Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The latest that I've done to the money pit

On the Jeep forums, the word Jeep stands for "Just Empty Every Pocket". Well the Jeep bug hit me again. I got the hard top off after installing my hoist. Man the Jeep is fun with no top on. But then it got cold. And windy. The heater in the Jeep is awesome, but only gets you so far when it dips into the 50s at night. Or even worse, 41 degrees in the morning on the way to work. Yes, I drove like that one morning, convertible style!

No back. Allows the bikes to "hang out". 

Only bikinis allowed at this party!

So I figured I should invest in a soft top. I had NEVER planned to buy one. Well now there is one on my Jeep. It's pretty cool how it works. I can take off the sides and back, making it into a bikini top. I just take off just the back. Can easily flip the front part back making it into a partial convertible top. Or easily take the entire top off (just leaving the brackets attached to the Jeep). Works great!

Hard, Soft, Topless. So many jokes here.


My SpiderShade Jkini top. Mesh top, suppose to help on those super hot days by blocking the UV and keeping the wind down. Yet it still allows for that open top feeling.

And eventually the doors will have to come off like this one

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

That warm weather riding!

Finally! Four rides in five days...heck yeah! Not gonna lie, I've been a couch potato all winter long. Skipped the gravel rides because I knew I would never keep up. The wind and the single digit temps were unbearable. Weight gain and crappy eating? Yeah why not!? So much in fact that I'm 10 pounds heavier than I've ever been!

But the good thing is that I've been blasting the gym like a mad man. Not much cardio, but I've been lifting heavier than I ever have. I got into the habit of bringing my gym clothes with me to work and going right after. And it works! No more going to the gym at midnight.

Anyway, the warm weather is back! And I have some biking to make up for. What does one do when they get back on that biking kick? You go on 4 bike rides within a matter of 5 days! Heck yeah! The one day I didn't go I fell asleep on my Napmaster (comfy couch in my livingroom) and woke up and started my taxes at midnight. Nothing like waiting till the last week to get them turned in!

Good friends and good times. Doug Larson was out with us on MNR

Monday, the Monday night ride. It was nice seeing the old gang again and being able to hang out afterwards. Still didn't follow Paul's rule of being warm enough to hang out after in a Tshirt, but heck we'll settle for 50s. The ride was good, windy as always.

Tuesday got my taxes done, I actually get some money back this year. As in enough to buy toys or maybe I should pay off some bills. Hmm...decisions decisions.

Wednesday I made my way to Waterford by bike where I attempted to catch some fish. My sister asked me the next day if I yelled, "Here fishy fishy fishy" Bert and Ernie style. I must have forgotten because I didn't even get a single nibble. But neither did the other folk around me who were fishing. Darn, oh well I have all year to catch something. Bumped into Dave N and his wife who were riding around the bike path there. How convenient and nice to have that trail there.

The perfect combo. Fat bike to get you to the edge of the lake, and a fishing pole and chair secured to your rear rack!

Thursday Elise and I made our way to Tranquility where she rode her Giant 27er on singletrack for the first time. She texted me earlier that day that she was gonna burn by me. And that she ALMOST did. Haha. She kept up and was moving pretty fast. Only her third or fourth time riding dirt. I'm pretty sure she enjoyed it, and it especially helped that she was on a bike that fit her properly.

Thank you to whoever it was that brushed all of the pine needles out of the way at Tranquility!

Elise enjoying her new 27er

Friday I made my way out to Swanson right after work. Stopped by Jacobos to get some amazing salsa first. Wow that stuff is good. After riding, I was getting ready to load my Jeep when a guy that was earlier riding the wrong direction came up to me and offered me a beer. At first I said no...boy that was silly to turn down a free beer. Then I obliged and we talked for a good 45 minutes. Jeeps, fatbikes, him training for triathalons, trails around town. He brought that he lives down by Spring Lake, around 13th and Q or L and the city is building a lake there. Said there are a ton of woods there and it would be a great place to add in some singletrack if the higher ups would allow that. Said I'll talk to the proper peeps about that one. Great to meet you Ron and thanks for the beer. Hopefully you'll make it out to some MNR riding sometime!

Where is this lady when I'm hungry at 3am downtown. I bet whatever she was selling was amazing!

Oh you crazy kids!

I'm not sure which is worse. A guy riding his motorcycle on the trail backwards years ago. Or this. Horses on the trail leaving huge piles of steaming crap. Its bad enough at Standing Bear Lake when the dogs do it. But this is on a whole different scale!

And then there were three horsey riders!

Thats it folks. Another week begins tomorrow. Some cooler temps (its actually 80 and muggy in my house right now) and hopefully some rain because my yard really needs it. But I'm hoping that the riding next week is as sweet as it was this past week! About 31 miles in this past week, yippee!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rollin to Colon 2014

Alright, need to plug one more ride. It's not till June so you have plenty of time to think about this one. It's probably my favorite one, maybe because its the first ride I ever did for a good cause. It's the one with the funny name, Rollin to Colon.

The goal of this ride is to raise awareness for colon cancer and funds to support the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force. My coworker who found out about her colon cancer 4 years ago passed away earlier this year. Pretty amazing considering that they originally gave her only 6 months to live (stage 4 at the time it was found). So I will definitely be at this ride, one that means alot to me.


Sunday, June 15, 2014 | Valley, Nebraska. I think the time is still yet to be determined.


Wear Yellow Ride, The 11th annual

Its that time of year again...The Wear Yellow Ride is back! Ride to provide rides for those that can't afford or find transportation to and from cancer treatments. In 2013, the ride funded 286 rides for patients to their treatments. That's pretty awesome! And so far, over 140 rides have already been given!

I don't work in a cancer center, but I do work in an eye center and see older generations wondering how they'll get to their appointments and surgeries. They are on limited monies for living. I've seen patients that don't have family or friends to drive them around. We even had one patient take the bus as far as it would go, then had to walk his way up to our office in the middle of a blizzard in order to make it to his cataract surgery. I felt really bad for him. And yes, myself and coworkers have given rides to patients after their surgeries.

Now imagine going through chemo and not having enough money to make it to your appointments. Bills keep stacking up, food costs money, kids need new clothes. The last thing a patient needs to think about is how they'll make it to their doctor's appt next Monday. That's where the Wear Yellow ride comes into play! They have a bike raffle, other raffle prizes, food (Pancake Man once again!), fun, and its always good to get out and let out that stress while on your bike. Come ride with us and provide someone with a ride to their appt!

May 17, 2014 starting at 7am.


Bike for Sight this April 26, 2014

Bike for Sight is back! For each rider that signs up, doctors from UNMC will perform a cataract surgery for someone who is in need in Nepal. Only costs $20 to register. You don't get a shirt, but you do get complimentary beer by Nebraska Brewing Company afterwards. Heck, this isn't a race or a ride where the money ends up in someone's pocket, this is a ride that will help to RESTORE vision in someone who cannot afford to have surgery!

Details: Ride is April 26, 2014 and starts at either 9am or 10am depending on which route you choose to take. A copy of your registration also gets you 10% off at the Bike Way.

Here are more details, how to register, etc. Hope to see some of you out there! As far as I know, Elise and I will be out there doing the 20 mile ride.