This here is “The Dude” dubbed by my friend Erica and I … he is a local coyote up in Griffith Park who I see every day on my lunch ride. The first time I saw this scrawny feller walking in the middle of the road, I didn’t think much of it. But then I starter seeing him every day at the same spot, almost as if we were on the same schedule. He started cautiously approaching me, staying off to the side of the road still trying to figure me out, and I did the same. Now he sees me coming around the bend we meet at, and makes his way as if greeting me. This photo was from yesterday … the dude was on my wheels for a few feet as I was trying to get a photo of him (see my instagram @333f to see my daily photos of the The Dude). A bond of some sort? Maybe. Tailwind!
The ATOC just wrapped up and I had the experience of riding up Stage 7 with a bunch of friends to watch the race come through a KOM point. We packed beers and food, and rode up to the Rapha bus where we saw old friends and made some new ones. Thought it would be fun to carry on the spirit of cyclocross with some dollar handups for the PRO’s … actually had two riders (one of them, of course, was Chris Jones from Rapha) go for it. So fun. Check out my photos here.
While most American’s were glued to the TV watching the Super-something on Sunday, a few fellow Mudfooters and I departed on a magical cyclocross ride in Orange County (Laguna Coast Wilderness to be exact). Perfect weather in the 70’s, some awesome (and at times kicker) fireroads, dropped down into flowy singletrack and ended the ride at Pacific Coast Highway for some delicious tacos at Taco Loco (click here for some Yelpage). Had some kids call me a “f*g” because of my pink Rapha jersey, which I thought was pretty funny. Don’t let the bastards get you down, that’s the way I try to look at it. Big ringed down PCH back to Costa Mesa to end the ride. Check out my photos here.
Oh man, literally “relegated” for “frequent and flagrant disregard for proper number placement” … and I’m not talking about those dorky anti-Rapha t-shirts either. PDXCX ain’t nuthin to f-k with.