Adventure: Navigating the New Normal

I wrote this about ten days ago, but we’ve had a lot happen since then. I kinda feel like I should shorten the timeline, but I’ll let things play out a bit more. Apparently this is the week I go … Read More

(Mis)Adventure: My Subaru Nightmare Chapter Four

I am without my new car once again. I dropped the car at the dealership effectively “bookending” my weekend with service appointments. I felt positive. They told me the service manager at this new dealership was a “Forester Whisperer,” and … Read More

(Mis)Adventure: My Subaru Nightmare Chapter Three

Hey, you’ve had my car for two weeks. Why bother reattaching the front skid plate? It makes such a great noise banging around at highway speed…….. In the past twenty four hours I’ve spoken with TWO friends who were on … Read More

(Mis)Adventure: My Subaru Nightmare Continues…

My new car experience is now officially dead. Just got off the phone with my insurance company, and when supplying the information for my new Subaru I was asked by the agent what model I bought. I said “Forester.” She … Read More

(Mis)Adventure: My Subaru Nightmare

My 2017 Forester getting towed from my house. I really wish I didn’t have to write this post, but I know some of you are also looking at Subaru, so you should know what’s happened with me before you put … Read More

Adventure: Inland Loop with Santa Ana Winds

For those of you who don’t know, several times a year we get what is called “Santa Ana Winds.” Instead of the primary wind direction coming from the ocean the current reverses and the wind comes from inland. Now, to … Read More

Adventure: Inland Loop

I’ve been feeling powerless lately. I can function, work, do normal things, but when I get on the bike I have ZERO power. Even starting out. Not a good feeling at all, but something I’m trying to investigate. Normally, a … Read More

Adventure: Subaru Forester

I guess you could call this a gear review. No cameras, or film or software. Just an enormous block of metal and plastic, painted silver and covered in mud. Uncle Danno got a new car. A 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i … Read More

Adventure: Divide Route Newport Beach

This was a fun ride. It went like this. Tarmac, singletrack, fire road, singletrack, fire road, tarmac, groomed trail, singletrack, fire road, tarmac. But, before we go further, true or false. 1. Dan had a scary moment on the way … Read More

Adventure: Climb

I know what you are thinking? Those shoes are pink. They ALMOST look like they date back to say the early 1990’s when those colors were in season. But wait, those colors are in season again. Right? So I could … Read More

Adventure: Inland OC

This was a good ride for me. Not too long and not too tall. I did ride several short hill sections back to back to make things more interesting. But, the key for me was lack of preparation. Normally, I … Read More

Adventure: Disconnect

WARNING: THIS IS KIND OF A RANT, BUT IT’S COMING FROM A PLACE OF CONCERN AND BEWILDERMENT NOT FROM AN “I’M BETTER THAN YOU” DIRECTION. I HAVE NO ANWERS. So I was at the mall attempting to buy a Speedo. … Read More

Adventure: Hand to Garden to Table

In theory this will work. Yes, I’m planting at the wrong time, but my travel schedule doesn’t play well with the flow of nature, so I have to get creative. It’s pretty damn amazing to stick something in the ground … Read More

Adventure: New Mexico

Give me a few days in New Mexico and I’ll make the most of it. Run(tiny), hike, fish and ride. Not to mention consume as much local stuff as humanly possible. A strange food trip for me. Eating once a … Read More

Adventure: Texas River Fishing

It started the day before. The trash talk. My mom and I. “You are probably too old to find the river, and even if you did you would probably fall in and I would have to save you,” I said … Read More

Adventure: Bianchi Hills

So this was only 33, but it was a test. First off, my cranks were falling apart. By the time I hit mile 20 I knew I had a problem. But I didn’t have a hex wrench with me, so … Read More

Adventure: Bianchi Coastal

Back from the New Mexico mountains. Sea level. Everything is easy. Up early, just spinning. Ticking of the k’s. Or miles or whatever unit of measurement you prefer. Alone on the road. Back Bay to Shady to Laguna Canyon. Stop … Read More

Adventure: Saint Peter’s Dome

It started while doing something else. Another hike. Through the burn. The giant, blackened burn. “Where does that road go?” We try it in the Jetta. Doable, but far more interesting via bike. Plans for Saturday change from the known … Read More