So, one of my best friends and favorite designers, Caleb Everitt, flew in from New York last week. We've been filling the time with parties, food, single-speeding, and in-depth conversations about design, bikes, and life. He's the last of our little design-crew that's still in NYC, so we all can't wait until he moves back to town someday.
I spent Christmas in Rockport, Texas with the fam and was greeted with my nephew, River, peering down at me as I stood next to him. He's 12! I am officially NOT the biggest person in the family anymore. (sad face) I have no idea what my sister is feeding him.
I snuck out for a ride in the morning fog. Normally, the gulf coast's wind averages about 20mph, but on this foggy Christmas day, it was 0. I left Rockport and headed South towards Ingleside, but decided to change mid-route and head East to Port Aransas. The roads down there are as flat as the sea and really straight, so it didn't make for the most exciting rides, but the fog was pretty cool in some places. It's also not very often that the water is perfectly still—made for some cool pictures.
I've been trying to bring my new point'n'shoot camera with me on group rides. There's just something great about a blur of asphalt, paint, and wheels. Throw in some smiles, stupid faces, and beautiful Texas winter weather and this is what you get.
Last Saturday Capital City BMX held a fundraiser at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek to help with the expenses of their brand new track out on FM 620. The festivities consisted of the movie "RAD", intermission in the parking lot with bunnyhop and footdown contests, and lastly the documentary "Joe Kid on a Stingray". The showing of "RAD" might as well have been a quote-along as every dude that was 25 or older knew all the key moments and the lyrics to every song.
Last week I flew to the most bike-friendly town in the US and got to experience what it's like to ride in the cold rain every day. One of my best friends, Jordan of Hufnagel Cycles (hufnagelcycles.com) put me up for a week and fed me vegan food about every 2 or 3 hours. It was so much fun just hanging out eating all the time. We had one tourist-style day and drove out to the Columbia River Gorge to check out the water falls and the spawning Salmon.
Portland was great, but it's nice to back in TX where it's warm and dry.