Monthly Archives: April 2012

Riding Maine’s Sunrise Trail

I joined my friend and next door neighbor Andy Hazen this weekend, on one of his two-day-long training rides in his preparation for the 2,745 mile Tour Divide race starting June 8th, arguably the most challenging mountain bike time trial … Continue reading

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Camping au savage

It’s 6:30 pm and I’m in my sleeping bag trying to warm up. I just finished the longest bicycle ride that I’ve done in at least 10, or maybe 15 years. I started at 9 AM in Cherryfield after dropping … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Downeast

Pretty pumped up tonight. My Surly Pugsley is packed in the Caravan, rigged out with backpacking gear ready for a 60 mile ride tomorrow on the Sunrise trail out of Ellsworth. This is a new one for me. I’m concerned … Continue reading

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Redeemed by The Bike

Stack an injury that lasted two weeks on top of a vacation in Texas that featured multiple excursions to several barbeque pits and Mexican restaurants, and witness my slide down on the fitness profile.  It’s been at least six years  … Continue reading

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Yosemite – Range of Light

My thoughts turn to California this week where I was squeezed, dazed, uplifted, scarred, and imprinted for life. Take 5 at a quiet moment.

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Hiking with wet feet

Those Gore-tex boots aren’t what you want. Thinking of buying footwear? Most sources about hiking techniques write as if there was just one country out there, but Skurka dials in useful info for places where it does rain, like here … Continue reading

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Gear failure not the issue. It’s all about customer service

. Readers may know that I’ve given up on Big Agnes Aire Core mattresses due to multiple valve failures (3), after being told by their customer service that a valve failure is post unusual. I have been totally satisfied with … Continue reading

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Bashed leg syndrome adventures

Two weeks ago I bashed my shin on a single track section of trail while riding my Tallboy. I’ve suffered countless hours of pain and aggravation in the past couple weeks, due to me electing to leave my shin and … Continue reading

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Down 140, Up and Around 1,850

Few days are ever spent in Full Range walking. Today was one. The first part of the day took place in Longhorn Caverns, north of Austin, where tour guide Al Jarreau assisted us in stooping, duck walking, and outright sliding … Continue reading

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Maine Brewer attempts Tour Divide

Long before there were Spinning classes and suspension bicycles, Andy Hazen was riding. Up and down, all year round, churning out hundreds of miles a week, when most of us hope to get three or four rides in in any … Continue reading

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