Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Closers

Lidge & Jesus Christ! Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaa! You gotta love sports. Way to go Phillies. What a game with a stressful three and a half innings. Tampa Bay played awesome but did not come up with the goods. Next year man, next year.

Not really being a baseball fan, it was SWEET watching 3 1/2 innings. Maybe that is how long a baseball game should be - cutting the innings played down to four.

Little Horse Trail

Dwayne "the Train" Clinton and Ober ride Little Horse one more time before our departure home.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

I had to organize the attic so I brought down our little Christmas tree. With the white lights already strung around the tree and we are going to be out of town for most of the holidays, I thought I would place the tree in our room to enjoy early. At 4:16 a.m. I was not enjoying the damn tree as Smeeges chomped on the fake branches and white lights. I at least wasn't crazy enough to put the ornaments on the tree yet. I am pretty sure I am not going to put ornaments on as the tree probably will not make it downstairs and all I need are ornaments flying around our room in the middle of the night.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Templeton Trail

I did not think I would want to ride the same trails over again but Templeton was fun and challenging. I wanted to share the technical section with you as I could ride most it this year. Second time around, I still fell; of course in a different switchback. It does not look too bad in the video (midway into video on a switchback - quick tire shot) as I caught myself from sliding down the edge of the trail. Sorry for the bobble-head video; I would like to blame it on the full suspension and rocks but it was probably more me than anything.

Friday, October 24, 2008


We all took a day off the bikes to hike or shop. Brad and Dwayne wasted some cash trying to play some golf on Thursday. Barb and Doug toured an eclectic home built by artist, Michael Kahn. I squeezed in one more day on the trails walking and running. We are hanging in the airport hoping our pilots will keep us posted on the Phillies as we fly.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tuesday Hiking Pictures

We drove to Marg's Draw Trail and hiked the 2.6 mile trail North crossing Schebley Hill Road to Mund's Wagon Trail. Mund's Wagon is an out and back for 4.4 miles that follows the road. We probably hiked about a mile or two and headed back. My legs needed the break from the bike even though my ankles are a little weak for hiking.

Stuck Between a Red Rock and a Hard Place

Staying with Brad's mom, we are spending another week in Sedona, Arizona, with friends. Situated in the Village of Oak Creek, we are nestled between Coffee Pot Rock, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. This is the third time back; second time in October - the first time we visited in February.

This trip we rented mountain bikes for the week and ride to the trails. The weather is fabulous; about 10 degrees warmer than last year with temperatures in the mid 80s. For the first two days we got late starts so the heat was a bit draining. Monday we left the house around 8:30 and rode (and took pictures) for about three and half hours.

I have to credit Rob and Gretna Bill for making the riding out here more enjoyable. Since I raced Seven Springs with all the rock gardens and tight, narrow trails, I barrel over and down rocking trails. So far we have not ridden any new trails so I have attempted to ride more instead chickening out and walking. One of the beautiful trails is Templeton. It is classified as moderate but I think it is easy except for some tight, rocky switchbacks down the north side of the trail. You ride northeast along the east side of Cathedral Rock like you are on kid roller coaster. The rocks are minimal so you can ride as fast as you want and there are a few blips and dips that are rideable, too.

Once we got to the rocky switchbacks, I decided to ride it. There is a huge crevasse that creates drop offs along the trail so I ride it conservatively, butt back, tapping the brakes to control my speed. I get to a section that is very dangerous with switchbacks so tight any mistake would send you off the cliff. I am still on the bike listening to one of my friends screaming while she rides down towards the creek. Another friend walks in front of me advising me to walk not ride as it to tight for the novice I am. I had the 7 springs confidence in me and I attempted to ride as I made it down the first third of the descent. Not able to round the turn to the right and with the cliff drop off to the left, I get stuck in the first switchback that is no longer than my bike. I fell hard into the rocks in the turn, stuck under the bike. Thank goodness for the helmet. Nothing broken but I swear I heard something crack - hopefully it was just my helmet. I thought my shin and forearm received most of the damage but when we got home hours later, I had aches and bruises all over my right arse and middle back. Man, I must have blocked out falling back on the rocks. Later, I attempt to ride stuff that throw me off the trail, luckily not landing in any cacti but into beautiful red rocks and trees.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Momentary Lapse of Reason

I just joined Facebook and I am not sure if I can keep up with it. Also, I clicked on the damn "free PINK Iphone" ad AND... filled out the damn survey. Of course, I did not meet the requirements because I was not going to buy or subscribe to things I don't need. So I am not going to get the cool, PINK, Iphone, but I got LOTS of junk email.

Ugh. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I had that momentary lapse of reason like when I was a kid collecting the bubble gum wrappers to get my secret decoder machine.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bike Polo - October 11, 2008

Bike Polo in Lancaster, PA, at the Hollenbachs. Note the date is October 11th at 3 p.m.

Come out and play. (I know, I said I was going to race cross - it hasn't happened yet and I do not know if I will. Bike polo is going to have dogs and beer! I am more experienced with pocketing beer and dogs than hopping barriers!)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Drunk as a Skunk

Must be nice to not debate at a debate. Why even have a debate. Not impressed from either side, really. I am glad we entertained ourselves while watching the Vep debate.

Every time Governor Palin said the word maverick we had to drink but if - IF Senator Biden said the word maverick we had to chug a drink. F$^%&!k. He said it at least FIVE times with one address.

Damn. Tone, genre, style?! Where was her substance and knowledge on the issues at hand? Whoa - I cannot watch Fox News Network. And no, I don't relate to Governor Palin.

We're doomed.