Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Catching Up

Well, the haircut I got in Seattle has gone shaggy, I went and discovered Google Reader, got busy in other ways, and went and neglected this blog for the most part. So what's been going on? Well, let's start where we left off, with the rest of the Seattle trip. If you click on the Flickr slideshow on your right, you'll notice a few more photos in the stream from Seattle, including the Space Needle, some shots from the sculpture park (giant neon ampersand), and a picture of the spinning globe atop the Seattle P-I headquarters. It was a great trip and an uneventful drive back.

If you keep looking through Flickr, you'll see a slightly more recent photo of me in a yellow shirt, messenger bag and unicycle- that was the creative commute I put together for Missoula's Bike Walk Bus week, which garnered me an award at work.

Blink and you'll miss the following photo, of a massive cedar forest in Idaho. Kate and I spent Memorial Day over in Idaho around Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. After the aggressive naked people left the biggest pool there, we enjoyed a long soak in natural 104-degree water.

You may see a few pictures of some snowy mountains: those would be the Mission Mountains in the Swan Valley, in the northeastern part of our county, about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Missoula proper. Work took me there on Friday. Imagine, you arrive at the meeting place, a small plane lifts from the grass strip next to the highway. You make the turn into the old USFS ranger station. People in green pants and yellow shirts mill around. You see the back of an open moving truck, stuffed with duffel bags and old Schwinn industrial bicycles. Then you see the guys with beards, wearing canvas-colored flight suits with high collars, carrying helmets with chicken-wire face masks. Smokejumpers, apparently training here today, practicing water landings in some high mountain lakes. The site visit up in the woods and the views of the Missions weren't half-bad either.

There will be a Google Earth picture that shows Missoula and Mount Sentinel traced with a rainbow line- that'd be my GPS track from the 5-mile race I did on Saturday, part of the Pengelly Double Dip. I kept my miles under ten minutes, and was happy to do so, considering the climb to the "M" at the start.

That about wraps it up for pictures. There's an off-road single speed bicycle project to photograph and document, and some pictures of my Dad with his new car purchase to show as well, but those will have to wait for me to take and scan the pictures, and to come up with the words to go with them.