Author Archives: Tom

Forgive Me, Great Bike Commuting Father, for I Have Sinned

The sun was a pale warm glow glinting off the emerging Spring leaves of the trees as I clicked into my pedals, shuffled into the confessional and made the sign of the chainring. “Forgive me Great Bike Commuting Father for I … Continue reading

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Leaves of Grass

This morning I rose early and rode out into the darkness of the forest. It’s tough to get out of a warm bed this time of year but I felt like I needed to escape, if only for an hour … Continue reading

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The Path That Circles the Graveyard

Over the past week my social media feeds exploded with pleas from many outdoor gear related concerns that were focused on the plight of Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson. They were getting the word out about how the pair had disappeared while … Continue reading

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It’s Not My Fault

Really, it’s not my fault. I blame my fascination of getting up crazy early squarely on the shoulders of my Dad. When I was a kid we’d pile into the car (or in later years, the van) in the wee … Continue reading

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Sunrise, Sunset

“Some of us wake up, others roll over” – Mark Twight (legendary badass) When they wake up they go down to the water for no particular reason. They bathe in the humid light of the new day and exchange briny  … Continue reading

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The Forest for the Trees

“Most people are on the world, not in it” – John Muir It’s easy to become overwhelmed while out riding your mountain bike. Concentrate too much on the roots and rocks that litter the trail and you miss reading the … Continue reading

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Curious Attractiveness

On the face of it, this post is merely a few photos from a simple pre-work bike ride through one of my local riding areas, an area called Robinson’s Woods. Though surrounded by suburbia and within sight of the famous rocky coast … Continue reading

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Dawn Patrol

“To live is to be slowly born” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery My current hometown of Portland ME is not really that far north, it just feels that way. Although it sits at 44ish deg N latitude (roughly halfway between the equator … Continue reading

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Winter

Outside my window the warm Spring sun is unleashing its 93 million mile payload upon the roof over my head resulting in a steady draining of water from the final snowfall of the year (a surprise 5 inches). How do I know … Continue reading

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The Extra Mile

The Dallas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame quarterback, Roger Staubach once said when asked about the nature of hard work “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile”. While I am inclined to believe that a little extra effort in … Continue reading

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