Wow, seems like forever since I last posted and drivel on this blog. Well, as much as I don't like to, I ventured out of town, er... out of state (to Michigan) with Wifey and B-Man the past few days. As I've mentioned Wifey got the opportunity of a lifetime to get all "judgie" in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, so we are picking up and moving to said town in the coming months. The past few days were spent there getting to know the town and enduring a frustrating attempt at finding a home to rent.
On the good side we are stoked about the town. We're of course NOT stoked to be 7 hours from friends, families and the rugged PA mountains (OK, that last one was just me), but the town is a nice small college town, with some seemingly good people. It's sort of like a miniature State College, but with NO mountains and LOTS of corn field. There aren't a ton of mountain bike options close by, but I was pleased by the sight of many dirt roads to get miles on. In fact the one home we did get a chance to check out was RIGHT on a gravel road! Sadly it was a bit too far away for what the family as a whole needs/wants, but it was cool! HA!
I didn't take my bike, so the past few days saw me taking full advantage of the hotel's StairMaster. My fave not bike aerobic activity. Just put on the iPod and step, step, step my way to a tighter buttocks (the muscles, not the shoot. Me thinks a lift time of high octane flatulence has than orifice shot. TMI?)
On paper I was a bit frustrated at what seems to be a lack of any real scene going down (as I dig I find more folks and though). Seems like they need to pimp what Ma Nature gave 'em. So you gotz no mountains, big deal... You got gravel roads! PIMP 'EM! Get folks up there pounding out miles on them. The shop in town was super nice and very helpful in pointing out some group rides to the local park single track, and what not. But it will take some ACTUAL exploring on two wheels to get acquainted.
Motorless Motion is the shop in town.
MP does seem to have a vibrant road scene, and LOTS of folks use bikes to get around. Oddly 99% of the folks on bike I saw rode on the freaking sidewalk! WTF? It's also good to know that I am in sub 2 hour driving distance to trails that are frequented by some other Michigan peeps. ;)
Our move ETA should get us there right in time for snow, LOL! But it seems like there some endless opportunities to XC ski. Looking forward to that. Lots of stuff to think about, including putting a bid in on a CX bike I saw on eBay before we move. Also sort of need a house to move into. I guess that will happen soon enough. More on all this stuff (whether you care or not in the coming days as I digest it all.