Finally! A LONG Bike Ride!

Dinner Saturday night was steak, steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes!

Carbs + Fiber + Protein

It seems to be the perfect dinner after a workout, and also the night before a long workout as well.

Sundays are my swim days but today is unusually sunny and warm out. We have less than a month before Reach the Beach and today’s goal is to bike 40 miles. Breakfast was 2 scrambled eggs topped with some shredded cheese, 1/2 a piece of bacon, and a bagel thin with cream cheese and leftover salmon. It was delicious!

Lots of Protein and Carbs

I packed my small backpack with protein bars and GU. I also slathered myself with sunscreen! I am trying to be better.

Protect Yourself!

We headed out for our bike ride around 11:00am or so. We rode on the path along I-205 all the way to Washington! We had done part of the bike path previously but never made it this far.

Bike Path

The sun was out, the temperature was perfect. I wore my wrist brace to see if it helped with the pain and it did.


After about an hour, we stopped to rest and eat our GU.


I had the Chocolate. It kinda tasted like chocolate frosting.


We continued north. The bike path was really nice. It was kept up nicely, the signs were easy to follow. The path was also very hilly.

Residential Neighborhood

We arrived at the airport and turned toward Washington to continue going north. The bridge that goes over the Columbia River is VERY windy. Always. Whenever we drive across the bridge toward Seattle, the high winds shake the car! Now imagine riding your bike across this bridge!

Path on the Freeway

The path goes right down the middle of the freeway. On the right, you can see Mt. Hood. I wish my iPhone had a zoom!

Mt. Hood

So back to this bridge…it was all uphill AND into a head wind. My quads were on fire but I powered through it and then I was in Washington! I’d successfully biked from my house to another state. 🙂

Entering Washington

It’s weird, but the state line is actually in the middle of the Columbia River. Once we were in Washington we connected to a nice, foresty path for a bit.

We turned to head to Downtown Vancouver. The idea was to get lunch somewhere. In the end we decided to head back. Neither of us knew the area and we didn’t want to get lost on the way back. The ride back across the bridge was much easier. It was downhill and we finally had the wind at our backs.

Around this time I was starting to feel tired, hungry and a bit dizzy. We stopped and ate our protein bars and then continued on.


The ride home had a lot of hills! I was out of water and drinking some of Michael’s. Not good. I think I was dehydrated.

We arrived home from our bike ride at about 3 hours and 17 minutes. I burned 1541 calories! Today’s goal was to bike 40 miles in preparation of Reach the Beach. We ended up doing 33 miles. I’m happy with our ride today. It was a great day.

We showered. I did my Foam Roller. Then we went to Mike’s Drive In for food!!!

Drive In!

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon. Too late for lunch, too early for dinner. Oh well! We were famished! I had a bacon cheeseburger, diet coke and we split a small vanilla milkshake. I snagged a few of Michael’s fries! We sat outside on the picnic table, basking in the sun. And we devoured our food. It was the best!!!!

Best Burger

The rest of the day was pretty low-key. We caught up on a bunch of TV shows. Our DVR is 50% full and we’re weeks behind of everything. The only shows we stay current on are Breaking Bad, Lost and Modern Family. My faves!

QUESTION: How did you spend your weekend?

French Food Oh My

For dinner, Michael and I met a friend at Petite Provence. It’s her favorite restaurant and it was her treat for Michael’s birthday. This is what I saw when I first walked in:


Petite Provence is in my old neighborhood. I walked by there a million times living in SE Portland but never went inside. I always thought it was just a pastry shop and not a restaurant. Who knew it was both?


They had freshly baked breads, pastries and of course French desserts.


Oh My! Michael hadn’t arrived quite yet, so my friend and I were seated and caught up a bit. The waiter was quite the Romeo!! I was surprised. I always kind of am when someone flirts with me. Especially that boldly. When I lost the weight and started getting attention from men, I was uncomfortable at first. I wasn’t used to it, it made me nervous, especially since I was a pretty shy person.

Michael arrived. We were seated and ordered dinner. We ordered two cups of the French Onion soup to share. I’ve never had it before and oh my god it was good! Talk about decadent!

French Onion Soup

I got a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc.

French Wine

Dinner arrived. Star got the pork dish with gravy and potatoes. Michael got some fancy turkey sandwich with bacon. And I got the vegetarian quiche with salad. It was delicious!

Vegetarian Quiche

I was so full from the soup and the salad that I only had half of the quiche. I will have that for breakfast tomorrow.


I also had a small piece of their freshly made sourdough toast. Heavenly. Star insisted that we have dessert (since it’s their specialty). We agreed to order one piece of something and split it three ways. Perfect. I didn’t really have room for any more food! I wish I could remember the name of the dessert we had. All I know is that it was chocolate and marvelous. 🙂

Dessert for Three

I am home now and so full I feel like I need to put on sweat pants! Who said French women aren’t fat?!? Goodness. It was an excellent dinner and I had a wonderful time. Too much food, too much exercise this week. I am off to lounge in bed with my book (“The Happiness Project”) and some snuggles with The Cat and The Boy. 🙂 Goodnight!