Thursday, June 26, 2008
Word on the street in that the Pancake Shack may be coming home tomorrow. A&L RV has had our camper in their possession longer than we have.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Later that evening we had my sister Beth and her kids over for a cookout and some Tom foolery in the street on the cruiser.
We did manage to make it over to Norris Schwinn to check on Melinda's cruiser project that just keeps dragging on. It is pretty much finished except for a little polishing that needs to be done to the fenders. Once that's done Dave should be able to put it together. Hopefully we can pick it up this week but I'm not getting my hopes up.
I have to admit it does look pretty good even though the paint does not have any yellow in it like Melinda was hoping.
On a more serious note, all of Mary's new shiny parts were delivered to the house by our friendly UPS man.!!!! Yea!!!!!!
After a short hike yesterday with Melinda and the dogs I ate a quick bite and started the process of turning Mary into a sweet singletrack machine. Some of the upgrades consisted of a new Race Face handlebar and stem, some serious braking power complements of Avid Juicy fives, a Thompson seatpost and some complementing blue Salsa accessories. I also got rid of that useless front derailleur and all but the middle ring and installed a shiny new bash guard.
I still have a few modifications to finish up and some brake adjustments to do but I hope to finish it all up this evening. This weekend will be the true test to see how Mary is going to perform under pressure. We head to Dupont State Park for a week of camping and mountain bike riding. I'm having trouble sleeping just thinking about it.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Nine days and counting until Melinda, me and the dogs pack up for our week long camping trip to Dupont for some rest, relaxation and a whole lot of serious mountain bike riding. My whole summer seems to be revolving around this trip and I can't wait until we go. With such a busy schedule this week and next I wonder if we'll get to ride before we go.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Here's a pic of the new wall, looks good huh?
This what the cabinets looked like before the demolition. At the lower end to the right of the stove there was an empty space that had been covered up with paneling. We opened it up to add more shelving space.
Got the shelving built and now we're ready for the dishwasher to be inserted.
We still have to wire it up and do some plumbing.
On a different note, I got some pretty cool gifts from Moonshine and Jackson for Father's Day. Check out my new Dale Jr. license plate frame who by the way won his first race of the season with his new team on Father's Day. Maybe there is a connection here.
I also got a pretty sweet Twin Six t-shirt but the UPS man has yet to drop it off. Speaking of the UPS man, he's going to see alot of my neighborhood this week. I've got several new parts on their way to build up Mary with.
Speaking of Mary, here is a pic of her. This is her with all the original parts alot of which will be coming off to make way for some newer nicer goodies.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Option 1 - Support my local bike shop and save money by keeping the Haro Mary and upgrading what lower end components are on it.
Option 2 Buy a Salsa Mamasita online for way more $$$ and build it up with lower end components.
Option 1 will have nicer components, don't get me wrong the Haro is a sweet bike, Option 2 is a nicer frame (Scandium/Carbon frame) but lower end components. Option 2 will be more expensive by a couple hundred $$$.
I'm leaning more towards the Mary but I'm not 100% percent yet. Another cool thing about the Haro is the name "Mary" I like it, it's an unusual name for a bike but that's what makes it cool.
The Monkey and Mary, those two just sound good together. I think they would get along well. The Monkey and Mamasita, sounds nice but just doesn't have the same buzz. Hmm
Friday, June 13, 2008
On the cycling end of life I do have a new steed on order, not sure when it will be here but I hope it gets here soon I'm anxious to go ride some more. We hit the trails 3 times last week and I felt a little pain, nothing bad it was just enough to let me know I'm not 100% yet. Melinda made the suggestion that I get a new ride, something with gears and suspension. This is something that I wasn't planning on doing anytime soon because I love my fully rigid steel 29er singlespeed, it's by far my favorite bike I have ever owned. I have no plans selling it so quit asking Dustin. Your going to have to build your own. If you've ever thought of building a 29er the Surly Karate Monkey is the way to go. It's a great ride at a good price. Back to the new steed on order, I actually bought 2 new bikes, 1 complete, a Haro Mary XC 29er and a Salsa Dos Niner frame. My plans are to build the Dos Niner up with the parts off the Haro and sell the frame. It was actually cheaper to go this route than to build up the Dos Niner from scratch. The specs are pretty close to what I wanted but there will be some swapping out here and there in the future. So if you know anyone who needs a solid 29er frame that's never been ridden give a shout. The Mary is up for sale.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
This was our view from the terrace off our hotel room.
I had to take a short nap after the long drive, we had a big night planned for us, think free open bar.
Since it was an all expenses paid trip we took full advantage of room service. Pizza & beers you can't go wrong.
One of the many waterfalls inside the hotel. Pretty girl not included, I brought her along.
Supposedly there was a boat you could ride in that would take you down the river complete with a tour guide but we skipped that part. Yes this is inside the hotel as well.
We only got to stay in the hotel for one night because we had the dogs with us who were staying with my sister Becky so we jetted over to her house and crashed with them Saturday night.
My sister Becky, bro-law Jason and Niece Amelia.
Amelia and I having a cold one.
Moonshine giving Amelia a kiss, how sweet.
On our way home we were flying through Knoxville trying to outrun a nasty T-storm and we saw this really sweet van and we had to take a few pics. This thing was 4 wheel drive, had a wench, stove, sink and who know what else. That's all I could see as we drove past. I thought we had the ultimate camping vehicle but this thing was bad as hell. We did have one up on them, the capability to haul 4 bikes.