Whew, it’s been a while. Summer has been going strong. We spend 4th of July in Watertown, SD which is always a great time of year to be in South Dakota! On the way we drove through Spearfish and rode some of the Dakota Five-O course that we’ll be racing Labor Day weekend. Lots of changes this year and a ton of reroutes. Good stuff!
We spent a good part of our summer in Winter Park, CO which also happened to be where the Mountain Bike National Championships were being held. Probably our favorite place in Colorado. So many hikes and mountain town exploring to be had, and great riding.
Before heading back to AZ we made trip up to Bozeman, MT to visit our friend’s Harry & Diane. Evie did the Big Sky BME race as well.
Right as we got back to AZ the Colorado Rockies came to town and played the Diamondbacks. So we went to watch our next door neighbor Tony play. Since the Diamonbacks aren’t doing so how we got great seats at a good price!
In other sad news, the trusty Honda Pilot transmission started to slip in 3rd gear while we were up in Montana. It held up for the drive back to AZ, but got progressively worse as the miles went on. We decided 290k was good enough and decided to retire her.
After much research, car shopping, and debate over what our next vehicle would be, we settled on a 2013 VW Touareg TDI. The turbo diesel engine should get us a good 300-400k miles and it’s an absolute hoot to drive. Plus it has incredible torque and can tow 7000-lbs. Of course, I had to keep the emblem off the Pilot.
Next up, Evie, Lucy and I head to Spearfish, SD for our annual Dakota Five-O Labor Day trip!
Well, we’ve made our migration to Colorado for the summer. As I sit here on this May the 21st and look out the window, there are about 8″ of snow on the ground that fell last night… so, I guess it’s not quite summer yet.
A lot of house projects happened this spring. I finished the front and back yard which involved spreading rock and adding a brick apron along the edges of the driveway. Finally got my kitchen (base) trim finished, will do the crown molding in the fall along with the backsplash and live edge shelf that we’re going to finish and stain.
Our orange tree is doing super well and is surprisingly bustling with fruit so we should have full blown oranges come next fall.
I finished the MBAA season strong with wins at White Tanks and Prescott and won the series overall for the 2nd time. May was pretty busy with races. I tried my hand at gravel racing with the Chino Grinder and placed 4th. It was a really, really fun day (albeit 115 miles), but the riding company was good and the pace not too terrible (until the end :).
The Epic Rides Whiskey Off Road and Grand Junction Off Road events were my big two for the spring. Whiskey had some rider traffic issues that put a bit of a sour end to what started as a good ride, I finished 11th.
The Grand Junction trails are the most technical and fun anywhere. I had a really strong race and finished 4th.
Lots of summer trips planned including a few of the Big Mountain Enduro races and then Mountain Bike Nationals right here in Winter Park, CO before heading back to Arizona. Until then…