June 28, 2009

Bike-a-palooza and Police!

Bike-A-Palooza, was an absolute blast on Saturday!

First off the mid-afternoon events were all for the kids. They did really well. There was a parade with a police escort, then slalom races and giving 20 kids a new bike. Pretty darn cool!

Then it was on to the adult events. Clunker Crit, Foot down, bike throw, skid mark and wheelie competition and then bike jousting. I am pretty sure the contestants and the audience loved all the events. I participated in one event, the bike throw. The old clunker bike had been filled with concrete and weighed in at 47 pounds. I gave it my best disc throw and won the ladies round. Pretty darn funny. My prize...a FREE tap beer! It really was a LOT of fun!

(picture taken by Biking Brady)

Let me just say that, Jerry (monks owner), the kErnEl, and Snakebite did a great job putting on this event. I can't wait until next year!

The not so fun part of the weekend!
So, we get home and hit the sack. About 3:30am Sunday, Abe started barking. There was a noise in the house that was odd. Sounded almost like a door shutting. Got up and Kris went out by the front door. The storm door was open. We figured it might have been from the wind but there wasn't any wind. Then we heard someone walking around on the front steps. They tried the front door again. The noise we heard was when they opened the screen door it made the french door in the foyer kind of move so we heard it rattling. I told Kris to call 911 and as she was on the phone the individual (male, short hair, shortsleeve shirt and long pants) walked down the steps to the front walk and headed west and then turned around and headed east. The dispatcher told us to stay in the house and they would have police there in a few minutes. The police would search the area first and then come and talk with us. That they did. The police arrives a short few minutes later with spotlights on the neighbors houses and our house then they pulled up and we talked with the officer, telling her what had happened. She checked around the house and there was nothing. She was then going to proceed up the street to see if there was anyone wondering around. So we headed back in and tried to sleep...NOT! Wide wake and fell asleep an hour or so later. Kris checked the front porch this morning and he had kind of tramped some of our vines hanging out of our planters and he also dropped a crumpled up dollar bill in one of the planter. I also looked on the door and there were a couple scratches as to where it looked like he was trying to get a key in the lock. We think he was drunk and was at the wrong house, needless to say IT was scary. I was close to getting out the shot gun when I heard the noises which scares me also after what happened in Brookings(drunk kid broke into a house thinking it was his house and the owner of the house shot and killed him) this year. THANK GOD our doors were locked! We are very good about locking our doors when we are in the house anyway but WOW! That was WAY to much excitement and Abe has been praised and praised for being the BIG protector!

June 25, 2009

Bonus spotting of things you see commuting!

Things I have seen, so far, on the road during my commute this week!

broken cds
pieces of a car after a crash
beer bottle tops
bolt and nut
cigarette butts (yuck)
smashed plastic bottles for various liquids (pop and oil)
dead snake (gardener snake as I called them when I was little)
dead squirrel
part of the handle of my coffee cup (it was in the intersection of Russell and Prairie and there is no way I am stopping to pick it up with that wild traffic!) (coffee cup still hangs off the handlebar just fine!)

Those are all pretty common things we usually all see on daily bike commutes but.....The bonus spotting of today was:
A HUGE SNAPPING TURTLE! He was big, I mean bigger than a dinner plate big! Right in the middle of the road! Kind of odd as he was moving AWAY from the Covel Lake area to no lake the direction he was going. I hope someone puts him back in the lake otherwise the kids in the neighborhood he was heading to will torment the heck out of him! I should have stopped to take a picture of him!

June 22, 2009

Break out your money!


MS is another disease we need to stomp out!

Great weekend!

I had a great weekend!

Friday I hit the clubhouse in Bridgetown. Saturday I headed off to the Ponca Revenge mountain bike race part of the Psycowpath Series for some officiating! These guys put on a great event! There were 85 riders taking on the five mile loop course. Numerous categories with numerous laps and numerous pages of writing for the officials but that was just fine with us! It was really fun. I had never been to a mountain bike race before and let me say, these riders are pretty tough. One class in particular, the Marathoners, rode the course for THREE HOURS straight! It was pretty cool to watch them have their own routine at the feed station. The winners (man and woman) of the marathon class did seven laps in those three hours. Kudos! You can read about the results here.
Let me also say that this is a great State Park that offers camping, hiking and biking!

Saturday I buzzed to the local G-Store to get a steak and some sides to grill at the clubhouse! YUMMY! One of my mom's friends, Rose, came over and we sat and visited also. Great way to end the day!

Sunday was a lazy day and then headed home to get caught up with Kris who was at a Garden Party Tour in Pierre at her sister and brother-in-laws house. They had a good time.

Today is the first day since May 11 that I have been on my bike! I had bronchitis and and upper respiratory infection all at once so have not been 100 percent in a while. I am not so sure I am yet, but I am in the 90s at least! Anyway, I commuted to work today! I am SO HAPPY! This has made my week and it is only Monday!

Rest of the week....
FAB newsletter stuff, Thursday FAB Time Trial and Saturday Bike-a-palooza!

June 18, 2009

Thursday afternoon silliness!

I got this joke from my niece this afternoon and found it VERY funny
but be warned it is semi-naughty!

A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four
young mothers and their small children.

"You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, April, he said, "You are obsessed with eating.
You've even named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second mom, Jenny: "Your obsession is with money.
Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turned to the third mom, Erica: "Your obsession is alcohol.
This too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother, Emily, quietly got up, took her little boy
by the hand and whispered,
"Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he's talking about.
Let's go pick up Peter and Willy from school.

June 15, 2009


Monk’s Bike-a-Palooza

June 27, 2009
Location:420 E. 8th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57103

2:00 Beer/Soft Drinks available, Bike Shops set up

2:00 – 2:30 Bike Parade
Parade will start at Monk’s on 8th St., 8th St. to Weber Ave, Weber to Falls Park, Falls Park to Phillips Ave, Phillips Ave to 8th St. and back to Monk’s

3:00 – 9:00 Food Available

3:00 – 5:00 Live Music
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4:00 Kid’s Events
Present Bikes Up to 25 bicycles will be presented to children identified by Volunteers of America.
Kid’s Slalom Race Age-grouped, timed slalom race. Groups may be ages 0-5, 6-9 & 10-12

6:00 Adult Events
Clunker Crit
Wheelie Competition
Foot Down Competition
Bike Toss
Bike Joust

7:00 - 9:00 Live Music
Surly Endo & the Chainlinks

The past week in review......

Time flies when you are having fun...hahaha!

Not much going on but it seems to fill my days. Between, officiating, yard work and work in general it is keeping me busy.

A week ago I went to Norfolk to help with the Norfolk Classic bike races. It was a great time and I learned more about officiating thanks to Jon, Nancy, Cheryl and Glen. Saturday was a road race and Sunday was the crit from hell. It started out with a little rain which turned into a LOT of rain, hail and wind. Not fun. It soon stopped raining but the damage was done. We were SOAKED! The races were great and not any bad injuries which I was glad to see! I headed back to Yankton to find some biking buddies on their first overnight of the Tour De Kota. I found Mr & Mrs Biking Brady and RideVermillion at tent city and chatted a bit. I was glad I was heading home to a warm house and bed and not crawling into a wet tent with damp sleeping bags.

Thursday evening was the third installment of the Spoke n Sport Criterium. We had 18 riders for the Class B division and 7 riders for the Class A division. The evening was the best we have had so far for this race. They are a lot of fun to watch and it has been fun getting to know some of riders. If you have not been to one of the races yet you need to get out there and watch or heck for that mater, race! There are a lot of good people out there trying to grow this sport in our area so get out there and support it!

This past weekend we headed to the Clubhouse for some relaxing and fun. One of Kris's co-workers came along for the fun. Of course we hit Charlie's Pizza on and then Ben's Brewing Company on Friday night. Saturday it was doing the tourist thing. Out to the Gavin's Point Dam with a stop at MacGilly's at the Marina for refreshments. Once back in town we hit the Walnut Bar a.k.a. the Dead Animal Bar then it was off to the Ice House to have a couple beverages and smash the beer bottles under the dock. Both of mine and Rhonda's smashed but Kris was one for one. I think that means she buys the next time down there! We hit the Clubhouse for grilled burgers upon which I burned my arm on the grill lid. Dang that hurt and still hurts when it is not covered up. Then it was off to the musical Chicago at the Lewis and Clark Theater Company. WOW! Lots of YHS thespians in the musical. They wear a lot of lingerie in this musical. I was kind of amazed. I wondered what some of the older theater goers were thinking when they saw the scantly clad ladies. Those girls had a LOT of guts to get up there in those "costumes". The play itself was really pretty good. It amazes me some of the talent that the Yankton area has. You should go, as it is a great show but be warned that it might be a bit out there for some and it is not really for children.

This week will be full of some of the same old, same old. Work, golf, FAB newsletter, moving stuff in the basement to have some electrical work done and then off to the Clubhouse. Saturday I am off to Ponca NE to help with the Psycowpath series-Ponca's Revenge Mt bike race. My first ever, should be fun but a challange also.

Oh, yes, on the health front. I am doing better but still not 100% might be in the 90% range. A little set back from the rain soaked weekend in Norfolk but doing better! I have not been on the bike in a month and was going to ride to work today, but guess what? It is raining...AGAIN!

June 5, 2009

Biking weekend.........

This weekend will be biking stuff for me. Not riding, but officiating. Not "official" officiating but helping and trying to gain more experience. Saturday is a road race and Sunday is a criterium. Should be fun if the weather cooperates! You can read about the races here.

There will also be more biking happening this weekend by some friends as it is the start of the Tour de Kota on Sunday.

To all my cycling friends riding the TDK this year, stay safe, have fun and to borrow a tweeted phrase from Riderermillion, "May the winds be light and the beer be cold!" Maybe I will see some of you on Sunday afternoon /evening at Riverside park in Yankton on my way back from Norfolk!

If you live in the south eastern /east central, rural part of the state please watch out for my fellow cyclist!