Friday, November 27, 2009

Bikepackin' day trip

I've been anxious to try out a new system I'm working on for carrying my sleeping bag for some overnighters I'm planning in the future & this rough, rutty road was the perfect test!

it seems to be the ticket for not a lot of $$$, less than $30 for the compression bag & 2 straps & it rides quite stable & is out of the way of my light, amazingly my wireless computer still works despite being blocked by the bag.

this was Lake McConaughy, north of Ogallala & that is looking east back towards Kingsley Dam & the "Morning Glory" where the water goes through the dam

looking back into a bay that is filling up after several years of very low levels

looking west, thats a boat heading into the dock there on the left side

my set up thus far, Sea to Summit e Vent compression bag on the front, Jandd frame bag & Jandd seat pouch, not pictured, on my back, a Gary Fisher pack with 100 oz water bladder & plenty of room for other items

canyons, cedars & lots of water

lookout point, hard to see the horizon with the water being as smooth as glass, kind of blends in with the sky

looking west over the lake as the sun's getting ready to set, this lake is over 20 miles long & 5 miles wide when full, Nebraska's largest lake

looking down to the northwest from the top of the dam, that is Lake Ogallala

looking down to the east, the thing at the bottom is a hydropower plant

I got lucky & found a short stretch of sweet, rocky singletrack

lifestyles of the rich & famous! this is called Million Dollar Bay, I wonder why?

looking down at the rocks

another secluded bay

cruise ship of the "redneck riviera"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cowbell continues! day two

the crowd gathering for day 2 cross action on Hooligan Hill

besides some really sweet, pimped out cross bikes

there was this SWEET rat ride cruiser

Cornbread on his way to sweet success

traffic jam in "the chute"

there's that dog again checking out what's cookin'

a little football between laps

background music compliments of CC Rider

"get it on, bang a gong, get it on"

what goes up must come down

this kind of puts the cowbells to shame!

top female Lincoln rider Sydney Brown chillin' on the hill after her race

cvo feeding the fire for more hot dog & bacon handouts

Lane back at it for his second day of racing

sportin' the bumble bee socks

get over & up it

and then down it

through the chute

he should have got extra points for stylin'

his efforts landed him in second place for day two, more loot!

MG showing more grace than a deer over that hurdle

and the only guy attempting to jump them was Nate, not quite spaced right for him to clear them both but he tried twice & it was an awesome sight to see his efforts put forth

it was all business for the elite's on this day as this was for the state championship

MG through the chute

cyclocross kicks ass & is a blast even as a spectator sport, I sure hope to be back on Hooligan Hill again next year at this time

Sunday, November 22, 2009


while there was a whole bunch of folks wearing red & congregating in downtown Lincoln for some reason, the COOL KIDS were watching cyclocross action on Hooligan Hill!

besides the cowbells there was this hanging bmx frame gong

the masters lining up...

...and their off!


come on know you want that hot dog!

the legendary Darkside

the Darkside's bob trailer cleverly converted to do double duty

that's my boy Lane taking off the line of his first ever cyclocross race, 3rd from the right

use your skillz to pay the billz!

lookin' purdy good!

by mid race he's the third one out overall & leading the junior division by a landslide

sprinting for the finish...

...for some 1st place loot!

the man, the myth, the legend, cvo

a honey with some money!

come on boys, don't be afraid to grab ya some of THAT!

UHHH...ok...if the first one's not your style then you can get ya some of this, & if you have your doubts about it, that was an Andrew Jackson to make it a little easier!

come on MG, you know you want to! LOL!

Cornbread getting some handouts

it's an excellent combo for cross racing, beats the hell out of those powerbars!

DUUUDE! Fire it UP!

doggone hot dog thievin' dog!

$$$ TREE

Cornbread rockin' the ss class

with a little help he's OFF!

Nate Woodman flying his own Monkey Wrench Cycles kit

yooou caaan dooo iiit!


need a break before finishing that last lap? Hooligan Hill is the place to do it! this was day one & Lane & I had so much fun we decided we better stay & do it again on Sunday, so stay tuned folks, we have more good stuff to come this week, don't want to drop the whole load in one sitting