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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Christmas Eve, and another flat

Written December 24th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

There are better things to think about on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, but as I’m sitting by the side of a Southern Oregon road with a wheel in my hands, I’m wondering about this: What is it in the cosmic scheme of things that causes sharp little bits of steel and slivers of glass to find […]

Back on the open road …

Written December 13th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

After a full week of winter weather, all that misery was over Friday. Mid-valley roads and city streets were clear again for a bike rider to follow one of his usual routes, which in this case includes Pirtle Drive south of Albany (below). During the week of first snow and then ice, some cyclists could be seen braving Albany […]

Thanksgiving’s over, but …

Written November 28th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The only point here is that there’s more to Thanksgiving besides turkey, football and a big family meal. Among many other things, we have reason to be grateful for the uncrowded, open countryside near which many of us have the privilege to live. (hh)

Waiting for a green that never comes

Written September 16th, 2013 by

This summer I had the opportunity to ride my bike around California’s Newport Beach, and I was delighted to find that the street department there had placed buttons where cyclists can reach them to activate the traffic signals when there happen to be no cars to do so. Too bad nothing like that has been […]

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