Jul 092017
 

Trip Statistics:
Miles driven – 4,086
Amount on Gas – $396.63
Accidents – 0
Tickets – 0

Things I would do again – drive cross country – but not any later than June. The mornings were still cool and the Element didn’t get close to overheating.

Things I wouldn’t do again – drive 12+ hours in one day solo. Going out to NC, it was nice and manageable, breaking the trip into three days. However, going straight through, it was 29 hours total, and driving back from VA, it was (only) 24. So I thought I could do it in two days, I did, but it was not pleasant or comfortable. Buddy the Dog, on the other hand, was the perfect traveler, napping and making the occasional stops.

Nags Head
Growing up in Virginia, Nags Head, North Carolina was our favorite vacation destination. When we were planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary, choosing to go back was an easy one. Especially since we could rent a house that accepts dogs, so our fuzzy kids can enjoy vacation as well!

There is a Nags Head legend of land pirates which would hang a lantern on the neck of an old horse—a “nag”—and walk the horse up and down the tallest natural sand dune on the East Coast, which is now known as Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Passing ships assumed that the lantern hung from a safely docked ship, and captains would guide their ship toward shore, where they would run aground on the area’s rocky shoals, which are known as part of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The land pirates would then loot the ship in search of valuable cargo. As the legend grew, the name Nags Head stuck.

After driving 29 hours, a walk on the beach was a necessity! The last time I was this ecstatic accomplishing a goal, was when I finished the BME Crested Butte race last year. I admit, I was nervous to drive that distance solo, but when you break it down, and think about the small goals, the ride goes smoothly!

Our typical day consisted of exercising, cooking breakfast, relaxing, heading to the beach (or sound), napping, cooking dinner, relaxing, taking a walk or enjoying the patio on the third floor.

Ahhhh vacation, relaxing on the beach with one of my favorite beers! We were both sweating a little thanks to the high humidity!

Buddy just loved the beach, running around like a puppy!

 

The Celebration
We made sure to celebrate every chance we got!

Their anniversary was actually on June 6 (D-Day), but we wanted to head to the beach later in June, since the weather is typically more stable. We enjoyed shopping and purchasing gifts to celebrate the big occasion!

50 years, 600 months, 18,265 days is a long time! Congrats mom and dad!!

 

Inclement Weather
We had an amazing trip with only two days of rainy weather.

But even the rain can be beautiful and Buddy the Dog doesn’t care about getting wet!

Another fun thing to do during inclement weather, was to visit the closest lighthouse at Bodie (pronounced “Body”) Island. The name comes from the Body family from whom the land was purchased. Another legend is that it was named due to the number of dead sailors washed ashore from the Atlantic Ocean.

The lighthouse is managed by the National Park Service and our guide mentioned this is one of the few lighthouses that has the original, first order Fresnel lens. It was impressive to see that original glass!

We climbed 214 steps up to the top!

We also wandered around Manteo for a bit. Max also enjoyed the cooler temperatures!

 

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This was our last evening at the beach! After a lovely dinner, we headed over to capture this winner!

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Jan 082017
 

Last year was an interesting one. When Ariana and I went on our spring break trip in March, I noticed my hard drive on my MacBook Pro was close to full, so I spent a lot of time when we returned backing all of my data up on my external hard drive, and clearing up space on my internal. Shortly thereafter, I noticed my external drive was not registering when it was plugged in.  Prior to this, I did notice it was acting up, I just didn’t think it would actually stop working. So silly me, I used to keep backup DVDs of my work, but laziness had set in, and I ONLY relied on this external drive for ALL of my data. So naturally, there was no option but to pay to get it recovered. Since I had never experienced this before (and I had a Seagate external drive), I Googled Seagate Recovery and there was a nifty form I filled out, and off I sent in my broken drive.

A few weeks later, I received a nice email mentioning all of my data was recovered, along with a pricy bill of $550. For an extra $100, they will mail back all of my data on a 4 TB external drive, so of course I took that option! I needed a replacement for my 1 TB drive anyway.

So fast forward to December, as I was enjoying my holiday up in Keystone, I had the inevitable happen = the spinning Mac wheel of death. The laptop just wouldn’t start up! So of course, I Googled a Mac not starting up, and came up with a plethora of potential answers. I also remembered, you can go to an Apple Genius store for free, so I made an appointment and off I went.

Within minutes of arriving, I was seen by a specialist and he plugged my laptop in for a diganostic. I noticed there was only one X (fail) in the long list of testing items, so that was a good thing – right? Well, it turns out, it was a failing hard drive, and the nice Mac guy said, oh it is easy to replace! Easy?! Sure for someone who know how to work on computers, I’ve never even opened up to see the internal workings of my laptop. After talking to my dad, he mentioned he had replaced one in his desktop, so sure – between the two of us, we can figure it out. Off to Best Buy I went and bought a Seagate 1 TB internal hard drive, since they were sold out of every other size (it was indeed the holidays). On the plus side, I upgraded from a 250 GB to a 1 TB drive!

After numerous YouTube videos, I felt like I was ready to replace the drive. I opened it up, found all the parts and pieces, replaced the drive, and voilà – it should be fixed, right? Wrong. I tried to start up, and it wouldn’t boot. My laptop is old enough that it has a built-in superdrive and I still have the OS X disk that came with the laptop. I popped in the disk, selected the C key to load from the player, and nothing. I thought I was doing everything correctly, however, I had the incorrect disk loaded (it came with an apps disk as well). So after speaking with Jeff’s dad, Tony, he walked me though the process and after placing the correct disk in the drive, everything booted up correctly.

The next day was full of updates, LOTS of updates. I believe I went through three OS X updates, numerous software installation, with even more updates, and I got through it with lots patience (and beverages).

A few good things came out of this: I now have a clean, fast working laptop, and I found a way to recover my internal hard drive files for $8! In one of my MANY Google searches, I found you can buy a case for your internal drive to covert it to an external drive. Heck, for 8 dollars, I was willing to take that risk.

Lo and behold, it worked! I was able to recover ALL of my files that weren’t backed up previously. Yay for learning new skills and saving money!!

So lessons learned: I now do a Time Machine backup on a 1 TB external drive, and I have two duplicates of the 4 TB drives. Backup your stuff people, it is not a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of ‘when’ your hard drive(s) will fail!

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Nov 012016
 

I haven’t posted in quite a while, in fact, when I called GoDaddy for hosting support, they noticed I was running a super old version of WordPress – whoops! That is what you get when you have a WordPress website, but do not make the time to log in to check version control. I will fix that.

Three  years ago, I received the best phone call ever, it was Big Joe and he asked if I wanted to buy the truck/camper. My heart was racing and I spitted out yes as fast as I could. Little did I know that opened up so many doors for me for adventuring.

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The camper lets me explore places on a budget, which means I get to adventure even more!

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It is pretty easy to drive and parking is usually not a problem. You do have to factor in the pop-up height.

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The view while I was setting up the camper during our desert spring break trip at Goosenecks State Park in Utah.

Once popped up, it is super roomy and offers a refrigerator, three gas burners, a sink, a full size bed, and a pull out couch.

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Dressing up for BeanfeSSt from 2015 – single speeds and costumes seem to go together nicely!

Just this year, I put some money in the rig to make it even more sustainable: a 100w solar panel and a fan (to replace the vent). Since there is so much sunshine in Colorado (and the southwest where I love to travel) it just makes sense to go solar. Sure there are disadvantages to having a pop up, such as it is drafty, but I try to camp when it is 30 ºF or higher; mid 20s and it is just a bit too cold and the furnace runs all the time. So basically, it is a 3-season camper, which is just fine with me. Another disadvantage is you aren’t quite incognito; when you pop it up – it is obvious someone is camping inside. I was harassed once in the Snowmass parking lot, but I just told the cop it was popped up for the dog.

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The fun part of driving in the dark and waking up the next morning is you get to see your surroundings! Of course the funny part is that I heard the hot air balloons, but I kept thinking it was a heavy breathing cow, ha!

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One of the main reasons for the camper purchase, was Buddy. He loves to travel and the camper is his domain, just be careful where you place your bag!

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The camper also provides shade, when  you strategically park it! Buddy appears to be laying down, however he is actually rolling in the rocks. Nothing like a good back scratch.

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I look forward to many more adventures for 2017 and beyond!

 

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Apr 182015
 

Thanks to Don Stefanovich for his editing assistance and helping me get this article published!

Moab Thaw 2015

MOAB, UT – The 2015 Moab THAW hosted by Poison Spider Bicycles went off March 6 through 8, signaling spring and an unofficial start to the mountain bike season. Now in its fifth official year (previously a Yeti Cycles event), the annual THAW features demos, organized rides, bowling, parties and a ladies only ride and skills clinic including guided rides on Moab’s infamous Brand trails. ColoRowdie and THAW veteran since 2008, Carrie Dittmer of Golden, CO, made the pilgrimage and recounts this year’s fun in the sun.

SUNBURN, SORE LEGS AND BIG SMILES

Every year, while Colorado is still frostbitten, I bring my daughter and as many of my Front Range friends as can be convinced with me to “thaw” out in sunny Moab, UT. Poison Spider, the infamous bike shop, promotes this fun event full of rides, skills clinics, food, demos and parties! As a veteran, I can certainly say that this year did not disappoint and the temperatures became increasingly warmer as the weekend continued.

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Greeted by my lady friends, Friday started out with a women’s only skill and ride clinic and the largest turnout I have seen in my five years attending. After splitting into groups by ability, we were off riding the Bar M Trails. Maggie Wilson, from Magpie Cycling, lead the advanced group aboard the new Yeti Cycles SB-5c

Instilling confidence in women riders, she spoke about the correct positioning for the steep, rocky terrain that Moab has to offer. There were plenty of opportunities to session sections of trail to perfect those skills. For me, I find muscle memory is the hardest to correct.

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After the skills clinic, we got ourselves cleaned up and headed over to the Love Muffin for the meet and greet party. If you haven’t eaten there, you are missing out! With appetizers, beer and camaraderie, this was a fabulous way to start the weekend.

Saturday began with coffee, donuts and pancakes by Rim Tours and then we piled in shuttle vans to the top of the Magnificent 7 trails. Demo bikes were available for the early birds, but were all spoken for by mid-morning. Our group started descending and we all had ear-to-ear grins, enjoying the flowy, rocky, goodness as the sun kissed our faces.

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Spring is in full force with evidence of moisture on the trails as the emphemeral pools fill up with rainwater.

Saturday night was the bowling party at Gravel Pit Lanes with a full taco bar and margaritas. I almost didn’t last until the raffle at 10:30 p.m., but thankfully for friends, dancing and bowling, I was able to pull through!

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Sunday came fast and furious as we lost an hour due to the time change. Against my will, I crawled out of bed so I could demo one of those Yeti “Super Bikes” and enjoy the biscuit and gravy breakfast sponsored by Dakine. We headed up to ride Hymasa to Ahab. The sky was blue, the temperatures were in the mid 60s, and there were no gusty winds. It was perfect weekend, catching up and riding with old friends and making new ones.

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You should put this on your “must-do” list for next year; for a mere $69, it includes demos and access to all the weekend’s festivities, including guided rides on Moab’s infamous Brand trails, skills clinics, food, parties and plenty of swag.

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Dec 302014
 

2014 is just about done, so there is no better time than the present to reflect on all the goodness of the year. I haven’t posted in a while, so this will serve as a recap.

But first, I start the year by riding at the Beerd Belly annual snow ride in Evergreen. A bunch of cool guys (and gals) get together and show off their beards and bellies (and consume beer)! No beard or belly for me, but I can partake in the ride and hydration.

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January 1st Annual Beerd and Belly Ride in Evergreen

 

First, I knew I wanted to race some more enduro races, and second, I needed to take out my amazing truck/camper combo. Easy! Combine the two…

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My best friend and truck/camper in my magical place – Moab

 

Starting in March, I drove out to the desert to enjoy Thaw, a festival in beautiful Moab. Anthony got me addicted to these back in 2008, so it has become an annual tradition!

I started the weekend by arriving early and installing a new USB compatible stereo in the truck. I’ve performed electrical work at my house, but never a car stereo. And to my delight, it worked, yay!

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I installed my first-ever car stereo.

 

Afterwards, I enjoyed some super fun riding with someone I’ve looked up to for a while, Ruthie Matthes, World Champion, National Champion, and Olympian!

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Thaw in March, you never know who you’ll be riding with!

 

During April, I did a solo jaunt out at Rabbit Valley on a trail near and dear to me.

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Slipping behind the Zion Curtain

 

Also in April, after a successful proposal delivery, a few of us went to get pampered at Saint Julien Spa, and I got my first (ever) pedicure. I am really ticklish and really don’t like my toes, but to my surprise, I actually enjoyed it! Of course sipping on a mojito didn’t hurt…

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My first pedicure at the stunning Saint Julien in Boulder.

 

In May, I attended Anthony’s 5th annual memorial ride starting at Yeti, climbing Apex (an abbreviated version since the main trail was damaged in the floods last September), and descending Chimney Gulch, then onward to Mountain Toad Brewery for beer and food.

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Beating the storms on May 7th, for Anthony’s Memorial Ride

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Hydrating at Mountain Toad

 

Collegiate Road Nationals were in Richmond, Virginia for 2014, and that is only about an hour drive from my parents. I flew in and we cheered on Ariana and CMU! It was fantastic, since they took the gold in the omnium.

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Mom, Ari, and Dad enjoying the mild VA weather

 

On my birthday, I rode with Dave Chase and the Redstone Cyclery for their annual Lyons fat tire fest ride. We had gorgeous weather but sadly had several major injuries.

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My birthday ride with my favorite Lyons crew! Photo credit: Jesper Kristensen

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The group on May 24th! Photo credit: Redstone Cyclery

 

The first Big Mountain Enduro was in June with a series opener in Snowmass, outside Aspen. I missed these ladies! Seriously, we have so much fun, cheering each other on, riding fast, and having beers.

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My jump fail…

 

October brought me back to Moab to race in the Ho-Down. We were dressed in costumes and, finally, I learned how to jump for a photo!!

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Learning how to jump… (Photo credit: Corie Spruill Photography)

 

All in all, another successful year, I traveled a ton, visited old friends, met new friends, and continued to grow as an individual. Remember, it is the people that make this world a better place, and I choose to surround myself with likeminded folks. Those who play together, stay together.

For 2015, I will attend the Beti AllRide Clinic again to sharpen my skills, race these super fun enduro races, and be sure to laugh and hydrate often 😉

Cheers,
Carrie

Jun 282014
 

Last year, I dabbled in a few of these Enduro races and had a blast! So for this year, I decided to try a few different venues: Colorado Springs and Snowmass. The Captain took place June 8-9 and the course was fast, fun, and technical. St. Mary’s was my favorite, with more big mountain style as opposed to the ups and downs of Palmer Park.

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After a nice shuttle drive and ride up to the start, we emerged from the clouds and the sun graced us with her presence. These ladies are fast and super cool.

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Thanks Leigh for the photo! This is the start of day 2, a nice rocky start with plenty of switchbacks and downhills.

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I have also signed up for a couple of the Big Mountain Enduros and since I have never raced at Snowmass, I knew I wanted to try that venue. Ari and I arrived in enough time to preride some the courses. I was somewhat surprised with the buff-ness of the courses I rode. We had four stages on Saturday and three on Sunday, with the downhill trail for the grand finale.

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The wildflowers were stunning!

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The hurry up and wait of enduros. Thankfully, you are able to cheer on your friends and have good conversations.

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The start of stage 1.

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Part of the transition to get to stage 1 and 7.

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The start of stage 2: Rim Trail South

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Ariana was working one of the intersections, and she managed to snap this as I went by!  This was Stage 5, the first stage of day 2, and I was feeling the burn! I must have hid it well, because I earned 2nd place in this stage.

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The views were unbelievably gorgeous and picture-perfect weather! This was the top of stage 6: Vapor to Vahalla to Powerline to Starks Trail, finishing on Two Creeks Meadow, and it was my favorite stage! We descended 3,000 vertical feet and had everything from packed dirt to super loose to tight twisty singletrack.

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My ability to stay mostly upright earned me a spot on the podium!

  •  June 28, 2014
Jan 072014
 

I forgot to write something about reflecting upon the previous year…so here I go: basically, I had a blast! From emerging from my shell, getting a new bike, and riding it in my first enduro race. My parents were visiting at Keystone during the race, so they were able to watch and support us.

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Relaxing before hitting Cowboy Up in the Keystone Big Mountain Enduro

 

A few weeks before the race, Ariana and I took a gravity women’s clinic: The Beti AllRide Clinic  (highly recommended!) and learned some new tricks on how to ride downhill faster.

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Me and Ari at the Beti AllRide Clinic in Keystone

 

The older I get, the more respect I have for my parents, because without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today! Sure, I consider myself the “black sheep” of the family, since moving to Colorado in 1997, but I feel that made our family even closer and heck, I may have even grown up a little myself. So thank-you mum and dad for always being there for me!

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Mum, Ariana, and myself in O‘ahu, Hawaii

 

We took a trip last summer to O‘ahu, Hawaii, which was fantastic! Ariana even went surfing for the first time.

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Dad and Ari getting ready to surf

 

I visited with so many friends from the past, which was one of my goals. Sure, you see each other on Facebook, but I really wanted to see some of these blasts from my past in person! So dammit, I did. I reconnected with my Tower Records friends.

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Tower Records Washington DC Alumni from the early 90s – Kenny, Carrie, Robin, Frankie, and Neal

 

So much fun! And then earlier in the year, I reconnected with a high school friend down in Sedona.

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Tim showing us how it is done on Hangover

 

Sure, I may not live the “conventional” life of settling down and getting married, but heck, I’m having a good time just winging this thing called life. Rules? Just make them up as you go along….much less stressful that way! I not only have a house in this rockin cool town of Golden, but I recently procured a house on wheels! I can’t wait to take that thing out on more adventures…

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My mid-life crisis

 

I also met a bunch of cool folks in and around the town of Lyons and Yann took this amazing photo of me. Dave and the folks at Redstone Cyclery rocks!

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Thanks Yann! www.yannphotovideo.com

 

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2013 Yeti Tribe Gathering, Telluride, Colorado

 

Summer was complete when I attended the Yeti Tribe Gathering, for the first time since 2009. It was also my first time to Telluride!

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Sleep deprivation didn’t slow me down! Photo credit: Michael Hirsch

I accomplished lots in 2013 and I met so many cool people! I look forward to more adventures and bike riding shenanigans for 2014!

Dec 252013
 

We were going to get your something, but Buddy ate it!

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Dec 172013
 

buddy_keystone_0080Welcome to Keystone, Colorado, the Dittmer’s home away from home! Buddy also enjoys the place, especially when it snows.

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On our first day, we enjoyed wide open slopes and no lift lines; weekday skiing is where it is at! And unlike last weekend, we had a heat wave of mid 20s, but it felt so much warmer with the sun, as she graced us with her presence.

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While we were up there, I took a solitude hike with Buddy to visit the dog memorial up on Soda Ridge; I stumbled upon this years ago by mistake! Since then, we pay tribute a few times a year.

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We lost Ariana’s first dog, Ginger to cancer in 2009, and our dog Porter passed away due to complications with Megaesophagus. They both loved the area and enjoyed running free.

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The beautiful sunset over Lake Dillon

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Saturday was Women’s International Day, so Ariana and I did a modified tree pose showcasing our strength and balance

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On Saturday night, we had dinner at Keystone Ranch! Those who are unfamiliar with this fabulous restaurant, it is a 5-course meal offering, in which all portions are perfectly sized so you can get through until desert. I can never get enough seafood, so I started with a oysters & caviar appetizer, followed with a cheddar cheese cauliflower soup, then a nice palette cleanser salad of pomegranate/apple/jicama/spinach, and the main course consisted of sea scallops on a bed of lentils, and finally to finish it off, was a delicious tiramisu desert!

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Full moon rise on Sunday! Another enjoyable long weekend in the books with some much needed family time. Until next time Keystone…

 

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Nov 072013
 

Why a Yeti? This question was asked, so I had to remember back when I first rode a Yeti and how I became a Yeti Freak. I was living in Los Alamos and I was racing for a team out of Santa Fe, called the Pedal Queens. One year, they had a gathering called Bike a Go-Go, where vendors, demos, food, and games were had. I heard of Yeti Cycles, but I never had the opportunity to try one. I met Big Joe at the previous Go-Go event, but I noticed this year there was an additional guy helping out, and this guy was Anthony Sloan. Well, they put me on a Yeti ASR (the color was Bling) and off we went as I showed them the Dale Ball Trail.

My first time on a Yeti, 2007

My first time on a Yeti, 2007

Still to this date, the old car sits off the trail. Yes, you may read Tramp not Ramp, which was my first thought. Perhaps that is why we were smiling, or just silly giddy from riding bikes!

Carrie and Big Joe, Dale Ball 2007

Carrie and Big Joe, Dale Ball 2007

Shortly thereafter, I started traveling up and joining the demo rig while it toured the southwest. I had one of the demo bikes (#1) favorited for a while. It was a 575, and it felt like I could do anything on that bike. It was a huge upgrade from what I was riding prior to being introduced to Yeti.

We would riding bikes all day – then celebrate afterwards, with of course lots of hydration, stories, and campfires.

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Arizona Spring Fling, 2008

 

Carrie and Demo #1

Carrie and Demo #1

crd-tellFor 2013, and I attended the Yeti Tribe Gathering, an annual meet-up of like-minded Yeti Freaks from across the globe. It was a more-than-special event, since I have never ridden in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride. Below is a video showcasing the event. So.much.fun! (Picture on left, do you see how giddy I am? I’m kinda freakish…in a good way!) I currently own four Yeti’s and bleed turquoise. These are my kind of people.

 

Yeti Cycles, it isn’t just a bike, it’s a lifestyle…and if you haven’t ridden one, you wouldn’t understand.

 

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Sep 162013
 

Others who are affected by the flood and others who are no longer with us. Yesterday, Leslie and I headed out on bikes. Rumor had it Kenosha Pass was dry, so we headed there. She recently got an SB-66 so it was time to show it around! But first, a little tribute to Anthony…

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He loved the Colorado Trail, and we would frequent here often.

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The trees are just starting to turn!

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It is very nice frolicking over aspen covered trails!

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The water levels weren’t that high, which is surprising to me. It is amazing how widespread the Colorado weather patterns can be.

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We got a few loud thunder clap warnings, which meant to me, we were suppose to turn around.

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After turning around, the sun kept coming in and out.

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After climbing back, I turned around, and sure enough it was coming down.

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Super fun ride! Wish we could have made it further, but mother nature had a different idea. It was just nice to get out and clear the mind. I’m thinking about my Lyons friends whose lives have changed dramatically over the week. For donations, 100% of the funds will go directly back to Lyons: http://www.lyonscf.org

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Sep 092013
 

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I visited Durango, two weekends in a row. Am I lucky or what? Last weekend was the enduro and this weekend was the Ska Brewing Festival with the English Beat as the headliner. There were some wildflower around, but not for much longer, as fall seems to be around the corner in the high country.

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They were amazing! Being outside in beautiful Durango, sampling beers, and listening to music was what the doctor ordered.

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The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, AJ and I headed on bikes, but just a mini-epic ride. Nothing too big, so we parked at Coal Bank Pass, up Pass Trail to Engineer Mountain Trail.

A bit of history: the San Juan Mountains, during each maximum glacial episode, were covered with an ice-field complex covering about 1,900 square miles. Engineer Mountain rose above the ice field, forming rock islands called nunataks.

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There was no wrong way up here, just a lot of sweet singletrack.

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And for the record, the downhill is so giggly fun!

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Sep 062013
 

I have been ignoring you. All of these new social media outlets, and I chose to ignore the old blog. Well, I am going to try to remember to update this thing a little more…

Life has been great, in fact, I knew this year was going to be “different”. I woke up. I emerged from the fog I seemed to have put myself in the last few years since Anthony has been gone. I finally chose life and to live it; and thanks to Yeti, I even got myself a new-to-me bike and starting riding like I use to, when A was around. In fact, not just riding, but racing again. I also decided those Enduro races are pretty fun, and I hope to do more next year. So far, I competed in the Keystone and the Durango races of the Big Mountain Enduro series, and they are a hoot! I have met new friends, reconnected with old friends, and I am finally becoming comfortable rippin’ it on my bike.

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Back to Anthony, his birthday is coming up, September 15th in fact. He would have been 43. Still crazy to think he isn’t physically here, although, I know he left an impression on most. With his free-spirited ways and easy-going attitude, what wasn’t there to like? Sure, some thought they could be like him, but failed. It is still fun to peruse his site reading his words and checking out his photos.

What is in store for me next? Riding bikes, having fun, traveling, and cold beverages. Enjoying life, you know.

  •  September 6, 2013
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Mar 152013
 

Curling up on the couch, watching the movie, Repo Man, I just realized the intro has Los Alamos featured…haha.

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True story, last time I was driving to Arizona, from Los Alamos, Ariana and I had the bright idea of leaving after work, and driving all night so we can ride South Mountain in the morning. On the DVD player, we watched (I listened) to Repo Man. It was a very uncomfortable drive, as I was getting drowsy. We did finally reach our destination at about 5 am the next morning. I was hoping to sleep for another couple of hours at the trailhead, but everyone in Arizona works out early! And the start of the weird trip began…

 

  •  March 15, 2013
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Jan 282013
 

There is never a good time to get sick, but I picked a pretty good weekend. I was able to entertain the weekend before, and I still have enough time to recover before heading on vacation in February. I have a lot of work to do before then…

Here is a non-sick photo, just to get me motivated to ride bikes soon.

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Thanks TB for the ride & photo!

  •  January 28, 2013
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Jan 032013
 

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I finally went and explored the lunch ride local trail at Marshall Mesa, which included a clockwise loop: Coalton, High Plains, Greenbelt Plateau, Community Ditch, Cowdrey Draw, Mayhoffer-Singletree, Meadowlark, back to Coalton. Since it was only 30 degrees, I knew it should still be frozen; and since it hasn’t been that warm in the last week, the ice was minimal.

I’m digging riding the single-speed again; thanks to Dave for fixing the brakes and getting it rolling again!

A couple of days ago, 14 of us headed out to Evergreen to ride bikes in the snow. It was a lot of fun, even though the temperatures were cold, cold – under 20 degrees. Luckily, the sun came out soon after we started.

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I think it has been a fine start to a new year…

  •  January 3, 2013
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Dec 312012
 

2012 was such an amazing year! From heli-skiing in Canada to traveling Europe with my family. I am truly humbled and very thankful I have such wonderful parents, who supported me when times were rough.

euro_2050 Ariana and my dad taking in the scenery hiking Zwolferhorn Mountain in St. Gilgen.

My daughter graduated high school and she had her first semester at college. That was a transition: being 40 and empty-nester took some adjustment. I found out being busy is incredibly helpful when things are challenging. From working out to working my skills by trying new design or photo techniques, helped me. Oh yeah, I turned the big 4-0 this year too. It didn’t feel as dramatic as turning 30, as I am more comfortable with myself and life.
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I also came back from retirement and raced two of the Mountain States Cup races, which the series won’t exist for 2013. I even laughed a little and had fun 🙂
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I’m not sure what 2013 will hold, but I really enjoyed my time with 2012…

Cheers!
Carrie

  •  December 31, 2012
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Aug 232012
 


With Ariana now living in Grand Junction, I hoping to explore the area some more!

She is excited to start a new chapter racing collegiate for Colorado Mesa University – check out her busy schedule: http://www.cmumavericks.com/schedule.aspx?path=cycling&.

  •  August 23, 2012
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Aug 122012
 

We have been busy! From Mountain Bike Nationals in Idaho to our vacation to Germany then Austria, I have an excuse for not posting. But today, it was about riding my bike again.


I finally rode this bridge, just by following Dave and Ian!

En route back home, Ariana and I had the unfortunate incident of being stuck overnight at the Newark Airport. This was unfortunate, because my original itinerary was from Germany to Dulles, not Newark. Since the Continental/United merge, it seems as is they have been changing flights and seat assignments. Anyway – long story short, Ariana and I were supposed to race Telluride this weekend, but due to not returning until Friday evening, so we didn’t go. COMotion Sports won their 10th year winning the Mountain States Cup, and it was a bummer we were not there racing and cheering everyone on.

So, I finally got back on a bike today, after more than two weeks off. Sourdough was the destination and the ride was rocky and delicious. We also spotted several mushroom pickers along the trail. Boy those ‘shrooms were popping!

I even found my first yellow aspen just laying innocently in the middle of the trail. Another month, we will be riding our leaf-peeping rides. It is hard to believe the summer is almost gone.

Ahh…it is good to be home!

  •  August 12, 2012
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Jul 062012
 

Buddy turned four years old today! He had a fun day hanging out at the races, river wading, and ball tossing. He is a lucky pup, and we are sure glad we found each other.