Tuesday, October 28, 2008


There is no order for it to be run, just be careful not to be the last one.
At the start of the prologue we do a loop, cut thru the middle to find a Troop.
Now as you know we go many routes, there is a place where Mark had a bout, do not go in but look where he parked in a small stump you’ll find something to spark.
Keep reading before you make a choice to go find, riding reverse you’ll make better time. Out to the end o Johnsontown you’ll find a wreck, in the front seat you find some cans, drink it what the heck even if it’s bland.
A smart choice it maybe to knock this one out first, a trail under a road that rhythms with help.
Up to the school you can find another, a straight row of pines three trees from the farther.
Head to duez make a quick trip to the end of a steep long down, along the trail look on the ground.
Off to the end of the gravel mill road take the new option, but don’t be too quick, before the edge take a look.
Harmony Hill has a new part too, go to where Ben hid the Pabst Blue, It was in a stump where nobody jumped.
Three more to go then off to the end. Up at the top of the butt puck my friend .
And on the bridge which planks have un-wind smack in the middle you’ll find .
On a trail call clay-mark a new bridge was made, stop and look under for a final parade.
Off to the foundation of 1808 will be the last stop don’t be late.
Tis the eve before mischievous deed.

We will gather to wallow, in the Wednesday traditions that pagans have followed.

Wisp thru the woods with little to care, for the ghosts of the hollow will have something to share.

The woods that we ride have a story to tell. For in these dark woods resides a gate to hell.

Welcome the demons and kind souls alike for this night we ride and enjoy the night.

Darkness may fall, but our spirits will not, we open the gate for the souls to be sought.

You may need a watch for time will track, and some rooms for small things to put on your back.

To start things off come early and have a seat and make sure to leave with a receipt.

The fun will begin on the old tracks at 6:30 sharp. So get there before and talk to Mark.

The clues will be few, but some in between for it is what we share on Halloween.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Curse of William Penn

So I live near philly. Lived here for the last 10 plus years. I was here from about 82' to 89 as well. We have had our ups and downs as far as sports go. Almost for Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Eagles(eggles is a jersey thang). For the last 27 years Philly has not crowned a major sports team. Some say it is a curse. For many of you know Philadelphia is an old city. The first capital of this nation. The signing place of the constitution and the final resident place for the Liberty Bell. Although the Liberty Bell has little connection to the city, you can see behind it Independence Hall.

Anyway back to the Curse. So way back when, around the turn of the 20th century, the city built City Hall, which still remains as the world's tallest masonry building. There was a city "rule" that no building would be built higher. So as the modern age came, and skyscrapers were reaching new heights, Philly kept the buildings shorter than the top of City Hall, where a statue of William Penn was erected at a total of 546.975 ft..

So a long story short, in the 1980's the city decided it was time to join the other national metropolises and build some skyscrapers( Liberty One from 1984-1987). Since then Philly has not won any major league sport championship. Unless you count the Jon Bon Jovi's Arena football team the Soul in 2008. Having watched Mr Reids team folly for heart, I believe the Phillies have a lot. So here we go Phillies!

Friday, October 10, 2008

cycling tip #3

Since, not every tip must come at my cost, here is a tip for many action sports. Keep your head up, body low but head up! Keeping your head up, with eyes and ears open, is your first defense against an accidental incident. No i-whatever for me. I just like to soak it all in traffic and all.

One related incident while riding the shoulder about a year or two ago. There was a truck carrying telephone poles. The pole stuck out from the back of the truck about 10-15 feet, at just about head height. The truck was on the shoulder maybe waiting for a crew. The were not any flares of construction signs. The truck was parked on a hill. Here I come grinding a hill with my head down, safely on the shoulder. About three feet before impact with my head and the circle end of a telephone pole, I looked up face to butt end of a pole. I swerved out just before impact, but that could have easily been the dumbest, most embarrassing, and quite possibly very damaging crash in my life. So keep your head up out there, that is unless you are playing golf.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jim Thorpe

Was a legend of his time. Actually an eternal legend. He was quoted as "The Greatess Althete in the World" after winning the Olympic Decathlon and Pentathlon Champion - 1912. He went on to play Pro football and Pro baseball. The man could do it all and I am sure he would have riden the 5 peaks like a champ. Read some more about Jim Thorpe. Slightly overcast morning we broke thru the clouds which is a rare occurence in Pa. Once at the top we climbed a locked firetower feeling the nerves like being a kid.

After a mellow groove we zipped up and headed down. Flying down the loose powerline like trail Jamie bounced a rock off his shin Ouch! We hit the stop to drop the lights and grab some fuel for what would be 7 more hours of trail time. High line up Pisgah.

The On 29r held its own. KTM switched it up to the Shifty niner and the two ewr boys plucking gears, left Big Ben and me the only One Speeders.

Some of the climbs hurt. Like going up the deep run hollow.

But it was followed by plenty of this....

Finally we hit the beer stop and man I was thirsty for some icy cold goodness.

Last lookout to see where we had been for the day.

All downhill from here. Shweeet.
I must add a blogger question, does anyone out there use a different editor to create a posting?

Monday, October 6, 2008

cycling tip #2

In order to be comfortably dressed for riding, you should be slightly cold until 10-15 minutes in. If you are warm to start with on a early fall morning (think 50 degrees or less) you have too much stuff on. Proper wind and rain protection can't be left behind, but it is better to be a little cold at the start than to be burning up with in an hour. Especially when you have to put back on the clothes to ride home. At least I have more than enough wet clothes to wear back.

In the books

Five High Peaks of Jim Thorpe PA 10/5/2008. Bear mt. 7:30 am, Flagstaff 9:30 am, Mt Psigah 10:30am, nesquahoning 12:30pm, Broad Mtn 3:00pm, back to thorpe via blasting fast d-hill 4:20pm. Oh yeah sweet ride.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cyling tip #1

When your sun glasses are perched on your head and you are doing 30mph downhill don't look back to see if you can squeeze onto the main pavement to do a little drafting. Glasses flew off. I hit the brakes and stopped. Only to look back and see the glasses still intact sitting in the road. The very next driver pegged the glasses with the front left tire. Bam gone polycarbon lens bouncing down the street. Man I liked those glasses. Looks like I will be spending the weekly beer money on something beside beer this week. ShEEt. Oh well proceeded to hammer on the road bike. It is amazing how much less drag is on a skinny.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Back to the roots

I know pictures are a thousand words, but I will have to get to that. Nice wet d-town ride. Wet roots were out in full force(mixed with wet leaves, and heavy fog reflecting our lights) luckily most of us have an improved skill when it comes to hovering over the trail.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


another day another dollar. hope it is worth the same when I get home.