Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Birthday time

That's right.  It was my birthday.  It was of course intermixed with other responsibilities, my dad's birthday, some work at home, soccer games, etc.  As is life for us adults right?  I did however take a day off of work and managed two rides in two days plus spent some nice time with my wife whom it feels like I never get to see even though we live in the same house.

First icy windshield of the year.
I had planned a 50 mile rural road route.  But time didn't allow it.  I cut it short but still managed 30 miles of this.
And this.
All followed with one of my favorite meals.  Potatoes, peppers, onions, and sausage.
Went to Lake Hope on my day off and did another 20 miles of single speed riding.
Lunch at the Lake Hope Lodge with this lovely lady.
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Monday, October 14, 2013


Yes, I am one of those guys.  I love fall.  Though, I am not a fan of all the pumpkin spice flavored things, I do enjoy squash, the cool weather, outdoor fires, the changing colors, and rides down rural roads.  Only things I am not a fan of: yellow jackets and lady bugs.

Since the weekend trip to WVa, I discovered I developed a ganglion cyst on my left wrist, most likely due to the stress of riding a full rigid bike on the rock strewn trails of Davis.  Guess I need to take it easy on the MTB for a while and see how it goes.

Saturday was OU homecoming.  Sunpower tailgates and gets tickets, so we make a thing out of it.  This year Brock did pretty well.  We watched the parade, had some tailgate food and played at the tailgate park, then got through half time and the Marching 110 performance before we had to get him pointed towards home.

Sunday I had a chance to hit some of the rural roads on my d440.  I could ride these roads all day long.  Love this time of year!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MTB Davis 2013

Made our now annual trip to WVa to mountain bike last weekend.  Great weather, gorgeous views of fall in the mountains, good company, great (though tough) trails.  And just to prove it could all be done, I rode it on my rigid steel single speed.  Here are a few of the photos from the trip, more at the link  below.  Only downer was Shelly wasn't able to come along.  Worth the drive and ready to go back.

Truck loaded and ready to roll!

No river front campsite this year.  Our favorite spot was squatted by a camper that has been there at least the last two months.

Hey look, some rocks.

Delicious hamburger dinner at the Tip Top in Thomas. 


Pano of CVI trails.

Ladies hammering the trails too.

More CVI land.

Moon Rocks!

Pano at the top of Moon Rocks.

The group minus the cameraman.

Hi Jamie.

Hi Ryan.

Hellbender's for lunch.

You can own this house lot overlooking the Canaan Valley wildlife refuge area.

Ski runs in the distance.

Relaxing in camp as the sun goes down.  Ryan and the gang put together a great dutch oven roast and veggie dinner cooked in the fire.

Cool mornings, the dogs didn't mind.

No river at camp, but we got rocks.

Fall in the mountains.

Rigid on Plantation trail.

Jamie with full suspension on Plantation trail.

Ryan got a flat on Sunday, the only mechanical of the weekend.

Pizza at Sirianni's in Davis.

Brock put the boats to use when I got home.

Ryan takes on moon rocks.

Jamie takes on moon rocks.