Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I'm Here, Where Are You?

So where are you? I'm right here...testing, riding, enjoying every pedal stroke I can get in.

Fall seems to have come and my preferred gravel bike (it's a Lynskey Ridgeline) is getting a workout on the gravel and forest roads as well as on some local trails.

This bike was inspired by me after doing too much drooling over the new Trek 920 disc. for the first time ever  I started having issues with buying a new bike (I simply was not sure I wanted it). So I picked up a used titanium frame for next to nothing and built this bike up from my parts bin. It's not a Trek 920, but it is similar and it's a pretty cool bike. Plus a huge bonus is that is rides incredibly well and I like is quit a bit. For now I am greatly enjoying it.

On a recent back country fun ride I noted some new white stuff on the mountain tops, which makes me dream of riding the Fatback on snow once again. However, neither the Farmers Almanac nor the El Nino forecast is predictive of much snow again this year. I am patiently waiting for the outcome since either way (snow or not) I get to ride.

No cyclocross racing again this year, just too far away to the races and lack of fitness. Yeah I'm in kind of soft right now, but I can still kick my 16 year old son's butt any day of the week. I'm starting to get a racing itch again Maybe next year I will dabble in some mountain bike races or maybe a gravel race...got bike, need legs!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Monday, July 06, 2015

Somewhere Out There...I WasThere

Some where out there...that's exactly where I was from November 14, 2014 until just recently. Prying minds keep asking me where I've been. Well I've been here, plain and simple. OK then, the real story is complicated and would take more time and space than I have here.

To start I've spent some time testing new stuff (nothing new about this is there)...bet you're wishing you could have some of these bad boys on a fat bike. I'll just say they are awesome on the snow.

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I spent time in weather conditions that meet the mininmum definition of "not good"...How's the weather out there? Uhmm...not good! I hear this saying all the time, so I went searching for the meaning of "not good" and I think I found it a few times...

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I had to say good-bye to a good friend...

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I spent a lot of time on the snow (what little there was of it that is) exploring (duh!)...

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It's rather refreshing seeing these winter pics after spending the last few weeks in 100+ temps moving everything out of our Asotin farm house. We loved that place, but we're on a new adventure now in North-Central Idaho...and I must say that it's getting better all the time.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015





Double Rats!


(Epic Failure)



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All Better...

What's Up??

Is anybody out there?

Apparently I'm still here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fatback Moments

It came, so I went...

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Fresh snow is always a good reason to ride, to explore the backyard, to feel like a kid again, to...

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Get out and ride your bike today -  Don't miss moments like these because they come around only once in a lifetime!!!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fatback, Gunnar, and Shameful Fall Rides

This past week's rides have been some of the best for views, pure jaw-dropping-can't-see-enough-awesome-beauty, not to mention it has been extraordinarily nice with many sun filled days and some perfect riding temperatures.

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Amazingly, I had 1st snow here so of course I rode the Fatback in the 4-6 inch mini dump. It was quite magical this day, fresh snow that started melting off the trees as soon as the sun hit them. It was a very awesome day of riding the Fatback.

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As fast as the snow came, it melted away giving more sweet fall days and some extended time on the mountain with a regular mountain bike.  As I write today all is changed since it seems it's suddenly cold with temps in the single digits. No snow though which is a huge bummer, I'll try to be patient, which is obviously torturous as you can see.

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It's hard to tell people what I see on my rides (although anyone is welcome to ride with me) so once again I am sharing a small fraction of the many photos I took this last week or so.

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As far as this bike goes, I do not know where it came from or how it ended up in my possession...but it sure is fun to ride not to mention is has a cool looking custom (rattle can) paint job.

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Quit wasting your life confined in a box...Go on an adventure...Ride your bike!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Fat is Back!!!

I had way too much fun the other day riding my Fatback up in my backyard...So I did it once more today and must say that I had too much fun again. There is just some kind of grin inducing power that comes from riding a fat tire bike. I really can not describe what that power is other than pure, pleasing, powerful, fun.

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I mean who needs suspension with supersized monster tires like these? Just let some air out and shazaam! you have like 2-inches of suspension that rolls over anything, which includes rocks, logs, squirrels, dogs, and small kids.

I'm starting to think that riding a fatbike all summer could be seriously fun...maybe some 29+ wheels and tires would make my Fatback into the ultimate back roads bike packing unit....hmmm!

Get out and ride your bike!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Restless Fatback

A nice fall day means it's a good day for a bike ride up on the mountain. The Fatback seemed a little restless (or maybe I was dreaming of snow), so off we went for a spectacular ride. The weather was so perfect as were the trails.

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I made it up quite high on the mountain and miraculously found some of that awesome white stuff. Whoohoo!!!

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The day ended as it started, with a smile and a super elated mood without any distractions other than what was offered along my ride. It is so beautiful out there right now. I thank God I have such a great country to ride in and enjoy freely.

Turn off your stupid-phone, your TV, and your computer  - Get out and ride your bike!!! You are missing some of the best riding of the year!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You should ride too! Right Now!

While the world seems to be failing fast, full of hate, discontent, and destruction, I am at peace in my little fall paradise. I am not necessarily happy about the world around me with all the crap that is being forced upon us in the name of self service and entitlement attitudes, but where I am now I can still practice my beliefs without some elitist dork telling me I can not. I've never been a person to be fearful of the world, however I am no longer sure we are immune to an uprising from the evil among us. I thank God I can ride a bike in such beautiful country, that I can leave all the electronic stupidness at home when I ride, that I can witness beautiful country in a peace of mind on a simple bike with one gear.

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I love my country, I love exploring it on a bike, I love worshiping God, I love my children and my wife oh so dearly, I love other people, I love being able to pack and shoot a gun, I love fall color and the cooler weather that comes this time of year, I love being a ER Nurse and taking care of people in true need, I love old people, I love children, I love my community, I love my church, I love life, I love my friends, I love late fall flowers, I love...

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Why is the rest of the world so full of destruction, hate, and self servitude? Maybe we should let go of our electronic worlds for a few hours and fill that time with observing and paying attention to the environment, people immediately around us, and the beauty it all has to offer - amazingly it is free for the taking.

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I can not convince anyone that there exists much more to this life than a cell phone, a computer, TV, etc., but I can tell you that those things have become horrible addictions that we should strive to take time out from to be with family, to see the world, and to realize that fun does exist outside those silly little boxes.

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I am a loner when I ride, I'm not complaining about this since I rather enjoy the solitude. However, I would always rather have someone to ride with so I can share the beauty I see, but alas my schedule never seems to match anyone elses.

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I really don't mind enjoying the sweet solitude of some of the most beautiful country the USA has to offer.

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