Wednesday, February 17, 2010

little update

Boys just played a few scrimmages with a very busy schedule. Which keeps us on our toes to meet the bus and be on time for everything because as we have found out the bus will only wait for the boys if a parent is late the bus leaves. better be on time! We have not missed a bus yet. But it does not allow much room to just kick it and explore too much. We have skipped a few things just so we could check out some things we were set on seeing. Beers are about $7-$8 each at most restaurants so i have skipped out on those! Did go to the Ramparts game lastnight, the local Junior hockey team owned and coached by Patrick Roy. Our billet family has been so nice and good to cody and his teammate austen. They have come to watch all games and have fed them well. They even brought coffee and donuts for our whole team parents for this mornings game. Very gracious family. This mornings game was game 2 of the tournament. We were placed up against last years champion of the tournament. This team has played in 50 of the 51 years this tournament has been in existence. They are an all star team which gets kids from all over and build it just for this tournament. They have paid coaches and huge sponsor money! They have made it to the finals the last 4 years and they are Sandbaggers and should be in the AA bracket. We are AA at home but are considered B for this tournament which would make the Hershey Bears a AAA team. So needless to say they kicked our ass! 9-1. So we are out of the tournament beaten by the Hershey Bears from PA. Now we have two scrimmages a day for the next two days then one a day till Sunday. We hit the tubing at Valcartier. Which was a total blast! Super steep tubing runs when you get 6-8 people all hooked together you haul ass!

Yesterday was a tour if the ice hotel Wow! amazing! this place was! My pics wont do it justice but it truly was amazing. Prob. pics up when i get back.

So we are here wishing our boys made it further if it werent for those shittin hershey sandbaggers! But our boys are getting an experience of a lifetime and some time for our family as well. My daughter and wife are getting their fill of the culture as well. Good time for our family too! Hit up a bike shop yesterday and was kind of like a bicycle village. Couldnt find anything i wanted to buy though. Still one i want to find that is supposed to be really cool though!

Hope you all are good! Ready to get back and get a ride in!


I have to add this bit, this is the by far the best jacket you could own! handsdown!

Friday, February 12, 2010

1 game 1 win

Boys played their first game today and won. Their goalie kept that team in the game for sure. Shots were way in our favor but we couldnt seem to find the back of the net very well! Cody got an assist on the winning goal for a 3-2 win in overtime! Boys head to their billet families tonight. The Avs are treating them like gold and it is really cool. Going to check out some sights tomorrow I spotted an ice bar just around the corner from the hotel.

pics to come next couple days.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

just arrived!

finally to quebec at our hotel little too fancy for me but that is where the team is staying! Oldest hotel in Quebec! (more on that later)

its 12:40 in the morning updates to follow! think i found an old bike shop to check out when i have time to sneak away!

Hope the BC ride was fun!

Monday, February 8, 2010

snowy singletrack

Met up with Eric , Scott and Jerry at GM. Been a long while since ridin with eric. Good to see you man! Havin fun on the climb right out of the chute. Never gets easier but a little better each time up. Scott decides to twist his bottom bracket cup out and head back down to fix it. So 3 o us trudged on not bad on the climb up the singletrack. Soon as we hit the road, ugh! Grind our way up to Rooney valley and a snowy descent down. We decided to head over to Zorro and on up to Dakota. Snow and slick rocks anyway made for a sketchy ride. I was clipped in maybe 10% of dakota and that was ugly! Rode some walked more, bounced on my seat with feet in the air a few times! Stayed upright barely!

Picked up some Chub to take to the neighbors for super bowl, glad to see the Saints pull out a win for them and the city of New Orleans.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Few more from yesterday

Good ol box o rox trail. Actually riding relatively smooth at the moment. It is just the mud bog section that sucks right now.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

nite ride out -day ride in!

Met up with Scott (nabbed your photo!) and we hit lower GM around to Zorro. "your gonna make me ride dakota aren't you?" "yep" he says. ok only one way to gain confidence again. I'm fine on the climbs and the descents although a little slow. But the technical has been handin it to me lately. Today, had an earbud in with some music goin and felt it a bit more. Rolled alot more that the other day. Let go of the brakes a little more and most of all was smilin! ;)
Headed back to GM temp went down some and climbed box o rox. With the wind at our backs we wound our way down rooney over sol terra and back to the TH. Then lubes rolled back to his house.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

not a bad place to ride a bicycle

borrowed this pic from Jill up in Alaska one can only daydream........

Rare Tuesday nite ride

Dave from Redstone came down with a bunch of his crew and joined us for a spin on green mountain. A spin it was as we clipped along at a good pace between the regrouping stops. Mild temps and clear sky made for great riding conditions!
21 riders in all! one of our bigger turnouts. Although we didnt get rolling until about 7:15 and with breaks regrouping got back to Ironworks near 10:30 then ordered up some food and had a cold pint to wash it down. Then some good conversation about future rides and past rides. Alot of exploring out there to be had!

Legs are coming around slowly just in time for an 11 day break coming up here in week or so. Oh well just have to get back after it! Maybe bc will be ready soon. Wantin to get back up there pretty bad.