Sunday, June 15, 2008

Branson....




We're in the largest tourist trap of the midwest, a.k.a. Branson, Missouri. Mid 80s and sunshine. It's definitely a bit different from Iowa right now. Jackal and I went out and rode some hills this morning. If you actually lived here, your fitness levels would be naturally high. Wow. I've done some mountain biking down here in years past but this is the first time I've brought the road bike. It's SWEET! I think Jackal loves it.

Ok.... People want my pic. This is a family reunion, after all. More later.

Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!

18 Comments:

Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

ride south to Eureka Springs, AR. Did a week long training camp with Kisch about 6 years ago. The roads are primo....and the corners are banked.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Did you go Honky Tonkin'?

8:25 PM  
Blogger Pete Basso said...

how did you and jackal make out with the floods? Are your houses in tact? Hope you were able to stay dry.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Masini said...

Good to get your minds off the wetness... enjoy Branson and get some good miles in!

2:58 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Ah, family reunions. Fun stuff. Finally explains where all of your strange habits and traits came from! :^)
Hope your having a good break from the frustration and difficulty back home.
Enjoy the trip and the chance to ride at elevation!

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

Picture is AWESOME!!!

5:40 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

I think your legs are bigger than my waist.

8:12 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

jeff....
judy and i drove that route a couple of years ago. i'd love to do it on a bike. someday, maybe....

chris....
no, but i went pubbin'. the best scotch eggs and guinness i ever had.

pete....
we got by with no more than a trickle of water in our basements. we stopped at rassy's on friday and saw where all the water had been around downtown des moines. we came back yesterday on hwy 5 and looked at the new lakes out there. you guys got hit pretty hard too. they're still predicting a dry summer?

rory....
branson was a good trip and the timing, if not perfect, was pretty good. saw your pics with the liquigas crew.... must be rough!

oldman....
sometmes the gene pool is just so shallow that you can wade right across. :) gotta be careful what you bump into, though...

kerkove....
**speechless**

bryan....
you're probably right :)

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm assuming you rode UP that 19% grade...both ways????!!!

11:00 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

anon....
you know better than that. we took the hard way up.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know that I would've taken the ski lift on the side of the road up and then rode down!!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

All I can say about that photo is, them is some "stumps" ya got there! :^)
And I dig the jersey; got to get me one of those. Long live Andy Hampsten; booyah!

12:00 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

fat albert....
there was a ski lift? crap! wish i'd of known that. jackal was good to me on the climbs. he waited for the "old guy" then took a flyer and waited again. freakin' mountain goat, i tell ya!

oldman...
andy hampsten and bob roll.... those two boys gave that team some character!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Iron Ferret said...

those hills look beautiful to go for a ride on. Im not very fit though so ill stick to bikes with motors!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Craig, The Flanders Fat Cat said...

19%!!! Now your talkin. We might even induct you into the Grimpeurs for that. How long was the climb?

No comment controversy. Just some non-biking lurkers talking about what a waste of time it is. I got rid of it but didn't know how to do it right. Now I just moderate the comments. So, you'd better be careful.

9:29 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

ferret....
it would be good on motorcycles too.

fat cat....
that particular "hill" is about a mile long. we rode the ridge from town to get there then shot down. that ride on the ridge consists of about 10 miles of climbs at an average of probably 10 to 15% grade and a quarter mile to a mile or so in length. i was just trying to keep jackal in sight and breathe so i didn't keep track of the length of the climbs. i love it down there!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't actually an official reunion since I wasn't there. I'm sure it was rather boring.... Uncle Jim had to be pulling his hair out wondering where I was to defend him against the wrath of the bleeding heart liberals who joined forces against him. Maybe next year.... :-) You still haven't explained the gray in the goatee......

Brian

1:55 AM  
Blogger Lily on the Road said...

Looks like a beautiful area! I was impressed that you knew the hill grades, then I see the pic and it's right there on the post, LMAO....

glad you had a great ride and fun time with the "clan"

7:16 AM  

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