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A Dinner at Gino’s

This post is a little bit a lot different from what I normally do here. There are no bikes, hikes, woods, critters, gravel roads, or miles–junk or otherwise–involved here. There are photos though.

My family and I recently did an overnight trip down to Grand Rapids to celebrate a week that included my 46th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary. My wife got us a swank hotel room for free with some hotel points accrued through her business travels, I got us some tickets for a Grand Rapids FC match, and we set out for a quick 24 hour trip with our son.

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Some Recent Faves

It’s been a busy summer thus far, but thing thins are starting to settle down and I’m getting into a rhythm of riding, shooting, and hopefully more posting here. Remember, if you dig what you see on this site, you can always follow me on Instagram @thesoiledchamois.

For now here is a batch of some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks, some of which (like the green wheat above), were taken with my new Nikon D500. Most of the others were taken with my go to on bike camera, the Fuji X-T1. 

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A Woodsy Roll

It’s been roughly 8 months since my tires last rolled on singletrack. A variety of issues contributed to that lack of singletrack riding, most of which was some ongoing back and hip pain when mountain biking. However I am pretty geeked to say that finally got out this past week.

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Catch Up Photo Dump

Between trying to get miles in, getting sick for a few days, and a hectic free-time schedule filled with driving around Michigan for my boy’s soccer games and practices, there has been little time to update here. So with that said, here’s a quick update of some of of my favorite photos from the past few weeks.

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Some New Wheelz

My 13 year old son Brennan recently discovered the joys of skateboarding during his Spring Break. First he tore up the house up looking of his old skateboard; you know, the one he never used and I threw out just before we moved houses last April (Shhhhh!). So he picked up an inexpensive new board a few days ago, then quickly ordered new wheels, that could handle the streets of Michigan a little better (his words, not mine, I know nothing about skateboarding, the closest I come to skateboarding is wearing Vans).

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Rolling Along

The past couple months have been filled with squeezing in as many miles as possible as I attempt to get myself back into some sort of shape. The weather hasn’t always cooperated, and I’ve found myself riding paved roads more than I like, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to snap some photos. I mean it’s a scientific fact [not really] that being creative, burns twice as many calories as intense cycling.

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Shots From The Road

We’ve been lucking out with the weather here in Michigan lately so I’ve been trying to get as much time in on the bike as I can in an attempt to shed excess blubber. The dirt roads are riddled with rim busting pot holes, standing water, and deep rutted mud; so I’ve made do with paved roads. Not my first choice, but better than nothing.

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Finally

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Michigan weather has been anything but kind this winter. Freezing rain, slush, ice and the dreaded “wintry mix” seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Quality snow for fat bike fun or snow shoe romps in the woods elude me, and more often than not I’ve found myself indoors staring at my camera gear instead of outside logging miles and megapixels. Thankfully that streak ended recently and I finally got out for a short, damp road ride. Despite the road surface’s handicap, I was happy to be outside on my bike sweating off some calories with my camera.

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Ice Road Photography

So far the winter has not been kind. Snow has been scarce, freezing rain, ice, and sleet have been plentiful, and my riding has been limited to just two rides in 2017 thus far. My first ride on New Year’s Day on wonderfully groomed fat bike trails, and my second was a twenty-two mile loop on dirt roads near my home that were slick, frozen sheets of solid ice. The ride was dare not attempted with regular tires, and even after swapping over to the expensive, but worth every penny, 45NRTH Dillinger 4 studded tires I still often found myself with a kung-fu death grip on the bars; rolling along muttering prayers to the Ride Gods in hopes of keeping my collarbone–and my camera–intact.

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