Monday, April 30, 2007

Dusk til' Dawn.......

   in Gallup was about 19 degree's. So it is safe to say that i froze my ass off inside my tent in my 40 degree bag. I slept very little. With the arival of Dawn and the start of the Dawn til' Dusk race brought the sun out. When we left Santa Fe round 4 the weather looked pretty scary. For most the drive to Gallup it was either raining or snowing like crazy. Then about 10 miles outside of Gallup it stoppped. When we arrived at the race venue and set up camp it was quite nice out. It was starting to get chilly though.

   We then did a little ride just to get a idea of the loop and drove back to El Rancho to pick up our race packets and get a bite to eat.
Mark enjoying the trails

    Then it was back to our campground for a couple beers and to try to get to sleep. After a restless night of trying to get warm I awoke to frost all over the place. So i had to get dressed and ready for the start of the race as i was doin our 1st lap.Most these pics are from Scott's point and click. I think Mark took most of em. A few are from my camera as well.

The Race got under way and after a few miles my hands started to go numb from the cold. Mark shot this one right before the big climb up to the mesa top.

Mark always seems to find the pretty scenery.

This was a fun switchback

Scott contemplating his next move

I took this while I was waiting to head out on my last lap(5).

Scott and I both rode Singlespeeds but they had no SS Duo Male catagory so we raced with all the cheater bikes. We rode under the BTI banner. The results are here I plan on hitting this race every year if possible. I loved the course and the overall good energy there.
   What you been drinkin? I had a nice IPA from Widmer the other night. It was quite hoppy which is the way i like em.

   What is in your audio player? I have been really digging on TV on the Radio : Return To Cookie Mountain. They have a great sound. Very original. Multiple lyrics harmonizing in a off key kind of way but working.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cochiti Kindness

   Nothing Bland about it. Went and rode Cochiti again a few weeks ago and this time we ascended Bland Canyon up to the saddle and then tried to go towards beaver pond but got thwarted by too much snow. So we just turned around and bombed down Medio Dia. I can't wait to do some more exploring up there. There is soooooo much more for me to seee. Todd came along and took some shots and so did i. We met up with some people from my work.
I think we were out numbered by equestrians.

Climbing up Bland Canyon was on a fire road but was still enjoyable.

I had to do some adjusting to my BB7's

A better shot of the Alligator Juniper I spoke of last time i was up here.

After a snack up on the saddle and enjoying the view we decided to go further up to the beaver pond after about a half mile we hit snow and had to turn around

Enjoying the trees

Mark finding something to jump.

The stream crossings were deep with all the moisture this winter.

Scott and I were outnumbered by cheater bikes

Scott's pretty Ti VooDoo SS

   What is in your audio player? I have a new and a old one that i have been rockin to. The New one is the latest Modest Mouse album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. For the Old selection, A guy at work hooked me with a digital copy of The Butthole Surfers Independent Worm Saloon as i only had it on Vinyl. This is a great Butthole album. True punk rock, I saw that it was produced by Led Zeppelins former bass player John Paul Jones which is a interesting side note.
   We did Dawn til Dusk last weekend and had a GREAT time . I will try to post up some pictures and such soon. Matt from the Burque won SS Solo and he has a good write up on it as well.He let me hang with him for half a lap. :)
All right y'all have a good one.