(DO NOT) Call Me Anytime

My apologies to Debbie Harry, but some headlines write themselves! Canada’s National Do Not Call Registry went into effect September 30th. But registering only with the government’s registry doesn’t mean you can get through dinner without the annoyance of telemarketers calling just yet. Unfortunately, the legislation that made the registry

Riding In America

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly My Sony laptop died on the 20th, hence the long break between posts. One would think technology might last longer than three weeks (the time between purchase and watching the screen go black… never to work again). Yes, one would think that… and

Whittingham Sets New Record

Sam Whittingham, the Canadian cyclist and bike builder who has dominated the sport of HPV racing for nearly a decade, pedaled his Varna Diablo III recumbent bike to a new world record speed of 82.3 mph (132 kph) late Thursday, under conditions that veterans of the World Human Powered Speed

Fast Tuesday

Wednesday, Sept. 17/08 Battle Mountain NV Speeds continue to creep upwards at the Human Powered Speed Challenge, but so did the wind velocity during the Tuesday evening runs, wreaking havoc on expectations for the most speed-friendly weather of the week. Sam Whittingham and Fred Markham are still the two fastest

Day One Delivers!

Sept. 16, Battle Mountain NV Good conditions prevailed on Monday, during Day One of competition at the 2008 World Human Powered Speed Challenge, with riders posting very respectable times and looking forward to even higher speeds today. Once again the Varna machines have proven themselves – Georgi Georgiev designed bikes

Speed Challenge 2008 Qualifying Session

Pictures from early morning qualifying session — Monday, Sept. 15/08 SR 305 outside Battle Mountain NV(where the HPV Speed Challenge takes place) Sam Whittingham prepares for his first qualifying run in the fourth version of the Varna Diablo Beautiful paint on “Fast” Freddy Markham’s machine Sam’s second run — this

Train trip travail

A long row of Humvees at the Tacoma train station photo: Chris Keam Sept . 12, 2008 – 7:35pm, somewhere between Eugene and Klamath Falls, Oregon. Can one stall a train? Apparently, yes. The scheduled stop at Eugene lasts longer than expected when the locomotive decides it’s more loco than


Seattle – Friday, Sept 12/08 Boxing a bike is easier than I thought. Delighted to see a Momentum magazine at the local coffee shop where I’m frantically checking email and writing this post twenty minutes before the boarding call for the train. More when I get to Sacramento, including, hopefully,


Sunset on Chuckanut Drive – Sept. 10/08Photo: Chris Keam Sept. 11 9:00am – One mile south of Larrabee State ParkI crossed the into the US border yesterday afternoon at the Peace Arch border crossing . I didn’t ask Border Protection Officer Engels if he’s any relation to Marx’s good buddy