Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend Fun

I had the great pleasure of showing off the Catskills to Jim this past weekend. He is making the transition to Bethlehem and made the time to come up and join me for a race here in the mountains. The race course was a little tough, but extremely fun. However, they decided to shorten the race from 3 laps to 2 (I would have been happy with 3), so it wasn't too bad. The lap was 5 miles long and had a pretty substantial 900' of climbing in that short time (long and steep!). It was a great day on some great trails. I will say this though, from a race promotion stand point the midwest has been far better then anywhere I've been! And I am very much looking forward to returning to those races. Hmm...maybe even at Perry if I'm not too spent from all that driving.

In true Adventure Monkey fashion I will try and remember to plug the upcoming first ever Flint Hills Cyclo-Photography Tour Weekend every time I post. Just so you don't forget. And yes, we are still working on the name. But, at least you know what you would be in for. The date is the weekend of Sept. 10-12, so mark it now. More details on activities and pricing to come. Just know that it will be quite affordable and an amazing time!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Much going on

Well first and foremost there are some exciting things going on in the world of magazines. The magnificent issue 2 of Adventure Monkey Magazine is now out. You can find both issues of AM Magazine here. Secondly, XXC Magazine has dedicated an entire issue to the Dirty Kanza 200. A worthy honor for an amazing event! Check it out here. I've already got mine ordered!

I also have news that Adventure Monkey Tours is under way and set to roll out with the first Flint Hills Cyling photo-tour. The date is set for Sept 10-12th. Mark your calendars for now and official details will follow in the near future. This will be a great way to spend a weekend with good company, riding and photographing the Flint Hills.

And most excitingly for me, Jim Cummins may be headed up my way this weekend to take part in a little NE mtb racing. Can't wait!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Really? Really!?

Ah, those nice mountain summers right? Don't have to worry about that oppressive heat. Gimme a break, I just got done with a ride in which I had to wear a base layer and arm warmers. It's July 1st! I was told by an ol' timer that Frost Valley got its name because it would occasionally get frost in July. Our night time temps have been dropping down to the 40's so I guess it could be a real possibility! I found this little excerpt whilst doing some research: "minimum temperatures in the 30s do occur in July at least once every 10 years." I have to wear sweatpants and a hoodie, in July. Needless to say I am not happy about any of this.