For sure that title is self serving, if you have seen a picture of me. This blog entry could also be called Buckaroo Banzai in the 19th dimension. But, if I had titled it that you would wonder what I am talking about. You are probably wondering already what I am talking about. Most people do wonder what I am talking about, pretty much most of the time that I talk. Just the other day, I reeled off a whole paragraph to a group of people. They smiled and tried to look interested, then just pretty much sluffed off. If you are not wondering what I am talking about by now, you are not sane, have forgotten your towel or you are a regular reader of my spot here.
That is me, Joe V. (Buckaroo Banzai), I am just there in the white jersey. I am with the last day meeting crew, going for a ride before most of them left town. We were up in Marquette Mi., discovering and determining the 19th dimension or in other words, the 2014 Model Year. That is the future, you know.
So, each year we go set up somewhere out of the office at this time of the year. We is the band of characters who create all the great products and services that we offer at Trek. We ride bikes, eat burrito and oatmeal (They are the perfect foods by the way), ride more bikes, drink beer (mostly Belgian or IPA, other beers are clearly not as good), ride more bikes and then after enough beer and broken bodies from all the riding we generally have another beer, then we plan the future. That is normally how the future gets planned anyway isnt it, bikes, burritos and beer? (Wikipedia has a whole entry on the Burrito btw. Wrapped in a floor tortilla - it is pretty much the perfect food.)
Of course even though I know the future, I cannot tell you. The whole future thing is a little like the well known and published fact that all cats have 3 names. Their first name, the other name and the one they will not tell you. I've asked, I know, if you do not believe me - Google it. The problem with revealing the future is the space time continium. You just do not want to mess with it. You have heard of the butterfly effect, well those are just butterflies so whatever. Our version of that is called The Beer Label Effect. You have probably heard of that one as well. Warns that if you peel a beer label off somewhere in time, the fact that the bottle does not have a label on it any more changes the future somehow. We all end up with eyebrows above our ears or something like that. I cannot risk that, so I am keeping the future to myself.
So what is this blog entry about then? I am saying it is about Marquette. If you have not been there yet, then you need to get there. First of all it is a college town. Most college towns have their share of burrito joints and beer joints. Marquette is no exception. In fact, Marquette is exceptional. Only 1 really good burrito joint, but lots of good beer joints and the trails - OMG.
The riding around Marquette is what makes the place special. It is truly exceptional for in town riding. some of the best. The local trail crew has built some really fantastic trails. The dirt contains alot of sand, so it drains really well. Lots of great trail features, lots of great berms, lots of great rollers, and jumps and drops and... It rained most of the time we were there, but that didn't even matter. We rode in the rain and just after the rain for 5 days straight. (The future cannot be planned without riding your mountain bike every day. Well known galactic fact. Much like the fact that Pigs can actually see the wind.)
Now that it is all done, my bike is pretty haggered. I spent $2.50 on it at the car wash just cleaning it off. It is clean now, but still needs a bunch of TLC I am pretty certain that the brake pads and the chain just need to be trash canned. The tires are looking pretty beat, the grips are shredded. Cables will probably need to be replaced and bearings as well. But, it was all worth it.
Have I mentioned to you that the Remedy is pretty much the perfect mountain bike?
Marquette town trail map. Click the link to the left to see more about Marquette mountain biking. Sweet stuff.
The local bike shop was selling this cage for your growler that you can put on your bike. If you have a snow bike, you probably also need a way to get growlers home. Winter is long, your going to need a few.
That is pretty much it. Go ride in Marquette before winter hits. While you are at it, head up to Copper Harbor also. It is only another 2 hours north. Between the 2, the UP of Michigan is quickly becoming the galactic center of mountain biking in the midwest. Sweet stuff.
Oh, btw I have been to the future many times. I can confirm that our eyebrows are still in the place they are supposed to be.
To Infinity and Beyond!