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A cooler ride than the “Steambath Corridor Trail” ride from last night. Halfway through the ride, I learned a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Multnomah and Clackamas County. A check on the weather radar indicated the storm was near Mt. Hood, but nothing approaching Portland. The weather didn̵

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Portland (Oregon) had a little taste of the southeast United States weather with wretched steamy heat on Monday. I rode on the Springwater Corridor Trail for my usual 15-mile loop before my workout at the gym this afternoon. The bike computer recorded the temperature at 95°F. The air felt extremely muggy and steamy, especi

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On the next Bike Milwaukie, riders will loop the Dogwood City and tour the many local existing and future city parks. The estimated 10-mile easy-paced ride begins and finishes at Milwaukie City Hall. The group meets at Milwaukie City Hall on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.  The relatively easy ride with some hills 

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This is an interesting observation involving the speed limit signs in my neighborhood. Along SE Johnson Creek Boulevard just east of SE 36th Avenue in the Ardenwald neighborhood, there are three “SPEED 25″ signs posted just yards apart from each other. Two signs are mounted on utility poles and one sign is mount

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Looking at my photos from Providence Bridge Pedal 2013, besides being a cloudy morning, the time stamp on the starting line reads “Aug. 11, 2013, 07:42:44.” Then, another starting line photo with timestamp “Aug. 11, 2013, 08:47:19.” I do remember the starting line nightmare from last year. How did it

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Today’s 50-mile bicycle ride followed the same route and direction, and the same lunch stop at Subway as the previous July 17th  ride . One change to the ride was skipping Cathedral Par, which is down at the bottom of a steep hill. As for the weather, I can’t complain about the sun, gentle breeze, […]

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(Editor’s note: I have discontinued PDXWerewolf.com on July 26, 2014. There are a few posts of my thoughts and experience worth looking back and re-posting to BJDorr.com. This post originally posted on June 9, 2014 on PDXWerewolf.com.) Alright, normally when I see movies they are either in the local theater or I wait

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You may have already heard about the demonstration video going around about the “unmeltable” Walmart ice cream sandwich from KIKN 100.5 FM in Sioux Falls where a Walmart brand ice cream sandwich was left out under the sun and didn’t melt. The report was intriguing and it was something I thought I can easil

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Being in a city does not always mean having towering buildings, noisy traffic, and dazzling signs encapsulating anyone that it should mean escaping town and head to the mountain of solitude. In Portland, Oregon, one escape to nature is only a short bus ride away on the West Hills in southwest Portland: Tryon Creek State [&#

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a flood plain tucked between the east bank of the Willamette River and the bluffs of the Sellwood neighborhood, is one of the most spacious and beautiful natural areas in the Portland area. It’s one-mile dirt trail offers a quiet, shaded hike on the eastern edge of the flood basin, with [&

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If there is one way to learn about the history of your city, take a history tour by bicycle. Bike Milwaukie’s Greg Baartz-Bowman led the forty-rider Sunday ride through Milwaukie neighborhoods, pointing out key historical landmark tour. The ride started out at Milwaukie City Hall approximately 9:30 a.m.then returns to

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Saturday’s bicycling journey takes me on a 35-mile round-trip journey to the end of the Springwater Corridor  Trail in Boring, Oregon. It wasn’t until last December when the trail paving project between SE Rugg Rd. and Boring Station completed and opened to the public. This ride is very much straight forward wi

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Tommy Tutone’s lead singer Tommy Heath performs a live solo acoustics street performance at Wine:30 in downtown Milwaukie on Saturday night. What a fabtastic night and thank you Tommy Tutone and Wine:30 bar! I love it when downtown Milwaukie becomes lively on summer nights. View Photographs

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Of all the years that I’ve lived in Milwaukie, I’ve always wanted to take a cruise on the Portland Spirit. Today, I finally booked reservations, hopped on the TriMet bus to Hawthorne Bridge and boarded the Portland Spirit. The lunch cruise idea sparked yesterday afternoon when I stopped at the Salmon Street Foun

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After spending a good two-hour lunch cruise on the Portland Spirit today, I walk back across the Hawthorne Bridge to catch my bus back to Milwaukie. As I’m walking, I look down and spot a yellow and white sailboat capsized and a life jacket floating along the Willamette River east bank. Next to is a […]

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It’s been a long time (actually, since March 2013) when I last rode my traditional 50-mile loop. What I can tell you is the nice, warm and clear day brought a smile to my face. The ride also allowed me to make a few critiques about my ride. Indeed, I do need to start riding […]

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At 8:13 a.m. Pacific Time today, I received the first Tweet indicating a Malaysia Airline passenger jet had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. As more information became available, the alleged cause of the crash is the Boeing 777 jet was cruising at 33,000 feet when it was shot down by a ground-to-air missile. [

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Today’s outgoing adventure takes me to the historic Timberline Lodge at the 5,960-foot level on Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in the state of Oregon. I started off with a fantastic and delicious lunch buffet in the historic lodge’s Cascades Dining Room (and a waffle mishap). After lunch, I shot a few photos from in

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This is my first year attending TikiKon. I worked Friday night, so I missed all the fun during the Mysteries of the Deep festivities at Star Theater in downtown Portland. TikiKon started for me late Saturday morning at the Red Lion at the Quay in Vancouver, Washington. Registration check-in in the vendor’s hall proces

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I’m yielding to a rooster crossing SE 29th Ave. in Milwaukie.

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At the Portland Art Museum is this statue of a coyote sitting and staring towards the plaza between the two museum buildings. Three weeks ago, CycloTram blog featured a more elaborate write-up about this same coyote called “Coyote IV.”  For me, it was more about taking a photograph under the “Oregon soft

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This is one of the sights captured from my evening bicycle ride tonight. A Zodiac towing a homemade raft on the Willamette River below the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Marquam and Tillikum bridges are in the background.

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Monday’s thunderstorm passing over the Portland (Ore.) region pummeled half-inch diameter hail onto the region. Knowing parts of the United States receives hail a few inches in diameter, half-inch diameter hail seems like nothing. It’s also rare for Portland to receive hail this large like the one that fell Mond

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Seth McFarland’s “Family Guy” and “Cosmos” have been such a hit. His A Million Ways To Die In the West, however, fell  flat like a dead horse. The crude and dry humor in the this western comedy just didn’t ignite a chuckle for me. I felt quite bored sitting through the entire two hours o

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A strong thunderstorm cell passed over the Portland area Monday afternoon with pounding hail, rumbling thunder, and frequent lightning flashes. About 4:20 p.m. a storm cell moved over Milwaukie area from the north with thunder roaring. Shortly after, the rain started falling then with marble-sized hail but very little wind.

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It was to no surprise for me that after participating in Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride last year that I’d be asked about riding in it for 2014.  My answer for this year is no. I had my reasons to decline participating this year. There were two factors involved: the ride’s new meeting location and [R

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Tonight was a very good night for those who wished for mural art in Milwaukie city limits. The Milwaukie City Council voted unanimously in favor for ordinances that make code changes and amendments to allow mural art on commercial building walls within the city limits. The current code places murals under the same definitio

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I’m always up for a good bike ride, especially up for one where I can ride with our city leaders and fellow community volunteers. The first-ever “Rollin’ On the River,” a new ride from Portland to Milwaukie organized by Milwaukie Rules’ Mandy Zelinka, was both fun and informative. Both Milwauki

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The warm, summer-like weather in the Portland area was prime for some bike riding. My ride, however, was cut short as soon as I left my driveway and pedaled fifty feet up the hill. One stroke felt quite firm. The next stroke I could hear the chain slip and felt the loss of torque in […]

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