20 August 2009

The bike train - on water

our ride
Originally uploaded by Ben McLeod
We don't have the bike train around, but we do have the kayak-tube-train!

I've used it to bring the boys over to Dewey Beach, as well as the lighthouse at the opening of Sunapee Harbor. Camper has even taken a boat nap on it!

We get similar looks (and comments) to those that we get when the bike-train is in operation.

14 August 2009

I'd like a little 2010 Stumpjumper FSR love

Originally uploaded by Ben McLeod
So I just came across this. An opportunity to get a 2010 Stumpjumper FSR now to ride for a year in exchange for blogging about it and maybe taking a few pictures.

I'd be perfect for this. It's what I do. Ride bikes. Take pictures. Blog. Tweet. Facebook. Every Trail.

All that stuff.

It's also perfect because it just so happens that I recently sold my nine-year-old mountain bike and am without such a bike. I feel weird, being down to only a city bike, a road bike and a tandem.

The Stumpjumper could join the McLeod family on our gypsy journey! In a few weeks, the boys and I will meet up with Nikki in San Diego. We'll spend the month of September there and then head to Portland, where it looks like we'll spend most of the next year. It would have been freaking awesome to have it in Bend - but if I get it, I'll certainly make a trip over the Cascades for some riding.

Here are some highlights from my bike ride across America.

In closing
I think I'd make an excellent candidate for
The Stumpjumper Trail Crew because I'm passionate about biking and love sharing my adventures!

06 August 2009

Slacker alert

Originally uploaded by Ben McLeod
Yes. I'm a total slacker. I haven't posted in weeks - and a lot has happened.

The boys and I finished up our time in Bend, and are now in NH. Nikki's last day in Bend is tomorrow. We won't see her for 30 days (but who's counting?).

Our last week in Bend was a lot of fun. More of the same; hiking, biking and hanging out in the sun.

The day we left Oregon, I attended the Oregon Brewers Festival as an ambassador for Taplister, then the family headed to the most amazing party ever. They had a Cuban band, crawfish, PBR and a great vibe. It was a fun way to say, "oh we'll be back" to the Beaver State!

We've been in NH for almost two weeks now. My sister Molly and her kids Abby and David are also here (although they leave tomorrow). My mother lives in Sunapee Harbor, so much of our time has been spent on the boat or simply floating in the water. I flew my bike here, so I've been getting out on some ride (I need to readjust to crappy roads with no shoulders - and drivers who aren't used to bikers).

That is, when it hasn't been raining. I haven't seen summer rain in two years, so it's taking some getting used to.

I promise I'll try to keep this blog updated at least once a week. In the meantime, if you truly want to stalk me, you should follow my Twitter feed. I update that daily.