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Life and Riding in Las Vegas

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The move to Vegas I visited Vegas twice and thought it would be a horrible place to live. That’s true if you live next door to Circus Circus, but the last couple of months have shown me that there is life, “normal” life, off the strip. And not only is there some form of normal, there is some good cycling too. …

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First Gravel Ride in over a Year

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I started my back to school adventure to become a Physician Assistant (PA) just over a year ago . I thought I would be able to juggle training for the Dirty Kanza 200 and classes, but Organic Chemistry took care of any extra time I thought I would have. This would be my first gravel ride in over a year. Getting …

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Applying to PA schools, missing the Dirty Kanza 200

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I’ve made it. Well almost. After two semesters I have most of my prerequisites for PA school completed. Since coming back to school I’ve gotten all As. I have worked hard and it’s paying off. I am currently taking a cadaver dissection course which is pretty fascinating and then I start my last necessary prerequisite – Biochemistry. Applying to PA …

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My first semester as a non-traditional student

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Wow, it’s been over four months since my last confession, er, I mean blog post. I haven’t gotten lazy, I got busy. Starting classes was like diving into a pool where a race had already started and I needed to keep up. The only problem was I hadn’t raced in sometime and not only did I need to swim, I …

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Racing the Sun

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It wasn’t my intention to race the sun. I lost track of time learning a new WordPress template and it was getting late. Being on a computer all day leaves me feeling unaccomplished, no matter how much I get done. I just wanted to go for a spin to unwind and give myself a feeling of completing something. I put on my …

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Gravel Road Training: What’s up with all this rain?

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The Dirty Kanza 200 is behind us. It is time to read the blogs retelling the racers’ experiences and it is time to get on our bikes and train for next year. It’s not too early. I am riding gravel regularly again but it’s difficult with all this rain. Luckily I’ve been able to ride between raindrops and get a few miles in. …

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Thinking on Summer Gravel

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It was time. I had to figure out what the hell was making that noise as I rode my bike. It creaked like a wooden rocking chair with each pedal stroke and drove me crazy. I couldn’t tell what was causing it. The bottom bracket (BB) was damn near brand new, but maybe something was wrong with it. Time to put …

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Dirty Kanza 200 Images: Image Dump

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The image gallery and these instructions have been changed! I’ve had so many visitors, my web host wanted to shut me down. So read carefully. Here they are, all 1,111 Dirty Kanza 200 images that I kept from the three days of shooting the Dirty Kanza 200. I am putting them HERE so you can look at them, download if you …

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Pictures of Dirty Kanza Gravel: the week after

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I have been processing thousands of images at the computer since I shot the Dirty Kanza 200 last weekend. Luckily I’ve been able to find time to get on the bike too or I’d go insane. Last night I rode part of the first leg backwards – the real muddy sections. They were bone dry. I saw all the tracks, …

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2015 Dirty Kanza 200 images: first look

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This Dirty Kanza 200 was the best ever. As a rider and photographer, I have never experienced the emotion, grit, determination and scenic quality to this level. It was a dream shoot for me. I look through the Dirty Kanza 200 images I captured and I’m in awe. Every one that towed the starting line was a courageous dreamer, every finisher a champion. …

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Dirty Kanza 2015

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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 me to shoot at this …

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Adventures in Travel

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“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 miles. She runs a little …

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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 feeling of dissatisfaction in your …

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A sabbatical from life: taking time off

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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 a waste to be asking …