On Your Left

It’s been a couple of days.  A busy couple of days.

Over the weekend, a friend, nay, a brother in arms, and I rode the Seattle to Portland route together.  That’s Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon.

On bicycles.

Along with 9,998 other cyclists.

If you keep track, that’s 200 miles (322km).

Although we took the easy schedule and did it in two days.  A few others did it in one.

Perhaps next year.

It was a great experience, a well-supported ride through great terrain*.

But the best part was watching a friend ride his very first century (100-miler) on Saturday.  Then follow it up with his second-ever century on Sunday.

Strongly.

So we started out Saturday morning looking at Mount Rainier.  And finished mid-afternoon on Sunday looking at Mount Hood.  That makes it a great ride in my book.

So what does the title of this post have to do with anything?

Well, we kept a high enough pace each day that we spent a significant portion of each day passing other cyclists.  We passed far more than we passed.  And that makes it a good ride.

And the courteous thing to do while passing, especially on open roads, is to let the rider you are passing know that you are there.

“On your left”.

Or, as you get tired of saying it, simply “left”.  Either way gets the point across.

I’m coming through.

Although this photo is not part of the route, this photo was of a road that I look forward to taking the time to ride.  The McKenzie Highway (OR126), situated just north of the Three Sisters in Central Oregon.

It passes through lush forests and barren lava fields.  Gorgeous scenery.

Lava Fields

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For those of you who have enjoyed the images, you may not realize that I do offer my prints for sale.

Each image is a click-through, meaning if you click on it, it will take you to another site (although not this one).  For those I think enough of to offer as a print, which are not all of them (this one did not make that cut), it will take you to my web site where you can purchase them and have them delivered directly to you.  Without watermarks.

Since I have not done a very good job of making this known, I’m offering two coupons valid for the rest of July, 2013.  You just have to browse over to my online gallery.

For purchases up to $300 (before shipping), the discount is 15%.  Just use the code 13Summer when checking out.

For purchases above $300 (before shipping), the discount is 20%.  Just use the code 13Summer20 when checking out.

Unfortunately, only one coupon is valid per order.

If you are considering prints (e.g., not canvas or framed images) I cannot recommend the metallic finish enough.  Seriously.  It adds a dimension to the images that cannot be matched in any other finish.  Almost three-dimensional, especially when it comes to portraits and landscape.  It is my go-to finish for any prints I order, especially for my family portraits.

While I mainly post landscape images here, I do have several other genres that I enjoy capturing:  Travel, Architecture, Nature, Street and Autos.  Each genre is available directly from my main page.

Thank you for your consideration.  And for stopping by to read my rambles.

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* Official photos to follow.

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