Author: jbo

“Gone Within”

This is a line that my father-in-law uses that I love. It is only used in the past tense, and it’s used to explain the unintentional detaching for some inner reflection time. It’s probably the best excuse you can have for those moments in a conversation when the other conversers realize that you’re no longer […]


“Not Safe For Strava?” On my ride today, all the potential ride titles i was coming up ended up sounding too racy (though no raciness intended). So I stuck with a safe title, using the lyrics from “AM Radio”: 162: “With Big Bell Bottoms And Groovy Long Hair…”. Now, a bit later, I realize that […]


I have a son,His name is Drew.When my legs quit early,Here’s what I do. I text him with an offerOf drinks and food for free,If he drives outTo rescue me. I love my son,He’s quick with his texting!And he loves meFor the Fatburger he’s now eating! 150: DrĂ¼ber

Rent To Own?

A friend of ours was telling me about their son’s summer internship plans. Their son had been debating several options, and one of them involved a line of work that others described to him as “selling your soul to the devil.” Obviously, this made him uneasy about even entertaining the idea. But I think there’s […]

Happy Birthdays!

If you’re going to give someone a chore for their birthday, you better make sure it’s well worth the work. I worked hard to make this one easily clears the bar. Alas, Jevan and Ben will have to be the judge. Strava Puzzle #3 is even shorter than #2 (Annie Are You OK?), which was […]

Musical Accompaniment

I take a lot of photos on my rides, and while that makes for a richer sharing experience with others, it still leaves much to be desired. One thing that could certainly make it better would be to match these pictures with the most fitting music that could be played when encountering that same scene. […]

Crashless Streak Ends at 868

I was on a really good tear with regard to my “Days Since Last Crash” streak, nearly doubling my previous best. But today, when I was on a good tear of another kind (riding the fun Rose Hill / Bridle Trails path from the park down to Marymoor), the mud that I had been enjoying […]

Best Church Names

One terrific discovery on all of my extended retreat rides has been the more creative church names I’ve encountered. Here are my top two so far (both in NC … bummer that I haven’t found any better names in my home state of VA … yet): 1) The Remnant of His SeedMy mind isn’t in […]

Sharp As A Tack

Found this audio clip from an especially excruciating day on my 2019 1:22pm: “One mile at a time. On skyline drive. In the shade. 73 degrees. 62 miles down. What does that mean? 44 to go. No, 54 to go. Geez, bad math. 54 to go.” Yes, I talk to myself while I’m riding. No, […]


Here’s a business idea for my Mormon buddies. This picture is heading in the right direction, with some nice wheels to shuttle these missionaries in style. So now, picture this: A cycling jersey that is an imitation of a missionary shirt, tie, and badge. Even if we can’t convince the missionaries to wear them, I […]