Sunday, September 28, 2008


Some quick pictures of the house we are renting in Spokane. It is situated in an older neighborhood only three miles from downtown. Parks and trails are in ample supply!

There are definitely some pros and cons with an older house, but we enjoy many of the peculiarities. The neighborhood is absolutely filled with older, interesting homes.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


We took a quick day trip to Coeur d'Alene on Saturday. This town and lake are only 30 miles east of Spokane.

The highlight was a 14-mile ride near Beauty Bay, on the northwest corner of the lake. The ride involved an 1800-foot climb up a narrow, mostly paved road, along a lush creek. Then, four miles on some of the best singletrack I have ridden in years. Narrow, roller coasty and scenic. The trail section of the ride is the Caribou Ridge Trail.

After four sweet miles, the final two miles of the trail involved rocky sections with intense exposure, so we walked significantly. We were warned ahead of time about this last section, so it was no surprise. Despite not being able to ride this part, the scenery just got better, and the ride was well worth it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Bike Lane

Wow, it has been a month since my last post. I have been busy with my move to Spokane. Hopefully, now I will be a little better at intermittent updates.

My bike commute is now only seven miles roundtrip, between the South Hill and downtown. It is so short I take frequent detours, not just to learn more of the local streets, but to achieve a ride of a respectable length.

Today was my first post on Spokane's page of There are very few bike lanes in Spokane, so I feel I need to do my part to protect what we do have. I report each violation to the police, so we will see if it eventually does any good.