Southern Vermont Bike Tour

June 26, 2022

Meg and I just completed our longest self-supported bike tour yet: three days of dirt roads, singletrack, surprisingly nice Vermont corner stores, and Heady Topper. It was a lot of work, but such an incredible way to see small towns and forests across Vermont. There's so much out there that we've missed every time we've whizzed across the state in a car.

On bikes, it's so much easier to pull off to the side of the road to dip your toes in a beautiful stream, or engage in a staring contest with a deer or a porcupine, or debate eating a not-quite-ripe wild strawberry. You end up seeing an area through completely different eyes.

Mountain Biking is Silly

June 21, 2022

... silly fun. But honestly it is a slightly ridiculous use case for a bicycle.

Live Free or Die

May 24, 2022

We moved to New Hampshire!

In just a few days, Meg and I completed our longest move yet: Denver, Colorado to Littleton, New Hampshire. It was a long, tough journey. But we had a good time overall, and nothing went wrong. Special thanks to Meg's dad, Craig, for flying across the country to help us pack the truck... and driving across 2/3 of the country in just 2 days with a moving truck. We couldn't have done it without his help.

Two Birthdays at Two Miles High: A Eulogy for Denver

March 27, 2022

Meg and I are moving to New Hampshire in just a couple of weeks. We decided to say farewell (for now) to Colorado the best way we could imagine:

  • celebrating two birthdays in our favorite mountain town, Leadville
  • two days of the best skiing Colorado can offer (that isn't totally insane for visiting friends from low altitudes)
  • cross country skiing the only major trail around Leadville we haven't gotten around to yet
  • a biking + food truck + brewery + park + bocce day around Denver
  • one hell of a sunburn (Neutrogena, I will never forgive you)

Special thanks to our visiting friends Whitney and Eddy, who managed to make it out for their third visit in two years of Colorado living.

Sidenote: why on earth do we say "an elegy" but "a eulogy"? Turns out, there's a perfectly logical explanation. English is silly.

Taking the Long Way Down: Ski Trip 2022

February 19, 2022

For the last week, Meg and I took a week off to appreciate Colorado on weekdays. It seems like everybody loves doing the same outdoor stuff in the mountains here, so taking a few days off to avoid the weekend crowds makes a massive difference in actually enjoying the state.

We had quite the adventure.

FoCo Yeah, Howling Cows

November 08, 2021

Meg and I returned to day touring this weekend with a jam-packed exploration of Fort Collins, Colorado: the land of bike lanes, howling cows, and horse teeth. Why such a long gap since our last post? Well, over the last couple of months, we:

  • attended a wedding
  • drove 25 hours from Buffalo to Denver... without stopping to sleep
  • explored the far east edge of Denver's Cherry Creek trail
  • entertained guests at some of our favorite Denver breweries and parks. (thanks for visiting, Joe & Abby)!
  • broke in a brand-new espresso grinder for the growing 2-person remote office

... plus a slew of bike rides to breweries, virtual game nights, and bicycle slash coffee experiments. Also working, I guess.

Needless to say, the time was ripe for a personal weekend outside of the Denver area. We've also been eying a move to a smaller town, since Denver is an enormous megalopalis that we only lived in because Meg used to want to commute to a physical office.

This weekend, we managed to kill two birds with one stone: we had a relaxing time outside of Denver, and we just might have found where we'd like to live next.

Horse Trail Fairy Tale

September 12, 2021

This weekend, Meg and I headed out to the Finger Lakes for a biking day trip to New York State's only national forest: Finger Lakes National Forest. In this post, you'll find out about:

  • where to find the best a la carte cucumbers and pickled eggs in New York
  • how hilly it is in the Finger Lakes (hint: there's more incline than most of our Colorado bike rides)
  • why horse trails are awful, awful places to ride your bicycle on the East Coast

As a bonus, I'll also drop a couple of recommendations for a coffee shop and taproom we enjoyed in Ithaca.

The Great New England Adventure

September 06, 2021

The last few weeks and weekends have been busy. We:

  • travelled from Colorado to Virginia to visit family
  • subsequently headed up to Central New York to visit even more family
  • visited Northern New York to visit yet more family
  • completed a number of bike rides on the nice, flat, sometimes humid Erie Canal Trail in New York.

It's been rad. But it hasn't been vacation. More "long-awaited family visits." This weekend, Meg and I finally got back into the grind of just-us vacation. Also known as the gravel grind.

Broomfield Open Space Loop

July 25, 2021

This week, we took it easy since the whole state is full of smoke from bootleg fires on the west coast. Instead of doing a weekend in the mountains, we just took a small trip on Sunday on some trails in a nearby town.

Trip For America's Birthday

July 04, 2021

This trip took myself, Meg, and two friends on an adventure around Colorado on the week of America's birthday, July 4th. We (mostly) summitted the highest peak in Colorad, paddleboarded, camped quite a lot, and summitted another peak (or set of two peaks) that was honestly more interesting and more impressive than the highest peak.

Dillon Reservoir Loop, Mineral Belt Trail, and Mount Hope

June 20, 2021

This weekend, Meg and I mixed hiking and biking instead of just biking everywhere.

Leadville, Twin Lakes, and Turquoise Lake Loop

June 04, 2021

This weekend's bike trip in Lake County was a little different from our past bike trips. I learned:

  • some valuable lessons about charging your bike lights

  • that Mandarb (my 1990s steel mountain bike) can handle just about any terrain I can throw at him

  • that a 13% grade is just about the steepest hill I can climb on rocky, muddy terrain

  • even if Colorado is usually sunny... that thunderstorms can still take several hours to blow over

Steamboat Springs Gravel Grinding

May 22, 2021

Last weekend, Meg and I embarked on our first majority non-pavement bicycle trip. No, we didn't take the bikes on water -- we decided to give the rural dirt and gravel roads in Steamboat Springs a try.

Bikepacking from Glenwood Springs to Aspen (and back)

May 16, 2021

This weekend, I tried something new. I took a bike ride down the Rio Grande trail all the way from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Meg and I spend a lot of time biking around the Denver metro area, which is generally amazing. While the Denver metro area has a fantastic network of bike paths, pleasant flat grades, almost perfect weather for biking year-round, and a great view of the (distant) front range, it's still biking in a city. We regularly have to avoid broken glass in streets, constantly have to navigate around tourists on electric scooters, and always have to lock our bikes up if we so much as glance away from them.

Ode to the `Spro

November 29, 2020

Most people don't know a whole lot about espresso. That's OK -- like car enthusiasts, sailboat racers, or video game speedrunners, espresso makers inhabit a highly niche space in our world. After all, your average human is happy enough with the coffee that comes out of a poorly calibrated drip machine using stale beans that were ground months before use. Exceptionally crazy folks get into specialty coffee, purchasing expensive grinders, investing in kettles with configurable temperature profiles and goose necks, and trying out all manner of brewing methods (aeropress, french press, clever, chemex, v60, and more among them) to achieve the perfect cup. The exceptionally crazy of those exceptionally crazy get into an even more complex habit: espresso.