Yesterday we went on a fun cross ride and today we’re heading out to a few state parks. It’ll be slow posting here for the next two days and yes, he’s well aware his site is down. He’ll have it back up on Monday, hopefully.
This ride broke me and I’m not ashamed to admit that. After 8 hours of riding in 25 degree weather, through headwinds, frozen rain and mud, I cracked. When I packed for the trip to NYC, Philly and this ride, Sandy wasn’t even on the map. So I left all my rain gear, winter gloves, jackets and wool at home in Austin. In a mad dash to acquire appropriate gear, I found myself without a lot of options.
Cheap gloves, leg warmers and a packable rain jacket quickly reminded me that I was underprepared for the weather we faced out of Pittsburgh and into the mountains. For the entire morning, my body convulsed as I shivered. My hands went numb for hours and I was soaking wet from head to toe. I still can’t feel my finger tips or palms and my jaw was sore this morning from chittering all day. But today was a different story… We’re sitting just outside of DC, awaiting our flights home.
More on this story to come. For now, check out the #GoYonder Instagram tag and I want to thank all the dudes who made this trip so memorable!
This year, my friend Harry from NYC emailed me, asking if I’d be interested in riding from Brooklyn to Philly for the Bike Expo, like we did two years ago. I needed no persuading. I booked my ticket and before I knew it, I found myself in Brooklyn for a few days.
Today we rode to Philly and the route is amazing this time of year. I haven’t seen Autumn in years and man, it was in full vibrancy. Here’s a few Instagram shots, with 35mm on the way.
Our route looks complicated, but is actually pretty simple. Try it out yourself.
At this point, I shouldn’t have to legitimize Instagram, especially to the readers of this site. Aside from the visual stimulus, it’s a great resource for the local routes and spots our fellow riders find themselves facing on the daily. When I scroll through my feed, there are a few people who I look forward to checking out. Some are cyclists, others are artists, or just really damn good at the lovely square composition. Whatever their walk of life may be, these people make me envious of their surroundings.
Not that I like “rules”, I will say that all of these users stick strictly to their iPhones. Something even I don’t bother adhering to!
Check out my top picks below.
If you follow @KyleBKelley and myself on Instagram, these photos should come as no surprise. Tuesday was my last full day in LA and I wanted to do a ride I’ve never done before. But we wanted to take one of the shop helpers, Christian with us, so where would we go?
We began doing Mt. Wilson: 18 miles of climbing and 4,500′ of elevation, which is a piece of cake. Then, we left Christian to nap for an hour at Redbox and headed up Mt. Disappointment, with its rumored top pitches of over 20%. A would be easy feat for my Bishop road with its Austin-hill gearing (34×28) but I was on Ty’s Hufnagel with a granny gear of 38×25. I.e. it hurt like hell.
Even Kyle, who’s a mountain goat of sorts admitted to almost getting off his bike. 3 miles, 1,200′ later and we were at the top and on this one, the views were breathtaking.
Our day totalled around 65 miles and over 7,200′ of climbing. While Kyle doesn’t like to get hung up on distance and elevation, I like to throw it in there not to brag but to show that riding is about having fun with your friends, even while you’re all in pain!
See more Instagram pics from our ride here and 35mm are on the way.
Look, believe it or not, I actually really love putting up posts to get you through the work day. That said, it’s hard for me to “play hooky” and go ride. While the site was silent for 24 hours, it was worth it… Yesterday, 5 of us headed out of Portland towards Mt. Hood. We took river paths, country roads, and fire roads, which eventually opened up to vistas like this. It was breathtaking. We totalled 111 miles and 7,700′. All this to visit a facility in Hood River where material for bikes are made.
More on this later. It’s gonna be good!
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Kyle from Tracko / GSC has been going on and on about how he was going to take me on the “Cloud Bonk” ride. As the name implies, it’a a gnarly loop, that’s literally up in the clouds. Well, 7,000′ up. We left this morning at 6:30am and rode to the ride (rather than drive). After a 30 mile trek to the base of the mountains, we climbed for 30 miles. Then 30 more miles and then, 30 miles home. Totaling 10,200′ and 120 miles. As you can imagine, I’m beat. So after a few bourbons, I’m calling it a night.
Read: I’m too tired to post anything!
A few notes:
-YES, I received your emails today.
-NO, the Ride Hills T’s have not shipped from Kyle’s warehouse. He was busy riding mountains today. Expect those to ship ASAP! Or as soon as his interns get them out.
-Gah, I love riding in LA County.
-Check out more Instagram photos in the blog footer, or click here and here.
In a rush to get out the door to meet up for a ride this morning, I left my T4. So in lieue of 35mm, I took a lot more Instagram photos than I normally would. When I showed up at the coffee shop, I thought we’d maybe be doing like 20 miles. Shortly after, I realized we’d be in it for a haul today and with 50% of the course being dirt and gravel, it was gonna be fun.
We took off, climbed some, descended some, got a few flats and managed to avoid any wrecks. After a stop at the Reel Inn in Topanga, we headed home. Nothing like riding 20 miles through shit LA traffic and roads after hitting the dirt all morning. We totalled 60 miles and around 4,000′ and everyone had a blast, er, fun.
Check out more below.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen that I’m back in LA. I’ll be here for two weeks, kicking around, going on rides and shooting photos. If you’ve got something you think would be a good fit for the site, hit me up! Email, comment, etc. You know me, I love meeting readers and seeing their rides…
Today Ross, Jon, Josh and I went on a nice century. This past weekend, the lady and I went out on a drive to Pedernales Falls. After seeing the countryside, I knew I had to ride it, so today we took off under the cloudy skies to do just that.
It came out to be 100 miles and 5,500′ with a 18.1 mph average, which was pretty good considering how hot it ended up being towards the end of the ride. I shot a bunch of black and white film of the Texas Hill Country, so I’ll be following this post up with a Recent Roll shortly.