Winter Cycling

Cold weather and air is adaptable. Getting sick cannot be fun. Constant boosting of my immune system is key to my survival through the Winter commutes. Often, the choice of bike depicts exactly how fast you will get to point B or point C. Weather forecasters and I all suck at predicting the weather. Here in Illinois, the weather forecasts change hourly.


As long as the Winter cyclist is dressed appropriately, the cold shouldn’t truly effect a cyclists well-being. Of course, it is not good for anyone to be out in negative degree Fahrenheit temperatures for longer than 60 minutes.


Layers are more important than bicycle choice. Correct footwear, headwear and handwear are most crucial to comfort.


My commutes range from 6-8 miles to and from 6-8 fro. The time ranges from 20-45 minutes each way. In-between my rides, the work hours range from 7-13 hours. Lights are essentially a must. At the moment, two front (both 700 lumens) and one rear attempt to keep me seen. I have just upgraded to a brighter rear light as I’ve been riding more road lately on my cross bike. The All-Weather hard-case tires are amazing in sloppy conditions. My FatBike, the Arrogant Bastard, is so heavy and slow and hard to commute with unless an utter snow massacre has just happened.




Daiya Ⓥajita

With ease, comfort and deliciousness, Ⓥajitas are ever customizable and fun. Cooked brown rice was tossed with Earth Balance ‘butter’, ‘parmesan cheese’, Paprika, Tomatoes and Black Beans.


A skillet was heated. Veggie Broth, Peppers, Onions, Gardein ‘chicken’, Corn, Garlic & Onion Powder were simmered before being tossed in Flour Tortillas.



Depth perception isn’t always our greatest friend. When assumption collides with confidence, someone is bound to fall on their ass.


Spending all week mastering riding road tires decently quickly on ice/snow, a tree branch brings ya down. And brings ya down hard, reminding you how old you truly are.


Recover, Forget, Persevere.


I needed to redeem my original Ⓥajita concept. HERE IS DAIYA ⓋAJITA.

Happy Monday

Hello all. Apologizes (if any care:) for the three-week hiatus from WordPress. A world as I once knew is over and has been shaken up like die in a Yahtzee cup to be tossed out ever so strategically.


Within six days of first being aware of an amazing career opportunity, it was final. From finding out that this career opportunity was mine, seven days were mine to prepare for a move.


Living out of a hotel for twelve straight nights were experience. My second day, I (with others) was flown out-of-state for training, but still stayed in a hotel. Eating healthy wasn’t always the easiest. A few times I made Vegan exceptions with Mexican Food and Pizza.


Change can be extremely rewarding, but you’ll never know if you will not try. Life is only as hard as you make it. Eat healthy. Have an open-mind. Drink a good Beer. Ride a BIKE.



Bicycle Ride


Every single opportunity prior to yesterday has been an impossible mission to partake in an organized ride. Weather or job has disrupted every ride. Somehow, someway this weekend that I normally work was ironically switched to work more in my favor. Yesterday, was a perfect day in Northern Central Illinois. The day finally reached mid eighties when our 5-10 mph wind metric century (65 ish miles) was complete. I rode with a great group of guys and had a lot of fun. Z Tour 2017 was my first ever organized ride.

Vegan food/snacks were consumed, multiple beers were enjoyed and a curious kitten was saved from bicycle trampling by yours truly.

Z Tour



Independence Daze

Spontaneity is amazing. Spontaneity breaks free from routine, altering the normal series of events and, if lucky, realigning planets in your favor. Breaking free from your norm, truly opens your eyes to how well the world can click away from the comforts of familiarity. A brain thinking optimistically obviously helps, but let’s sacrifice sleep to bike to a night of fireworks….







Aldi Veggie Patties

Aldi has always impressed me with their prices and their quality. I have finally tried their Veggie Patties and I need to talk about them. They have two versions. One is advertised as Vegan on the package. The other is also Vegan according to the ingredients, but a Black Bean Chipotle burger with the additive, Cellulose Gum.


Other than that one additive, the ingredients are stated to be mostly Organic and Wholesome. These patties were baked in the oven. I noticed the quality of these patties immediately while placing them on my parchment paper. The Black Bean Chipotle burgers were a bit more flavorful, but not as healthy as the other Veggie burger. It is a funny game with the different levels of “healthy” foods. Both of these Patties are given two thumbs up and I am sold. At only $2.49 per four patties, with their quality and deliciousness, these are a no-brainer. I’ve been eating the Vegan Boca burgers for years now. They are delicious, but more expensive and with more additives. Methylcellulose, Caramel Color, Artificial Flavors, Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate do not sound appetizing and quite frankly is BULLSHIT to be added to food. Boca burgers are usually $3 + and basically a joke, if you ask me. (someone asked me, but it was myself:)


That’s one thing I have learned immediately after choosing the Vegetarian Lifestyle off was that the quicker easier non-meat options are filled with SHIT additives. I, as well as many of you, do not always have time to prepare wholesome food. This Aldi discovery is Euphoric. Not to mention, Aldi doing away with pesticides. I’m a bigger fan of Aldi, now, than I ever have been before.


More Wholesome food at a lower price, Aldi is attempting to change the world for the better with their own hands. THANK YOU.