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Elaine Astrue
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Blogger, cyclist, entrepreneur
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Check those bonafides
The feeling came on fast, achingly loneliness. It began creeping last night at the hostel and then picked up at dawn, as I rode to the start of the Santa Cruz Randonneurs 200K. The first ride of the season. I watched the birds observe the rising of the sun,...
Check those bonafides
Check those bonafides
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This
The other day there was a stuffed, heavily taped envelope in our mailbox. The address was familiar, a friend's house. What did I forget? Inside was actually something new! Normally I'm not into gifts and the sender is the same way. For us it's about laughin...
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This
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Don't let that bird fly
You can have interactions that just drain you. With other humans. And you can have interactions that feed you, too... This is Lee, from the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area).  We're about to start the Christmas Trip 2012. Took this photo in case it would be ...
Don't let that bird fly
Don't let that bird fly
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Baggage
To be gluten free, and to travel (outside your house) you need props. This GF bun from Trader Joe's has seen a whole lot of the local area. It was carried in my bike bag 170 miles before this photo was taken. (Only 2 rides, folks.) It's my ticket to being a...
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Baggage
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Two worlds
In January, over lunch at work, a new colleague shared that she'd read every inch of this blog. Then after searching for me on Facebook, all that came up was a damning podcast from Trailer Talks . She recommended I take a good look at my social media profil...
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Two worlds
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Out here on my own
Exactly one week ago we were heading back toward Portland from the Oregon Coast. It was a grey, rainy Sunday afternoon, like today.

This song came on and it resonated so strongly that my sister, in the back seat behind Danny, was looking out the rain-stre...
Out here on my own
Out here on my own
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DIY Father's Day
Though hundreds of miles separate us, the whole day is saturated with memories and appreciation of my dad. Email is impersonal, easy, superficial. Also fast and convenient. Being together, sitting together at the table, that would be ideal. A card would be ...
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Defy gravity
Compared to most places on the planet, where I live is fast and stressful. It's not a big city by population, but it's part of a large urban area and the environment is man-made, high-speed, competitive. Maybe even disrespectful. In general, it's not normal...
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The longest day
The summer solstice is not for a couple of weeks. But today's ride is the longest distance I've ever done in a single go, self-supported, from Florence to (hopefully) Brookings OR. 160 miles. To get to Dad's in the allotted time means 1 day out of 3+ on the...
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The more it slips away
The more you try to control something, the more it slips away    -Jorge Aguirre, personal trainer and former Marine Marly-le-Roi is all traces and outlines now. A study in negative spaces. They say  nothing here, not any more . At the end of the path and up...
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