24 December 2009

Snowboarding, on groomers...and at home

Carbon Leaf rocked on Monday night and then Luke and I got some runs in at Wintergreen on Tuesday before heading to Lynchburg from Richmond. With all the snow that had fallen, they had a good base, and lots of trails open. The fresh snow on top was nice, and the conditions were great, aside from a broken down lift in the highlands, and quite a crowd late in the afternoon...







 

Today, we hoofed it up the big hill below the cemetery on the farm where we used to dominate on sleds back in the day, and took my older "doo doo" board out for some runs down the hill. We werent sure how it would work out at first, but it went quite well, with the snow still in good shape. Turning was easy, plenty of speed could be had, and we even built a ramp...yeah, cause we are hard core...








20 December 2009

Urban river park hiking and adventures with Luke Dawg

Finding some outdoor adventures despite being somewhat snowed in. Getting to hang out a lot with the Richmond Browns too, which is quite perfect...more to come this evening.






Snowy trail...I need gaiters...


The James is wide here in Richmond


Keep an eye on your stick friends...

19 December 2009

Snow Storm - ahhh too much!

So last night's urban snowy mtb ride in Richmond was sweet!







Too much snow now, Carbon Leaf is postponed till Monday, and looking like our backpacking trip will have to be put on hold too. With all this snow the back roads around Afton are sure to be dominated!

Well, at least the ski conditions should be good, might try and hit Wintergreen.

17 December 2009

I graduated....again!

Last weekend was rad, Luke, Scott, Mom, and Dad all came up to Morgantown to help celebrate my graduation from WVU. Master's degree woot woot.










 


We had an awesome time, Luke, Scottish, and I all hit the town and hit it pretty hard Saturday night. We were hoping for better weather so we could carve it up at Wisp on Monday, but the rains came, so...it didn't happen. Ahh lame. Soon, the snow will come.



Me with Luke Dawg, Scott Bot, and G-Ball

This week has been pretty chill, getting things ready for my upcoming travels, and then my move. The next few weeks should be solid and will go as follows:

- Wamsley Christmas Ride (Tour de Lights)
- Richmond, VA to hang with Lucas and hopefully catch with Big O and Los
- Bike ridin Saturday
- Carbon Leaf Saturday night....yeaaaah
- Sunday starting a 2 nighter backpack trip on the AT
- Hitting Lynchburg on the 22
- Canaan Valley 26-29
- Back to Morgantown for Evan's Bach party, New Years, and Wedding...

......Perfect.....



Played this guy at the bar last night, had forgotten how I used to rock out to it back in middle school...


10 December 2009

Fire is the Devil's only friend....

So yes, there is still a solid part of me that likes cars...specifically my rx7, which I miss and is waiting for me to return to it...someday, and this video always brings it back out in me...that, and Liew having lots of Top Gear videos....



Last night's ride was cold, slick, and wet. It was rad though, not sure why it takes me most of the ride to get in tune during the winter, but that is how it goes. That being said, I crashed a few times, and was sluggish for the first 60% of the ride, and then I got my crap together. The New Bontrager 29-3 tires hook up really nice, and tubeless is such a nice ride. 38 and soaking wet will toughen you up for sure. Sucked the energy out of me and I was a zombie until about 10 AM this morning. See the following video...


By the way, the lifetime warranty on Darn Tough socks is the hotness.

And since I'm now completely done with my Master's Degree, and super duper-duper stoked about it, here is my all time personal Jake number one. 



After about a month and a half of transient-ness I'll be heading back to Virginia and taking a job with Shenandoah Mountain Touring, which is best described using the word - "Dragonsauce"

With that in mind, I think this is suitable...



Had a good time hanging out with Robbie and James tonight. Thanks for dinner and drinks yo!

07 December 2009

The Last Two Weeks

The past two weeks consisted of lots of driving, lots of eating, lots of great riding, some climbing, plenty of good company, went from Morgantown, to Lynchburg, to Fincastle, to Harrisonburg, to Raliegh, and back to Morgantown, and it was one heck of a good time.


 Some Pre-Turkey riding at Candler's

 
 Road Riding with Lemma!



 Climbing too!





 My car was loaded down with funtime goods...


The Rodeo even tripped 190K during my trip

Chris Scott has some good pics of our rides early last week: http://chrisscottistan.blogspot.com/

Today I turned in my bound copies of my thesis and my final signature form = alll done!


Graduation this Sunday - w00t!