Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This Ain't No Dream

I stopped at the Boone Casey's to grab a pop the other day and saw this guy. He had his bike prominently displayed in front of the store with a banner tied to it. You know I had to talk to him, so I walked up and said, "Dude, you're living out my dream!" As in, the dream of recreational homelessness, cycling aimlessly, answering to nobody, scrounging resources, the list goes on. His response is where I took the post title from. He gave me the quick take what he is doing. He is 42 years old, had cancer that really beat him up, was paralyzed but came out of it somehow, and is now riding from Toledo, OH to Seattle to raise awareness for the causes that you see on his banner. He has a Facebook page under cctherider which is chronicling his journey. He is big on the love of people, strangers, and about how he's just taking it a pedal stroke at a time. Doesn't have much for gear. He is on a Walmart bike, has one extra shirt, a touring pump, a tarp, a rain poncho from the Indiana National Guard, a flashlight/stun gun from the Chicago
police, and ten bucks cash from yours truly. That's some raw toughness right there. Just following a lark. Not really a big planner, but he's getting there. He said others have given him lodging, food, showers, etc. But his main theme was love from people. Can you dig it?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

First Chance, First Ride

So I bought an ultra cheap fat bike. A Mongoose Malus for $130 ! Brand new, in a big old box. Being that it was 70 degrees on my day off I decided to hit the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail for a little shakedown cruise. I guess nothing's going cheap, unless it's mutiny. The Trail was wettish, very grabby even for 4" tires. I'm glad that nobody has insisted on riding their 1.9 and smaller tires on it. Nothing much to note for this ride except that Logsdon's Grocery in Maxwell was awesome,as always. Can you imagine the coolest small town Grocery store, run by middle aged brothers, part store, part personal hangout, part community center? Some time soon I will do a full post on this place. Trust me, you have to go there and experience it for yourself.
Anyway, here's to the promise of more interesting rides to come. I did find a stached away geo-caching drum. That's always cool. Tucked in behind some downed trees.

More Deeper Gravel

That is, more gravel today, and it seemed even deeper than the last time I rode it. I can get a quick hour and a half ride if I go out to the Iowa Arboretum and back. Some decent gravel, a nice state park (Ledges) and as many hills as I care to ride. There are three really good hills in the park that I can ride up and down time and again. In fact, back in the days of"workout rides" I used to do climbs there until I didn't dare go back down one more time for fear of not getting back out! The down side? A 20 mile ride is about half pavement.

Can't see the bottom from the top!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deep Thoughts

I was fortunate today to work with one of my old biking buddies and his wife, Paul and Christy Varnum. Between our discussions of biking and the good old days they were actually able to pick out some furniture. We were both (Paul and I) mentioning that we have come real close to doing some night rides. You know, to the point of charging up the lights and getting serious, then not quite getting the point of throwing a leg over a top tube. Close, but no cigar.
Well, tonights once in a lifetime concurrence of the summer solstice and a full moon has me thinking of going out late for a little ride of some sort. Gravel? High Trestle Trail ? Who knows. If I actually ride either, I'll  post about it later. Here's a snap of my last ride:-)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

With Malus Aforethought

Lucky day for me yesterday. I was about to go to Ames to look at a Craigslisted  Mongoose Malus, the web's second most hated fat bike, after the Beast. So I thought I would check the web to see if I could buy a new one for similar money. Low and behold there it is on Target.com for $40 less than the clist price. Soon enough I'll have a fat grin on my face.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Well, well, well, well, well indeed...

I'm back in business for blogging. I finally have a smart enough phone to blog on a 5.5" screen. Amazing.
I'm pretty sure I can even post pictures without having to get a cord out, stick it in a USB, download the shots from the camera, put them into the body of the post, position them.....you get it, right?
I have managed to get in a bit of ice-fat biking this winter. I thought the river wasn't going to cooperate at first because of the warmth and high water. In fact, it froze while it was up high, then retreated and left car-sized shards of ice all over. Side bonus...it left glassy smooth pools on the upper banks. Perfect for some fat icy donuts.
Last fall and summer were full of crushed limestone trail travel, along with a departure from biking. I ran (if you can call it that...you know when Forest Gump had his leg braces, yah). I ran 74 consecutive 5Ks while my son was at AIT for MP School. I sure did loose a lot of weight, for my build anyway. I dropped from a comfortably fit 172 down to about 160 for the last 3 weeks. It has since come back to about 170, but I think I'll be running a lot this year, as I started to like it. Biking is still number one though. At least with biking I can ride in the sunlight. My running stride is so weird that I only ran at night.
What was fun about biking last year was seeing how many of my bikes I could ride at least once during the summer. I was aiming for 20, but only made it to 11. Still, that's ten more than anyone else around here. Some pictures (if it works)

Friday, November 7, 2014


I figured out how to get into my own blog! I lost the password somewhere in my head, but now I can post something again. It's only been half a year. OK, so soon I will come up with a tale or two. Until then, I have the password written down.