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Wrap it up  //   Monday - January 2, 2006

I'm back. What, did you think this thing shut down for good? I'm sure most of you noticed the unannounced extended break. Not intentional by any means and I didn't even take flight for the holidays. Just the usual excuses of trying to cram too many things into too few hours. I won't bore you.

Biking has been an interesting mixed back since we left off this tale. Way back there near Christmas we still had snow and ice on a lot of the trails mixed with lots of exposed dirt. Got to the point where the spiked tires at super low pressure just didn't seem to make sense for most of the ride. But then you hit those long extended stretches of iced over trail and wished you still had them. All in all some good fun that made you keep the bike handling skills sharp. Rode with RickyD on back to back days for some of those rides, haven't been on the trail with him much lately so it was good to turn the cranks with him. We had to do dawn patrol on those ride since the freezing temps were only overnight and once things warmed the trails were out of the question. That was the beginning of a warm spell that has been with us since. Great that it finally cleared the trails, not so great since they are too damn muddy to ride. Couple that with a bunch of rain we've been getting lately and the road has been seeing my tires more than I would like. Oh well, take what you can get.

So, we are now in the new year, the time when everyone seems to be making resolutions. Me, I don't bother, I figure I make changes when I need to rather than compiling a big list right now and never ticking the items off. I do have quite a few adventures I hope to pull off this year. Most of it's loose and of course other options or ideas are sure to materialize which will most likely reshuffle things. The list itself just kind of evolves over the year when something pops in my head or someone mentions a cool ride. And because it evolves and grows it will never get completed. Which is an idea I like, always something to look forward too, always some ride to be planning. So, if you are going to make any resolution concerning biking this year I suggest building your own adventure. Round up a few friends or do a solo mission. But go do something different, something you haven't done before. Maybe something no one has done before.

I have to say, looking back on the biking I got to do this year, it was pretty spectacular and very satisfying. Crested Butte and Fruita; SSWC; putting on another SS Punk Bike Enduro; 24 Hours of 7 Springs fixed; logging miles with my wife; Wednesday night rides with the regulars; the Liberty Jamboree in the pouring rain; Douthat with the ladies; another Tour de Patapsco; another Tour de Raven; just a few of the highlights I can think of off the top of my head. It's going to be a tough cycling year to beat, but I have every intention of trying.

- riderx


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