Dakota Five-O and Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Another Labor Day weekend spent in Spearfish, SD for the Dakota Five-O. The weather was perfect, camping was great, and it was fun to catch up and visit with old friends.

With some new singletrack adding about 20-mins to the race and being a bit new, this was by far the hardest year of racing. I finished in 6th and Evie won the women’s singlespeed race!

Evie 1st Place Singlespeed Dakota Five-O 2019
Evie after 50-miles on the Dakota Five-O course riding to 1st Place Singlespeed!

Lucy turned 7 on our trip back, September 3rd.

Lucy Turns 7
My Co-Pilot for the drive to South Dakota.

As soon as I got back from South Dakota I hopped on a plane to meet my dad for a hiking trip at Mt. Rainier in Washington. A host of pictures below. Cheers!

The Summer Adventures Continue…

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.

Evie won the Enduro National Championship Title!
Tim Enduro Podium 5th
A good weekend!

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!

Until next time 🙂

Spring turns to Summer, then back to Winter

Arizona Flowers Poppin

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.

Snow

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.

Chino Grinder Start 2019
Chino Grinder Start
Grand Junction Off Road 2019
Grand Junction Off Road Podium 2019

MBAA Series Champion Marathon

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…

Whiskey Off Road - Les Stukenberg Photographer
Whiskey Off Road – photo courtesy of Les Stukenberg Photographer
Fate Brewing
Our favorite brewery returns to its original name “Fate”
Silly Doggy
Silly Doggy