June 25, 2017


I started early for a spin from the house to the top of the Linn Cove Viaduct


A cloudy and chilly start but I had the roads to myself!


My brother said he had enough working for the weekend and wanted to do touristy things, so we did a hike and lunch at Mellow Mushroom. This is Hike #21 of #52hikechallenge (been a month since my last hike) But a nice short hike in downtown Blowing Rock to Glen Burney Falls.

June 17, 2017


When is the equation N +1 false? Never, but I am having trouble with this bike. I bought the frame used as a pit bike for ‘cross, but it’s just didn’t feel right, so I built it as a travel road bike, but today it was a full 1 mph slower on my normal route. A travel bike is one that I don’t worry about locked on the back of the truck, caught in a rainstorm, etc.

For those not in the know – The perfect number of bikes is N+1 where N = the current number of bikes.

March 25, 2017


Curse at the Crab. I raced the 3 hour solo men 40+ open category. The race at Lake Crabtree in Morrisville is awesome, fast and flowing, I averaged around 10mph so I finished 5 laps for 30 miles total in just under the 3 hours, I have no idea where I placed, no results have been posted, but I had a blast! Results: 8th of 24 finishers. I am happy with that result in an Open race.

Feb. 25, 2017


Warrior Creek Mountain Bike Trail.

Everyone sees the big berms, but this was a beautiful view of the single-track.

I had planned two laps of the 12+ mile trail, so I figured a touch over 3 hours.


Six miles in (exactly half way or in the middle of the woods) , I felt this.. a broken seat rail.


My repair kit was sparse, but I had wrapped my CO2 in Gorilla Tape, so I taped a tire lever as a splint. A mile or so later, I passed a campsite and jumped on the road to get back to my truck. Since the trail is almost 2 hours from home, I didn’t want to quit riding, so I drove to Walmart – nothing but big comfy saddles. A quick search I found Cook’s Sporting Goods in Wilkesboro. It is a very cool outfitter place, backpacking, paddling, bike, ball sports, they had it all. On the bike wall all they had was big comfy saddles, dejected I asked the kid working if they had anything else – he asked me if I wanted more cushioning… (how old do I look?) ummm no I want a real saddle. He said he had a box of web sale stuff.


A Giant Contact something was close enough, marked down, it’s a winner.

Back to the trail and another lap. Great day of riding!

Feb. 20, 2017


Happy Anniversary. My gift to Deb was microfiber towels for camping.

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Besides being quicker to dry, look at the difference in size. 3 bath towels and 3 hand towels in the size of a terry bath towel!


Deb’s gift to me – Prayer flags for the camper.


Every spring you should re-wrap your handlebars, I tried blue this time to match the bike graphics.

Feb. 18, 2017


The inaugural Mayodan Mountain Bike Classic. 


I was happy with my race. I entered the woods in 5th place and was right with 4th until one of the bigger rock gardens, I didn’t pick a good line and was launched from the bike.


Luckily I landed on my feet and started the hunt again, this picture is when I caught 4th on the dam.


On the podium!

I was able to ride away and rode hard the last lap, catching 3rd riding home a very low pressure tire.

My laps times: 19:17, 18:50, 18:49 and 18:18 – negative split each lap to finish 3:23 behind the winner! My first MTB race in over a year and the first on the Scott Scale!