I have a thing about backpacks. When I say that, it means I’m always looking for the perfect backpack, one that I can use for everything, no matter the destination or packing needs. Of course this doesn’t exist, like talking unicorns. In my quest over the last several years I’ve accumulated an unnecessary collection of bags. Some have been re-purposed from other uses, some were specifically bought for moto-use, and some were just experiments or a free bag for when I needed something quickly. Read on to learn more.
Another company holiday means I was able to sneak in a ride. I’d been hitting ACH a lot lately so I decided I’d run up to Crystal Lake. I haven’t been there in a while and it’s nice ride, usually not much traffic especially on a week day. Funny part is I didn’t see any bikes going up until I got to the top at the Cafe.
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Yeah, it’s a manufactured holiday, but enjoy it and the ones you love.
I was thankful to get out and away to ACH and clear my head a little bit last month. It’s been a busy two weeks at work but I was finally able to put together some video. Hope you enjoy.
(iMovie fubar’d some of the audio, sorry about that)
Shitty month at work. Dreading going in every day, just waiting for the next email or phone call telling me about everything I’m doing wrong. Their lives are hollow, they think all this shit actually matters, blathering on about partnerships, work-life balance, and all the other insanity that fills my ears like ash. And all I can do is close my eyes and day dream about open roads, cold beers, my girls, and good friends. Continue reading
Monday was a company holiday and I usually make it a point to get out on the road and decompress when that happens. Work has been kicking my ass lately, so even after a weekend I needed a little open road time. I like ACH because it’s generally pretty deserted on weekdays, although sometimes that can work against you. We haven’t had much snow this winter, if any, so ACH has remained open. There was some snow on the north sides of the mountains and in the shadows, but otherwise it was pretty clear.
Every year the Colgins go out on a New Year trip. This year it was a return to Ocotillo Wells. We did a hike up the Borrego Palm Canyon trial, I had to carry Jacki some. We did the hike with Marianne and Dale and all the Kid-lets.
I did a ride with Lizzi them again with Charlie to the Pumpkin patch.
For the last several years I’ve made it a habit to get in a ride on January 1. Sometimes pretty long, sometimes a short jaunt to lunch. The traffic, if any, is generally mild and most eateries aren’t busy until later in the day. This year I headed up to Big Bear Lake’s north shore on 330/18, then down the back way through Lucerne Valley to Pioneertown. This was also the year with an exception to the low-traffic rule. Continue reading