Wednesday, May 27, 2009

more weekends like that!

Having a 4 day w/e sure is nice! We could all use more of those! Starting off Friday, which was Jay's and mine 10 yr wedding annivesary, we did what we love best-RIDE! We left from our house on our road bikes and rode out to Antelope flats which is about a 40 mile ride round trip. On our way back we stopped in Kelly, WY at a little cafe for some really good coffee. That evening we celebrated with some wine, sake and sushi! Good times. Sat, I did my 1st crit race. I'm not really into road racing and all the tactics, but it was fun to be out with friends, riding bikes. Sun, we took the tandem AKA "the loveshack" up Teton Pass! It was a little wet out, but the nano raptors held tight! We meet our friend Dave on the top, stop for a couple photos, it was so cold and windy, we headed out ASAP. It was so fast on the way down! The DH is sooo fast on the tandem, it's awesome. Monday, I rode from the house taking the backroads, Spring Gulch, to the park and came back home along Moose-Wilson rd, which was super quite and in pretty good shape.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tandem-maiden voyage

Well, the tandem is so supa-fun! JayP and I left from the house and rode out to Slide Lake, Sunday on the tandem! Gosh it was so fun! It was approx 80 miles all on the road and took about 5 hrs. I was a little nervous on the first downhill heading out of the driveway, but after that it was like, let it rip! It was nice that Jay didn't have to wait for me, we could talk to each other, and I could totally look around and check things out, make grill cheese, nap. There is some definite dialing in to be done, fitting, temp parts that will be replaced, new vocabulary to be learned, but what a good time and an exciting adveture to look forward to. Jay's pack was a little in my face, but once we have our amazing bags from CDW that will take care of that. So many details, to go over and figure out. We are going to have so much fun on our upcoming trip, I can't wait!

Monday, May 11, 2009

More wicked times!

More wicked times! Over the w/e JayP and I headed out to test some of our gear on an overnighter from Pindale to Alantic City, WY. It was approx 175 miles, which took approx 15 hrs. We hardly saw any people, or cars which was really nice. Although you feel miles and miles away from everything, there was a main hwy with in 10 miles. The wx was mild, kinda chilly especially when the wind blew, which WY is infamous for. We left Pinedale around 1130am and arrived in AC around 730pm. I was fine up until about mile 70, then just got really tired, but pushed on to and made it to AC. We didn't really have any plans except to sleep somewhere. When we got to AC we had a bit to eat and asked around for a place to stay, when we were offered a wood shed, I was relieved, perfect! It got below freezing that night, so we were totally stoked we had some coverage. I was really pleased with my new Neo thermarest and Marmot 40 degree bag, probably could have worn another layer and put the bivy on.

What did I learn:

-Well I didn't just learn this but CDW are the best bike bags ever! My sleeping system was secure to my handle bars, I was able to carry my stay warm gear in my seatbag with no problem .
-I tested a Montbell pack that Jay let me borrow and carried 200 oz of water, it was very comferble for me and carried xtra gear (my favorite Montbell UL thermawrap jacket) I didn't have room for on my bike.
-went to bed warm, but as the temps dropped during the night I could have used another layer.

-don't sleep in a wet chamis
-life on the bike is so sweet

Well we are working on getting our tandem built up for a test ride and some more gear testing. Yahoo!

Till next time.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The wx in JH. Sun, snow, rain-repeat every 5 minutes. Well the rain has been pretty consistant. Riding between the drops has become a mastered craft. Fortunately we were able to get out on Sunday just before the rain really hit and even enjoyed seeing a double rainbow. Still waiting for the tandem to arrive and get some practice in.

Spring clean-up

Some of us just can't let go of the snow.

Lemme outside already.

Spring is coming!

No rain, no rainbow-ok I gotta picture!