Monday, September 29, 2008

Part Uno ( a little bit later)

So I was totally going to let Zac finish this wonderful amazing post up....but he is always super busy with school these days and when he gets a chance to get on the computer he would much rather check out other bicycling websites.  ( I don't blame him, it's fun!)  Anyway, on to the delicious fun we have been having on the Bicycles .   

So as most of you know Zac and I no longer have a car.  *gasp* ;)   So any way we have to take alternative forms of transportation if we go on trips or anywhere that is over 30 miles.  Dum dum duuum! The beginning of a wonderful adventure!   

Anyway we lived in Idaho and we had a room-mate from Peru for a few months.  He was wonderful, kind and generous.  He was later baptized and is a very dear friend.  He was to come down from Idaho last weekend and meet us in Salt Lake.  Double Yea!!  We were so excited to see him and sooo excited to get to ride TRAX. Our trip started out with a little bus ride to Zac's campus.  Which of course Ren loved.  Not sure if I mentioned previously how much Ren enjoys the bus.  Well she thinks it's the  We met Zac at school and we loaded the xtracycle on the front of the bus and headed for Salt Lake.  The bus was super packed! ( I did a Happy Dance in my heart!)  When we got off the bus I was expecting to board another bus. Nope-r we got to ride Trax!  Which is the shuttle train between Sandy and Salt Lake, and I believe it goes north to Ogden(?). 

We loaded the bike on with us this time!

We got off at the Gateway Mall in Down town Salt Lake.  It was a really fun ride.  Quick and not to jerky.  Our friend unfortunatly was not able to meet us so we headed back to Sandy and hit up 5 Guy Burgers  and then headed to the R.E.I. and rock gym.  A little shout out to 5 Guys.  If you ever get the chance to eat there DO IT.  So wonderful.  They have the best fries with malt vinegar.  So delicious.  It's like the east coast In n Out.  (but I think it's better than In n Out,  shhh don't tell 'em.)

We totally rocked the xtracycle around Sandy inbetween bus stops!  It was so much fun.  As far as we know Zac and I and one other person in Salt Lake have an xtracycle in this area, so you can imagine peoples faces when they see us riding by with little Ren. Classics! 
All in all we had a really great time.  Our trip didn't take any longer than riding in a car and we didn't have to worry about down town SLC parking or yucky Friday night traffic jams! It was a really great afternoon spent together.

~Happy Riding~

Sunday, September 21, 2008

For the Love of Bikes 2 (1 to come shortly)

Most of you know just how much Zac and ILOVE bikes.  We especially love collecting them.  If you went to Zac's parents home in Nevada and walked into their mesquite trees all you would find is bikes.  Tons and hundreds of bikes.  I am amazed each time we go home. Well anyway the other day I was coming home from an activity and we stopped at a members house. They were giving away things because they were moving. I role up with my friend and the First thing I spot is a bicycle.  I kindly ask the older gentleman if they are giving it away and BAMM-O  I score myself a rocking bike.  The man then says "check out the bike we got in the garage" and score-a-roony!  We land ourselves another bike!!!  I ran home and grabbed Zac and he brought them home on the xtracycle.  Happy Dances then commenced and my new project for the week is cleaning them bikes up.  Now we have enough bikes for our friends and family to ride when they come to visit!  

The 2 new bikes we scored!!

Zac's folding Bianci (pure awesomeness!)

This is our posse of bicycles! (9 total at our house though only 4 are in working order)

This is one of Ren because I just love her little face!!!

~Happy Riding~

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


So the title may sound a little aggravated or aggressive, and it is meant to. In the last 48hrs i have almost been hit about 6 times and i don't mean the car did not see me and i just cruised by i mean swerving to avoid collision, and yesterday being run off the road by a white truck. Yesterday i am riding down 500w minding my own business and hugging the shoulder as any one who has ridden 5th knows you must because there is no bike lane and for about a half a mile there is barely even a shoulder. As i am coming out of the no shoulder part of the road and looking at the mecca that is the emergency lane in front of me this white truck decides to cut me off and make a right turn trapping me between him and the curb thanks to the bicycle gods i was sparred. I can however assure you that i made that weird war cry when you are really angry and confused so you cant make out intelligible sound you just yell something like AHHHMAKEDOFG!!!!!. I am sure that taught him a lesson even though i highly doubt he heard it. I do know that he heard me hit the side of his truck like the hammer of Thor. Now i do not condone violence it really does not get us anywhere but it was that or get run over, i chose the first. All of these incidents especially the almost death one remind me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy the book not the movie. In the book there is a part where an alien space ship lands on earth but nobody sees it, we find out that it is not invisible because that is  impossible, but it dose have a SEP (somebody elses problem) field and because the idea of a space ship landing on earth is so outlandish with the field on nobody sees it. So along with every bicycle purchase i decided they must just throw one of these babies on because it is so outlandish to so many drivers that a bike would be on the road we are allot of times invisible, or at the very least somebody elses problem. So ride smart ride alert and if you drive keep your eyes open bicyclist are out there and if the current trend is anything to go by, there will only be more and more, so lets try to all get along. 
Although all of this is scary and crazy i am realy lucky to not be this guy we should keep him in our thoughts and prayers.