larsson was there to cheer me on and even took a sweaty hug from me after but didn't even make it out of mankato before the day caught up with him.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
bad picture of the road rash
evidence of how dry and dusty our trails are right now
Monday, June 23, 2008
here's the deal...the trails here are in phenomenal shape. everyone that came and hung out and got to see the trails with us had an awesome time. our trails are difficult, and that is something most of us are proud of. weather does change trails, but we worked our asses off and handled every problem area we found. some trails may not look like they did before, but they were already difficult, now they're simply different. the people who chose to show up were great people to have around. we had a blast and the weekend was pretty much everything i had hoped for...a lot of time spent riding and bullshitting with a group of great guys. people i've never had the chance to really hang out with, good friends that have moved away, good friends i just don't see enough. am i disappointed the official ballyhoo didn't happen? yes. do i understand why the decision was made? yes. do i agree with calling it off? it doesn't matter. that wasn't my call to make. it wasn't my responsibility or my burden. what does matter to me is that our trails our in amazing shape. tons of miles were put on these trails and i was proud to show them off. thanks to all the locals and everyone else that has put so much time into overcoming the events of the past few weeks.
as for me, the coming week is all about detox and preparation. i've had my fun and its time to get ready for mankato and then figure out how to start preparing for a 12 and a couple of 24's.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
self-portrait from lat night's ride
Monday, June 16, 2008
here's the deal...if you ride the trails, work the trails. build trails. do something. give a shit.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
impassable gravel road leading into bluffton...looks like a bomb site.
novian bypassing a massive washout on happy hollow
fisty almost entirely swallowed up by what used to be happy hollow...this is not off to the side of the road, this is the trench on the right side of the road in the picture above.
larsson is the one truly benefiting from the father you've been to me.
chris and adam...keep doing what you're doing. payton, carter, maddux and caden are lucky sons. you, too, have learned from the best and both make incredible fathers. love you guys.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
death valley...still raging like a river on monday. if you've never seen this on a normal day you can't understand.headed off to school with larsson, and yes, he's reading on the way.
solo saturday night ride and some carnage from the flood.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
this should be a fairly small, gentle trout stream passing under 52 right by the campground.
regents center at luther is flooded and all of the athletic fields are under FEET of water. they say the river is higher here than it was in 93. sounds like we're getting out of this way better off than it could have been. i don't think it was far at all from being catastrophic.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
so...fellowship, awards, beer, packing, mcdonalds, and then...called spinner only to find out that decorah wasn't so lucky today with the lack of rain. ended up talking with multiple locals all of whom said don't even bother trying to get back into town tonight. roads everywhere are flooded, storm sewers are backing up and causing more flooding, the river is dangerously close to going over the dike, possible evacuations, and a good possiblity that the apartment might be unreachable right now coming in from the outside. either way, sketchy enough to not bother trying. so, "stranded" at the in-laws and will try heading back in the morning.
i'm always amazed by how much climbing there really is at afton. my legs hurt. high life should help. pictures later.