i know some inquiring minds have been wondering if i fell off the face of the two wheeled earth. no, just a bit of midsummer downtime out this way. had a fun and somewhat rewarding first half of the season on the bike, then came the end of june and the arrival of Dave Nicolay (who some may remember is a team hoff member, though i haven't seen him on a bike since a NYE very intoxicated ride into downtown raleigh). we lived it up a couple of days in tahoe and then hit the road for Moab.
what followed was a 4 day raft trip down the colorado for Joel's dirty thirty. lots of beer. lots of whiskey. no riding in sight.
it started with a bit of this:
wrapped up with this:
yes, dave is sleeping in a crate.
then came a week with dave and joel both back in Tahoe. good times. then some climbing and such for the month of July.
like this in yosemite:
what, its August? yeah a month off the bike - eating, floating, swimming, climbing, drinking and other general merriment. August 1st - the Kirkwood 9 to 5. i found out about it 4 days before the event and decided to race because i needed to get back on the bike.
technical course. descent climbing. finished second to a former pro in the single speed class (he also set the fastest lap of the day!). we had a 'fun' battle during the race in which he better me in the final two hours. just happy for the podium after a month of nothing two wheel related.