Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Fog Island

My house sits atop a hill with a gully on each side of the hill. Often, like today, when the fog rolls in it goes down the gullies and leaves my house sitting on an island surrounded by fog.

I liked this picture because you can see the rooftops poking out of the fog.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Time for New Tires

I guess it is time to get new tires. On the way down the canyon today I had a blow out. The tread had become so thin that a rock went through the tire and gave me a flat.

This is the hill side next to the pipe hill.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

It's Raining Again

I know we need the rain, and with how dry it has been it sure is nice, but it really cuts into the ride time. This looks like the only day I will be able to ride this week.

Here is a picture of the hoarfrost from last winter. It won't be long now 'till this is back.

Friday, November 05, 2004


Yesterday as we were coming to the top of the first hill everyone stopped to wait for everyone to catch-up. When it came time to start I started out first because I like to go at max speed down the hill and then up the next and didn't want to run into anyone. However as I started Layne started right behind me and threatened to be right on my tail. So I put it in the highest gear and bombed down at max speed and push hard up the next hill. When I got to the top Layne said "beep beep" to let me know I wasn't able to drop him. So as we started down the next hill I kept my speed as fast as I dared, however there are some curves in this hill. As I rounded the curve I was going too fast to feel good about the traction and swung a bit wide. Off to the side of the road was a nice backpack sized rock. You guessed it, I hit it straight on! Flying off the bike I am fortunate enough to land in a tree and not on the rocks. Of course Layne was right behind me as I endoed off the rock. He started to laugh then I could tell he was worried that it might not be a laughing matter and tried to hold the laugh back.

Here is a reenactment of where my bike was and where I landed. It turned out that even though I had flown 15 feet in the air and landed in a tree, all I got was a couple of minor scratches.

Thought: No matter how much pressure you feel from behind, don't go so fast that you can't keep control: You may end up breaking your neck.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Snows Melting

It was about as nice of a day as you could ask for. The sky was blue the temperature was cool but not cold and everything was just beautiful.

The trail is real nice in most places, but there are a few places that are still a bit muddy, but enough to be a real problem. It just makes it a bit more difficult to climb when you have bald tires.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Snow in the Shadows

The trail finally has gotten to the point that it is too wet. I think the biggest problem is that it snowed last night and the snow was melting into the trail making it a bit sloppy.

This is my first picture of snow up the canyon. So far it is just a dusting of snow but I imagine it will be a lot of snow before too long.

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