Wednesday, May 28, 2008


My wife and I went to ride something different this past weekend. It was supposed to be a long out and back singletrack ride, but as we approached the 3/4 way up point, the trail vanished into a new clearcut.
I know you're thinking "boo hoo, it happens". That's true. But the trail in question is the nearly 900 mile long Pacific Northwest Trail, designated to become a National Scenic Trail this year. The trail was gone, as if never had even existed.

I'm not sure the span of the trail that was affected, but it must have been a considerable amount, as we could not find any markers pointing toward how we were supposed to continue onward.

I've ridden through clearcuts for over a dozen years, but this one was different. It was fresh, having just taken place less than a week prior to our visit. The trail was gone, a trail that many hours of volunteer efforts had gone into, a place where people go to seek refuge from their stressors, gone. I know it's necessary.

We need to wipe our butts. We need to write stuff. We need to build stuff. It's a natural resource. Renawable? Yes, but to what extent? Do these trees grow back fast enough to keep up with our demands and increasing population? Just something to think about.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Speedy Beavers PA race 2 results

The Speedy Beavers finished another race weekend at Port Angeles with great results!

Dawn 1st place Expert Women
Joy 3rd place Pro Women
Brooke 5th place Expert Women
Carolyn 7th place Expert Women

Great representation by these gals in the local downhill scene! Way to go!


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shuffling Around

No update in quite some time, so here goes:

Nearly 4 weeks ago, I went to visit some friends in Canadia. We rode all day, and at the end of the day, I felt the need to hit this big contraption here:

Well, I didn't make it all the way up there. Luckily, I fell inbetween all those trees there and landed straightlegged and flat footed on a couple of big logs. And then of course the bike fell and landed on my head. It really was not a spectacular crash at all, and I was fine for a few minutes.

Since then, my whole body has felt the jolt and I haven't really ridden my bike in 4 weeks. I have a slipped disc in my back, but apparently all is well again with some chiropractic assistance and heaps of stretching, so I can ride again.

One week after crash, I was still in denial and figured I could just "ride it off". I helped my buddies at Transition Bikes move to their awesome new building, and upon waking the next morning, I knew something was definitely not right in my back.

Here's some pics from the big moving day:

most expensive Jenga game EVER - I won, and got to keep 11 forks...NOT

Sam B loading up the truck

I hope you guys bought the $2 rental insurance

Out with the old...

In with the new!

Plenty of space to fill

The new lobby

Keep up the good work with such great bikes guys!