Daily Video + Tunes

Been listenin’ lately:

    1. Radiohead – There, There
    2. Fugazi – The Argument
    3. Timber Timbre – Creep on Creepin on
    4. Townes Van Zandt – Lungs

Also, check out this video of surfers in Scandinavia. Total Stoke:

So rad.



Living a Dream


This morning’s ride involved by brick streets, low traffic, and sweat.  The balmy air, a precursor to the rain lumbering in later this evening, was oddly nice to ride in.  Two miles of nearly uninterrupted road from stop signs and traffic lights provides me a pretty sweet bike path.

Random Bike commute thought:
Recently fashionable “Jogger” Dress slacks/pants are perfect for commuting and riding.  They totally remove the need for the annoying velcro reflective strap that helps prohibit your pants from getting pulled into the drive train.  

41 Miles for 41 Years

Tonight I participated in our regular Tuesday Night Constitution Trail Nite ride, our Cycling Teams weekly Winter, in-town training event.  These events are friendly and competitive (thanks impart to Strava), but we tend to refer to them as “Spirited.”  Here is my ride data.

Tonights ride was rough. My whole body is sore, in a good way.  I have learned to love that exhausted “spent” feeling.  I also love the gorging on food that occurs afterwards…But on to more important things…

Our “spirited” ride tonight coincided with the 41st Birthday for one of our Comrades (the Tiki). Encouraged by the wonderful 70 degree weather and the Tiki’s birthday stoke – some of us decided to ride a little beyond our average 30-ish miles, and instead opted to hit the 41 mile mark!

The Tiki and his stoke:


This got me thinking about how people choose to celebrate milestones:

35 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.

What I like about both these examples is how each person chose to celebrate with their friends, and community, in a shared outside activity.  Friends join to support you in your effort, push you a little farther, and help you celebrate!   That is really what all this stuff is about right?  Friendship?  Community? Pushing each other?

How do I want to celebrate my 31st with my friends and community this year?  I hope its free, outside and full of laughter.

Camping?  Backpack?  Fly Fishing? Group Ride?  Mountain Biking? Bikepacking?

How do you want to celebrate your next milestone?  The start of your next year?

Daily Bike Commute Thoughts

Today is the first day I was able to ride my bike to work in short sleeves and feel comfortable. I am excited that spring is finally here.  It was a beauty; 2 miles of 65 degree bliss.


Dreaming Up Adventure

One of my strong suites is thinking up ridiculous non-work (anything to not work in a cubicle) related schemes:

  1. A recent month long road trip – Lets drive to Alaska via Ontario and British columbia – work will wait. We can kayak and X and Y and Z…. the library is across the street for planning.
  2. Same trip as above but after B.C.  We can drive up the Alaska Highway and down to Homer and camp on the Beach.  We’ll bring bikes!
    1. P.S. that drive is spectacular – and given the opportunity (I have been trying to make one) I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  3. Climbing expeditions – we should drive out to Mount Rushmore and hone in our crack climbing skills.  We’ll live out of the back of the RAV 4 and hit a Trader Joe’s for some cheap staples and and dig the rest out of the garbage.  We’ll look online for the directions.
  4. Paddling expeditions – we should take a month off (next month) and paddle as far as we can on the Yukon river before the winter and cold sets in.
    1. I actually did a lot of research on this while I was working as a guide.  I still really want to take this trip.  It would be stunning in beauty and solitude. Not to mention it is in ALASKA.

These ideas all come from a place of love, curiosity, and need for change.  I love being outside, and hiking, canoeing/kayaking and biking, and adding camping, a road trip to the mix only makes it more exciting.  I genuinely love the excitement I feel generated from talking about leaving routine at the drop of a hat.   The worst is when my enthusiasm is not matched (which is normal, someone has to be grounded).  I think this type of thinking as become my own sort of hope and faith – if I keep talking about it will eventually happen.

Interestingly enough – it took me shutting up, and listening to my father for a potential wild adventure to start.

We were pedaling together on our usual saturday morning bike ride and I was rambling about what I wanted to do with my vacation time – trying to link together three weeks (hurrah for unpaid days) – so I could backpack on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Parksee relatives and then hike more in the Rockies.  During a pause of my adventure-travel-word vomit my Dad re-canted an idea he had always talked about – Taking the train from normal Illinois to somewhere in Montana taking bikes and some gear and riding his bike to Calgary, Canada.  The wheels on my brain bus began spinning round and round.

We chatted back and forth for the next 10 lazy miles on what we would need – which was mostly me saying, “I think we have all the camping and riding gear save proper geared bikes and panniers.  I think we could do it this year..”  As we headed south back to town the headwind we had been dodging all day caught up with us and cut all conversations off.  We dropped down into our bars and steadily pushed home.

Since our silent push back to town despite the wind’s best efforts, I have been planning and working logistics non stop.   I think my enthusiasm over his idea was enough to finally make him think it was a possibility and generate the infamous “stoke” we all seek when planning vacation.  So we have planned to take the trip.  Worked out some prices and are looking into some bike and panniers.

General Trip Itinerary:

  1. Amtrak from Chicago to East Glacier Park Montana
  2. East Glacier Park to Waterton National Park Canada
  3. Waterton to Pincher Creek (maybe a bit beyond)
  4. Roughly Pincher Creek to Chain lakes Provincial Park
  5. Chain Lakes to Roughly Bragg Creek

Future Posts will cover transportation, food, gear, and Training.


Travel and Misadventure

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