Monday, June 29, 2015

Central Vermont Distraction from Chaos

We have quite a bit going on. The moving, packing, and logistical challenges associated with our lives is a bit out of control. I won't get into the details, but suffice it to say that over the past month or so, there has been virtually no "down" time. Until this weekend. Jean and I had planned a camping trip to central Vermont months ago, and despite the fact that there's a mountain of stuff to do and to be sorted out, we still felt it was important to get out and chill out. It was a wise decision.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Travel Trailer Maiden Voyage

In December, Jean and I bought a travel trailer with hopes and dreams of using it nearly every weekend for the summer... Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Western Massachusetts and points beyond were all on our radar. Well, life has thrown us a curveball, so our summer is going to be a bit chaotic.

That being said, we were able to get out for our first trip... a semi-local jaunt up to North Conway, NH for some mountain biking, hiking and visit with the family.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Farewell Jam

Yes, it's true. I'm moving. New job, new city, new state, new challenges.

While there are going to be many things about the new situation that are going to be great, there's one thing that will not compare, and that's the amazing BMX flatland scene here in New England.

The amount of riders, the ability of the riders, and the dedication.. these factors and so many more keep me motivated. And I certainly do NOT get to ride with my fellow NEFlat riders as much as I would like (not NEARLY as much as I would like), just knowing that they're out there keeps me rolling.

Now, moving to Maryland, there simply does not appear to be a thriving flatland scene like New England.

Anyway, I had a chance to meet up with a few riders before my move--actually, I reserved a couple of local basketball courts through the YMCA and I was PSYCHED that some good friends drive up from a few different states to ride with me one more time before I hit the road.

NEMBA Fest 2015

I've been trying to get up to NEMBA Fest in Vermont for the past couple of years, and it seems like something always comes up. This year was no different, but I really made a concerted effort and despite a schedule that borders on sadistic, I was able to get in one day of solid riding with some great people.