Thursday, April 29, 2010

My last post was from Hollywood, after that we hit the road.
This was our view from the campground in San Dimas, CA.

We headed up the coast to Monterey, CA for Sea Otter and hung out there for a couple weeks checking out rides and restaurants in San Juan Bautista and Gillroy. Sea Otter was fun, it was similar to Interbike as far as visiting sponsors and looking at booths.

Venue and Men's XC start

We had a great time and it was cool to see so many friends that we only get to see once a year. Add to that photoshoots, video bits, poison oak and racing, it was a crazy busy weekend. I didn't race short track and my XC performance was the worst ever, I just had no legs, zero, nothing. So, on to New Mexico. Well, I headed to NM and Todd left for work in Alabama.

I had scoped out some trails in Kingman, AZ. Luckily they have enough parking for the Motorhome at the trailhead. Perfect stop, great ride.

Kingman, AZ trails

The weather changed as I hit Flagstaff.

I-40 west of Flag

40-miles west of Gallup I ran into a blizzard and had to pull over. I stayed the night in a big dirt pull-out I found and when I woke up the snow had melted and I realized I was in an area the Navajos use to sell their wares and breakfast. 

This was not there when I went to sleep last night...

Navajo Burger (11")

I pulled in to Santa Fe in time to unhitch the truck, pull the "house" into it's parking space, load up the bike and head to the Dale Ball trails. As soon as I started riding it began snowing, I think I brought this storm from Flagstaff. I met up with some other riders and we had a 1 hour epic ride. At first mud stuck to the tires doubling my bike weight and building up so that I had to carry the bike. When we hit the rocks and scraped off the mud, the snow began sticking and we rode in the snow.

New friends

This is why I say I spend the summer in Arizona (November through February is my summer), this is winter...

The snow has melted and I am getting in some longer rides.
I think I have anything I may want...

Wandering around on the La Tierra trails I found a baby pump track! 

Monday, April 5, 2010

PowerBar & Women of Dirt Movie

New Sponsor! Thank you PowerBar.

Saturday we attended the Women of Dirt screening in Hollywood. I had never done Hollywood before. We checked out the Hollywood stars, got let in the velvet ropes by a doorman like guy, had cocktails (well, I had water with a lime and a little straw), posed for pics like movie stars, heard from influential women in the area and learned about great charities. 

Rahsaan Bahati of the Bahati Foundation spoke, which was cool especially since Nathan O'Neill  (and Floyd Landis) now rides for them. Then we watched the movie. Trailer here. My sister Erika and I are in the movie for about 1 second each, it is really a DH movie, so cool that there were a couple XC clips included.

Hanging out with Roger and Vanessa

  The Vanessa Humic