Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So, How Many DUI's Do You Have????

This is a question I had to answer last week!! The person shall remain nameless, but is in management (that should tell you everything you need to know), at my place of employment; but I'll tell the story just the same. ;))

This person has seen my Pugsley parked in the locker room. I heard said person was asking how many DUI's I had to be riding my bike all the time. Someone piped up, and said, go ask him! Knowing full well that I'm a smartass, and would fully explain it!!?!!
So, he asked, and I got a hearty laugh, and showed him my drivers license. Then I said let's go for a walk........ I took him next door to Irathane systems to show him a bike of someone who has multiple DUI's, and then back across the parking lot to show him a none DUI bike. :))
Now, I'm not knocking the poor soul who has multiple DUI's; you play, you pay! You make bad choices, you are at the mercy of the state, and so on.

It just struck me as very short sighted and shallow of this person, who just assumed I got myself into trouble, and that's why I "HAVE" to ride a pedal bike.
I told him I pedal a bike so as not to kill anyone, and for your, and my well being!!
I think it was totally lost on him, and that's too bad.
Oh well, his problem, not mine!!
Pedal on!!!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Like A Knife Through Butter"

On my way home from work yesterday I went through my usual .10 of a mile snomo/foot path/sidewalk during the non dark months. I went up the 4' snow-bank, I love the Endo on backwards!! Ahead of me I saw 3 teenagers pushing their bikes, after I saw where they wiped out, I laughed!!
I wish I had my camera as I pedaled by, all 3 of them had their chins firmly planted in the snow.
After I got through the path, I waited for them, and they said our bikes cut through the snow like a knife through butter!!! We talked about my bike and it's huge tires.
I even let the older one take my bike for a spin back through the path. The look on his face was priceless, as he pedaled through where he had fallen previously with his skinny tires!! ;)
He couldn't thank me enough!! (I'm sure his parents weren't very happy, as he explained the "Fat" tired bike over dinner, and said he'd like one!!) :) Lol
"Thanks mister, thanks a lot!!"

Monday, March 14, 2011

24 Plus Miles of Pure Sweetness

Awesome new trail in Mn.
I'm looking forward to riding this trail. I haven't made up my mind if I'll be there for the mountain bike fest in June or not. Something tells me that no matter when I go, this kick-ass new trail is gonna be full of riders!!!!
Looking forward to it!!!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

15 Years Ago........ Today; and Maybe a Bike

My partner/soulmate/Mom/friend, had a massive stroke. Even though she still bares the aftermath of that fateful day; through dogged determination, and pure stubbornness she is still around, and doing very well!! ;)
She has limited use of the left side of her body, but she does more during the course of a day than most people with two properly working limbs!! Even though we don't see eye to eye on occasion, I still love you with all that I am, and here's hoping you make it another 15 years plus!!!

Now we just need to get you on a bike!!! :))
You see, she's embarrassed to try and ride a bike. Although I can see on her face when the kids and I go for pedals, she desperatly wants to go!!
I would never think of putting her on two wheels, her balance is not the best, and two wheels would not be good.
I've been talking with Calvin at my LBS and we are talking trikes. I was surprised at the variety of trikes out there today; so hopefully by midsummer Cindi will be able to join the kids and I for a nice pedal around town, and on the local paved trails!!

I love you Cindi!!!!!


Friday, March 4, 2011

To The Stupid BITCH In The Green Bonneville.....


Maybe you should concentrate on driving in the a.m. instead of sucking on your cancer stick, drinking your coffee and talking on your phone!!!!
No wonder you cut that corner and put me up the snow-bank!!! I understand you had so much shit going on, who cares that you were behind the wheel of your 3800# missile!!! You sure woke the fuck up when I yelled at you!! I also hope you dropped your phone on the floor and promptly spilled your cup of coffee all over it!!!! Oh yeah, and burned the shit out of youself with your cig!!!
I mean come ON!!!
Oh yeah, i know, you didn't see me??!! Ha, my bike is lighted up like our x-mas tree, so i know that wasn't it!!
I was on my side of the road, stay the FUCK on yours!!!

Ok, ok, I feel much better now!! I was waiting for that since 6:30 a.m.
I hope you all have a great weekend!!
Except you..........BITCH!!! ;))


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ride The Divide..... Showing in Duluth...... March 9th

Since I haven't been riding much; back and forth to work and that's about it. GRRRRRR
Life has been throwing me curve-ball's, soon enough I'll get my timing down again, then watch out!! LOL
In the meantime, if you are in the area??!!
I grabbed this from COGGS which will also benefit from this showing!!
Take a midweek break with this truly stunning film!!
COGGS a group that's getting it done in a big way!!
Way to go!!!!!!

Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will drop in on Duluth on Wednesday, March 9 with two shows at Zinema 2 at 6 and 8 p.m. The event will be a fundraiser for the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) cycling club.
The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.
This film has become an instant cycling classic, and made its television premiere in September on the Documentary Channel. But the Adventure Cycling Association said the film should be seen on the big screen: “The cinematography is stunning!” Added UpaDowna, “Ride The Divide is one of the most inspiring real cycling movies … in a long time.” Epic Riding summed the movie up as follows: “In a word? Fantastic. In more words? Moving, funny, inspiring.”
Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the first female rider to race this route. As they set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains.
They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reflect on our inner desires to live life to the fullest.
Ride The Divide made its debut at the Vail Film Festival and was named the best adventure film at the event. Outside Magazine proclaimed that “(t)he toughest bike race in the world is not in France,” after reviewing the film.
Ride The Divide will be shown at 6 and 8 p.m. at Zinema 2, located at 222 E. Superior St. in Duluth. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance at www.IMAthlete.com/Events/RideTheDividemovie. This event is co-sponsored by Continental Ski & Bike and the Ski Hut of Duluth.

Media contact: Garry Harrington  603-209-5010  gharrington3165@hotmail.com