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  •  There's a little Tom McCall in your writing... (8+ / 0-)

    But I wouldn't disagree for a minute:

    With the exception of the 4 months of pelting sideways 40 degree rain...
    The rain! Oh hell you don't even want to experience it!


    Fucking sideways!

    And 40 degrees? Not where I am. It is much, much colder. And, didn't we both mention it is fucking pelting? Yes, yes we did.

    So...come visit. But bring an umbrella so we can tell you're a visitor. And then leave.

    Or not.

    Hell, we've got a bit more room.

    Just try to adjust.

    (Hint, more fun has seldom been had  than riding a good bike in Oregon while wearing appropriate rain-gear).

    And when the sun shines, there is nothing so glorious.

    •  I wear Shower Pass gear and ride a Trek Portland, (6+ / 0-)

      my friend and sincerely appreciate the comparison to Tom McCall however undeserved and even with the 'but' appended. I've paid the 40 degree 40 mph tax on most of the major and many of the minor roads between Crater Lake and Mt. Rainier and from the Olympic Penninsula to San Francisco so I do know the (not to be too poetic) piercing joy of a high sweat in a driving rain, teeth bared like a madman as the great Pacific hurls itself upon Cannon Beach. Woo Hoo! And the gear I had back then was, to say the least, more modest and far less functional than what I have now.
      I look forward to coming up this spring or summer but I doubt I can ever match riding from the town of St. Helens to Eugene the day after the July 22, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, 35 miles west of the town. In town and along Hwy. 30 the ash was about a foot deep and fine as pastry flower and climbing Cornelius Pass was one of the most dangerous and foolish things I've ever done. At some point I recall telling myself "this is stupid, but it will make one hell of a story". The ash finally petered out around McMinville, I was alive, very dusty and in fact had one hell of a story that takes up no room at all in my panniers.

      "Liberals support..... constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights, capitalism, and the free exercise of religion." Wikipedia. And that's bad how?

      by Old Lefty on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 03:27:56 AM PDT

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    •  Try riding a motorcycle in a dress in the rain. (2+ / 0-)
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      Cartoon Peril, peachcreek

      The docs where I worked as a lab tech laughed thier asses off to see me ride up on my Honda 90 in snow or rain... I could ride across Eugene  (18 miles) to the office for less then a $1 a week. Eugene of course has an excellant bus system , always has had as long as anyone I know remembers.

      This year is exceptional at the level of the Willamette through Eugene...

      We chase sunshine on days that we are desperate LOL.

      Proud Slut...Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 12:58:16 AM PDT

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      •  Quack (0+ / 0-)

        U of O '77-'82, got a great big nasty scar on my right elbow from going a little too fast one moonlit night down by Pre's Trail. The bike/run/millrace/Willamette River systems are a real treasure and a great example of progressive urban planning, a good deal of which came came out of the School of Architecture which I attended back before I had quite figured  what Ayn Rand was really all about.

        You paint a funny picture with proudly flapping and no doubt slutty skirt. Apropos of which devinerush I give you a Devine Rush.

        Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

        by Old Lefty on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 03:26:47 PM PDT

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