Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ball and Chain!!

Well as of march 6th 2010 I am a married man. At the ripe age of 26 I tied the knot to Anne. I know this may come to a surprise to everyone that knows me but even I can fall in love. We had a excellent wedding at her parents house in Twin Falls ID.

Since then we have gone on a honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The sun was out and temps were between 75 and 80 degrees the entire time. I'm not sure if any of you have ever been to an all inclusive resort but I will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly of these great establishments.

All Inclusive Resort,
Good - You pay one price upfront and you have transportation, food for the entire time, sun, beach, towels, and lot and lots of alcohol. Now for you lushes out there you should know that I do not drink. If you wanted to be completely plastered for your entire vacation then this is the route for you. If you do not want to then you should still go and enjoy all the food and sun. The dirty taco carts in town are excellent!!!

Bad - If they happen to be fixing stuff at the resort when you are there then you have to deal with construction dust. If they happen to have a really bad smelling back of a kitchen or something that you have to walk by to get to the beach and you want to puke every time you walk by then tough.

Ugly - Sometimes the food can be bad. This particular resort had horrible dinners. They tried to make them look very fancy and such, but in the end the food was bland and shoty and best. We went in to town and ate tacos at the local dirt taco carts!!!

The overall experience is good. It is a lot of fun.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Washington DC Weather

Well this last week I was in Washington DC for a few days. When I arrive there was a little skiff of snow. Maybe 2 inches. The guy who gave me a ride from the airport to the hotel I was staying out was freaking out and proceeded to tell me about every major storm that has happened this year. December 19th was a day of infamy in DC. The Washington Post called that day "Snowpocalypse." They also talked about the snow storm of 1996 and how it shut everything down.

The skiff that was there when I arrived Tuesday canceled school at most of the area schools on Wednesday and delayed them a few hours the day after that. It is hilarious how snow shuts that place down.

I also spent $30 for a taxi... WTF

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Harley Davidson 2006 FXDBI Street Bob

Well, if you haven't realized I don't do a great job at updating this blog. I usually forget how to and then I just do not worry about it.

I must let you all know that I bought a new motorcycle about a month ago. I found a killer deal on a Harley Davidson 2006 FXDBI Street Bob at the Golden Spike Harley Davidson shop in Ogden, Utah. I went and talked to Mark there and he was kind enough to tell the other guy that wanted it that it was taken.

I then had them ship it to the Saddleback Harley shop in Logan, Utah. I bought it there and have been happy ever since.

I bought the bike with 2393 miles on the odometer. It is still new!!! So far I have put just over 100 miles on it riding around the valley on days that are clear. This spring break I will really pop it's cherry in the long haul that will be AZ.

We will see how I do as I go. Not sure if this blog will die again but who knows. I have had people look at it!! I bet it is just the title that draws them in.

You will be able to find the full scoop on the trip at

Spring break Motocycle trip

Well, Spring break planning is well under way. I have plotted the route on a google map. It is looking to be about 2000 miles around the state of Arizona. We will be leaving from St George, Utah and will return there about 7 days later.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

1982 Volvo

Great news!!!! NEW CAR!!!

As many of you may know I sold my Honda Accord wagon last week. This was caused by the hatred that I possessed for that 4 cylinder piece of junk. I am not sure why but I just didn't fall well with it. The car ran great and all but I just didn't like it.

The story of this new car begins on Tuesday the 11th of March. It was on Tuesday that I did a nice easy ride to the entrance gate of Antelope Island and back. It is an old loop that I have been doing since I started riding. I got to the gate and did my little flip around and began heading eastward on Antelope Dr. This road has started getting very congested. They have built many houses all over the place and it is now overrun. I normally just stay on this main road because it is part of my loop that I do.

As I went up this small incline I noticed a blue Volvo that was sitting in a driveway a ways back that had a "for sale" sign in it. I am not sure if any of you know this but I have wanted a old Volvo since about 2003. I love the classy look that they posses and especially the head rests that are so great looking. After seeing that I took a mental note because I wanted to return and see it when I wasn't on a bike. Thanks to my great memory I totally forgot about the car and didn't think about it again until today, Friday, when I saw it again.

Today I was doing another cool down easy ride and I did an extended loop but returned on the same road. As I approached the house where the car was located at previously I noticed that an older man was getting out of it and setting up "for sale" signs in the windows. I stopped and started to chat with him. He called himself Mayday. He was an older man of at least 65. We had a pleasant conversation about the car in which he told me the life story of the car and many other cool things. I was excited to see that the price was just right. I told him that I was going to ride home and that I would be back in an hour to test drive and probably buy the car.

Unfortunately in this ride my rear bike tire was starting to explode. I had felt a little bump in the ride and noticed that the tire was well worn and might just fall apart any minute. So after getting ready I had to get a new tire before anything. This is because there is a race tomorrow if the weather is good. So I ran to Bikers Edge and bought a tire. (wow bike tires are expensive!!!)

I returned straight back to talk to Mayday. He was waiting and was ready to go out for a test drive. The car drove great and was just all around fun. We returned to his place and I paid him part of the money and told him that I needed to go to the bank to get the rest. By the time I returned he had the original owners manual and anything else that came with the car together and in the car.

This car is a 1982 baby blue Volvo turbo. I am the second owner. Mayday bought it in Europe and in 1982 and brought back to the states. It is an awesome car. I am excited to have found this new member of my family.

Pictures will be posted soon!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

RMR Crit – March 8, 2008

RMR Crit – March 8, 2008

Awakening to snow on the ground did not help me to prep for the crit race that was planned at the RMR speedway this last Saturday. I had the same feeling that comes on every raced day. You know…. that feeling of the unknown. I wasn’t sure how I would do but was excited to see how I could fair against other racers.

Upon arriving to the track I got changed quick and started warming up a bit while I waited for the U-man to finish suiting up. It was fun to be on my bike on the road rather than on a trainer inside. Once U-man was ready we took off to the registration booth. There I registered for the C flite. Coach had told me that I should try for the B’s but the race officials said no to that one. I was content to race in whatever category. I just wanted to get back into the adrenaline riding that I hadn’t had since the cross season.

After Registration I started to really warm up. The race this Saturday was on the oval at the RMR. I guess they normally race on the outside of the oval on a slightly larger track. I decided to follow a few of the guys that were warming up on that so I could scout the track for the next race there.

After doing a few laps I wanted to see a race so I went to the top of the bowl to watch what the A and B flites were doing in the races. I noticed a few things that I decided I would try during my race.

Finally it was time for me to race. I jumped to the front of the line so I cold get a good start position. The man explained a few things and then let us loose. Being that the racing I had done has only been cyclocross I was use to the fast sprints in the beginning of the race. To my surprise no one thought that a quick early sprint was good so I decided to slow down so I could get into a group.

From there the pace was fast and fun. A group of about 7 or 8 became what I guess was the break away. I tried to stay in the top 5 the entire time. It was fun to experience the teamwork that emerged in the front of the race. Once the official called 3 laps left I was trying to think of what I was going to do to finish this race off. From what I had seen in the others it was obvious to me that who ever had the best sprint would win. So my strategy was to lay down a long hard sprint to surprise everyone. Luckily it worked and I finished ahead of the rest with a bit of room to spare.

The race was a lot of fun. I felt good to win and I am excited to try and see what I can do in the B flite.

Eric R381

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Kansas City Cyclocross!!

Well today I was fortunate enough to race in the mens collegiate race for the cyclocross nationals. The weather yesterday was snowy and cold all day. Today the sun was shining but it was still super cold. My race was fast and fun. I started on the 4th row of the race. I was told that when I went through the shot that I was placed at 15th among the racers. The course was a lot of frozen ruts covered in light snow. I made the first lap doing well. In that lap my chain popped off and so I had to stop to put that back on. Shortly there after there was a section on the back of the course that I was hauling down when out of no where my bike when rigth and I fell left and slid on my knee/leg, hip, and hand. I must have slid at least 5 feet. It was crazy how fast and long I slid. I jumped back up to keep going and was on my way. I then approached the run up stairs and did well there. I went down that hill and then climb up the next set of stairs running like mad. I then remounted my bike to go on this side hill. As I was going down something happened and next thing I know I was flat on my bike. It took me out bad. I got back up and kept going on the course. The next part was the small road climb. I kept onthe course strong finishing my first lap. I continued on my next lap and I past the pit the first time. I kept riding hard trying to give it all I had. I then pasted the second half of the pit and rounded a corner to go where the barriers used to be until they got pulled out for safety reasons. At that point I realized that I had a flat front tire. This was a huge disappointment for many reasons. !st I did not have anything in the pit. So I was SOL.
2nd Had I had something in the pit I woul dhave had to run 1.5 miles around the course to get to it. It was useless. So I got off the course to cheer for the others and to try and warm up.

The race was still awesome. I learned a ton and am stoked to prepare better for next year.