Wrote this Saturday morning in a hotel lobby while drinking terrible coffee that I somehow made worse by accidentally adding a vanilla creamer. Shitty coffee because despite going to bed after midnight last night, my body still said it was time to get up at 6:00AM. It's so cool being old. Anyways, posting it from my phone on a Monday, so I can get some input while I'm out of the office.
Looking for trip suggestions. I'm considering SSUSA up in PA, despite my feels towards Allegrippis. I'll have a car, so I can drive to some other trails in the area that have rocks and other obstacles that make mountain biking fun for me. The "tribe" will be there, and that's nice. I like (most) single speeders, and I've somehow never made it to even just one SSUSA. I know.
The last week in August. Bill Nye has some vacation time. I like Bill Nye more than most other humans.
So, where to go at the end of August?
We're thinking somewhere that one can fly into, or at least get a shuttle from a nearby airport. All the riding can be done from camp (or a hotel), or at least be accessed VIA local shuttles.
Renting a car that can accommodate two bike boxes and two bikes blows donkey in the wallet... so whatever we do can't be that.
Considering Durango. I miss Matt McFee of Hermosa Tours... a little.
Shenandoah Mountain 100.
Who signed me up for that?
Without input, we just might end up in Moab if we head West. Because... Moab. It doesn't necessarily suck, and Bill Nye has only seen The Whole Enchilada , Amasa Back, and some of Captain Ahab. The last two were done on a hangover day (Ride, Drink, Drive had its disadvantages), so not really the best experience. Don't tell us that it will be hot in Moab (again). We're from Charlotte, land of heat, humidity and a stifled desire to accept other human beings as equals.
Maybe just drive in a northerly direction? Virginia, West Virginia... somewhere? I haven't really explored West Virginia in years. I know a lot of happy people in the Mountain Dew state, and even some not so happy people like Andy Forron, owner of New River Bikes... seen here trying to be the first to ever amateur homeless person to Cuba.
Or just juke slightly west? A nice town with a buttload of riding and places to drink beer without a whole lotta driving.
I'm trying to not be picky, but in the end, I really am. So what? It's my life (still gotta get that tattoo).
So go ahead and shoot with your suggestions. Realize that I will select one and ignore the others. Don't take it personally. It's not you. It's Bill Nye.