"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." — Mike Tyson

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stupid is as stupid does....

Ok, ok...been a long run since I've said anything on the blog.  Lots of things going on..

The 16th witnessed my 51st birthday.  The plans were to take a trip of sorts outta town to wherever.  Fruita was the obvious choice as Sun Valley woulda been too cold.  For my birthday, my mother-in-law volunteered to watch the girls and I was off on Friday for a 4 hour drive to CO with plans to camp for a couple 3 days.

I got to Fruita in good shape, sortof, with beers on ice and a little oil for the chain as it were.  I kitted up and pulled the SS off the roof and immediately rode Chutes and Ladders. I'd forgotten how fun riding in Fruita was....I also forgot how you can ride pretty much all the trails in the Bookcliffs area in one day.

I had planned to camp there and ride as much as I could in both the Bookcliffs and the Kokopelli areas.  My birthday was on Saturday and I wanted to do a long ride to celebrate...something like the Edge out and back or another ride like Marys loop, etc.  So....after riding C&L's and then Joe's Ridge (with beers in between), I promptly loaded up the bike with designs of finding a camp spot.

No sooner than I started out, I heard the tell tale "thump-thump" of something being run over by my tires....yep, you guessed it...fuck.me.  I just ran over my front wheel pretty much killing the skewer, bending the rim and rotor and rendering the wheel unridable.

After finishing my beer, I decided the best course of action was to tuck my tail and go home vowing not to mention this episode to anyone...oooops.  "Anyways"...I ended up coming home and riding awesome single track in Park City under beautiful sunny skies, moderate temps and noone on the trails.

Ok then.....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I do like riding bikes...

Got to ride this morning.  "They" said rain.....nope.  Trail was dry and really fast.  Well...as fast as I can go recently.  I running new rubber (Bontrager XDX's) on the gear'd Pereira.  I had a ton of fun even though it was just an hour and I drove to the trailhead.  WTF.  Time is time and I ain't got alot of it these days.

My birthday is coming up....51.  Headed to Fruita, god willing and the creek don't rise.  Thinkin' about spending a good 4 days down there ridin' and havin' fun.  I'll let y'all know what comes of it.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

All work and no play

Been working on the house...".polishing a turd" as it's known to a few.  We have a bathroom and now the promise of another room downstairs.  I've exposed myself to a shit ton of silica dust these days so I'm just wondering what is in the works for my lungs, etc.  Guess you gotta die of something...

Anyway...the good news is...is that my daughter, Caroline, has a new 12" bike and is crushing it!  She's all about riding it (for now, at least) and I'm psyched.  Hopefully, we'll get to ride together soon.  We've been hittin' the pool too.  She trotted up to the top of the big slide at Murray Park all by herself about 10 times yesterday...she's gettin' too big.

That's about it.  Pretty boring, I know...but that's what my life has been like lately.


Friday, August 6, 2010

On the bike again

Spiro Trail + out of shape me + SS = me.stopping.alot.

Good ride...71 deg at the start, 83 at the end.  Saw a couple of people along the way...no one on the climb, group of 5 drillin' it on the 8000 ft trail, no one on John's.  All in all...not a bad way to spend 2 hrs...except it hurt real bad.

Till next time....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Old Friends

I just spent some QT with some really old friends who live in Asheville....  We used to race bikes together and when we get around each other all the old stories start flying.

Like the time a few of 'em where sitting around the Thonotosassa store after a hugh mile day eatin' and drinkin' when one of 'em chucks a banana peel into an adjacent lot overgrown with grass and weeds.  The old woman living in the house comes out, picks up the peel and chucks it back at Billy sayin', "...this place might look like a dump, but it ain't!".....just cracked everyone up.

Anyway....it was a great visit and made me miss them and the old days even more.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Back to Work

Helping out at a small LBS...psyched to get my hands dirty again.  Been a long time since I've wrenched...a bit nervous that it'll all work out ok.

Wish me luck.


oh yeah....this is tomorrow.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"Selling out is the new keepin' it real"

Saw that little gem on another blog and thought it worth posting....

Had an interesting run-in with a fellow cyclist the other day...  went out for a spin 'cause the timing was right.  nice day, sunny and warm-ish (wool and knees).  Rode up to Wasatch via backroads and ran into a guy headed the same way.

Now I'm not one to judge but he was kitted out in REIs's finest + a sunglass rearview.  It was about 55 deg and he had on booties.  Some people get cold so I wasn't sayin' a thing.  As I eased past him, I made a pleasant comment about us being able to ride on a weekday at 1-ish...the guy gave me a wide berth and look like I shit on his cookie so I kinda went up the road.  I missed a turn and backtracked a block only to see my friend again...this time I said, "...shoulda followed you 'cause you look like you knew the way"...same look as last time and he replied.."...yeah and you should learn how to ride a bike".

Those of you who know me know that I'm no pro but I've ridden a couple of times....and yeah, I could still learn a couple of things about riding but I'm not gonna learn them from that fuckstick.  My buddy Brian said, "..that's what you get for bein' nice, shoulda told the guy to get the fuck outta the way...".  Words to live by.


Monday, March 22, 2010

New look...same bad taste.

I'm back after awhile...  Things have been good and tough since I last posted.  I have a wonderful family and a pretty nice place to live.  Been riding some...fixed gear and wool jerseys.  Weather has been pretty good..gettin' warmer.

Once I figure out something worthwhile to post...I'll do it.  Until that day...keep the rubberside down.