Monday, November 30, 2015

Tsali - October 2015

Met the fellas at Tsali just a bit ago and hit the usual haunts...

Dessert at the NOC. Some sort of frozen yogurt ball with healthy granola all over it, slathered with caramel, chocolate sauce and lard.

Eggs, PCs, bacon and cheese/butter/lard grits. Once upon a time you could buy food that was reasonably good for you at the NOC, now the fat Harley riders have taken over the place and the food has been altered to accommodate the sedentary.


Grape tree.

Paul, Caroline and Matt.

And I love you too.

Took the ol' smelly beast a toy. 

Tsali campground shots. They are finally spending money here. New picnic tables and fire pits. They still need to renew the crushed decomposed granite base for the tent pads though.

The old bathrooms have been completely redone too, with new crappers and showers and hot water.

Picturesque spot #1


Until next time.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Honda "Paper"

Awesome ad.

and then they did this one...

...which was also awesome until it became a bit for the snore-mobile, crossover, unnecessary, rolling-turd HR-V.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1! Happy Fall...

... even though I guess that Fall actually started about a week ago. In my head October is the beginning of fall. And what is in my head is what is important. The rest of you be damned.

Either way. Enjoy these very fall-ee pictures shamelessly ganked by yours truly from Old Parked Cars.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nimble 9

I bought this frame on a whim for $400.

Canfield Brothers Nimble 9

And as pretty as it was, I was almost instantly beset with buyer's remorse. Why did I need this thing again exactly?

So I sold it.

For $500.

A bargain, after all, is something you don't need at a price you can't refuse.

Friday, September 18, 2015



Friday, September 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Interwebs is a grand and glorious wonderland...

...where people buy slick old tat like this awesome and mildly roached out early GTI...

...for $2500.

Or this glossed and flossed retro-custom Flock of Seagulls-on-tour shaggin wagen.


They both sold, and Flock of Seagulls is still an awesome band. The Flock would have never done a cover song in german. 

Long live the Interweb.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DuPont and Brevard NC

We struck off from our far flung corners of the country to meet up in North Carolina and ride DuPont this past weekend. A few of us from Jacksonville, and the old boys from MD, GA and SC. Charlie, one of my local friends, and I drove up in the Grape.

Through VRBO the SORBA Jax fellas had discovered a house in Brevard for not too much dough and we stayed there. It wasn't big or fancy, but it was clean, had AC and was in a great location and that is really all that matters. So we arrived on Friday and trucked on down to the Hub bike shop and Pisgah Tavern for a Pisgah Greybeard IPA. Tasty. I've slowed way down on the booze of late and one beer had me for a loop.

Breakfast at Sycamore Cycles and Crank Coffee. First day riding was Ridgeline and Turkey bluff/bald/peak/slope/something-or-other. Good stuff. Some 25 miles or so. Yes that is the Jamis Dragon. Yes it is my only active bike right now. Yes it has no suspension. No you don't need suspension to ride in western NC. Control your speed and ride the trails like a surgeon slices flesh. No 6" travel battle axes necessary.

Then we went to Hubba Hubba BBQ in Flat Rock where I selected this guy...

...and he was delicious.

That evening we went to Oskar Blues Brewery and I had a Dale's PA in the tap room upstairs, where I also boosted so many stickers from the "free" sticker bin that they took it away from me and hid it under the bar.  Hey, they are free, right? I also almost fell off the barstool my legs were so rubbery from the day's ride. No I was not drunk.

Day two sent us to this view, and we rode Slick Rock, Cedar Rock, Burnt Mtn, and some other crap. I call them "trails".

This cool cedar shake mural was on the wall at the restaurant where we ate lunch Sunday before driving back. The Cedar Mountain Cafe. It was very tasty. I had the Spicy Billy Burger which was a burger with bacon, jalapenos, goat cheese and pickled onions.

A motley bunch.