Hiking in California’s Big Basin State Park

A few months ago, my 1993 VW Eurovan (Moby) began running poorly after a weekend of driving through the Sierras.  One cylinder lost compression, and the engine lost a ton of power as… Continue reading

Canyoning, Hiking and Soaking in Baños, Ecuador

The Journey to Baños Beneath looming Tungurahua volcano, Baños seeks to claim the title of Ecuador’s best adventure destination.  It’s easily (and affordably) accessible by bus from either Quito or Guayaquil, although you… Continue reading

One Day in Guayaquil, Ecuador

For many years, I’ve longed to travel to South America.  My mother and her family actually lived in Bolivia for a while, and she even went to high school there for a year… Continue reading

Pit River Camping and Burney Falls

All summer, I had been eager to drive Northwest from Reno.  I’ve been out hot springs hunting toward Cedarville, CA, and I’ve been mountain biking outside Redding, CA, but there’s a whole stretch… Continue reading

Mammoth Mountain and Nearby Hot Springs

Mammoth Mountain Resort hosted the Kamikaze Bike Games this weekend, which included Cross Country, Downhill, Dual Slalom, and Enduro races, as well as a trick contest and some stuff for kids.  I’ve been getting… Continue reading

Valley of Fire Stage Race 2014

I’ve returned from the Valley of Fire State Park outside Overton, NV, and my first stage race of the season is now in the books!  The bad news is that my race results… Continue reading

Hanakapiai Falls and Kalalau Trail in Kauai

There aren’t any roads that make it all the way around the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai.  The rugged Na Pali coast on the northwestern quarter of the island has not yet been… Continue reading

Wailua River Kayaking and Secret Waterfall Hike in Kauai

I want to preface this by saying that this was an adventure done in mid-January.  The advantage of going on such adventures in winter is that there are very few crowds to deal… Continue reading

Winter Training Begins – Auburn and Iowa Hill

Well, it’s been a long while since I’ve updated my blog.  I’m happy to announce that I’m still alive and kicking (and pedaling for that matter).  A long race season finally came to… Continue reading

Town Center Criterium

One of my favorite races (in my short cycling career thus far) is the Town Center Criterium in El Dorado Hills, CA.  There’s just something about the combination of tight turns, hay bales,… Continue reading