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Am I Finally Getting Better at Dirt Riding?

Time – the most precious commodity there is.

When you find a person who willingly shares such a precious resource with you – it’s a great feeling. I have a friend, Gary who has taken me under his wing and has gone out of his way to help me along with my dirt riding. He has a manner and patience that seems to be helping to turn my mindset around.

He’s just a good dude.

The last few times we’ve gone out riding, Kenny gets to zip off and run with the gazelles while Gary babysits me and coaxes me in to relaxing. Not by doing anything in particular but rather just being his natural laid back self. The result has been a boost in my confidence and pace.

When Kenny and I drove home from riding in the Pine Barrens last weekend I couldn’t help but remark that it was the best day of dirt riding that I’d ever had. For the first time I felt like I’m actually getting better. Can you believe it?

It seems like with Gary’s encouragement and patient tutelage I’m finally chilling the fuck out. I’m just so glad to be feeling good.

New Jersey Pine Barrens: Scenes from the Firetower

On Sunday we spent the afternoon dirt riding in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Our friend Jeff took us to one of the firetowers that are out in the woods. Being the chicken that I am, I didn’t make it more than two levels up before I decided that I was better suited to being on the ground.

Though I was safely back on the ground, I still had to worry about Kenny taking a header down the stairs. Then who would’ve helped me load my bike back in the truck? ;)

The view from up there:

Once again with a hat tip to seeing signs – this was scribbled on the gate we passed to get to the tower:

I try to be a good human but sometimes I stumble. It was a good reminder for me to see that sign.

Greetings from THE VOID

Off I go in to the Void.

It’s my third go ’round for the Void Rally and you’d think I would’ve learned a few things and gained some confidence by now. But? You’d be wrong. As usual, I’m not so sure my route is any good. I’m not so sure I’ve maximized my bonus options to play the YAHTZEE scorecard to it’s full potential. Ahhhh, what the hell. I’m going riding and seeing some cool (silly) stuff along the way. In the rain, of course.

You’ll be able to follow my SPOT when I get underway at about 8:50am on Friday 10-10-14.

Where possible, I’ll try to get some pics going along the way. On Instagram, too.

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Above all else, I’m wishing safe travels to my fellow rally riders.

See ya later!

Nothing But Rain for Color in the Catskills

Before we even left Long Island on Friday afternoon, we knew it was going to be rainy on Saturday. The weather forecast called for a 90% chance. The meteorologist was all in. But thankfully, based on the radar it seemed like we’d have clear sunny skies bookending the weekend.

So? We’d have a rainy day ride on Saturday. A little rain never hurt anyone. Or maybe it has and we’ve just been fooling ourselves all this time.

Pit stop at Kaaterskill Falls.

Rain, rain, go away.

It was hard to believe what a slow trickle the falls was this year.

This is what it has looked like in years past:

We’re not scared of a little drizzle!

The view from the top of the falls.

Or, more accurately, a view of me at the top of the not-so-fallsy-falls.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate we still had a great time.

A lesson I need to learn over and over and over again: Sometimes you’ve just go to get on with things. If you’re going to sit around waiting for ideal conditions, you’re going to end up disappointed. A lot. Grab your life by the collar, shake it up real good-like and shout, “I will have fun, damn it!”

The VOID Rally 9 – Yahtzee!

This week I received my rally flag for the 9th VOID Rally. Say hello to Rider 52.

New for this year is a Yahtzee game component to the rally. As if I didn’t have enough of a hard time completing the rally as it was :)

The 24 hour rally kicks off on Friday October 10th. Scoring will open at 1:30pm on Saturday with 4:00 pm being the DNF cutoff. If all goes well and based on past performance, I will already have my paperwork turned in, have been scored and be in the process of enjoying a delicious nap by the time that deadline occurs.

Over the course of the next few days I will have a mental breakdown planning my route only to say “screw it, just have a fun ride” at the last minute. Good times. :)

I’ll have the SPOT tracker going for the rally this year. That way you’ll be able to see the when I’m in some fleabag motel listen to hooker-sex or having the bejeezus scared out of me on some dark and lonely road.

Just a few more days!