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Last Call (for now)  //   Wednesday - April 30, 2008

OK kids, any hat orders received after 6pm EST on Thurs. 5/1 won't ship until after I return from Gooseberry Mesa and surrounding areas around 5/10. Weather is looking good for the trip, bike is packed, still some loose ends to tie up but it's all falling into place.

Spent Saturday riding bikes and drinking beer. Big cheese Hugh Sisson gave the team a private tour of the Clipper City brewery. We rolled over in a big pack on the bikes, then imbibed in the fine malt beverages they produce there. I've been brewing for well over a decade so I know the terminology and processes but I still learn a lot of things at the tours, especially from the commercial and production side of things. Interesting stuff for sure and Hugh was an entertaining tour guide who knew every last detail of the operation. The beer was damn tasty too. If you want to do your own tour you can sign up here.

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The Vault
The Vault

Sunday was supposed to be a run on the Tour de Patapsco ride, the 50 mile round trip from Avalon to McKeldin and back. Massive rain Saturday night nixed that but Todd came out my way and we hit up 50 on the pavement and gravel with the fixed gear skinny tire rides. Scenic riding, grinding climbs and sphencter puckering descents on loose gravel. Sweet riding. It looked something like this.

Knocked out a solo ride tonight, pushed steady but tried to keep from hammering too hard. Save the legs, 9 day trip ahead, the plan is to ride everyday. Looking forward to some foreign singletrack and riding with that foreigner Markie Mark again. See you on the return trip.

- riderx

Click This  //   Sunday - April 27, 2008

Some links for you:

- SSUSA race. Mysterious 3 stage event from the sounds of it. I'll be thousands of miles away or I'd probably be there.

- These guys are riding fixed gear bikes in Race Across America (RAAM). Met them at Bakers Dozen where they were using the race as training for this big adventure. Doing it to raise money for diabetes, so check them out at Adventures for the Cure.

- To the left is the PayPal button if you want a cycling cap. $20 + $1 shipping in the US, plain brown envelope. I'll ship what I can by Thursday, after that I will be in Gooseberry Mesa and the surrounding area getting my ride on, so I obviously won't send anything out at that time. Funds get funneled back into our support for trail advocacy organizations. Thanks to those who have already purchased one, we appreciate the support.

- riderx

 

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