Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Mad day

You couldn't have asked for better weather, great single track and a swim in the Mad river with a better group of close friends. We can often forget how good our lives are and the good people around us that make that life all the fuller. I am lucky and will say it again: I could not live in a better place with even better people! I live in the mountains with an extraordinary woman and trusty dog Odin. I work with a bunch of great people as well who share the same thoughts and ideals in life that I do. I have friends who ski, ride and make wonderful company! This is what makes Vermont great! So here's to the people around us that make our lives interesting and with out them; dare I say would have life be pretty boring! Life isn't just about ourselves but about surrounding ourselves with the people we love and care about and hey, it doesn't hurt to have then rip on skis or bikes as well!
Till next time!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kip takes the top!!

Kip took the win in the race to the top of Vermont in true Kip Roberts fashion on his unique single speed winning by over 20 seconds! We knew you had it in you!! It's too bad I broke my wrist I would have liked to be there with you!! Till next year!

Heres to Kip!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturdaynight single speed smackdown- Three penny shinnanigans.

No one ever knows where a Saturdy singlespeed smackdown night ride will lead you, just so happens we ended up at our favorite bar; the Three penny taproom.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

In the Kingdom with some old and new friends.

I found myself in the company of some good old friends from home and some new ones as well . Here's to good times and more to come, I know I'll be expecting you sometime soon. I swear that's not a hippy house behind us....Ok who are we kidding that place is awesome! Till next time.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

In the Breadloaf with doughnuts.

This saturday we hiked out to our shelter we adopted on the Long Trail, Skyline Lodge. After a lazy morning we stopped in at the Big Picture for a breakfast burrito (sooo good) and some doughnuts; some for us, and some for the caretaker up at the Lodge. The drive over to Middlebury Gap was nice, the hike in was beautiful, and we found a really cool campsite with a nice outlook for watching sunsets over the Adirondaks. The shelter was in great shape, and we planned trips back both this fall and over the winter. A multi-day winter trip, using this shelter as base camp, is in the works. The winter trip is going to involve stew, biscuits with butter, no-bake cherry cheesecake, and eggs for the mornings. Oh, and camp coffee! And then lots and lots of skiiing and snowy backcountry adventure. Can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

An extraordinary man on an extraordinary journey!

It was a beautiful saturday in Vermont where I happened to meet an extraordinary man: Bruno. Bruno is traveling from Montreal to Boston. It just so happens that Bruno is doing this on his handcycle/wheelchair unsupported. I shared a short 30 minutes discussing what was the best route (14 or 100) and we decided that 100 would be his most scenic and worthwhile route through the Green mountains of Vermont. I couldn't help but feel a great connection with this traveling stranger whose home France was so very far away. But this is the gift of cycling, two strangers sharing in the adventure and spirit of cycling. The freedom to travel anywhere and where ever your body cares to take you.
We talked of the tour, the great Gaps, of Scleck and contador and of course the beautiful mountains where I will someday find myself, I'm sure of this. But for now we smiled, exchanged info, and I wished Bruno safe travel as he made his way off through downtown Montpelier. It just so happens he was born in Montpellier, France and he just had to see what its sister city looked like in VT!

So here's to Bruno, may your ride and journey find you well in Boston soon. But remember its what happens along the way that matters; ahhh I think you already know this! Safe journey my friend!
'Til our paths cross again!

Three Penny Taproom;You guys rule the day!

The Three Penny Taproom, the one and only place to get a beer and where I asked my beautiful girlfriend Sarah to marry me! Check em out on Were here for the beer!