Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Got on some of the vulupchous baby heads. Mmmm felt good. Too much road could kill a man. I like the predictable unpredictability of the rocky-as-shit singletracks. They are abundant, and they are tastey. The stuff I have been coughing up all week would be a great chain lube. Quit fussing with your sag bag and come join in the fun! Races are on the way!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Recently, I've been putting a lot of hard solo miles in on the local terrain. This weekend I figured I would probably be riding alone as well, so I decided to join my roommate and his friends for a weekend in the Catskills of New York. Most of the group was going up to unwind from marriages, girlfriends or the grind, I was also going for some R&R and some road biking adventure. We all met at Joe's cabin, right outside Woodstock, on Friday. Beers were flowing and good vibes were in the air. Just a bunch of involved dudes trying to get interesting stories out of the bachelor types. The next morning was frosty and sunny. I couldn't wait to get rollin'. I stuffed my pockets with food and maps and off I was. The riding up there is sweet. Just rolling around mountain with some topos, hooking together roads, talking to farm boys in the middle of nowhere. Some were like, "What the hell you doing all the way out here?" After about 6hrs and a pretty big ride, it started raining. Luckily I was on my way back to the cabin where the crazy brew was fresh. It rained all night and the next morning, so I headed back to JT where I could get in another beautiful day. Most bands are the originators of great songs, but sometimes it takes someone else to come along and make that song come alive. As I ride along the Richies Havens version of The Beatles "Here Comes the Sun" comes on my ipod. Just a fitting song for the season. Here comes the sun, and I say, it's alright!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
calling all dwellers of the planet earth! we need to act now on the problem of the climate crisis. without a healthy planet we can not have healthy living. help mr. gore deliver the message to congress by signing a postcard at http://www.algore.com/, and do something to prolong the existance of the human race. we do not want to cause our own extinction!
Friday, March 02, 2007
Being a physics teacher is tough. It is really not my fortay. I enjoy teaching biology and environmental science better, but a little physics is interesting. Plus, the kids in the class are great. Anyway, we were talking about simple machines and then moving towards the topic of complex machines. My co-teacher suggested to maybe find an activity that invloves a bike for the students to figure out. I was thinking, right on, I already have an idea. What better way to incorporate a bicycle in the classroom than to have it sharpen your pencil. Through a little fabrication in the students technical shops, we introduce the fixed gear pencil sharpener. We had a blast timing how long it took to grind a pencil down to the eraser. The secrets of winter training are revealed to all. By sharpening ten pencils a day one will be in top form to out sprint Daisey on the Dairy Rd loop. Daisey is a huge rotweiler that chills at this farm on one of the sweetest road and moutain loops in my area. I have seen Daisey eating the carcass of a dead animal on one occasion before tearin' after my skinny ass. The Dutch Eagle and I have devised a plan to tape lunch meat to our frames to fend of the beast the next time where out there.