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CX Masters World Championship 2013, Louisville KY USA

Splash down at the CX Worlds

Splash down at the CX Worlds

Spent the day down along River Road watching the CycloCross Masters World Championship.  Louisville does a great job bringing a wide range of sporting events to the area (this year we hosted the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Final Four, the CycloCross World Championships, and a #1 ranked basketball team for a week).  It was windy and snowing out on the course today.  Parts of the course were frozen.  Parts of my body were frozen.  Parts of my body are now coarse.  Despite all that the snow provided a great scene to take photos.  Below are a few of my favorites from the day.  Please enjoy as my sacrifice has my hands still tingling.

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This photo is titled Awesomemiss because this is how a lady should act.

This photo is titled "Awesomemiss" because this is how a lady should act.

Vladimir Putin.  Am I right?  Anybody can shoot an elephant with their shirt off but real men CycloCross in sub-freezing temperatures.

Vladimir Putin. Am I right? Anybody can shoot an elephant with their shirt off but real men CycloCross in sub-freezing temperatures.

Another one of the lovely ladies braving the worst conditions of the day.

Another one of the lovely ladies braving the worst conditions of the day.

Yes this does hurt. Like a bad visit to the dentist. Open wide.

Yes this does hurt. Like a bad visit to the dentist. Open wide.

You and run up the hill and hide but...

You and run up the hill and hide but...

Eyes on the prize.  Totally concentration is the only way to block out the pain and the elements.

Eyes on the prize. Totally concentration is the only way to block out the pain and the elements.

I like this photo because it reminds me of the Kentucky state flag.  United We Stand.

I like this photo because it reminds me of the Kentucky state flag. United We Stand.

Louisville (and the peaking skyline) thanks travelers from across the world who visited our little space.

Louisville (and the peaking skyline) thanks travelers from across the world who visited our little space.


ING New York City Marathon

Kate making the most from her marathon, looking good at the 20 mile marker.

Kate making the most from her marathon, looking good at the 20 mile marker.

I know this took way to long to post, the race was the first weekend in November, but I did want to share some race day photos from the New York City marathon this year.  Once again I was lucky to photograph for a great organization, the Robin Hood Foundation, just past mile 20.  Before we needed to report to our assigned location Jeff (my fellow photographer) and I took a bus down to Brooklyn to catch the first runners.  We planned to hike it back up to the Bronx to the cheer zone just after the pro men leader came passed.  As bad luck would have it when we made our subway transfer the 4-5-6 lines were out of commission due to some police investigation and the notice board gave not indication they would be running any time soon.  You could see many out-of-town marathon fans wondering around looking for what to do next.  Jeff and I went topside to catch a taxi but soon realized that the marathon course was all around the station locking us in.  We dove back down into the station to look at the maps and see if there was an indirect route to our post.  None to be had.  But with a stoke of luck, while waiting on the 2 platform a 4 train arrived.  Don’t know why and don’t know how.  We boarded the express and was on our way.  We arrived in the Bronx about ten minutes late, could have been a lot worse, and everyone with Robin Hood was happy to see us and very forgiving for our delay. We shot for the next three and a half hours at their cheer zone just past the 20 mile marker at a bend in the road.  It is  really great place to capture some good images of runners coming down the hill looking up at the large jumbotron screen and making the turn at the cheer zone.  There are also a ton of port-o-johns and some massage stick operators for the runners.  Here are some of the results.  Hope you like.

Robin Hood DJ does a great job mixing it up for both the runners and fans along the course. Over the three+ hours we were there she only repeated a few songs.  She makes it a great spot for viewing the race.

Robin Hood DJ does a great job mixing it up for both the runners and fans along the course. Over the three+ hours we were there she only repeated a few songs. She makes it a great spot for viewing the race.

New York City Marathon fan watches the action at the Robin Hood cheer zone.

New York City Marathon fan watches the action at the Robin Hood cheer zone.

A smaller version of the Robin Hood cheer zone fan.

A smaller version of the Robin Hood cheer zone fan.

A Robin Hood marathon runner celebrates with his fans at mile 20.  Check out this guys watch and the damage it is doing to his arm.  Reminds me of my younger swimming pool days when people would buy these cheap (not saying his watch is cheap) necklaces from the Gold Chain Gang kiosk in the mall and wear them to the pool.  Soon they would get Yoda all over their neck.

A Robin Hood marathon runner celebrates with his fans at mile 20. Check out this guys watch and the damage it is doing to his arm. Reminds me of my younger swimming pool days when people would buy these cheap (not saying his watch is cheap) necklaces from the Gold Chain Gang kiosk in the mall and wear them to the pool. Soon they would get Yoda all over their neck.


Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run and Bier Laufen

Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run Race Start

Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run Race Start

This past Saturday Hodepohl and the Christian Moerlein Brewery brought back the 10th edition of the Hodepohl 14K Brewery Run after a 14 year hiatus.  While there was a few snafus with the race the 2,200+ runners seemed to have a great time. Of course a long list of free goodies always help soothe the masses: Gold Star Chili dogs, pint glasses, beer, performance shirts and much more.  In my opinion this is a great way to start of your Cincinnati Oktoberfest weekend.

I was fortunate enough to photograph the race and Bier Laufen (see pictures).  It was my first Bier Laufen and hopefully not my last.  I full list of photos can be found at my store.

See you next year!

A runner nears the finish line.

A runner nears the finish line.

A group of runners cranking along in Over the Rhine.

A group of runners cranking along in Over the Rhine.

Post race goodies at the Gold Star Chili truck.

Post race goodies at the Gold Star Chili truck.

More goodies await inside the brewery.

More goodies await inside the brewery.

No medals for age group winners just half cases of beer.

No medals for age group winners just half cases of beer.

The Little Kings team takes off on the Bier Laufen course.

The Little Kings team takes off on the Bier Laufen course.

Team NEONS sets off on the Bier Laufen course.

Team NEONS sets off on the Bier Laufen course.

The mini Gold Star Chili Mobile takes a turn on the Bier Laufen course as mother GSC Mobile looks on from a distance.

The mini Gold Star Chili Mobile takes a turn on the Bier Laufen course as mother GSC Mobile looks on from a distance.


Sullivan County Pennsylvania Flood of 2011

Sonestown September 2011 Flood

Sonestown, PA September 2011

Just a few weeks ago all the news was chock-full of Hurricane Irene and the possible damage to be caused along the east coast.  Luckily, the major impact as predicted did not come to fruition.  But as much of Vermont and other northern areas sat under a boundless rain cloud New York City and other major metro areas escaped with merely a flesh wound (and not of the Monty Python variety).  With New York City out of harms way the national media focused their appetite on the next big thing.  Lucky for them, NIKE came out with a limited edition run on the Back to the Future kicks.  As the nation looked down at Marty McFly’s feet those of us in Eastern Pennsylvania looked up to the skies.  What we saw was a deluge which lasted for days.

With creek and stream waters already choking on runoff from last weeks Irene, Hurricane Lee the our creeks runneth over.  The resulting damage was widespread over the little boroughs near our family cabin in Laporte, PA.  Not much news reports from the towns of Muncy Valley, Dushore, Eagles Mere, Picture Rocks or Sonestown (save a little rec a few years back when a young lad made a run for the American Idol prize).  Sullivan County is sort of out on its own, and I think most of the independent town folk like it that way.  With that comes its pluses and minuses.

A few days after the rain many people are still without power and are busy taking inventory of damage close to home.  At the same time the rumors fly: the Forksville covered bridge is washed away, World’s End Swimming Area is no more, Lake Mokoma is full of water, Picture Rocks is now just Picture and Muncy Valley is now Muncy Rocks (I started that one).  Solid reports of the surrounding communities probably will not start coming out until the next couple of days when people are able to emerge from their troubles and roads begin to open. In the meantime I will share with you what I know.  Yes Lake Mokoma is full, actually overflowing, of brown rain water.  Sonestown covered bridge is still standing with some damage.  Sonestown the town experienced some major water.  Eagles Mere looked almost untouched.  The Loyalsock Creek was a ragging river.  Those things I know.  Some of which I share wit you now.

**UPDATE**  The World End State Park has been doing a pretty good job of updating their website about conditions within the park.  They also put up some pretty amazing photos and videos of the flooding near the loyalsock swimming hole.  Check em out HERE.

9/20/2011 9:35:00 AM
Road to High Knob from the Worlds End Road side is closed because of extensive damage from flooding on January 25, 2010. Construction will start soon but this road will remain closed until later this fall.
9/19/2011 3:26:00 PM
PA Route 154 between Worlds End and US 220/Laporte and Worlds End Road (SR3009) is open to traffic. Campground is open and Cabins remain closed, but we hope to reopen by this weekend, Sept. 23. Park trails may have damage and access is limited. PA Route 154 between Worlds End and Forksville remains closed, with significant road damage. See flooding photos here.

Route 154 just outside of Laporte, PA on Wednesday, September 7th.  This is before the main stuff.  Heavy rains continued all night through Thursday morning, with the rains continuing at a moderate rate. In my estimation the worst must have been Thursday morning.  Most roads in the area were probably full of water or debris.

Route 154 just outside of Laporte, PA on Wednesday, September 7th. This is before the main stuff. Heavy rains continued all night through Thursday morning, with the rains continuing at a moderate rate. In my estimation the worst must have been Thursday morning. Most roads in the area were probably full of water or debris.

Many nonpaved roads, like Woodland Trail, were a complete washout.

Many unpaved roads, like Woodland Trail in Laporte, PA, were a complete washout.

Here is another washout on the east side of Lake Mokoma.

Here is another washout on the east side of Lake Mokoma.

Loyalsock Creek Flood Gage.  Flood stage is 12 feet and the gage was reading 20 feet before the data went blank.  Some reports say upwards of 25 feet.

Loyalsock Creek Flood Gage. Flood stage is 12 feet and the gage was reading 20 feet before the data went offline. Some reports say upwards of 25 feet.

Here is a panoramic image of the Loyalsock Creek taken on Thursday, September 8th along Route 154 in Worlds End State Park.

Here is a panoramic image of the Loyalsock Creek taken on Thursday, September 8th along Route 154 in World's End State Park.

Video of Loyalsock Creek with floodwater above 20 feet.  The World’s End Chapel area was completely washed away, only a few benches remained within eyesight.

Sonestown Covered Bridge after the worst of the flooding.  Major damage but lucky to still be standing. Just upstream was small pickup truck wedged on a tree.  Imagine if it would have made it 100 yards more down to the bridge.

Sonestown Covered Bridge after the worst of the flooding. Major damage but lucky to still be standing. Just upstream was small pickup truck wedged on a tree. Imagine if it would have made it 100 yards more down to the bridge.

Sonestown, PA after the flood (taken on Thursday, September 8, 2011).  This little town at the bottom of the hill received a huge amount of water.

Sonestown, PA after the flood (taken on Thursday, September 8, 2011). This little town at the bottom of the hill received a huge amount of water.

More photos can be found HERE.

List of road closures in Sullivan County as of Saturday morning (September 10, 2011).

- Route 87 from Route 220 at Dushore to Interstate 180 in Lycoming County.

- Route 154 from Route 220 at Laporte to Route 87 at Forksville.

- Route 220 from Route 405 in Hughesville to Muncy Valley.

- Beaver Lake Road in Davidson Township, from the Lycoming County line to Route 42.

- Nordmont Road in Davidson Township, between Brown Hill Road and Long Brook Road.

- Nordmont Road in Laporte Township, between Nordmont and Route 220.

- Route 3005 from the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township to Route 87.

- Elk Creek Road from Route 154 at Lincoln Falls to Route 87 in Hillsgrove Township.

- Middle Road in Fox Township, from Mountain Road to Route 154.

- Route 4014 from Route 154 in Elkland Township to Mill View Mountain Road in Forks Township.


Video - My Morning Jacket at Riverbend

Went up to Riverbend (PNC Pavilion) to check out one of my favorite live acts of all time, My Morning Jacket.  Once again they did not disappoint.  What did disappoint is my phone… terrible at low light photography and the mic officially hates bass, so I had to import some tunes.  Barry White, do not buy a Motorola .

I was able to take some video and quickly put it together in a little piece.  Keep an eye out for Neko Case, who came on state to sing Stevie Nicks’ Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with Jim.  Great weather, greats seats (standing) in the pit, and some good brew at the beer tasting before the event.

Now to the video.  (I am sure YouTube will once again take away my audio).


Boone County Fair Demolition Derby

I little kiss kiss.

I little kiss kiss.

Was out at the Boone County Kentucky Fair and snapped some photos (and took a video at the Demolition Derby).  The seating setup was not the best, we had a chain-link fence right in our view.  So most of my photos had a large chunk of fence in most of them.  But  few of them turned out okay.  On this beautiful night the stands where packed on all sides and they were really getting into things.

Below is a video taken with my phone, so the quality is not going to be the best. HERE you can watch the same video in Batman Polka style.  Let me know which one you like better.  Sorry China viewers, you will need YouTube to view.  I have tried to post to my youku but the file is too large.

8UP wins this heat with a little help from this hit.

8UP wins the heat with a little help from this hit.

Crazy 8 in a real tight spot.  First comes this...

Crazy 8 in a real tight spot. First comes this...

... soon to be followed by this.

... soon to be followed by this.


2010 ING New York City Marathon

Desiree Ficker

Desiree Ficker

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to make a quick trip back to the States for the ING New York City Marathon.  It was exhausting to fly over and back for just five days in the homeland, after all my travels I finally know what jet-lag is, but all worth it.  Nothing feeds the soul like visiting with old friends, family and a couple tens of thousands of people fulfilling their dreams.  And nothing feeds the stomach like an authentic burrito with horchata followed by a McSorley’s Dark in a corner bar.  Lucky for me New York City provided all of those during the first weekend in November.

Like I said, the weekend was short and I did not get a chance to meet with everyone I wanted see but there will be a next time.

Until that next time enjoy these photos from the 41st running of the ING New York City Marathon.

2009 ING New York City Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi.

2009 ING New York City Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi.

The new face of US long distance running, Shalane Flanagan.

The new face of US long distance running, Shalane Flanagan.

Mexican Marathon Fan

Mexican Marathon Fan

International Run along Fifth Avenue in front of the Radio City Music Hall.

International Run along Fifth Avenue in front of the Radio City Music Hall.


We Say Farewell to Our Provider

Grandmother standing next to father and Jeff at High Knob.

Grandmother standing next to father and Jeff at High Knob.

In a world full of consumers there is still a small group out there giving all they can every day… the “providers”.  Last week the world said goodbye to one of our great providers.  In a moment, which described by those present, as peaceful and serene as could be imaged our family’s patriarch touched her last ray of warm sunshine, breathed in her final sweet autumn breath and gave a lovely last wink from her caring eyes as she fell into an eternal sleep.

Catholic families tend to run a little large in the diaper count.  My mother’s family was no different.  By the mid ’60s kids where spilling out of the house.  And with a group this large someone has to play the role of provider.  My grandmother never flinched at this idea and in the process she became one of the world’s greatest.  Ohh the many ways I can remember her providing to our family.  On a crisp cool Endless Mountains mornings, the Wake Robin crew would often begin the day in a way which for us was normal, but was actually quite special… with a plate of sizzling bacon and fresh from the Fire Tower blueberry pancakes.  Sometimes lasting hours as family members slowly slipped from there beds and rolled down the hill from other houses. Grandmother didn’t put away her apron until every stomach was satisfied.  Providing a perfect start to many a perfect vacation day was not her only way.

Back home on Maple Avenue she provided the perfect reason to climb that mountainous hill of stairs… no I’m not the talking about the singing Christmas wreath awaiting visitors at the door, but behind the door… there she waits with arms open ready to provide the gentlest of hugs and the sincerest of smiles.  On Easter she provided an Easter egg hunt with REAL Easter eggs.  Okay not THE Easter Bunny’s eggs but real enough that we could eat them following the last capture.  On rainy day visits she would gather a box full of old toys and provide them for me to enjoy.  Her instinctual idea of sharing and giving trumped any idea that these “things” (inside the box) may actually “belong” to someone.  Nope, these things were not about ownership they were about providing joy.  She projected a sense of grace and kindness which could catch the attention of even the most blind heart.  Her presence in the basement could wash away a small child’s imagination (yes mine) of lurking evil and provide the security needed for a visit (albeit short and sweet) to one of Ashland’s scariest basements full of dark corners and rummage left by such a large family.  She provided the perfect holiday dining experience (sugar cube table center-piece included) and always hosted a house full of laughs with good conversation between good people.  She provided a dignity and sensibility matched by none.  She provided a full fridge always containing a glass jug full of clean cold water which was perfectly complimented by a Morris the Cat 9 Lives drinking glass just as the world’s fattest cats approach and purr against your leg.  On chilly Fall afternoons inside the house she provided a warm atmosphere conducive to nap taking on pillows providing corduroy face tattoos as proof of your extraordinary comfort.  And of course she has provided me and the rest of us a great family.  As a self admitted consumer I completely acknowledge all you have done and I thank you.

I hope that during my life I have been able to provide her a little something in return… maybe some laughs, some good memories and ultimately… a grandchild she was proud of.

With love.


Kentucky Buds & Blooms

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There are not many better places to be when Spring rolls around then Kentucky.  Sure it can make the eyes red and the nose sneeze.  But that is a minor price to pay for a taste (and look) of Spring at its finest.  Lucky for me I have been in the Bluegrass state smack in the middle of an early season bloom and warm and an early string of 70+ degree days.   So we (Pops, Uncle Matt and I) strolled down to the Red River Gorge and the Lexington Cemetery on Easter Weekend.  Here are a few snap shots of Spring in Kentucky.

Half Moon Pie Arch.  Tasty.

Half Moon Pie Arch. Tasty.

Winter becomes Summer becomes beauty.

Winter becomes Summer becomes beauty.

Over this hill lies Spring.

Over this hill lies Spring.

Row of Red

Row of Red

Peace

Peace


America’s Oldest Brewery and Arguably the Largest

Wooden beer barrel at America's Oldest Brewery.

Wooden beer barrel at America's Oldest Brewery.

D.G. Yuengling & Son (Pottsville, PA), established in 1829,  is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States.  Yuengling is also the largest American brewery by volume in the US.  Sure some people like to say PBR and the fine folks at Sam Adam’s brew more beer, but as cousin Jeff and I have concluded… most of the beer they “brew” is actually contracted out to other breweries or distributors.  So, as far as I am concerned Yuengling is not only America’s oldest brewery(not to be confused with North America as Molson was founded in the late 1700’s) but also the biggest.

As Yuengling continues its distribution across the states (now available along the east coast: from New York to Florida and grabbing up some inland territory in Alabama, Tennessee and rumored to Kentucky in the near future) I recommend you get familiar with their products.  First, know the likelihood of it putting you on your butt based on ABV (alcohol by volume) - listed below.  If you are into the dark beers you can’t go wrong with the Porter or the Black & Tan, ranked closer to an A in my book.  Lager versus Premium for lighter tongues… well, these are similar in tastes and colors.  Reality you can’t go wrong with the entire line-up.  Even the overly sweet Chesterfield Ale can make you smack your lips together.

Beer Advocate Rankings

Lord Chesterfield Ale (5.4% ABV): C

Yuengling Black & Tan (4.7% ABV): B-

Yuengling Porter (4.7% ABV): B-

Yuengling Premium (4.4% ABV): C+

Yuengling Traditional Lager (4.4% ABV): B-

Registered as a national historic place.  And across the street is their broken down ice cream factory (registered as a hazard).

Registered as a national historic place. And across the street is their broken down ice cream factory (registered as a hazard).

The brains behind the brew work here.

The brains behind the brew work here.

Laverne and Shirley was having a smoke in the corner.

Laverne and Shirley was having a smoke in the corner.

This kettle is a little bigger than the one I gave my pops for Christmas a few years ago.

This kettle is a little bigger than the one I gave my pops for Christmas a few years ago.


ING New York City Marathon 2009

The Robbin Hood Foundation cheer zone just past the 20-mile marker.

The Robbin Hood Foundation cheer zone just past the 20-mile marker.

I huge (abominable kinda huge) thank you goes out to the Robin Hood Foundation.  They allowed me to be there race day photographer.  The goal was to capture as many of their runners as we could.  They had over 100 runners on the course and the action was fast and furious at times but I think we did a pretty good job of getting the majority of them.  The ING New York City Marathon course is only in the Bronx for one mile (right at the 20-mile marker).  But the Robin Hood Foundation makes sure the experience is a good one.  Today they put up a jumbo-tron for the runners, a dj spinning all day and a cheer zone as loud and active as I have ever seen.  Every other day of the year they are attempting to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City.  My hat goes off to them.

Some of the Robin Hood kids cheering on their favorite age groupers.

Some of the Robin Hood kids cheering on their favorite age groupers.

The Robin Hood Foundation kids provided a pick-me-up at mile 20 just as a lot of runners were hitting the wall.

The Robin Hood Foundation kids provided a pick-me-up at mile 20 just as a lot of runners were hitting the wall.

The Tokyo Marathon has something against costumed runners.  Lucky for us the ING New York City Marathon does not.  Below is part of the Tokyo Marathon final race instructions.  Followed by photos from the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.

We understand that wearing of costumes and putting on a disguise is
one of the enjoyments to participate in a major marathon event. On the
other hand, it might cause the runner itself to fall, and also make the
other runners or audience feel uncomfortable.
Please be advised that in order to permit wearing of costumes in the
future, we request for each runner to understand the circumstances and
extend exercise of their sensibility.
The organizer will prohibit all costumes stated from 1 to 6 below and
other related behavior that may disrupt public order and other
standards of decency. In the event that the organizer finds behavior
related to this notice the runner will be immediately disqualified from
the race. We will not accept any objection upon our decision in
relation to this matter.
1. Clothing that may harm others, induce fall, and conduct that may interfere with others.
Example 1: carrying a knife or a sword, wearing armor or costumes with rivets etc.
Example 2: long skirt, kimono etc.
Example 3: holding of hands among the runners
2. Clothing not appropriate for a sporting event that may cause discomfort to others.
Example 1: running naked, wearing of costumes or underwear that may resemble nudity.
3. Wearing of clothing intended to promote political
preferences or views, religious belief and advertising of products or
establishments other than the event sponsors.
Example 1: sash containing political party or candidate names, religious beliefs.
Example 2: costumes resembling a political or religious figure or merchandise other than the event sponsors.
4. Usage of fireworks, whistle and lighting apparatus etc. that may be used to distract or misguide other runners.
5. Wearing of clothing requesting of a donation or signatures for a petition etc.
6. Other clothing or costumes deemed inappropriate by the event organizer.

Flash Gordon out on the course.  Luckily my new D300 was able to capture him before he ran by.

Flash Gordon out on the course. Luckily my new D300 was able to capture him before he ran by.

Man in bear suit.  Classic and always a fan favorite.

Man in bear suit. Classic and always a fan favorite.

And then Lee Greenwood sang into my ears.

And then Lee Greenwood sang into my ears.

Another super hero.  Not as classic and not as big a fan favorite. But good effort nontheless.

Another super hero. Not as classic and not as big a fan favorite. But good effort nonetheless.

Soon to be a super hero and a fan favorite.  You may think this fella is running for a special cause, right?  Me too.  But then he got closer and I saw that his shirt said Budweiser.  Okay... that is special.

Soon to be a super hero and a fan favorite. You may think this fella is running for a special cause, right? Me too. But then he got closer and I saw that his shirt said Budweiser. Okay... that is special.

Something about these Japanese, they really get into costume.  Oh wait... thats not a costume.

Something about these Japanese, they really get into costume. Oh wait... that's not a costume.

Okay this guy was actually the real deal.  Edward Norton (the actor) was running today and had a few of his Maasai Warrior buddies running with him.  I didnt see Eddie but I did see this guy.

Okay this guy was actually the real deal. Edward Norton (the actor) was running today and had a few of his Masai Warrior buddies running with him. I didn't see Eddie but I did see this guy.


New York City - Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

There is something about this photo that disturbs me.  I think that is why I am drawn to it.  Lucky for this guy his pig mask was made from rubber which kept him dry when the monsoon like rains came.

There is something about this photo that disturbs me. I think that is why I am drawn to it. Lucky for this guy his pig mask was made from rubber which kept him dry when the monsoon like rains came.

The ING New York City Marathon occurs on the first Sunday in November.  This year’s stroll through the city happened to land on the first of the month.  That means it was  hitting the day after Halloween.  Even with the extra hour of daylight savings sleep, it was going to be hard for Hallows’ Eve revelers to wake the sleep from their bodies for the marathon.  The two years I have been in New York City during Halloween.  Neither time did I attend New York’s Village Halloween Parade.  Two years ago I attended a get-together at a bar (my costume was purchased as we walked to the bar - a pack of pantyhose over the head can make anyone look like a mongoloid who is about to rob the local 7 Eleven).  Last year my friend John had party in Brooklyn (which I attended in a one piece Spider-Man suit, one size too small).  So in this third year I thought I would see what all the hub-bub was about with this little parade.

At this parade you typically get over two million spectators, over 50,000 parade participants, live bands, floats, hoochies and pets all dressed up for the occasion.  Throw that all together with some rain… and you have this years event.

The crowds begin to form at the parade.  Cops will soon come along and yell at people who do not speak english and they will be sent back and forth between the intersection like a herd of cattle.  Then it will rain.  Then it will be mass chaos.

The crowds begin to form at the parade. Cops will soon come along and yell at people who do not speak English and they will be sent back and forth between the intersection like a herd of cattle. Then it will rain. Then it will be mass chaos.

There is something I just love about this photo.  The expression on peoples faces are classic.  Not sure if they are having a good time or not.

There is something I just love about this photo. The expression on peoples faces are classic. Not sure if they are having a good time or not.

Something sinister about this photo.  Things have happened in that room.

Something sinister about this photo. Things have happened in that room. Things I don't want to ask about.

Then the rains came...

Then the rains came...

Some people thought it was funny...

some people thought it was funny...

And everyone went to the subway.

and everyone went to the subway.


Grand Canyon - North Rim

Some words from Teddy.

Some words from Teddy.

It’s tough for a place to beat the majestic scenery of Zion National Park even if it has the name Grand in it.  And well, even in all its grandness the Grand Canyon still comes in second or third place in my book.  With that said, it is pretty damn impressive.  It just doesn’t hold the beauty of Zion or the delicate artistry of Bryce and Arches.  I took a few images worth showing and a trail warning sign like I’ve never seen before.

This weekend I am off to NYC for the ING New York City Marathon.  If you are going to be there just let me know.

Its hard to get a good shot of the Grand Canyon with just one little photo. But when you put about five together you get something like the above.

It's hard to get a good shot of the Grand Canyon with just one little photo. But when you put about five together you get something like the above.

Another string of images from another viewpoint.

Another string of images from another viewpoint.

This was a warning sign at one of the trailheads.  Strange fiction and rational make for some kinda warning.

This was a warning sign at one of the trailheads. Strange fiction and rational make for some kinda warning.


Zion National Park. Utah.

Hiking back down from Angel's Landing the rain clouds rolled in behind the White Throne creating some dramatic scenery.

Hiking back down from Angel's Landing the rain clouds rolled in behind the White Throne creating some dramatic scenery.

The second stop along the Colorado Plateau was Zion National Park.  The automated script on the bus says that the oldest sections in Bryce Canyon are the youngest sections in Zion.  And the oldest sections in Zion are the youngest in the Grand Canyon.  Regardless, Zion National Park is, in my opinion, the most dramatic and wondrous of all the parks in this area.  About ten years ago I visited Zion with my buddy Wilbert as we drove across the country (Chicago to LA).  Zion was our only National Park stop and I instantly feel in love with it.  This year I rekindled my love for Zion.  The scenery is amazing, the weather in October is perfect,the hikes are challenging and rewarding and there is a great little free campground near the park entrance.  My favorite experience of the trip by far.

Walking back down from Angels Landing.

Walking back down from Angel's Landing.

There are a lot of religious references in Zion.  The amazing and dramatic scenery must be the reason.  When you see something this beautiful it is incomprehensable.

There are a lot of religious references in Zion. The amazing and dramatic scenery must be the reason. When you see something this beautiful it is incomprehensible.

This is the scene every night at sunset. Amazing.

This is the scene every night at sunset. Amazing.

Entering Wall Street along the Narrows hike.  The trail travels up and down the Virgin River.  Most of the hike is throught the 60 degree (farenhit) water sometimes raising above the waist, while most of the time just flowing below the knee.  Maybe my favorite hike in the states.

Entering Wall Street along the Narrows hike. The trail travels up and down the Virgin River. Most of the hike is throughout the 60 degree (fahrenheit) water sometimes raising above the waist, while most of the time just flowing below the knee. Maybe my favorite hike in the states.

Details of the water lines found along the Narrows trail.

Details of the water lines found along the Narrows trail.

View atop Angels Landing down the valley back towards the town of Springdale.  Angels Landing... my second favorite hike in Zion.

View atop Angel's Landing down the valley back towards the town of Springdale. Angel's Landing... my second favorite hike in Zion.


Bryce Canyon. Utah

These are hoodoos.  Not only do they look like something out of a Dr. Suess book but they are also named out of a Dr. Suess book.

These are hoodoos. Not only do they look like something out of a Dr. Suess book but they are also named out of a Dr. Suess book.

Bryce Canyon for a day.  Okay… not actually a canyon but more of a natural amphitheatre of rock, wind and erosion and the first of three important steps of the Colorado Plateau (Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Grand Canyon).  With its hoodoos and who people, Bryce is a Dr. Suess book come to life.  A hike under the rim will leave you enchanted under a new world.  A hike (or drive as most people do) above the rim will remind you how popular it is with both international and American tourists… a lot of which are riding their Harleys around.  Well worth a full day.

A manmade sci-fi like portal in Red Canyon just miles from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

A man made sci-fi like portal in Red Canyon just miles from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Thors Hammer... as impressive in real life as in the comic books.  That is... if you dont read comic books and have no idea what you are talking about.

Thor's Hammer... as impressive in real life as in the comic books. That is... if you don't read comic books and have no idea what you are talking about.

The self-proclaimed Best Hike in the World (Queens Garden and Navajo Trail) takes one through some martian like scenery.  Red and white stone walls and hoodoos tower above as you walk along the rocky terrain.

The self-proclaimed "Best Hike in the World" (Queen's Garden and Navajo Trail) takes one through some martian like scenery. Red and white stone walls and hoodoos tower above as you walk along the rocky terrain.

A plane streaks across the sky above the Wall Street portion of the Navajo Trail as I streak across the lower portion of the trail.  Streak as in moving fast not as in naked... park rules.

A plane streaks across the sky above the Wall Street portion of the Navajo Trail as I streak across the lower portion of the trail. Streak as in moving fast not as in trench coat nakedness... park rules.

No Gordon Geckos on this Wall Street.  Only Tiger Salamanders.  If you are are the cross-roads along the Navajo Trail, let me recommend the Wall Street portion.  You will be handsomely rewarded by two large Doulas Fir trees reaching through the canyon.

No Gordon Geckos on this Wall Street. Only Tiger Salamanders. If you are are the cross-roads along the Navajo Trail, let me recommend the Wall Street portion. You will be handsomely rewarded by two large Douglas Fir trees reaching through the canyon.

View from Bryce Point of the moon and hoodoos.  A popular tourist stop with more children wailing than safety railing.

View from Bryce Point of the moon and hoodoos. A popular tourist stop with more children wailing than safety railing.

Hey look... there is a raven in this photo.

Hey look... there is a raven in this photo.

Common tourists having a commonly good time.

Common tourists having a commonly good time.


Arches National Park. Moab, Utah.

Sandstone blasted at Double Arches.

Sandstone blasted at Double Arches.

Tim, the campground host at Arches, says “I don’t know what I hate worst… the wind or the rain”.  I thinks to myself… when camping out it’s the rain of course.  That was upon arrival.  Before leaving the next day my opinion may have changed.

Arches is a beautiful park located on a hill/mountain (depends from where you are reading this) about fifteen miles outside of Moab.  If my mountain bike was not in pieces in a box in Texas I would have been so tempted to take a ride out on the slickrock.  I get easily distracted when I travel.  Instead, I stayed focused on the original itinerary and it was up to Arches for a night at one of the more original National Park campgrounds I’ve stayed.  The official park campground is located at the end of the park with each site nestled in among the sandstone rocks and red sand.  Not just your slab of concrete and picnic table at this $20 a night spot.  Okay, yes $20 a night is a little steep.  But location, location, location.  Here is where the “I don’t know what I hate worse…” part comes in.  Within hours of staking the tent 40 mile per hour wind gusts began to blast the area.  Now I’ve always been a fan of function over fashion.  And I’ve always been a fan of the cowboy bandanna around the neck.  It was not until this day I combined the two.  And in the distorted words of Chris Farley in Black Sheep, “If function over fashion kicks ass, and cowboy bandannas kick ass… then we got some kick ass shit”.  If someone can give me the original movie quote you win a prize.  So for the first time I donned my cowboy bandanna as a form of function.  That wind was whipping sand up all over the place and places in between.  Days later I would be cruising down highway-64 scratching my head in wonder at a bumper sticker and Arches sand would flurry my lap with one-hour school delay accumulation.  Like glitter from a my 25th birthday party it just keeps showing up when it feels like it.  Oh look… there is a little sand in the corner of the tent, some here in my sock, and a little more here in my ear, and what about this heaping mess in toothpaste… you get the idea.

Despite all the airborne sand the park was short and sweet.  I am still messing around with the camera settings, so most of my photos did not really turn out the way I would have liked.  Some of the ones without too much damage are posted.

The Delicate Arch.  As named by someone old.  And not one of the many elder tourists.  Did you know persons 62 years and older can obtain a lifetime National Park pass for only $10.  Sweet deal.

The Delicate Arch. As named by someone old. And not one of the many elder tourists. Did you know person's 62 years and older can obtain a lifetime National Park pass for only $10. Sweet deal.

Fans of the famous golden arch (Delicate Arch) wait for sunset.

Fans of the famous golden arch (Delicate Arch) wait for sunset.

This is me trying to figure out the metering on my new camera.  Im coming around slowly.  By the time I hit California Ill have this thing under control.

This is me trying to figure out the metering on my new camera. I'm coming around slowly. By the time I hit California I'll have this thing under control.

If winds reach gusts of over 30 mph protective eyewear is highly recommended.  For wind gusts reaching over 40 mph Accutane is recommended.

If winds reach gusts of over 30 mph protective eyewear is highly recommended. For wind gusts reaching over 40 mph Accutane is recommended.


Great Sand Dunes Batman

My favorite dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park

My favorite dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Located in Southern Colorado the Great Sand Dunes amass the tallest sand dunes in North America. The dunes were formed from sand deposits of the Rio Grande.  Over the years, westerly winds picked up sand particles from the river flood plain.  As the wind lost power before crossing the Sangre de Cristo Range the sand was deposited here.  When driving in you know you are getting close when you start seeing signs for Colorado Crocodiles and UFO hotels (little side attractions in the area).

In southern Colorado there is a place...

In southern Colorado there is a place...

where the sand blows and collects at the base of this mountain range.

where the sand blows and collects at the base of this mountain range.

The temperature goes down with the sun.

The temperature goes down with the sun.

The lines and designs here make for easy photography.  Sorta like photoing in a sculpture museum.

The lines and designs here make for easy photography. Sorta like photoing in a sculpture museum.

Does anyone remember the singin bush from Three Amigos?  I did.

Does anyone remember the singing bush from Three Amigos? I did.


Bagged my first 14er.

On the way up to Mt. Bierstadt

On the way up to Mt. Bierstadt

A few years ago my friend Elaine and I drove up Guanella Pass to catch the aspen foliage.  We stopped at the base of Mt. Bierstadt.  Time only permitted us a short hike…  I had to get back to Dallas.  From that moment I knew I was going to get to the top of it sometime.  Last week I was in Indian Hills hiking around and happened across this local fella.  He got to talking about how he raised his boys in these mountains or how the mountains raised his boys.  Charming guy with a lot of stories.  I asked him for advice on hikes.  One of his first recommendations for a guy just coming from sea level (me) and a chance to bag a 14er was Mt. Bierstadt.  The memories of our short trip up Guanella Pass came rushing back.  That weekend I would hike Mt. Bierstadt.

The weather had been a little wet last week.  High elevations were getting some snow.  Mt. Bierstadt is know to be a popular hike, hopefully this snow would keep the throngs of people away for the weekend.  I was going to hike on Friday but the weather was too bad.  Me not knowing what I was doing could get into real trouble without the help of an experienced hiker.  The weekend weather was clear so I decided to take my chances with the weekend crowds.

The man from Indian Hills gave me some other good advice.  Don’t approach Guanella Pass from the most popular route from Denver by going through Georgetown.  The road was under heavy construction.  As it turned out this was a good thing.  It keep the Aspen viewer off the road, because they could not make a loop pass from Grant to Georgetown and I believe it could have road blocked a few hikers trying to make it up that day.  As it turned out on my accent I passed a solo speed hiker, a family of three, and a group of four I meet on the summit.  The group on the summit quickly left and I had it all to myself.

Sure it was only 14,000 feet and kids had completed that hike.  But it was a special moment for me.  It is always a good feeling to close out a thought or an idea you have had.  Just a few years ago I looked up at the mountain and said I’ve never hiked up something like that, but I am going to do it.  This weekend I completed that thought.

Looking up into the sun at Mt. Bierstadt.  Better use sunscreen.  Wish my beard was grown out.

Looking up into the sun at Mt. Bierstadt. Better use sunscreen. Wish my beard was grown out.

Through the ice and snow.  Wish I had brought hiking poles.  Wish my beard was grown.

Through the ice and snow. Wish I had brought hiking poles. Wish my beard was grown.

Now out of the ice and onto the snow.  Started to get winded.

Now out of the ice and onto the snow. Started to get winded. That is the summit of Mt. Bierstadt in the upper left corner.

A look back down the trail from where were came.

A look back down the trail from where were came.

At times the snow was knee deep.  Luckily I had my running tights on under the cords.  The cords ended up with a hole in them and I broke my glasses.  Wish I had a full grown beard.

At times the snow was knee deep. Luckily I had my running tights on under the cords. The cords ended up with a hole in them and I broke my glasses. Wish I had a full grown beard.

Getting closer to the top.  This sea level dweller is getting tired.  Luckily the scenery is keeping my brain sharp.

Getting closer to the top. This sea level dweller is getting tired. Luckily the scenery is keeping my brain sharp.

Some hikers scurrying back down the mountain.  Going back down is where I would repeatedly fall on my tail.

Some hikers scurrying back down the mountain. Going back down is where I would repeatedly fall on my tail.

Survey says?  You are at the summit.

Survey says? You are at the summit.

Some stats from the GPS.  1453 feet in elevation.

Some stats from the GPS. 14,053 feet in elevation.

View north from the summit.

View north from the summit.


Dallas To Denver

Just my bikes and I on the open road.

Two and a half tanks of gas.

Just my bikes and I on the open road.

Last Saturday I hit the road pointing northwest and put my foot on the gas.  In less than one and a half  hours I was out of Texas.  The signs are big when you enter Texas, but not so much so when leaving.  The only reason I knew I was in Oklahoma was because these bright lights were beaconing through the morning dark and telling my weary eyes that  “Everyone’s Gone Choctaw” signs all over the place.  Though I was not sure if I had gone Choctaw I was sure Texas was at my back and the sun began to rise on a new day.  After Oklahoma came Kansas.  After Kansas came Colorado.  With all the flat terrain the ride was not expected to be too exciting.  Luckily there were a few rain showers for entertainment, an array of smells from the fields and cattle, and good tunes.  I actually made it all the way to the Colorado border before I found a rest area with a shade tree, a cool breeze and a desire to doze off for a 30 minute nap.    As I turned west for the homestretch the sun was setting on my face, the windows were down and I was perfectly satisfied with the moment.  Within three hours I would be in Denver amongst good folks.  Again, I was perfectly satisfied with the moment.

Trucking it through Kansas.

Trucking it through Kansas.

Basically this unmanned gas station appeared out of nowhere at just the right moment to replenish the Tacoma.  Unfortunately there was no bathroom and the place was under 24-hour surveillance so other typical rest stop activities would have to wait.

Basically this unmanned gas station appeared out of nowhere at just the right moment to replenish the Tacoma. Unfortunately there was no bathroom and the place was under 24-hour surveillance so other typical rest stop activities would have to wait.

Here was some visual stimuli along a country route in Kansas.  Or should I say stimulases?

Here was some visual stimuli along a country route in Kansas. Or should I say "stimulases"?


Some lasting images of Dallas Texas.

Cemented in Dallas

Cemented in Dallas.

With my camera in the shop and my days in Dallas counting down I give to you a look back at some of my favorite Dallas / Fort Worth photos from my Flickr page.

Not sure if youve seen the overpasses around here but looking down at this was my office view for about two years.  This interchange averages about eight emergency vehicles during a winter ice storm.

Not sure if you've seen the overpasses around here but looking down at this was my office view for about two years. This interchange averages about eight emergency vehicles during a winter ice storm.

Trader Village.  This is the place to go if you want to buy Mexican soccer jerseys, fake DUB rims, desrt storm t-shirts, nachos, ac adaptors, remote controls for your BETA player, baby doll heads, velvet elvis paintings, yard art and so much more.  Me... I just wrode the scrambler and tossed some oak skee balls like they did in the old days.

Trader Village. This is the place to go if you want to buy Mexican soccer jerseys, fake DUB rims, desrt storm t-shirts, nachos, ac adaptors, remote controls for your BETA player, baby doll heads, velvet elvis paintings, yard art and so much more. Me... I just wrode the scrambler and tossed some oak skee balls like they did in the old days.

This was from the big flood in March 2006.  This image is taken from the base of the ped bridge at the spillway.  It basically ate away the entire flood wall where the people are standing.  To this day they are working on repairing and reinforcing that area.

This was from the big flood in March 2006. This image is taken from the base of the ped bridge at the spillway. It basically ate away the entire flood wall where the people are standing. To this day they are working on repairing and reinforcing that area.

Remember the Good Latimer tunnel graffiti?  It was a really cool entrance to what was one of the citys more lively and diverse places to grab a bite, beer and a show... Deep Ellum.  Now a lot of the music venues have went under, the food is just okay and the tunnel is filled in to make way for the new DART Green Line (which opened this week and connects downtown to Deep Ellum and Fair Park).  Hopefully there will be a revival of the area.

Remember the Good Latimer tunnel graffiti? It was a really cool entrance to what was one of the city's more lively and diverse places to grab a bite, beer and a show... Deep Ellum. Now a lot of the music venues have went under, the food is just okay and the tunnel is filled in to make way for the new DART Green Line (which opened this week and connects downtown to Deep Ellum and Fair Park). Hopefully there will be a revival of the area.

The Bank of America Building on a windy rainy night.  Downtown rests at night.  The garbage rusltes in the wind and the buses run empty through the streets.  And the building look a lot cooler at night.

The Bank of America Building on a windy rainy night. Downtown rests at night. The garbage rusltes in the wind and the buses run empty through the streets. And the building look a lot cooler at night.

This photos won me a spot on the cover of the Brookhaven College exhibition mailer.  No color changes or touchups done to this image.  Just a long exposure and some cool light from the neon pegasus.

This photos won me a spot on the cover of the Brookhaven College exhibition mailer. No color changes or touchups done to this image. Just a long exposure and some cool light from the neon pegasus.

Traveling west from Fort Worth and just past the Creation Museum youll find Dino Valley State Park.  Plenty of big dinosaur fun for the kids, mountain biking trails for the all and dinosaur foot prints and tail drags to start a controversy.

Traveling west from Fort Worth and just past the Creation Museum you'll find Dino Valley State Park. Plenty of big dinosaur fun for the kids, mountain biking trails for the all and dinosaur foot prints and tail drags to start a controversy.


Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds Day Game

Day game on the Ohio River.

Day game on the Ohio River.

With my camera out of commission I borrowed Pop’s and took it out the the ballpark for a day game.  The crowd was thin (only 11,500 in attendance) so I was able to walk up and buy a good ticket along the third base line about eight rows up from the field for $35.  The location of my seat, Dad’s zoom lens and the empty seats in front of me provided some good sight lines to the action.  The sun was blazing on me the entire game and I left the SPF in the cupboard.  Came out of it with a pretty good raccoon sunburn.  The game was pretty entertaining; five to three victory for the Reds with a five solo home runs between both teams, some solid defensive plays, some base running mishaps, some good banter between fans and players and a bang-bang play at the plate to boot.   I wasn’t fast enough for all the home plate action with my camera but here are a few images I snapped during the day.

Worst two teams in the NL East + day game = 11,500 fans

Worst two teams in the NL East + day game = 11,500 fans

Third base coach with souvenir ice cream helmet.

Third base coach with souvenir ice cream helmet.

M&Ms for Australian dyslectics equals two twin bill Ws.  Today the Reds just had one W.

M&M's for Australian dyslectics equals two twin bill Ws. Today the Reds just had one W.

Go ahead run on third.

Go ahead run on third.

These seats are in the sun and will burn your face.  Or at least my face.

These seats are in the sun and will burn your face. Or at least my face.

Face scars and baseball fans make for sexy ladies.

Face scars and baseball fans make for sexy ladies.


Signing Off as Director of Endurance Events

Some days just feel like a Buster Martin.

Some days just feel like a Buster Martin.

As mentioned a few posts ago, this week ends my tenure as the Director of Endurance Events with Anthony Travel.  Below is my signing off email to my fellow ATIers.  Some of you reading may very well be former Anthony Travel coworkers… think of this as an OTL or a HAGA.  Others may be a part of my extended Anthony Travel family, who without my step through Anthony Travel I would never have met.  Buster Martin… you are one of those.  Amazing men and women you all are.  So I thought I would share the encapsulated memories present in this email to those not on the Anthony Travel distribution list.
For those of you who usually contact me via my Anthony Travel address please be sure to update your address book.  In my new role as Independent Contractor and Consultant I will maintain my personal email addresses as primary forms of communication, no Anthony Travel email.
When I return to Texas next week, we (Stephana, Steve and I) will be hosting a going away / birthday party in Dallas around September 11th.  Be on the lookout for the invite.  I think there are some birthdays other than mine that we need to celebrate too (yes that means you Tracy.  Get out from under that LSAT book and 做生日).  If you don’t get the invite hit me up with an email and I will send it along to you.
恭喜发财!
Comrades.
Today I consider myself a lucky man.  I am able to cast hindsight on a great 6+ years that has had it’s share of ups and downs, twists and turns, yings and yangs, hands and feets, rooms and dorms, Pittsburghs and New York Cities, wins and losses, oils and vinegars, Yuenglings and McSorleys, cities and beaches, David Whites and Anne Cribbs, Water Polos and New York Road Runners, fitness breads and vienna sausages, green drinks and oatmeals, bubble teas and red bean ice creams, huddles and summits, Park Lanes and Belt Line Roads, NAIAs and charter planes, Napoleon Dynamites and red union suits, Police Concerts and Navy Bowl New Year’s Eve cruises, Texases and Mexicos, cancellation fees and dollar wills, red carpet walkways and holey jeans, Westins and motor lodges, chipped tooths and squeaky achilles, beards and mustaches, 5Ks and Ironmans, yingwens and zhongwens, whose there and who’s whoms, etcs and etcs.  And through it all I can look back and say we had a good time.  So I thank you for the experiences and the friendships you’ve given me.

I am thinking about having a little get together (going away and birthday soirée) here in Dallas sometime around September 11th.  So keep your calendar open and be on the lookout for a more formal invite and event details.  To those who I will not see again, I wish you the best.

Today is my last day in the office and Monday is my last day with an Anthony Travel email address.  But you can always find me at www.JARofphotos.com and places in between.  See you there.
Viva the life you love.
Love the life you live.
Jason A. Rice
Director of Endurance Events
Anthony Travel, Inc.
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Ironman Louisville — camera on the fritz

An exhausted Luke McKenzie at the finish line.

An exhausted Luke McKenzie at the finish line.

My camera went on the fritz over this past week.  Which means I was unable to take photos during Ironman Louisville.  The photo above is from Larry Rosa.  Sort of a bummer yes, but I also got to just relax and stroll around the course with my buddy Knight.  Race day weather was amazing.  Probably a little too sunny for the athletes but the humidity was so low and the temperatures were a spot on mid-70s.  You don’t get that combination very often in August.  Without any photos I’m going to skip the full Ironman Louisville post.  So I’ll let the athletes speak for themselves: HERE is a blog from one of Jocelyn’s Team TBB Mates and HERE is a blog from Luke McKenzie, who is a great chap and had an inspiring day out on the course but lost the victory in the final miles.

It was good being back in Louisville.  There is nothing that warms my spirit and soul better than Kentucky bourbon, old friends, familiar streets, big shade trees, bad fashion (501s tucked in with no belt), smokers, muddy river, Bardstown Road, south meets north, 4AM last calls, Ear-X-Tacy, Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, Labamba’s and good vibes.  All of which can be found on a sunny day in Louisville Kentucky.

I don’t know if I will ever live there ever again.  But I know it will always live inside of me.


Coming to and end.

Last scooter ride to the office.

Last scooter ride to the office.

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 27th marks my final ride to the Anthony Travel office.  Over the weekend I travel to Ironman Louisville and expire as Director of Endurance Events.  Following… the world opens itself up and reveals possibilities which have been lurking in the shadows.

Enjoy the rides.