Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fat night ride...

Rolled along the back roads and rail bed. It's nice to ride the snow at night quiet and peaceful.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Job Delay=A Chance To Play...

exploring map

dock at parking area to Seyon pond

start of ride

ramshackle camp on west side of pond

view from footbridge facing east


soggy trail

grassy trail

moose track trail

one of many moist sections

moose trail/vast trail
We had a job delay waiting for some materials so I decided to play hookey and go for a ride. I went exploring some trails south of Seyon Pond near Groton SF. The trails will be a jumping off point for what appear in satellite view to be many logging roads/trails/vast trails between Seyon and Butterfield Mtn!

It was a great day. Nice temps cool and breezy. The trails were highly varied but mostly rugged wide singletrack. There also seem to be many class 4 type roads about though. Many of the trails around the pond are also ski trails in winter.

Looking forward to further explorations soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 photo dump

back road of Calais in search of Bohemian baked goods
stream near Camels Hump
Gear for fishing-sea bass/bluefish
Kayaks, Clifton, sea, sun
My road
Field #2
Jim, Julie and Mike on  Devils Washbowl ride
see above
Mike and Wil from S360
Silver Lake sunset
camp-my hammock, mike's tarptent, wil's tarptent
marshfield pond
It has been SUCH a busy year! Didn't feel like I biked much but when I was cleaning up my phone today I downloaded all of these! Rode several DNF randos, did a bike camping trip, rode a lot of short singletrack at lunch time and got in some nice weekend rides.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Ride!

bar bag n GPS

secula tail light

medium GB bar bag


The new ride is a 2012 Salsa Vaya. This is a great bike. Last year after a ride I stopped in at Old Spokes Home and hopped on it. With little adjustment it seemed like a perfect fit. I felt I was ready after being back on the road for 4 years to jump in and know what I really wanted to be riding.

Luckily Glenn still had this bike on holdover from 2012 as it has the SRAM double still. I dropped off my old wonderful Pacer as trade-in and had them match it as much as possible exactly for fit, as the Pacer was my personal version of FitWerx developed over 4 years :)

I worked with Justin to determine the build, largely based on the experience of Justin, Harris and Glenn I got a wonderful build.

We chose the Barlow Pass 38x700 which I proved work as high speed bomber cyclocross tires on class 4 rocky and rutted roads, zooming along and bunny hopping all the while! We added a SON hub to the stock wheels, the Edelux

The bag is a mounted on a Velo Orange rack.

Same old WTB Valcon that is SO comfy for me.

SKS fenders.

Double wrap of Salsa tape.

Friday ride...August 15

store at Rt. 15 and Cabot Rd.

I managed to get out for a Friday ride last week. Theoretically we work 4 long days but as the owner I often work Friday also. This was a wonderful ride, perfectly cool and one of my favorite routes. 52 miles of rolling roads that are not too busy and lots of lakes on the way. I also stopped at the most interesting tiny store on Rt 15 and Cabot Rd. There was a hand written sign that said "open until 11:30 today". It was a room maybe 16x20 with shelves on the walls with soup, cereal, tuna, bread etc. A home type fridge with cold drink and coffee. Really neat place.

Monday, August 4, 2014

First post since winter!

New ride, Vaya 2012 holdover.

Rail bridge.

Path along rail bed where bear was!

Barn along Middle Road.

Long bomber downhill into Barre.

Along rte. 302

Reservoir for Barre.

It's been a looooong time since a post popped up here. I have been super busy with work, being a builder and all. I got out for a ride this weekend and met Clifton at Espresso Bueno in Barre for a delicious breakfast burrito and coffee. I rode over on the dirt along Middle Road, which is particularly rough right now, but fun nonetheless. It is definitely nicer on the 38mm Barlow Pass tires! The new bike has been fantastic, more on that later :) We headed back out up Washington Street to where he had come from at the Park and Ride. He headed off to meet the family while I rode on to Reservoir Road and back to Plainfield along Reservior and Brook Roads. This road is a blast, one endless gradual downhill! This loop is part of 100k populaire I want to run next year to pull in more VT riders for the brevet series. It was one of the nicest rides I've done this year.

It hasn't been much of a rando year for me, 2 DNF's and 1 DNS! I have at least been contributing by helping run the VT series with a group of 4-5 others. A bit of a learning curve this year, but looking forward to it next year!