Sunday, July 13, 2014

colorado roads

Click on the black bars in the sidebar under "road tunes" to hear the music with the video.


Can you tell that I'm excited to get back there?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

viewer discretion advised

OK. I've been a vegan for a year and a half. I want to change the way people think about their food, but I know that it's hard for a lot of folks. I still believe that everyone should think about making whole food/ plant based a bigger part of their diet.

It's better for your health. It's better for the environment. And it lessens the horrific cruelty in the world by lessening demand for the animals in this video. I want to warn you; it's hard to watch! But this is what we support when we continue to make animals part of our diet. And the least we can do is to really look at where our food comes from.

Now, even if you look at this, some people just won't care. Some will feel awful, but think it's too difficult and drastic to change their diet after a lifetime of developing that habit. And some will want to do what they can, even if they can't yet commit to a vegan lifestyle.

To anyone who does care whether you can watch this or not, thank you. Do what you can. Even a small change is better than no change, and maybe that change will be the first step on your journey.

I'll also tell you this; being vegan can be inconvenient sometimes, but it's getting easier all the time. Their are so many resources to help you, and people to encourage you, that it's not as hard as you might think.

If you watch this, or even just imagine what you would see if you did, you would have to agree that this is not right.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


We must realize on the one hand, that we can do little if we do not set ourselves a high ideal, and, on the other, that we will fail in accomplishing even this little if we do not work through practical methods and with a readiness to face life as it is, and not as we think it ought to be.
-Theodore Roosevelt, Jan 2, 1899

Saturday, May 31, 2014

long way to go

With just over 2 months before the 2014 edition of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour kicks off in Colorado Springs, I've got a lot of work ahead of me to be ready to tackle climbs like Monarch Pass, Cottonwood Pass, and Pikes Peak. I need to ride several times a week, even if they're short rides. I need to ride some longer rides and include hills in those rides.

To that end, the weather cooperated with us this morning and I got my longest ride of the year in, just over 58 miles. There were a few clouds, a lot of sunshine, a little wind. There were also some hills that proved that Kansas is not flat. I may have cried a little, so what?

As I suffered up one hill about 45 miles into the ride, maybe 6-7% grade, possibly 3/4 of a mile long, I thought to myself, just do that 10 times in a row and you can get over most Colorado passes. OK, Pikes Peak is not a "pass", and it's a little steeper in sections, and instead of 10 times I would need to do it about 25 times. But those are all details. I just rode 58 miles.

Over the next 9 weeks I need to do several 50 mile rides, a couple of 75-80 milers, and hopefully at least one century ride. To paraphrase a line from a movie: "If the good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise", Colorado here I come.

p.s. My Mother pointed out that the line wasn't from a movie, but how Tennessee Ernie Ford ended his TV show. A little search shows the phrase was around long before that, and several country artists have recorded songs with that title. If this phrase doesn't motivate me in my training to ride up the mountains, maybe Mr Ford's signature song will; Sixteen Tons.