Dirty Kanza 2015

Eric with camera

I have been training to compete in the Dirty Kanza 200 this year. Yes, all the travel has gotten in the way a bit and I have been riding but not the longer rides that I need to do. I was still planning on riding until I got an email. A certain bicycle company wants…

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Adventures in Travel

Bike and beach

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta This has been the year of travel for me and I still have a few places to visit before summer is over. The rest of my travel plans will be done with my trusty 2001 Toyota Corolla that has over 245,000…

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Exploring a calling

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Do you have a calling? Do we all have a calling or is that a bunch of BS we made up to explain why great people became great – because they had a magical calling? If you are thinking about this very thing or wondering what kind of work you should be doing because there is a…

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A sabbatical from life: taking time off

bikepacking gear

Perhaps I think too much, over analyze and try (too much) to find meaning in what I do. Maybe I continue to seek for meaning when there isn’t any meaning. Maybe Joseph Campbell was right when he said, “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is…

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Winter Training for cyclists: riding the trainer

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Winter training for cyclists can be fun but my ability to put up with bitter-cold temperatures lessens with each blowing, freezing-cold, ugly Kansas winter. The reason is simple. I don’t like the feeling of being cold. It hurts. I look at the adventures and exploits of my internet friends as they brave winter temperatures with icicles covering their…

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Dirty Kanza 200 Registration: stay motivated

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This Saturday is a big day for Emporia. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. for the 10th Annual Dirty Kanza 200! If you are in or near the Emporia area, there will be a registration party at the new DK2oo Headquarters in downtown Emporia!  DK Promotions will be hosting a registration party at our HQ (11 W.…

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Feed Your Monkey in 2015!

We started off the year right with a New Year's Day ride

Happy New Year to all you Adventure Monkeys out there! I hope your Adventure Monkey was satisfied in 2014 and you are planning to Feed Your Monkey in 2015! If you don’t plan it, it probably won’t happen. Last year went by in a blur. It is said time moves faster as we age, but last year went…

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A Tribute to Joel Dyke


I am sad to say that Joel Dyke passed away last weekend. He fell from a ladder. It doesn’t make any sense, none at all, but that is life. It doesn’t always make sense. We try to create order or make sense of our time – checking off boxes, finishing lists or whatever, but then…

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I’m in: Training for the Dirty Kanza 200

bike trainer

I’m doing it. I am intentionally hurting myself. Why you ask? Some days it makes more sense than others, but I want to see how good I can be on the bike. Yeah I know. I’ve said that before. I think I’ve even typed those words on this blog before, more than once. But this time I am…

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Bikepacking gear and setup with a small frame fatbike

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As I got my bikepacking setup dialed in for this trip, I had a few things to figure out. I ride a small frame fatbike with a tiny inner triangle that doesn’t fit much gear. The frame bag is the size of a woman’s clutch. I can barely fit 100 oz water bladder in the frame bag. I needed…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking Moab’s Kane Creek Trail

bikepacking moab

The Desert Ramble proved to be just that – a ramble through the desert. We started out with a plan, but the wet, muddy conditions, photo ops and numerous hike-a-bikes slowed us down, way down, so the group made new plans. We ended up having more time in Moab and less time on the Kokopelli…

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The Desert Ramble: Fatbiking Moab’s Porcupine Rim

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Love Muffin. If you are in Moab, it is definitely the place for coffee and breakfast. The muffins, some gluten free, were heavenly and the coffee was fantastic, not to mention the real food too. Our group descended on the restaurant in the morning. The place was so cozy  it was hard to leave. Moab…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Day 3

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Day three started out early and cold. We needed to get moving early to make up time from the first two days. I made sure to wake and get my stuff together as quickly as possible since I was usually the slow one packing up. My tent was covered in ice and I rolled it…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Day 2

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If it was up to me, I would sleep until the sun warmed my tent and removed all the condensation before I got going, but we had mileage goals in mind and a group of early risers. Plus I woke up to dark, dreary skies. I woke to the sounds of talking and laughter. Jason and…

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The Desert Ramble Day 1: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Trail

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After everyone arrived and Erik reassembled his bike, we rode to Fruita’s Hot Tomato eatery for some delicious pizza and beer. Bikes, cameras, beer and pizza would be a common theme throughout the week. We ate and geeked out over cameras and bikes throughout dinner. I’m not sure if I salivated more for the food or the…

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The Desert Ramble Crew

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After 12 hours in Jim’s truck, we finally pull in to Fruita’s campground where a few others of our bikepacking gang were already hanging out. It was a rag-tag group of ten guys with adventure, bikes and photography in common. Some of us have websites and are pro photographers but the one thing we all have in common is fatbikes.…

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Bikepacking the Kokopelli Trail

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I had no idea what I was in for. We had a trip ringleader with a plan so I concentrated on having food for three days, water for two days and equipment I needed to survive the ride on the Kokopelli. We would be bikepacking and camping for seven days. The Kokopelli Trail is a…

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Bikepacking Test Run – Reading Lake


Last night was a test run with my bikepacking setup. I needed to do an overnight trip to make sure I felt confident with my gear and setting up camp. Plus I borrowed a camera that has pretty good night vision. I am not going to be able to fit a tripod on my bike…

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Bikepacking Gear and Preparations

fat bike bikepacking

It started out as a group email to a gang of cycling photographers about a name for a website and grew into a discussion about life, cycling and the need for a retreat. This group of creative cyclists has been friends for nearly half a decade. Many of us met through old school blogs with help of the…

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Cycling 650 feet below the ground; Strataca Salt Mines

strataca salt mines

A salt mine cycling race 650 feet below ground level? It seems as if plans are in the works and the Dirty Kanza crew and I were going to check it out. The Dirty Kanza crew was invited to ride below ground by Michael Armour of Strataca to see what they thought of it as a race venue.…

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