COVID-19 Wk 4: New Normal

What felt odd only a few weeks ago is starting to feel like the “normal” routine now. Truth be told though Mia and I don’t feel like our day to day lives have changed all that much. We’re both actually working more the past 4 weeks than the previous 3-4 months.

I baked a quiche while working from home last week

The obvious things like not getting together with friends and only one of us is allowed in New Seasons. But I still get up and go to work and I still ride my bike. Bike riding has actually increased the past 10 days. I’m trying to avoid taking Trimet to work and with the weather super nice it doesn’t make sense to drive all the way to work. Instead I biked the 17 miles each way Monday – Thursday last week and worked from home on Friday. A nice long mixed surface ride on the Salsa Cutthroat on Saturday and a quick road ride on Sunday afternoon put me over 200 miles for the week. Not too shabby considering it is only April.

Codi doesn't see much change either

I wish I could ride with friends or go hiking with Mia and Codi in the national forest. Instead Mia and I base our exercise from the front door. I can reasonably carry enough food and water on my body and bike for 3-4 hours. If I want to wear a CamelBak and strap on a handlebar bag I could conceivably ride 5-6 hours without ever having to set foot in a convenience store or coffee shop.

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Seen while riding

Not having any specific races to target has slowed me down a bit on rides. I’ve noticed some cool and unique things while exploring around the Forest Grove area.

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We have some beautiful old craftsman homes in Old Town
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Quaint

I’m really hoping to get over to mountain bike around Hagg Lake. It will probably have to be on a weeknight since the weekends seem to bring out way too many people over that way.

That’s about it for now.

Thanks for reading,
-Pete

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