Photo Dump…

26 09 2008

Here are a ton of pics I’ve bee meaning to get out…

The first set is from the Dolores River from Gateway to the confluence of the Colorado River. What an amazing section of river (I think they all are though). I’m sure we were the last to get on the Dolores for the season because they “choked” off the dam above the next day and we never saw anyone the whole time…

This next set is from the “Boys” trip down the Lower Gunnison River on the 4th of July…Escalante/Dominguez Canyon is cool too.  It’s a great overnight float with tons of hiking to be had. The best part are the small waterfalls up and down the creek. When the hike gets too hot…just jump in…It was great hangin’ out with my boy Shane.

Bike Shots…

B Rock and his new "Rig"
B Rock rippin it up “eye of the tiger” style 

Dad's Turn

Dad's turn

Sadcow's turn

Sadcow's turn

Sadcow at the "Test Tracks"

Sadcow at the "Test Tracks"

 

Livin' the High Life!
Livin’ the High Life
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San Francisco-The City Where Anything Goes!

19 09 2008

Traci and I finally got a chance to get away…without the boy! We took off for a long weekend to celebrate our sixth anniversary…Can you believe it? My mother-in-law Sally came to watch Brady and we flew to San Francisco the following week after our race 24 Hours in the Sage (last week of August). Thanks Sally! It was an amazing time not only to be in San Francisco but to have a romantic weekend for Traci and I. I recommend it for any couple by the way!

We stayed at the http://www.westinstfrancis.com/ next to Union Square and close to China Town. From there we wanderd the city taking buses and walking everywhere.

Here are a few pics from our adventure:

Is this exciting or what?

Is this exciting or what?

Entrance to China Town!

Entrance to China Town!

Cool retro sign in front of China Town

Side street of China Town

Side street of China Town

Note the laundry drying out the second floor windows

Note the laundry drying out the second floor windows

Copper clad building

Copper clad building

Everything is Chinese, but you can read the toal price!

Everything is Chinese, but you can read the toal price! Great Food though!

This scene makes anyone look like a good photographer

This scene makes anyone look like a good photographer

I look happy here...that's before the 8 mile run...

I look happy here...that's before the 8 mile run though!

What's she sayin'?

What's she sayin'?

Looking down from the bridge

Looking down from the bridge

Warning! Hippie Zone Ahead!

Warning! Hippie Zone Ahead!

Hookah Bar on the Hait...put that in your pipe and smoke it...Nothing illegal though, I promise Mom

Hookah Bar on the Hait...put that in your pipe and smoke it...Nothing illegal though, I promise Mom!

graffitti in the hait...hippies can tag!

Graffitti in the Hait...hippies can tag!

Sangria smiles at the Cuban restaraunt

Sangria smiles at the Cuban restaraunt

Plant Conservatory

Plant Conservatory

Pow! The Dahlia Garden...

Pow! The Dahlia Garden...

Pop! Crazy Colors!

Pop! Crazy Colors!

Pagoda at the Japanese Tea Garden

Pagoda at the Japanese Tea Garden

Wishing we had a garden like this at our house...

Wishing we had a garden like this at our house...

 BTW Thanks a ton Dave…You Rock!

 

 

 

 

 

 





San Miguel River…finally some pics!

17 09 2008

Here are a bunch of shots from the trip my friends Greg-mo, Ann-mo, and Kyle took this summer on the San Miguel River. I  think it was sometime in July but not real sure…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Miguel_River_(Colorado)

or…

http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4SUNA_enUS245US246&q=san%20miguel%20river&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl

The River was fast and furious that day. Infact, it was probably the hardest for me yet… Only one swim session too. My boat ended up sideways through a rapid section which vaulted me out of the boat and onto the “San Miguel Swim Team”… No pics of that though!





There’s a New Sherriff in Town-and it’s “B” Rock

15 09 2008

This weekend was crazy to say the least.

Traci and I were hired by well know pro racer Nat Ross and his crew to time and score the inaugural 12 Hours of Snowmass:

http://www.fisherbikes.com/team/riders/ross

http://www.12hoursofsnowmass.com/home/index.php 

As we were packing up to make the almost six hour drive to the Roaring Fork Valley Nat calls to say there is a special guest showing up to race and that we had better have are system dialed. It was non other than Lance Armstrong…Turns out there was a laundry list of pro racers showing up to this event: Dave Wiens, Jay Henry, Mike Kloser, Kerry White, and many others; and yes, we had better be dialed! I had my crew together for the trip. It was myself, Traci, Brady, Mojo, Shady, and Dave Taylor headin’ out to mob the star struck scene of Aspen (snowmass), CO. Side note speaking of star struck; we saw John Oates http://www.hallandoates.com/ of Hall and Oates fame too. Kinda wild seeing an old star from the 80’s. Apparently he has a new album out too.

Brady had pretty much stolen the show by the end of the event weekend…Offering his tattooing skills up for the podium finishers with whatever design they wanted. I never knew we had a budding tattoo artist in the works. It seems he gave someone a “flaming heart with wings” and they gave him $20 in return (for real!)…I guess that means he’s pretty good. Between tattoos, Brady road his new geared bike all over the place. Snowmass was perfect for him to be on his own… Not much trouble to get into and the people were really nice wherever you went. So, there were no real worries for Traci and I. In fact, he made friends with “Little” William Madson and was invited to hang out at his house for an evening with his family. William’s parents are super nice folks that took him off our hands for a while so we could focus on the race and everything that goes with that. It’s rare these days that people can trust strangers to take care of their kids, but Traci and I felt super comfortable letting Brady go for the evening…When we told others what we agreed to, they knew the Madsons and set our minds at ease with all the positive comments about them…Fewwww!

The other Story to tell is Brady getting to meet Lance Armstrong. Not really to much to say except Brady wasn’t shy at all, working his way to the front of the huge crowd gathered around Lance… I heard it went a little like this, “Lance, Lance, Lance, Lance, Lance, Lance,Lance,Lance,Lance,”….”Yeah Kid, what do you want?”  “Can you sign my bike?”  I had heard Lance does not sign autographs but how can you turn that down? So we got away with a coveted picture of the two and a signed kid’s bike by the super hero of American cycling

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Snagletooth and LA

Snagletooth and LA

We're never washing the bike!

We're never washing the bike!

  

Proud Boy!

Proud Boy!

Dave and Lance

Dave and Lance

The Man!

The Man!

Still our favorite...Team Beaver Creek w/ Dave and "B"

Still our favorite...Team Beaver Creek (Dave Wiens, Mike Kloser and Jay Henry w/ Dave and "B")

 

Other media about the event:

http://www.superhumanmag.com/content/view/908/92/ make sure to hit the next button on the bottom of the page for more words and a short video

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/sep/14/armstrong-competes-12-hours-snowmass/

http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug=ap-12hoursofsnowmass&prov=ap&type=lgns





The Vapor Trail 125 2008-Let the arss whoopin’ begin!

12 09 2008
phot credit...my boy Markie Mc"D"

I am a total slacker, and apparently a liar too, since my last post promising pictures of rides and snow…It’s now September and another round of Icey Winter is on deck and I feel the riding season has just begun…

The Vapor Trail…This event is probably one of the hardest events I’ve done to date…It makes the White Rim (110 miles in approx 12 hours)look easy; and the Kokopelli Trail Race (145 miles in the dessert 20+hours) seem manageable. Check out all the beta at www.vaportrail125.com For now, here are a few shots of the ride…I didn’t get a lot…Sorry I was trying to stay upright on my bike, survive the 125 miles plus and 20,000′  of elevation change, three flats in the first 60 miles, wandering in the dark for a couple of hours because my lights “took a dump”, stomach issues, and oh yeah, the feeling that I was going to fall asleep at any minute…

My Trusty Steed..Too bad my tire tubes weren't so trusty (3flats later)

My Trusty Steed..Too bad my tire tubes weren't so trusty (3 flats)

 
The "Crazy Eye" has got to be my best move!

The "Crazy Eye" has got to be my best move!

The  Night Train

The Night Train

Check point#1...Jordan Carr taking a shot of me Taking his shot???

Check point#1...Jordan Carr taking a picture of me taking his picture???

Markie Mc"D" starting the climb to Tomichi Pass at daybreak

Markie Mc"D" starting the climb to Tomochi Pass at daybreak

Markie Mc"D" bustin' it out!

Markie Mc"D" bustin' it out

Bittersweet...Almost done...

Bittersweet...Almost done...

My new Bro Aaron and I bringin' it home DFL style (dead F'n Last)...finsidh time 21.5 hours

My new Bro Aaron and I bringin it home