Thursday, May 29, 2008

All Roads Lead To Moab

About 8 months ago, 6 of us went to Colorado and Moab. When we got back I said, "give me your pictures and video and I'll make a montage video set to music that makes us seem cooler than we really are."........... My Pa' told me a man was only as good as his word........ I dun good Pa!

Jess asked for sound track titles.
Intro: Ping Island/Lighting Strike by Mark Mothersbaugh
Track 1: Weapon of Choice by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Track 2: Dearly Beloved by Bad Religion
Track 3: A-Punk by Vampire Weekend
Track 4: Sometimes I do by Social Distortion
Track 5: Seper8 St8 by Outer Circle
Track 6: Split Needles by The Shins
Track 7: Forever Fades Away by Tiger Army

Sunday, May 18, 2008

It's Like That! ... And That's The Way It Is!

Weekend started off right with a spin at Platte and brats on the grill with family and friends.

Double D left a little skin on the rocks.

Despite my lack of trust, Mrs. Lumpy delivered in the hot-coals department.

On Saturday I took my ipod for a few laps at Tranquility and ran into J.A.
We joined up for a lap. I have no pictures to prove it, but fun was had.

On Sunday, a few Goatheads met at Manawa for a MTB version of "Stomp the Yard". We teamed up and took turns riding ttf's, each time trying to outdo the others. Every time someone really threw down a nice run they tossed their bike aside and screamed something like "Who's the man!" or "You got served!". Then I ran around spinning a towel yelling "Oh Baby! Oh Baby!"......... Come to think of it, it was more like the And1 Mixtape Tour than anything else. Whatever it was, J.A. owned the day.

Most people think the whole "you-got-served", dance-off phenomenon is 100% American. Would you be surprised to find out that those same wacky Soviets that brought us fur hats, vodka and gulags were also the first to stomp da yard?

Friday, May 09, 2008

End of quarter

According to my calculations, we've reached the end of the first quarter of the 2008 riding season. So, it's time to send home report cards

Weather: C+
Bad start, but it's been better lately

Trails: A-
There was a little hiccup with some of the new trail sections, but it all seems to be straightened out now.

Riding Frequency: B
I've logged a lot of miles riding back and forth to work, but I haven't been on dirt that much. I can't count how many times I've said "we should go down to Platte this week." Guess what, I haven't been to Platte yet.....Anyone want to go to Platte next week???

Bike Maintenence: A-
No major problems in this department. J.C. had a few parts fall off his bike, but it wasn't anything Mod couldn't handle. The only reason it isn't a solid "A" is because A-Train still can't figure out why his tubes keep exploding.

Group Rides: D
A couple Goatheads need to get their priorities straight....November-February is family time....Check the calendar....What month is it?
This Wednesday, we ride! No excuses! (trail TBA)

Overall Grade: B-
A lot of room for improvement, but not bad enough to justify dad's belt out by the wood shed.

Now for some things to look forward to:

May 30th - June 1st, we're going camping and riding at Crowder State Park in Missouri. None of the Goatheads have been there before, but we've heard good things. Right now it sounds like there's 5-7 of us going down. If anyone wants to join us, you're welcome. Be warned though, The Professor has been known to wake up in other people's sleeping bags and J-Mac never leaves home without his Lil' Chub

On August 2nd, Team Goathead will be putting on the 2nd annual 3-2-1 Cycling Challenge. It's a charity group ride that benefits the Omaha Street School. Like last year we will ride to and do a lap at three different trails. We'll start at Dodge Park in council Bluffs, then ride and do a lap at Lewis and Clark. Next we ride to and do a lap at Manawa. We finish up by riding to and doing a lap at Swanson. After 50+ miles of riding, we throw some Bar-B-Q in our pie hole and call it a day. Last year was a huge success, I hope you can join us for year number two. Stay tuned for more details.

On August 31st, several Goatheads will be heading up to Spearfish South Dakota for the Dakota 5-0. Personally, I'm looking forward to this, while at the same time I'm a little nervous about it. I don't do a lot of racing, let alone a 50 mile race, but based on what I hear it's a tremendous event. I just hope I can keep up with J.A. and The Professor.

......And finally, like last year, we will continue our Adopt-a-Goat program. There are so many Goats out there just looking for a loving home. Recently, I met a goat named "Knobby"

For $19.95 a month, you can sponsor this Goat. Operators are standing by. Please give Knobby a home.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Tagged along with J.A. for his warm up lap at Tranquility on Sunday. Conditions were sweet. Turns out I'm still fat and not riding much isn't helping things. New berm is cool. No good pictures to share other than a phone picture of "the man" between laps.

Went on a walk at lunch yesterday. On my way out the door, I ran into James. I've known him for a couple of years now. He's a super cool guy. Rides bikes all the time. He is also known as "Spoke Daddy" and has this business called Spokiz. They are glasses (sunglasses, prescription, anything) that are modified by drilling the frame and using some kind of plastic tubes and bicycle spokes to replace the earpieces. He said that they are super-duper light, adjustable, and don't fall off your face. Good idea.

Then I walked over to the new pedestrian bridge. They recently connected the two halves.

Great! Now I can't just drive my lazy butt to Council Bluffs to ride, the rest of these crazy Goatheads are going to make me ride there!

And finally, I saw this online today. Pretty neat since the Apple earbuds fall out of my ears if I so much as blink.

Just don't throw it in the washer.