Weekend riding was good. With the rain we had I decided to play it safe and do a mixed bag of fire road type stuff and road riding on Saturday. Threw a set of knobbies on the fixed Cross Check and met up with Trevor, John and Timmy. A bit of psycho-cross adventure biking as I like to call it. Gnarly, rocky fire road that's tougher than some trail, tunnel traversing under route I-95 only to come hit some dammed up logs that need to be carefully traversed to avoid going for a swim. Bush-whacking to get back on route. Lots of deer and even a fox spotted early that morning. Hit up some pavement and then Trevor takes us on some hidden singletrack that is in fine shape. Ouch, I'm running the road gear, 44x17, and I almost snap my legs off on some of those dirt climbs. A fun ride, great to be out early.
Sunday, out early again, chilly air in the morning, get a bit of solo riding in then meet up with Dan, Eric and Mike to do some trail assessment for this weeks trail work day. Get some good riding in with them too. Work in the double-shot by heading out for a late afternoon ride with Julie for her first ride on her new steed. She's been spending most of her trail time out with the girls and it's the first I've ridden with her for a while. Lots of improvements and she's happy with the new bike, so it's another great ride.
Wednesday, only the most dedicated make it out. Not sure why since it's a beautiful day and 75 degrees at 6pm. Three of us take to the dirt. Man it's getting dark early these days and the clocks get turned back soon which will only make it worse. Stressful day as the shit pipe from the house to the sewer has crapped out (pun intended) and needs to be replaced. A good ride is just what the doctor ordered.
Rain in the forecast this weekend, so trail riding is looking slim. Perfect time to pick up a shovel and come dig with us at Patapsco on Sunday. Plus that moist soil will be easier to man-handle.
Zeke Fund Update //
Monday - October 17, 2005
Wow, really good news on the fund raising for Zeke. Update from Ken Miner below. A big thanks to everyone who put money into the fund, you rock.
Fund Raising Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the cycling community, we’ve raised enough money to cover Zeke’s medical expenses, including the two foreseeable eye surgeries. I cannot begin to thank every person and company that came together to help Zeke. The compassion and giving from both individuals and companies to help a fallen rider clearly emphasizes that the cycling community is different from any other group with whom I’ve ever been associated.
To date we’ve all helped raise a little over $15,000.00 to help Zeke offset his medical and rehabilitation costs. This will cover his out of pocket insurance expenses for 2005, 2006 and cover his second eye surgery after 2006. Thank you all so much for helping Zeke. He is grateful to everyone who came together to help him. His family is amazed at the closed knit sense of family that we all associate with the cycling community.
I’m proud to call myself a cyclist. We’ve all helped a very deserving cyclist get back in his feet to ride another day.