IT, is being out of Wisco when it is cold there and snowing.
Guilt. Guilt is a funny thing. Generally, I think guilt is for left handed people. A G is a letter that looks ok when written by a left handed person. Not sure why that it is, but I kinda like it that way. Any way, as I said - no guilt over the whole thing here.
It finally turned to winter at home. I saw it coming, so I got the hell out of there. Cannot really say I have anything good to say about winter thes days. Everyone out there should realize that snow and ice are actually water in a few of its various frozen states. I don't want to go all science on everyone, but in order for water to get into that state the temperature has to be below freezing. WTH? Wake up everyone, cold is not comfortable. I am not making this stuff up either, right here on the Smithsonian Web Site it agrees with me. When water freezes, it is cold out!
So Arizona it was. Pretty much certain that it wasn't going to freezing water and slapping that stuff down on me there. Loaded up the family, mountain bike stuff and supercross watching paraphernalia and headed to the frequent flyer website. Cashed it all in and beat it to AZ.
Before you go all J. Alfred Prufrock on me, just remember...it's cold in Wisconsin. Damn cold. Freeze your boogers cold. Humans just were not meant for that kind of cold. If we were, we would have a lot more hair. And don't start with the "where's your hair dude jokes". If I could grow a mullet again I would. Dang that was a hairstyle for the ages. In fact, I saw a chick with the most spectacular mullet, maybe ever, just yesterday. Yep, kinda makes you want to go and listen to some Journey or old Metallica right now. (not that newer shaved head Metallica either). Go down the stairway at my house, and you will see a picture of me with a mullet. I wasn't even trying back then, and I had one. If I could grow one now... Because, a BB gun is a good gift, a football is not.
So, Arizona. Sunshine, cactus, girls with less clothes on, MTB riding, burritos, more riding, sunshine and burritos. Yes, I did put up burritos twice. I just put it up twice, because putting it up 5 times would be really redundant.
We really didn't have a huge plan when we left, but we did have MTB shoes , sunscreen and a credit card along for the ride. So here is the summary of the days.
Wednesday - MTB ride, Mexican food
Thursday- MTB ride, Mexican food
Friday - MTB ride, Mexican food (I think it is a law or something there)
Saturday - MTB ride, Mexican food, Supercross race.
It was nearly the perfect few days. There was more that went on, but if you want to bail out now - you pretty much have it from there.
I am a simple person. Give me a 2 wheeler, some sun, some Mexican lunch everyday - and I am pretty much pink. Throw in my family and friends to do it with, and I am all topped.
We rode a few different rides. (Even though I can eat the same burrito over and over for lunch, I do like some variety in my riding.)
South Mountain. I have been there a few other times over the years. We use those trails for testing in the winter all the time. I remember riding there back in the day, when Gary and I were working on Genesis Geometry. (That is showing my age again.) But, I got to show it all to Liz and the girls, so I got to be the one that knew all the routes. I kinda like being mister know it all, in case you hadn't caught on to that yet. Liz and I found a trail I had not ridden on the 3rd day, and for good reason. Turned out to be an hour long hike a bike. Ah, the joys of a new trail. Regardless, it was super fun. Did I mention how much I like the Remedy I was on? Geez.
Black Canyon trail. Wow. What a difference. Where South Mountain is rocky and technical, Black Canyon was super flowy and huge amounts of fun. We rode a loop called Little Pan Loop. It was beyond cool. If you go, bring the Remedy and do it counter clockwise. There is a super payout in the second half of the ride with 30 minutes of flowing downhill. Brilliant.
Looking forward to doing it again.
Now off to Brussels Belgium for work for the week. No riding, but it will be nice and cold and rainy. Can you say "I wish I was still in Arizona riding my MTB", of course you can - you just did to yourself.
Out till the next one,