Monday, January 12, 2009

2009, new challenges, hair styles, and trails

A couple of weeks ago I challenged a few of my fellow riding buddies to a mileage contest. It's very simple, at the end of 2009 look at the odometer on all of your bikes add up the total and the one with the most miles wins a six pack from all the losers. Most accepted, well all except for Alan who likes to protest EVERYTHING good or bad.
I told Melinda about my little challenge and at first she wasn't excited saying I would be too busy trying to win to hang with her. Then she went out and bought me 2 new cycle computers. I assured her that wouldn't be the case, I have a feeling I won't win it's just a good challenge for me to keep in mind when I'm feeling lazy. Now I have computers on all of my bikes except my cruiser which I don't think will push me over the edge anyway. Speaking of my cruiser I think it's deserving of a cool name.
Anybody got any good ideas for a cool name? All bikes deserve a good name. I recently named Melinda's cruiser the "Sugar Mama".
One the fashion front, I have taken Brad Pitt's challenge to the next level. He seems to think he's bringing the moustache back. Here in East Tenn I know guys with moustaches older than me. Anyway I have been playing around with the idea of getting a mohawk to go with my FuManchu. I've gone through phases where I've shaved the sides of my head a little higher and sculpted the rest of my hair into a fauxhawk but this time I decided to go ahead a shave it all the way up to just a stripe down the middle. I was kind of nervous about it but I figured it's something I've wanted to do for a while and it probably won't be too much longer before I don't have enough hair to do so. My hair wasn't really that long to begin with so my hawk is not that impressive especially in the back where it was shorter than on top but I'm letting it play catch up. I'm having a hard time trying to get used to fixing my hair. I'm used to just drying it with a towel and calling it done. Now I have to actually work at making it stand up. Not sure how long I can keep this up.
I totally had plans to shoot new trail riding footage at Warriors on Fri but when I went to strap the cam on my helmet I noticed I forgot the SD card. No big deal the videos would have sucked. It was muddy and Mother Nature has thrown trees down all over the trails. I was constantly having to stop and lift my bike over trees or clear debris off the trail. I plan to get out there this week with the dogs, hike the trails and clear out some of the debris.
Speaking of trail work, the workday at Bays mtn was a success, we had a good crew despite the threat of rain. Our usual workday lasts about 4 hrs but most tire out after 3, myself included. We got in just a little over 2.5 hrs before the rain set in on us. We benched cut a pretty good sized section and things are looking good for having this thing completed before spring. Thanks to all you folks who have worked so hard on this trail, your efforts are really appreciated.