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Flat Trackin’

In the name of trying to better myself and grow as a photographer, I have found myself in some odd places this summer. From standing in the mosquito infested woods shooting grass roots mountain bike racing on a Thursday night; to the stands of a rodeo at the Isabella County Fair; to most recently, trackside at a flat track motocross race at the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club on the outskirts of Midland, Michigan. All of the events posed a variety of challenges to me as a growing photographer, and they were all entertaining to shoot and to spectate. 

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Salvaging A Ride

My ride this past Wednesday was extremely lackluster. I didn’t eat a proper breakfast (a hard boiled egg, coffee, and some almonds), and my legs were just dead. The air was thick, the sun was hot, and I had nothing. I thought that the initial mile of climbing would wake my legs up, but it only served to make it feel worse.

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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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