Sunday, September 25, 2016

How much longer? don't want to know

Mama Wuleur turned 40 and made one simple request; hike from Sarratoga Gap to Waddell Beach 30.5 miles . She gave us plenty of time to prep (1 week), so I felt good with my twenty minuet "walk" session I did to prepare for our 10 hour journey. Her crew was made up of family, school buddies, yoga peeps, and bad-ass moms from TPCS.

 0430 gathering at SW HQ
 it was all smoking and joking until the sun poked through the redwoods
 the chemise was crackling on Upper China Grade
Mama & Olive @ Berry Creek Falls
AK saved us with cold refreshments and a ride home

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

parts are parts...

We confirmed the nutrition content in a packet of peanut M&M's is the same as your garden variety "healthy" sports nutrition bar. Greg LeMond has been right all these years claiming you might as well eat candy considering what's inside those "special" bars. We've been experimenting with dates and almonds, apples with cinnamon, baked sweet potatoes with salt and smoked salmon.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

rise from the ashes...

I'm usually sitting on that curb enjoying a treat on a fantastic bike ride, but my day job unfortunately had me engaged otherwise today. Pescadero, we are so sorry for your loss today and send you our love.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

silver is the new silver

I went shopping in the Steel Wul lounge and rummaged up a few new bits for myTim Neenan California alpine project bike. Anyone have a Nitto 65 post?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

more from Grandma's cupboard..

 1992 Nevada City Classic

April 1991 the Holcomb corporation paid me 100 bucks to ride a pennyfarthing around for the grand opening of Palapas restaurant and Village Cycle Sport.

For the record:
That is a Ritchey Vector Force Analysis t-shirt that Tom Sullivan's brother gave me

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Now they're just messing with us!

Olive and I fell over laughing on our way to Orchard Supply Hardware when we spied the latest poster offering the "New! Polar Pizza" from Baskin Robbins. Their gimmick is "hand me a slice". Since this is a family blog, I can't even mention the ingredients or how many grams of sugar are in this weapon of mass destruction. We are considering reporting them to the Hague for crimes against humanity . It might as well be sponsored by Toujeo® Insuline.

south county treats...

Every now and again I have to visit my favorite south county general store to see what goodies are hiding among the shelves. Today I snagged the largest pear I've ever seen and a packet of Hits cookies for AC as little reminder of southern Italy.

the flare is always on the inside

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Americans need not fear ISIS...

however, we should all be scared shitless of  the "New! Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches" with 171 grams of sugar from BR. I can smell the ketons from here.

Steel Wul public service announcement -Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The good boy bad boy list...

 The Sears company has reached out to me with a gentle reminder that I've been in the meat grinder at work for the last 19 months and evidently unable to get away to make a single purchase. I appreciate their concern for my financial well being, but I will keep funding Olive's college fund and continuing to pay off the note on Steel Wul headquarters. As for my whopping Sears credit line of $3,612, it will be dropped to what ever the Sears police feel is necessary for this 22 year cardholder with a zero balance unless they have stocked their shelves at the Capitola store with plenty of these.

For the record:
Back in the day California Division of Forestry used to purchase our khaki work shirts from Sears

                                Aromas E5111 crew 1995 Corpuz, Hess, Shores, Mattesson

Sunday, August 28, 2016

From Grandma's cupboard...

 I was rummaging through Grandma's cupboard and found a box full of  25+ year old cycling photos. 

 1992 National Road Race Bloomington, Indiana
Simone Giacino, Justin Morgan, Jake & Chris Bauman 

1991 Pinecrest Road Race
Chris McGovern, Justin Morgan, Jake, AJ Kennedy, the twins, Adam Speigh, & Todd Huchings

1993 Dole Citrus Classic Visalia Road Road
Jake, ? & Sean Bragstad

April 7, 1991 Coastal Sportive 
Eric Wilhelm, Jake, Detlif

1992 National Road Race Boomington Indiana
Heath Sandal, Jake, Matt Johnson, David Bly, & Ryan ?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Like Father...Like Sons

 AC after a SJB Fremont Peak Bakery binge

Vincent & Anthony after a Ghirardelli binge

AC dreaming of some tasty treats enroute to the top of the Gabilan Range

Monday, August 22, 2016

Road to Nowhere...

with the former Charlie Mottet

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Don Bosco Boogie with AC

Searching for the legend of Don Bosco in the Coastal Range.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dental Insurance, Wheel Insurance...

A hand built wheel from Harry Gurney of  Spokesman Bicycles is truly an insurance policy worth having. Please note the brass washers on the spoke heads. I know it's psychosomatic but I always feeling more confident and silky when pedaling a set of his artwork / handiwork. Thank you Harry for building my wheels since 1991. I find it funny that the rims have been getting heavier every year since the late 80's. Remember the GL 280's & 330's?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hook #3 by Tim Neenan

                       Our friend Tim will be coming out of retirement to help with our lonely hook.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pushing Pedals Peeping Pumas

                                             AC: "I think it's looking right at me"

Friday, August 12, 2016

Santa Cruz vs Santa Barbara...

It was a hard fought battle in perfect conditions with north vs south on the line. In the end, medals were issued, hands were shook and smiles were shared (for the camera). Great job girls!

Monday, August 8, 2016

"see you at the top guy"...

said two youngsters as they flew by me on their fancy pants bikes at the second bridge crossing. Slightly startled, I moved over to the shoulder  because I was concentrating more on unwinding my rubber band from work then putting power to the pedals. I answered the greyhounds back with a respectful little, "have a good one" thinking that they were in fact of the caliber of pedal pushers who can offer up the definitive claim of - we won't be seeing that guy again. They effortlessly rolled off the front with their 29" waists and wheels. I re-positioned myself on the saddle and settled in for a few moments of "unwinding".

Work was no longer bouncing around my frontal cortex as I unzipped my jersey and concentrated on my pedal stroke. Transferring power to the pedals is a funny thing, there are days that it seems impossible and others where the crank rotation is absolutely silky. As I rolled through the first turn as the fire road tilts upward, I was leaning towards the silky side of things today. The road gets punchy for a few moments and I was feathering the throttle to keep from blowing up when I heard one of the greyhounds chatting about me as I approached the next set of turns. It had something to do with my bike. In a moment of defiance, I accelerated passed a lung on a stick runner who was doing interval work (?) and caught the two greyhounds just as the road leveled off. I asked them if they were headed to Santa Rosalia and they said no they were going all the way to the top (is that Mt Umunhum, Hamilton, Sonora, Tioga?). I couldn't help myself and told them as I kept accelerating that they definitely won't see me at the top and to have a great day.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Papa Wuleur & Joe Appaloosa...

Got out with Papa today on some of our favorite little paved and unpaved jems. We picked fruit, talked shop and did some exploring. It is great to see him out and comfortable! Hats off to Grant and his team for setting him up right. I smell a tour in the future.

Saturday, July 23, 2016