Sunday, November 30, 2008


Vacation was a blast for Laura and me. We draggged along our three dogs as well and everything worked out fine. The truck was packed to the gills with four bikes, camping gear (we never used it) and three dogs. I was able to ride seven days straight in three different states. Sedona, Nevada and Utah. We rode msot of the trails in Las Vegas, Nevada which included Bootleg Canyon, Blue Diamond and Cottonwood Valley. About 20 of us traveled to Utah to ride Gooseberry Mesa as well on the day after Thanksgiving and ride the Hurricane Rim trail, which most of us had never done before. I'm always hell bent to ride Gooseberry and have never bothered to check out this trail. It was worth it. 22 miles with 2100 feet of climbing. A perfect ride to throw in before you ride Gooseberry in the same day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Thursday, November 20, 2008


Vacation time for Laura and I and the three dogs starts tomorrow for a week long road trip to Vegas with stops at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, possibly Sedona and on the way back, Gooseberry Mesa to ride. AND of course ride in Vegas at Blue Diamond and Bootleg Canyon. It should be a great time to see friends and family.

Monday, November 17, 2008

White Rim in a Day! Epic!!

Well, I finally was able to get to Moab and ride the White Rim in a Day. What an adventure. Mitch Fedak and crew from Gunny, CB and Durango where there to ride the WRIAD. I met some great people and had an equally great ride. The pictures cannot do it any justice. I recorded 102 miles with actual pedal time of 8 hours 40 minutes that took about 11 hours to complete with stops for food, pics, etc.. If you havent ridden it, get there and do it!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Off to ride the White Rim in a Day in Moab with a group of Durango folks. Should be a hoot.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ride When You Can

Arrived home from work tonight at 6pm and the temperature was a balmy 40 degrees so I decided to jump on the Bianchi SS Cross bike and go south on highway 145 for a bit. It was perfect riding temp. It sure can be lonely by yourself in the dark but so beautiful with a full moon glimmering off of the white snow along the roadway. It is these times on the bike you have to really appreciate. Looking forward to the weekend to go ride the White Rim. The weather forecast is looking really good. Here are a couple of pics, one of the moon that didnt turn out so great. I really need to learn how to use my


Monday, November 10, 2008

It's starting to snow outside. A small amount to be expected out of this system. I'm definitely not looking forward to winter yet as it was a short summer, or it seemed. But once winter is here and the snow is packed on the ground I will accept my fate of driving many miles to ride in the desert where the snow is not. On the other hand I will be excited for the Telluride Ski area to open so I can refine my telemark skiing skills. And of course there is the snow shoeing and cross country skiing options as well. On another bright note: it looks like I will finally ride the White Rim in Moab this weekend with Mitch and his crew. 100 miles of fun. Maybe Matt will join us too??!!! I think he has done it three times in the past month.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and Laura and I will be heading to Vegas for 9 days to ride and enjoy our friends we havent seen in a year. Bootleg Canyon, Blue Diamond and Gooseberry Mesa are on our menu for riding, not to mention some roadie rides out at Red Rock Loop. Good times to be had for sure. Keevin and his girlfriend Heidi are joing us from SoCal as well.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another weekend gone and in the books. It was a great one as usual. Family in town and some good short rides. Laura's mom and her boyfriend came to visit us for two nights. They/we had a blast. We ate some great cuisine at the Argentine grill here in Rico on Saturday evening. It was amazing. I was able to ride Phil's World on Friday, a SS cyclocross ride on Saturday to T-Ride and Phil's World again today. They have added 5 miles of new single track which makes the total loop 20 miles. These guys down there have worked hard to make this happen. There is a new parking lot and new single track leaving the trailhead and coming back. I applaud these folks for the hard work they have done. I saw Shawn McGregory out today with his chainsaw and tools working on the new Ledges Loop. Also I saw a large Durango group of single speeders riding the new single track with smiles all across the board. Good stuff.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Looks like winter is here in the high country. Telluride received 17" of snow on Wednesday. Here in Rico we received about 3-4". That time of year again to bring out the rollers; and that is what I did this morning and last night. Being on the rollers is a torture session at times but a necessity. This is the transition time of year for us high country folks where the ski area isnt open yet but a bit too nasty to get outside on the bike. I'm looking forward to Telemark skiing agian this year.

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Fork

Just received today a "new to me" White Brothers 29er Magic fork with the IMV technology. I picked it up on EBay for a whopping $210. The fork is in immaculate condition. It was bought from a bike shop in Dacorah, IA. This fork will go on the Airborne Ti 29er. I am a big fan of the White Brothers forks after Matt urged me to pick one up last year after I cracked my Ti Sibex rigid fork .

Sunday, November 2, 2008

This is my new blog..................enjoy as it matures.

Another Great Weekend

Another great weekend of riding. Here in Rico the high country is still accessible unlike the previous two years that I have lived here. Today's ride was on the Voodoo 29er SS up Scotch Creek over to the CT, and down Salt Creek to Highway 145 and back to Rico. Total mileage was around 30 miles+ and 5K of climbing.