 

The fishing season for us is over, it’s back on the bikes until the weather gets too bad. We don’t do much bike riding during salmon fishing season, so after a couple months off, we are going to try and get as much fitness in before the meat of winter keeps us inside. It was a pretty nice day today; sunny, in the mid-fifties and calm wind. Great day for a bike ride, but after a couple months off, the rides are pretty short until we get back into bike riding shape.

Bike riding in the Pacific Northwest on a sunny autumn day

There are a few autumn leaves left on the trees, but a lot of the leaves have fallen to the ground. Have to be careful of the wet leaves on the road, very slippery. Have to take advantage of these last nice days of fall. Winter is literally a few days away.

Jul 202016
 

If the wind can blow your troubles away, you should spend a few hours around here and you’ll be good to go. The Columbia Gorge wind is legendary and it’s living up to the reputation for the past few weeks. There has not been a calm day for weeks so kayak fishing on the Columbia River has not been happening. We’ve given up hoping for calm days and would now settle for anything in the single digit wind speed. It’s been a great summer for the kiteboarders and sailboarders. Here’s a link to the live cams in the Columbia River Gorge. As far as kayak fishing goes, we’re hoping things settle down because salmon fishing season is just a few weeks away.

Since kayak fishing is out, we have been riding bikes as much as possible. I’m trying to keep up with the guys in the Tour de France and ride nearly every day. The weather is nice, despite the wind and the summer days are long so you can’t let a single nice day go by without doing something or you’ll regret it in December. I look at it as a month long training camp. There’s a lot of places to ride around here, but being able to ride in some of the nicest areas of the Pacific Northwest without getting in the truck is a real blessing for which I am grateful. Riding bikes in the Cascade Mountains is a good workout. Should be in pretty good shape by the end of the summer.

Ride until you run out of road

Road cycling gives you more bang for you buck as far as workout time goes and we ride to the end of the road. Mountain biking is more fun and a good workout. You can head off into the woods and ride all day long.

Pacific Northwest forest road

Riding a mountain bike in the Cascade Mountains is a lot of fun and can be a real adventure. You see something different every time you ride. Below is the view through the trees as you head up towards Mt. Hood. Mt. Adams is in the middle with Mt. St. Helens off to the left. Both the mountains, volcanoes of course, are in Washington.

Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams

There’s a lot of wildlife in this area, you never know what you might run across. In the summer, we also have a quality assortment of bugs. Luckily, only a small percentage will bite or sting you and some of them are pretty amazing to look at.

Colorful bug in the Cascade Mountains

We are hoping for a little more fishing action, otherwise, we’ll be trying to get in shape on the bikes. This is the time of year for outdoor chores, we want to get all of that and any truck repairs out of the way before salmon season.

Jul 052016
 

We are not getting a break from the wind here in the Columbia River Gorge. 15-20 mph wind with gusts over 30 mph pretty much every day. If you are a kiteboarder or sailboarder, these past few days have been fantastic. Warm days, relatively warm water and plenty of wind. Not so good for kayak fishing so we are spending much of our recreational time riding bikes. If the wind keeps up, we’ll be in shape for the Tour de France.

Can’t really complain, this is one of the best places for cycling, either on the mountain roads or the mountain trails. Riding on mountain roads is a great way to get in shape. An hour or two riding in the mountains is a pretty good workout.

Cycling on the roads of the Cascade Mountain foothills

This past weekend was the July 4th holiday and with this area being a very popular summer destination, there were a lot of people from out of town in the area. That’s not a good time to be out on the local roads on a bicycle so we headed up into the mountains to get as far away from the holiday crowd as we could.

Cascade Mountains in central Oregon

The snow is still melting, but starting to run low so the seasonal streams are starting to dry up. The year round streams are at the point where they can be crossed somewhat safely. The stream in the photo below is usually knee to waist deep in the spring, but at this point in the summer you can ride across on your bike. If you are riding alone, it might be wise to take off your shoes and walk across. The rocks are slippery and this is a long way from town with no cell phone coverage.

Stream crossing in the Cascade Mountains

Some of these trails are not on the map and don’t have a name, but they can lead to some amazing places.

Hood River Valley in Oregon with Mt. Adams in Washington in the distance

Looks like more windy days ahead so more bike riding and probably more stuff for the watermanatwork.com website.