Where Was I When December Arrived? :: mtbchick drives a giant truck or two and lives to tell about it
I was wandering around on my bike and stopped by Dorothy Wong and Jeff Herring’s (www.socalcross.org) place to see how they fared in the apocalyptic wind storm. Jeff was in Chinatown building the course for the weekend’s UCI cyclocross races, and surprisingly Dorothy was at home, frantic and on fire as usual. Naturally, I was […]
Southern California was swarmed with unusually strong Santa Ana winds Wednesday evening. The San Gabriel Valley was hit particularly hard, downing trees, knocking out the power and generally wreaking havoc on the area. Peak winds were clocked around 97 miles per hour on Whitaker Peak, according to the LA Times.
After a cold ride in the mountains, nothing warms the heart and soul like a bowl of hot soup and a sandwich. And here at mtbchick.com kitchen, we’ve turned into a bit of a soup kitchen– where we feed hungry mountain bikers. The latest soup on the menu is the Roasted Tomato and Orange Bell […]
“What? What? No!” My out-loud reaction to reading the headline on WSJ.com yesterday morning was followed by tears. I wasn’t exactly sure why the passing of Steve Jobs elicited tears and exasperation, but it did. I don’t think I had ever thought about– before that moment– how much Steve Jobs had impacted my life, and […]
My interest in singlespeed mountain biking began a few years ago when I borrowed a Cannondale 1FG (yeah, 1 f*&%^*$ gear) for a ride. (A singlespeed mountain bike is just that: a mountain bike with one gear.) Instantly I was intrigued, hooked. There was something so cerebral about the experience which challenged not only my […]
It’ s cold today. As a matter of fact, I am freezing. Where is my hoodie? Autumn rears its colorful head. Summer school, that’s what I did this summer. A gardening summer school. Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil, Mint, Thyme, Lemon Verbena, Sage, Shiso– Red and Green– Hops, lettuces, Arugula and Figs scattered about the yard […]
July has finally introduced summer to Southern California. As such, the summer activities begin. From riding up Lower Sam Merrill with Clif Family winery’s Clif Climber wine pouch, olives, cheese, sausage and so on to gardening, it’s been a great summer. Share the Ride! Tweet
After riding up Mt. Wilson Toll Road and descending Upper and Lower Winter Creek singeltrack, we were greeted by Monsieur Chat at the pack station in Chantry Flats. Alex walked away for a moment and M. Chat proceeded to make out with his Camelbak. The final shot is the lizard who has become fond of […]
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
If Summer Ever Arrives
2011 has been a frigid year in Southern California, a welcome relief for some, a hindrance for others. This indeed may be the first week of actual summer weather- 80s during the day and 50s in the evening. With this warm weather I feel more comfortable going out on
in 2009 charred over 160,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest, and the majority of the local mountain bike trails have been closed ever since. Last week, one of the most popular local rides for Altadena and Pasadena, Brown Mountain, finally reopened. What used to be a nice long fire road is now a sweet piece of singletrack. Please enjoy a few photos of the “new” Brown Mountain fire road.