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Kismet

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Kismet. It means fate; destiny. Today was Kismet. Spontaneous. Unplanned. Unexpected. Overwhelmingly beautiful. Every minute of it a private birthday gift to me, unwrapped and revealing a new and completely unanticipated surprise. A 51st birthday, could not have been better, had I orchestrated it myself, detail by detail. In cycling, I’ve learned, especially when dealing […]


Rogue Valley Views

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The following are some of my favorite photos of adventures I’ve had on bike during the last year. This first picture was taken at Applegate Lake at Carberry Road in mid-summer, maybe early August. Here is what it looks like in late February. We actually packed our bikes on the back of the Durango and […]


Gold Ray Road/Upper River Road

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It’s funny how sometimes you can be grinding away in life, everything’s hard, bumpy, takes all your effort and perseverance just to get through the days. You can be existing like this, then suddenly, something catastrophic or nearly catastrophic occurs, after which life almost instantaneously smooths out, becomes almost easy. Well, that is, if death […]


Winter Riding

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The weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a beautiful weekend. Perfect for riding in Southern Oregon. Well, almost perfect. The temps were in the mid-30’s, and on Monday, the weather reached a balmy 43 degrees. Clear, blue skies, sunny. Cold. Just the kind of weather to ride in if you have the appropriate […]


With Greater Resolve

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The above meme appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday. My instant reaction was, “Duh!” As a cyclist (amateur wannabe status only), I’m always looking back. Okay, I’m not always looking back, but I look back often. Because I take pictures often. I also like to look back and consider how far I’ve come. For these […]


Flood Watches and Flood Warnings

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Late this summer, I received a letter in the mail notifying me that Central Point, Oregon, (the small burg I reside in) is in a flood plane. Well, parts of it are. I didn’t entirely understand the letter, and I don’t entirely understand how FEMA determines which areas on the map are most likely to […]


Even A Bad Day on the Bike…

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Lately, I’ve been struck with the realization that life changes on a dime. Okay, so, it isn’t really lately that I’ve become aware of this. I’ve been noticing this for quite a few years now. I think it is something like twenty. Ernest Hemingway in, The Sun Also Rises, penned these words: “How did you […]


Cycling from Central Point to Rogue R...

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine on Facebook mentioned that he was trying to ride from Central Point to Gold Hill, but he was deterred by the hills. This challenged me to try to find a way to ride to Gold Hill, that wasn’t hilly, if indeed there was any such route. I’ve […]


Family Fun?

A Day At The Lake

Why is it that family vacations or day trips are such a troublesome venture? Just the idea of a day trip to a nearby lake can be fraught with tension. A family vacation can place the stress, tension and conflict on levels that resemble something of a national disaster. I don’t know why we go […]


No Fun

Two miles of hot, dusty gravel road. One mile, at least but it felt like much more, not riding my bike, but forcing it up the hill beside me. We weren’t even five miles into our ride and I was experiencing a new “first”. I was not having fun. My cyclometer wasnt recording my mileage. […]


Goldilocks and Life Choices

Sometimes the decisions you make alter the direction of your life forever. We make decisions every day. Most of the time we do this without thinking and these decision don’t dramatically affect the course of our lives. At other times, the decisions are huge and they change everything: whether or not to marry, to stay […]


No Two Rides Are The Same

One of the things I love about Southern Oregon is the mild winter weather. On one of these delightful weekends, the weather was warm, reaching the low 60’s at times. I took advantage of this wonderful winter climate and managed to log 63 miles on the Fun Wheels. We normally spend our time on the […]


Blogger on Bike

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Hi, I'm Cat A.Olson, @According2Cat on Twitter, or @TheDigitalCat on Instagram, and I write about my cycling adventures. In 2010, after 25 years off the bike, I decided to get a bike and start riding again. In 2012, I was diagnosed with DCIS, an early and completely curable form of breast cancer. I had five weeks of radiation treatment and I rode my bike to nearly every treatment. In 2013, I decided to get a faster bike. I'm finally getting serious about losing weight, and riding really fast with the cool kids.

I ride every chance I get, as fast as I can, for as long as my body will allow. I'm learning how to embrace challenges like helmet hair, padded pants, clipless shoes, flat tires, bugs in my teeth, and...ugh...hills. I'm learning that both cycling and life are easier and a lot more fun when you're in the right gear.

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