Friday, June 27, 2014

Mile Failte Footage!

Breaking news! Our good friend Damon Peacock has just posted this fantastic footage from Mile Failte, a 1200K in Ireland. Check out all of that sunshine and enjoy!

Mile Failte Vimeo from Damon Peacock on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday The 13th

I got lucky on Friday the 13th. I struck out on a new perm, Sunset Boulevard, a 260K roll from Raleigh to Sunset Beach. I’m about 130 miles in, getting within striking distance, when I see the sign:

Road Closed
3 Miles Ahead

Well, hell, if you ride North Carolina backroads in the summertime, you know what that means. A bridge being replaced, oh, you betcha. 

Here’s the point where you do some soul searching. Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do ya? Because if you can’t make it across, you got 3 miles down to have a look. Then 3 miles back to where you are right now. AND THEN you gotta follow the detour for several miles. That's some serious heartbreak, right there.

I grab a seat on a soft patch of concrete and have a look at the likely detour on my iPhone. It looks like a crap alternative on a couple busy roads. Maybe good for cars, not so much for me.

Okay, let’s roll the dice. I head out, an easy pace but pretty uneasy about what I’m going to find. If I’m wrong, it’s going to cost me an extra hour.

So okay, I’ve already given away the punch line. But here’s how it unfolded. About halfway down, I see a guy on a riding lawnmower. He sees me and waves, so I stop and ask:

Can I get through?

He kills the motor. Yep. They just finished paving it. Today. It’s been out for three months. The detour has been miserable.

Well, okay then! Fine news, I say.

I start seeing lots of these signs.

 And more.

 And more...

 And finally, here's our bridge. Just swept! Fresh new blacktop.

And here's the machine that did the sweeping. And there’s the guy that drove it. He just finished. He smiles when I gave him the thumbs up. I might have been the first person across his smooth handiwork.

Yes, I got lucky. On Friday the 13th.

Friday, June 20, 2014


A new video from the Backsliders. Pretty quick turnaround from the video shoot two weekends ago. The boys are still smokin. Enjoy. Raleighwood EP on iTunes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PBP Dreaming....

Going through photos today, I came across this picture of NC randonneurs and friends at a pre-PBP gathering. We talked about PBP a lot on this weekend's 600K. I guess I'm not the only one dreaming of next year's event.

FYI, our NC anciens / anciennes are planning to host a ride / meeting in early 2015 for any riders heading to France for their first PBP. Stay tuned for details....

Monday, June 9, 2014

Raleighwood: New Backsliders EP

A 600K, a short nap. Meat, potato and radicchio salad. Uptown to Slim's. A video shoot of a new Backsliders song. A new EP, Raleighwood -- the band's first release in 15 years. The drought is over.  Forever and Ever: A sky painted blue. Five songs for five bucks. Deal. Get some. Share the love.