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practicing for living somewhere like … Portland?

 

I have some “nice” fall color biking photos from days prior … but today, while I was riding in the rain, I was thinking about friends in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.  (And yes, also snowbound Minneapolis, @bikerly, @blueallez, and @myrnacgmibus).   In my mind, cities like Portland, Seattle, and Amsterdam are my idea of cycling nirvana.  And Minneapolis.   I see the videos, the pictures, read about the bicycle culture, the rideshare, the cupcakes (big incentive), and converse with a few friends who live there in the midst of it.  I am fairly convinced that I belong there.

And then I ride on a cold, grey and damp day and wonder if I really would have what it takes?  I can easily do a few days here and there in crappy weather, but am I really cut out for months on end of this kind of kind of stuff?   I dunno.  The cupcakes I could definitely do on a daily basis.  The rain riding, well … ?

For now, I ride in it … just to practice.  And to pre-qualify.  😉

#330daysofbiking Day 209 ~ in the rain

 

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Posted by savaconta on November 15, 2010
19 Comments
  1. 11/15/2010
    Jenn

    As someone who’s lived for a decade in a city where they measure the sunlight in minutes per month… no amount of cupcakes would get me there. But it’d be a nice place to visit! Especially when it’s hot here in the summer 🙂 BTW nice pix.

    • 11/16/2010

      No amount of cupcakes? Are you sure? 😉 (Thanks, Jenn … always).

  2. 11/15/2010
    Jeff

    I managed to make it home today without ever sitting on my (wet, wet) seat. I know: I don’t live far. But far enough that standing while riding ain’t comfortable.

    I am darn happy to have fenders, though.

    By the way, when will Sarah and I get to meet Elisabetta?

    • 11/16/2010

      Oh quit yer bellyaching! ;)) Elisabetta wants to make a trip to Lupi’s ….

  3. 11/15/2010

    If you come to Minnesota I will show you to the barns. Apparently.

    • 11/16/2010

      You really know what I need. Apparently. 😉

  4. 11/15/2010

    They sell some pretty awesome cupcakes in Austin as well. Just saying. Oh, and the weather is a little more of what you’re used to.

    Darryl

    • 11/16/2010

      (Envisioning cupcakes in Austin having little cowboy hats on top of them … lol 😉 One of these days, D …

  5. 11/16/2010

    I lived for four years in a place where it rained all the time, with cold, gray skies for weeks at a time. It wore on me. I prefer the sun. But weather is far from the only determining factor, and friends and cupcakes can balance things out. As long as you don’t actually freeze.

    • 11/16/2010

      I think you are exactly right – the good things can balance out the bad. Mostly. I think I will never really know until I try it for a while … 🙂

  6. 11/16/2010

    I make cheesecakes and tortes and can probably figure out cupcakes. Does that help motivate you to come to Minneapolis?

    @bikerly is the one who has the umph to ride in Minnesota year-round. I’m not sure I do, yet. At the moment I don’t have the right bike or the gear. I almost rode today. Roads were dry though we still have several inches of snow. And it was fairly warm, about 39 degrees.

    If you visit Portland, let me know. I’ll join you. My cousin lives there. And some cool Tweeps. And some people I don’t want to visit (but we don’t have to tell them we’re there – ha!)

    • 11/16/2010

      You can do a torte and think you can “probably figure out cupcakes”?!! Oh M, you crack me up! ;)) I will take anything baked, broiled, cooked, or sauteed by you – trust me. And yes, we should take some kind of investigatory trip to Portland – I would really like to show some of our local politicians a few simple things they could implement.

  7. 11/16/2010

    I’ve lived in and out of Portland for the past 4 years and I love cycling there. For me the rain isn’t a bother at all! Before moving out to the NW I was aware that I was entering perhaps the rainiest part of the country, but I wasn’t aware of how different Portland’s rain is to what I expected. It may rain for 9 months strait, but it’s rarely more than a drizzle and almost no downpours or thunderstorms. I found that commuting and running errands I was usually never out long enough for it to become really a comfort issue. Then again, I may be suffering from blindness due to the incredible greenery, bike infrastructure, local food, events, and yes, the cupcakes.
    Thanks!

    • 11/16/2010

      This is very interesting to know. I suspected it was less torrential downpours, but still wasn’t sure how the daily drizzle would be. I envy you! 🙂 (Especially about the cupcake access – lol!) Thanks, Spencer.

  8. 11/16/2010
    Tim

    A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.
    James Dickey

    And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    I am like Howard Beale. When he came out of the rain and he was like, none of this makes any sense. I am that guy.
    Glenn Beck

    I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way.
    Johnny Nash

    I have never coasted down a hill of frozen rain.
    Duke Kahanamoku

    I ran my fastest marathon in the rain.
    Bill Rodgers

    I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?
    Douglas Adams

    Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
    Roger Miller

    • 11/16/2010

      I am seriously going to have to start a whole entire blog just with your always cool and insightful comments … (the Glen Beck quote – LMAO!)

  9. 11/16/2010
    Tim

    speaking of cupcakes…just stumbled on this blog

    http://www.thecupcakeblog.com/

    • 11/16/2010

      Oh…. my …. gosh……………. 🙂

  10. 11/16/2010

    I often wonder the same thing! Much as I loved Copenhagen when we visited, could I really make it through a winter there??? Would the sublime biking infrastructure make up for the COLD, COLD winters or more rain than I’m accustomed to? Same with NYC or Chicago which have much better biking culture than Atlanta – not sure I could handle the snow and ice! I remember when we went through a long period of rain (along with flooding) in Atlanta that seemed to never end and I wasn’t the happiest person – I actually was thinking that maybe the drought that we had before wasn’t so bad! 🙂 So…I’d hate to actually move somewhere, thinking I’d love it and then find that it wasn’t so great. Vacations with nice weather are one thing, but I have to remind myself that living somewhere day in and day out is entirely another!

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