Today I share a similar story to take 1 in B&W. While these pictures tell a similar story, I am guessing you may get a different feeling from this set. Partly due to my intentional experimentation with processing as well as these images show a bit more difficulty and suffering than the first set. Anyway, just like the other day, I hope you enjoy them.
Anyway, I’ve got a few more individual images to share, but until my words come out, this is all I’ve got to say about my recent bikepacking trip. Next up….Los Angeles.
This is probably my favorite image as well as my favorite group shot from last week. I took it toward the end of second day. We were tired and weathered already. We paid for every mile up to this point. The moment captured above we stopped to not only rest in the shade, but take in the vast, beautiful and incredible landscape we were in. I bet each and every one of us at that point had no idea what was in store for us in the final 25 or so miles of the Anza Borrego desert.
As I look at the picture I imagine all the things that led up to this point as well as what came after. What a great group of folks. Each of us on different paths and in different places, yet thanks to bikes, friends, dreams and the internet, each of our paths led us to that exact moment to share together. For me, that is the reward and the dominating memory of this journey. Thank you gents!
Yesterday, I got some saddle time at Murphy with Benton. We met early (6:00AM) not expecting to see anyone. I figured we’d be doing the cobweb sweep. Thankfully someone else was crazy enough to be hitting dirt at 6:00AM and he rolled out a few minutes ahead of us clearing the trail. It was a sweet morning.
I’ve written previously that I have been struggling to get consistent ride time in. I’m trying to get back on it with some consistency. Riding my fat XC bike has been great. I’m loving it…Except for when my body feels like crap. Yesterday was one of those days where I just didn’t have the strength to get those fat wheels spun up. It didn’t help that Benton was on his Spearfish 1 either. Regardless, I could have been on any bike and I would have felt slow yesterday. Thankfully, we just cruised, snapped a few pics and chatted away.
Even though my body felt like crap, at least I got out and at least I got to experience a beautiful morning with a friend. There aren’t many things as good as that and I am thankful. I’m hoping to get out both Thursday and Friday this week as well so this will be a good week for me riding wise.
Speaking of riding on Friday. Friday is the coffee ride. We are heading out of Farmington Dunn Bros at 6:30AM. I’ll be there at 6:00 if anyone wants to join me for coffee before the ride. Otherwise, be ready to roll at 6:30. I’ve got a nice loop planned and you should be able to make it work at a fairly early time.
Lastly, I am not sure I can get it finished, but I may be on a new bike by Friday AM. We’ll see if I can get one of the two new bikes I’m building finished. If not, I’ll be on my trusty Fargo. See you there.
Even though it was a rainy weekend here, it was an incredible weekend. It started Friday with a work outing up at Cuyuna. If any of you are reading this from in an around Minneapolis or in the great state of MN and you have not ridden there yet, you really need to go. It really is a great trail network with a great local community. Last year I went up and it felt and looked like new trails. After thousands of riders and a MN winter, the trails are worked in and the growth is coming back and narrowing the single track. The day we got was perfect too and added to the experience. It was spectacular.
Riding up at Cuyuna really maid me realize just how much I miss riding my mountain bike. I’m embarrassed to say that last Friday was the first time I’ve ridden my mountain bike off road this year (excluding Mukluking). It was great and a bit painful. Painful because I realize how much different it is than riding my gravel on my Fargo or snow/sand riding on my Mukluk. It felt so good. Once again I really need to do more mountain biking as I love it and think that it will help me build much needed strength. I left the weekend with I gotta finish my Horsethief soon. I’m one rear wheel and a brake bleed from riding my Horsethief.
The tough streets of Apple Valley......
This weekend also marked the weekend that my kids got new bikes. They moved up in wheel size and got gears. They are pretty darn excited about that and think they are pretty tough. We are already planning our rides and some adventures. I can’t wait!
Not much else to say today. Gotta get to work and hit it hard this week.