The Dixie Lite: Part Two

Posted by on Jun 30, 2010 in Bike, Races | 2 Comments

Aspen trees are my favorite. Especially many of them together, endless and crowded. When the wind waves through groves of aspen it creates a sound that is the very definition of peace and solitude. It is impossible not to feel alive and whole and wonderful when surrounded by the quaking leaves and wind of an […]

The Dixie Lite: Part One

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in Bike, Races | 8 Comments

On the counter of the Panguitch Lake General Store were items as valuable and sought after as gold: A snickers bar, red cream soda, chocolate milk, and a bag of Sun Chips. I was dirty—filthy dirty—hot and tired. It was Sunday, 10:30 AM. I had been riding since 6:00 AM, and had just completed a […]

Dixie First Impressions

Posted by on Jun 28, 2010 in Bike | 5 Comments

When the feeling in my hands returns, I’ll have more to write. But for now, some impressions: The Dixie Lite is horribly, horribly named. There is nothing “lite” about it. Nothing. Utah is home to some incredible, vast, enormous terrain. I already knew that. But still. It’s fantastic. I don’t think I’ll need to ride […]

Dixie Lite or Bust!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010 in Bike | 7 Comments

No time left for thinkin’. Time now for doin’. Follow my progress. (Ride starts at 8AM Saturday)

Dixie Focus

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010 in Bike | 5 Comments

The puzzle is coming together. And I am excited to finally take this plunge. It’s been a long-brewing ambition, an item that has sat dormant on the Tick List for years. Not the Dixie specifically, but an ambitious bikepacking trip. It seems like the logical progression from solo 24s, hundies, and shorter unsupported rides. If […]

Steps and Leaps

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Bike | 6 Comments

You’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. And so, you’ve seen the fantastic sequence at the end of the film when Indiana has to make his way through a series of obstacles. “A penitent man… kneels!” It’s a harrowing scene that culminates with him stepping into a vast gap—a leap of faith. Of course, […]

Bikepack 101

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Bike | 7 Comments

It’s a start: A few notes: The seatbag is an inexpensive drysack. It worked, but only just. It’s wide, and so my legs rubbed against it while riding. A small annoyance in a 3 hour ride. It could drive me batty over the course of a couple of days. It’s not exactly the most convenient […]

Speeder Bikes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Bike, Races | 11 Comments

I’ve always loved Star Wars. And really, what male, in the 29-40 age bracket hasn’t always loved Star Wars? And while I appreciate each of the 3 original films*, Return of the Jedi remains my favorite. And not just because Princess Leia spends much of the film in an amazing gold bikini. But of course, […]


Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Bike | One Comment

I’ve descended into gear mode. Tunnel vision. Scheming and planning and tinkering. Over the last several weeks I have debated back and forth on wether or not to ride the Dixie Lite. 160 miles of unknown, wonderful trail in a remote part of Utah. I know, what is there to debate? Turns out, a lot. […]

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