I've had my eye a field full of these beautiful yellow flowers for the past week. It's along the main route to and from the farm that we drive every day. I needed to wait for a nice sunset to head over and snap a few shots during the "golden hour" as its often called.
I paid a huge price for these two shots let me tell you. There were mosquito's, chiggers and gnats everywhere. At one point I looked down at my arm and there must have been 25 of them on there having dinner. They ate good that night.
Any horticulturists or green thumb'rs out there who know what kind of flowers these actually are? The look wild to me, but I can't imagine one of the farmers just giving up his valuable land to wild flowers, so he's got to be selling them, right? Here's a closer look. Leave it in the comments.
I chart and log every mile I ride each year so that I can keep track and check my progress against years past. Yesterday I did such a check. Below is the mileage I've ridden each year by May 19th of said year:
2009: 203 [May and some of June this year were spent in Europe]
In 2007 my grand total was 1,653; 2008 it was 1,461; and in '09 I logged 2,290 miles. Based on the 680 I've already tackled this year I'm on course for a banner year. Can I reach 2,500 or even 3,000? 3,000 would be pretty cool...time for an oil change ya know!
Here's to hoping I can keep up the long rides throughout the busy summer.
No we're not talking about that crazy text messaging thing T9 for your cell phone, we're talking about T9 chain lube. My boy Jo Jo tipped me off about this stuff recently and the bottle I ordered arrived the other day.
I put some on my chain yesterday and let it marinate overnight so I'd be ready to roll for my ride this morning. [they suggest waiting at least 2hrs before riding after you apply it]. Holy crap...it was like my bike didn't even have a chain today. I rode about 1mph faster than normal and each pedal stroke was smooth as butter. According to the back side of the bottle this stuff is based on technology from the Boeing Corp in Seattle, WA. I'm assuming that's the same Boeing Corp. that makes a few different models of airplanes. So if this wonder lube is good enough for an airplane then it's certainly good enough for my 10-speed or your kids Huffy.
If you ride a bike, any kind of bike, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this stuff. It lasts for about 200 miles before you need to re-apply and you can get it at places like REI or even Sears. Unfortunately my go to source for all things cycling, performancebike.com hasn't started to carry it yet. Hopefully soon. Let me know if you try it out.
As I mentioned at the end of last week, a bunch of us traveled out to Vegas over the weekend to celebrate my buddy Mores' bachelor party. It was a weekend that none of us will soon forget!
Everyone got in Friday at different times...some guys were in town early to play golf and others didn't roll in until around 9:30p at night. That being said Friday night turned out to be pretty chill. We were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel for the weekend so we just ended up sitting down by one of hotel bars and shooting the breeze and playing some table games. Everyone knew we'd have to be up early on Saturday so nobody wanted to get too crazy.
Murph-dog had set up a bus tour to the Hoover Dam for 9am on Saturday morning. We got there and met up with our tour guide Glenn...what a character this guy was. He was chock full of interesting facts and figures about the dam. It turns out that his grandfather was one of the guys who helped build the dam so there was a real sense of ownership there. The size and scale of the place is so impressive. After a few hours of walking around the dam we made our way back to the city to relax by the pool for the afternoon. The pool at the Hard Rock is one hell of an experience that I highly recommend.
That evening we dipped over to the all-you-can-eat $19.99 seafood buffet at the Excalibur hotel. We had all heard great things about this and it didn't disappoint. I've never seen so many crab legs, lobsters and shrimp all in one place before. It was some good eatin'! This was going to be our big night out so we needed to be sure to fuel up.
One of the guys on the trip was able to pull some serious strings and get us complimentary tickets to the Donnie and Marie show at the Flamingo. 10th row too! But wait...it got better. The show was of course simply amazing, but the best part was when they invited Mores up on stage to help sing along at the end. By far the highlight of the entire trip. The smile across Mores' face went from ear to ear!
After the show let out we spent the rest of the night back at the Hard Rock at the bar and the tables. A great way to cap off an awesome weekend. Most of us climbed into the rack just as the sun was starting to come up. A few hours of shut-eye and then everyone was off at different hours on Sunday to head home. We were all a hurtin crew so it was nice to step foot on that plane. A whirlwind 49hrs on the ground in Vegas! Can't wait to be out in San Francisco over the 4th of July for the wedding.