Sunday, May 9, 2010

Don't call it a comeback

Life is a beautiful and our health is a gift. You have to roll with the punches and keep smiling. Take advantage of every day. My friend Eric has taught me these lessons and I was fortunate enough to accompany him on the most excellent Front Door Adventure over my Spring Break. Eric and I rode Seattle to Seattle in a four-day loop up Whidbey Island to Bellingham and back home via Snohomish, going disaster style and crashing with friends and family along the way.
This was Eric's first big bike trip since being diagnosed with a Left Ventricular Myotpathy and having an internal defibrillator placed in his chest three months ago. I don't know about you, but I feel inspired by Eric and lucky to count him as a friend. Knowing A guy like Eric makes it quite a bit harder for me to create excuses for not getting on my bike and riding to work on rainy Seattle days. For this, I am grateful.



Start this day like most of the others, at Brown's Coffee. The Lieutenant Brown's Dark Roast Rescue is the best dark roast in Seattle.

I found a nice diversion through the park on the way to Mukilteo Ferry Terminal using the Google Maps bicycle option.

It is fun to put your bike on a boat.

The accommodations at Dave and Diane's were much more than we expected. Thank you.

Eric and I stayed at Swede Hill Cellars on South Whidbey. My good friend Eric Murphy and his partners Dave Ott and Diane Coffman run the winery and are producing fantastic wines. Here Dave shares a glass of 06 Merlot with Eric and I.

Start the day like many others, with some fresh ground Lieutenant Brown's Dark Roast Rescue

Health Fuel.

Terrible Island scenery.

Don't trust this man.

Underside of Deception Pass Bridge.

The Edison, at Edison. I have been told that people have fun here.

You wouldn't get this shot from a car at 55 mph.

One of the two rules at the Magic Bus.

Andy Cat...fat and happy.

Eric and I took the Interurban Trail from Larrabee State Park into Bellingham. It is nice to ride a bike that can handle a little trail riding as well.

Not sure how we ended up here for half the day...

but like I said before, don't trust this guy.

This road goes from the Farm to the Market.

When given the choice, one should always take the Best Road.... it usually leads to something nice to look at.

I didn't put this sign here, I only photographed it and posted it in hopes that someone might explain exactly what is means.

Jerry will help you in any way he can. He specializes in lighters and porn.

Many good things can be found in the Man Cave in Silvana, WA.

One of the many highlights of the trip was seeing Sadie and my new niece Madeline Wren. She apparently doesn't feel the same about me.

Buffy, the only Buffalo in recorded history to bike from Seattle to Snohomish.

On the last night of the trip Eric and I stayed in the basement at Mom and Dad's in Snohomish. My mother is very fortunate to have married such a good looking man.

One last hydration stop at the Bothell Ale House, one of the coolest things going on in Bothell.

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