I had planned on a second installment of Random Thoughts on Gear today, but yesterdays ride was too good not to share. The images below are all from yesterday. It was one of those perfect fall days that started out well before sunrise. In prepping for an upcoming trip, I also decided to carry some of my gear and make coffee somewhere en route. I love these morning rides where I am out there surrounded by darkness until sun up. It is my personal time and it gives me the opportunity to focus on the path, both trail and life, in front of me. They give me time to think. Sometimes my thoughts are very random and all over the place. Yesterday, I was focused for much of the ride pondering a comment someone made to me the other day. This person declared something followed by a question. “Blogs are dead. Why do you keep doing it?” Well, let me tell you.
It certainly isn’t because I’m paid to do it. In fact, this blog costs me money to keep open and operate. I don’t get paid to do it for work either. Despite having a link to my work just to the right of this post, this isn’t advertising like some have said to me. Nope, this blog is me and me alone. If some of the imagery has a resemblance to what I do professionally it is because I am doing what I love and sometimes work is blurred with my personal life. It’s a choice. It doesn’t always come easy. In fact it is hard sometimes, but I have chosen this life. I am thankful for it and I am the only person responsible for my actions.
Why do I keep this blog going? It certainly would be easier at times to simply let it go and not do it, but that just doesn’t seem to work for me. I keep up with this blog because somewhere deep inside of me I hope my images and words occasionally get people fired up to go out into this incredible world we live in and live life to the fullest. I also have a relentless pursuit of learning going on here. Over the past few years some of you that have been around that long have seen me progress quite a ways in my photography. I just love learning. This blog helps me stay inspired to try new things and it keeps me moving forward.
So that is why I do it. And with that, I want to share some images I really love from yesterday. They have meaning to me. Heck, maybe they only mean something to me. That’s OK as this is my blog and I get to write and share about what I am personally passionate about. But maybe they will inspire just one person that lands here on this page to get out there. Try something different. Pursue your passion. Do what you love.
I don’t know entirely where this blog is taking me but I hope you stick around for the ride. Maybe you will be inspired. That is why I do it.
Today’s ride stoke comes from a not so little, fall gravel ride my friend Ben Witt and I had a few weeks back. It was a glorious fall day and we headed out in the early morning with a plan to return home sometime later that afternoon. On the roll out we caught some incredible light. Turned out to be a perfect day. I could use one of those days again.
Today my kids are out of school and I’m at home with my kids. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into today.
Enjoy your day and weekend folks.
It simply does not get better than this. Friends. Bikes. Hero gravel. Sunrise.
Have a great day folks.
Morning Gravel – Portra 400NC – Expired – Lo Res Scan – Sepia toned in Lightroom
That is all. Have a great weekend!
Earlier in the week I had the rare opportunity to ride with my both of my friends Ben Witt and Guitar Ted at the same time. Being I was out of town on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I was really pleased to be out and about with my friends, but I had a certain anxiety about getting into work. Our ride and my day did not turn out as planned. In the end, I did not actually make it into the office. I took a half day of vacation, did some work in the coffee shop, and then sat in my basement at home on a conference call for 2+ hours. But you know what, it worked out the way it was supposed to work out.
Guitar Ted wrote yesterday about the ending of our little jaunt in the country. In short, a stick attacked the rear end of Ben Witt’s bike. It snapped the carbon Sram derailleur cage in half as well as tearing the replaceable hanger off the bike. I had one of those in my on bike emergency kit, but there was no way to repair the derailleur. It also damaged the chain and our effort to SS out the bike to get home did not work. In the end, Ben ran the up hills and GT and I pushed him on the rest. Again, you make do with what you’ve got. In this case, we had 3 good friends riding bikes together and solving problems together. In the end, I think we were all laughing about it. It made us all stronger and I think, it made us closer as friends. Funny how unplanned accidents and the right attitude can turn into something great.
So…That’s all I’ve got to say about that. How about some pictures?
Sharing my favorite back roads with friends.
Sharing my favorite back roads with others!
Oops. I don’t think that belongs there!
Our attempt at SS didn’t work either. That only lasted two pedal strokes!
Making do with what you’ve got.
For me, this just added another chapter to my morning rides with Ben. I also got to ride and spend time with my good friend Mark. Bikes bring people together, strengthen memories and teach you life lessons.
Last weekend I was down in Dekalb, Illinois on behalf of Salsa Cycles to support North Central Cyclery . That sounds a lot like work and technically it was. However, I try to find time to ride whenever I go on work trips. Makes work not seem as much like work. This past weekend was no exception as I got two good rides in over 3 days. Not bad.
Saturday morning started out cool and early. Our group consisted of 20+ folks and then splintered into a few different groups. I had a blast. Rode pretty hard. It felt good. I am pretty sure I was the only guy on the ride carrying both a digital and film camera. No sympathy though as the tough guy award goes to Andy who rode his single speed Mukluk Ti 38 miles to the event, followed by the gravel ride, and then rode home! Regardless, I think carrying both cameras was worth it though as I got some good shots, at least I think I did.
A few folks that were on the ride expressed an interest in purchasing some prints. Let me just say that Tobie and I working on something pretty cool and you will see some stuff soon in both color and black & white that I will print here in my home and ship off too Dekalb for pick up. Just stay tuned. Both NCC and I will announce how to order prints when it is all ready.
Until then, here are a few pics from the ride.
Yeah, it was really that good. I know I posted a quick pic Monday and said Thank you boys. But I’m going to say it again. Thank you boys for the great morning.
So…About a year ago I was in Alaska on a fatbike beach tour as part of Reveal the Path bicycle film. This past week down in Dekalb, IL I saw the movie again. The Alaska segment of the film made me smile and really got me thinking and remembering my time up in Alaska. Someone asked me after the film what my favorite part of it Alaska was? I said “All of it!” There was not one single part that wasn’t truly incredible.
Last night I looked back over my images and was simply blown away by the beauty and vastness of Alaska. I grabbed just a few pics to share with you. These were all taken at either sunrise or sunset.
Sunrise – Redoubt volcano
Sunset over Iliamna volcano
Sunrise – on the shore – Kenai, Peninsula
These images really make me want to go back to Alaska. I feel like the time there was well spent, but it was too scheduled. I’d like to take a bit more time to really continue on and explore. It has me thinking and dreaming for the future. I doubt I’ll be back for a few years, but I can dream. Alaska. Dream big.
I had a whirlwind weekend that involved driving, riding with Fatbike.com, more driving, riding with North Central Cyclery, a demo day, a Reveal the Path screening, and a long drive home. It was great though. Had a blast thanks to the great people all along the way. Would do it again I a heartbeat.
I still haven’t solved my hard drive being full so my images are still on the camera cards. I pulled just a few from the cards to my iPad. Here’s one of them. Thank you boys.
I am headed to Dekalb, Illinois to support my friends and one of my favorite bike shops ever, North Central Cyclery. As you may recall Salsa Cycles, my place of employment, partnered with Mike Dion to produce Reveal the Path bicycle documentary. NCC and a few other Salsa dealers in the area are promoting a screening of the movie at the Egyptian Theatre in Dekalb, IL. I sure hope that I will get a chance to see some of you. You can buy tickets here. Please, come on out if you get a chance.
As an added bonus, Eric and I are also bringing a few of Salsa’s cool new bikes along for a little show and tell at NCC on Saturday afternoon. Come on down to check out some of the new rigs.
Lastly, I am prepping a special piece of artwork. I haven’t written about it, but I purchased a high quality printer about a month ago and have been experimenting quite a bit with it. I think I am finally getting the knack with the printing and I plan to bring a big print or two down. I wondered what to bring down but I think I found two to three pieces those guys might like since I have heard a little rumor that they like gravel…..Here is a sneak peek of one of the images I have prepped and printed. It looks simply incredible printed large on high quality matte photo paper.
I’ve got this one pretty dialed in and plan to put some of my imagery for sale in the near future. Until then, let me know if you see an image of mine you’d like a high quality print that I print here in my home, sign, carefully package, and ship to your home. I am still dialing in my rates, but they will be reasonable since I control the entire process and I have several photo paper options ranging from good to great quality.
Anyway, I sure hope to see some of you in Dekalb. It’s gonna be a fun time.
I know I said I’d be out until next Thursday. I just have too much content lately. Here is one shot from yesterday’s Coffee Ride. We had an awesome group. We also were treated to heavy fog and incredible light. I got so darn many good images from yesterday it is crazy. This one really makes me want to go ride my bike in the country.
We’ve got kid soccer practice this morning and then we are officially checked out.
Have a great weekend and see you all here again next Thursday.