Christmas

December 30, 2009

Holiday Season with the Pacific Pedaling Gang

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2009 was such a great year for PacificPedaling.com and for the Pacific Pedaling team! I’m still working on an end of the year wrap up, but there’s so much to go through that I need a bit more time. However, I did want to post a few notes and photos from the Pacific Pedaling end of year wrap up and Christmas party. First off…click on that photo above. I mean, yeah, every team can try to go out and get some sweet kits, but how many have custom ceramic coffee (or other beverage of choice) team MUGS made?! Go on, click on the picture to see it in all it’s glory. Our very own Martha Paulus made those for all the riders on the team…so stinking cool. One of my favorite moments of the night came when I said something like, “wow Martha…you MADE these??” Martha says, “well, yeah…I *am* a potter,” matter of factly. Guess you had to be there, but my wife and I are still laughing about it. Sorry, these aren’t for sale.

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Another favorite moment came when the team showed off their presentation of the Pacific Pedaling team edition framed jersey and photo art. Click on that baby too and take a gander…it really is an impressive work, and I was overwhelmed by such a cool gesture and gift from the team. I also left the night with a sweet Tissot jersey (Tyler knows my watch brand all to well) and super cool leather and canvas bike bag…perfect for the Ira. Again, way too generous guys…a million thanks!

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I swear I say this about every other post, but I don’t know how we could have asked for a better group of riders for our inaugural season. In addition to the amazing times riding and racing together, I just flat out dig hanging with these folks, their spouses and their families. It’s a good thing we actually ride sometimes, or I’d spend way too much time eating and laughing with them, and growing exponentially. Martha, Tyler, Ellen, Pat, James, Dave….you are just good folk, and you give cycling a good name. I’m looking forward to us all representing in 2010!

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from PacificPedaling.com!

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December 29, 2008

Best Christmas Gift – His and Hers Matching Socks

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My wife is so cool, she got us these his and hers matching bike-themed socks for Christmas. Well, she actually only got me the one pair for a gift, and got herself the other pair for kicks, but she’ll make that other pair look so good, that really BOTH pairs of socks were actually a gift for me! The tags on the sock indicated they were from a local Portland-based company; SockItToMeSocks.com. They are sold at retailers in Portland, including a couple of the shops my wife and girls like to visit like Frock and Magpie, but are also sold at the Saturday Market, and online. As the economy gets more and more wackadoodle, buying even a pair of socks locally is a good thing!

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December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All!

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I hope that you all get a chance to enjoy time with your family, friends, or whomever you can share some special time with. The snow has really kept most of us from riding out here in the PNW (although some are braving the elements on mountain bikes, or with snow tires) but it looks like the warmer weather may be thawing us out a bit today.

Regardless, I’ve been loving the extra time with family and friends. Enjoying an extra long cup of coffee with encouraging conversation. Riding along with the family extra slow and appreciating the great pines that line our neighborhood — somehow they’ve remained almost hidden without the snow covering their boughs. While the snowfall has been a pain for many, I’ve appreciated the pace that it has required us to take the past few days. I know most will be happy to see it go, but I’ll be a little sad for the winter wonderland to melt away over the next few days.

May you all have a safe, warm, Merry Christmas!

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December 3, 2008

Enjoy Christmas Lights By Bike

Today is actually shaping up to be a decent day. It’s not going to be overly warm, but a high in the low 50’s isn’t too bad for December riding either! As I was driving home last night, I noticed that many of the homes in our neighborhood were already sporting lights and decorations and thought it would be a great idea to get out one night on two wheels and take them in a little more leisurely.

If you’re in the Salem/Keizer area, you can join in on Wednesday Night Light rides each night in December, with a Keizer Lights specific ride planned for December 17. From the Salem Bicycle Club site:

The ride starts at the BiMart in Keizer. Decorated bikes are encouraged, but not required. Bring a can of food or other donation for the Marion-Polk Foodbank. We will stop at Jackie’s and Doug’s for hot chocolate and cookies during the ride. Call Joanne Heilinger 503-399-9652 for more info, Wednesday December 17, 6:30 pm, Distance 10 miles.

If you want to go it alone, you can even check out this MapMyRide route for your own Christmas light adventure.

If you’re in Portland, you can hit an annual favorite of ours, Peacock Lane, on December 14 for a car-free night. As previously reported at BikePortland.org, the night before the official opening on December 15, will be for pedestrians of all sorts. Visitors on bikes may have a lane specifically for them, or may just be asked to walk them.

With the mild weather we’re having through the end of the week, this is a great time to get out and see some festive lighting on two wheels!

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