Its Ol Dub here. I have had so much happen during this year, I hadn’t had any time to update my blog.
Anyhow, the short of it is that I’ve come out of the dark period in my life and come out of it with a “bang!”.
First, I ended up adopting another dog. (see pic below) As you can tell, he’s a Black Labrador Retriever and his name is Strummer. He’s named after one of the coolest musicians to grace planet earth. Anyhow, Strummer has had a hand, er, paw, in helping me recover from my loss of Elwood and more importantly, Jake has someone to wrestle and play with and that’s helped Jake with being alone after Elwood left us.
In July I went to Japan for 10 days because I was asked to give some brazing seminars at the Tokyo College of Cycle Design. I met so many wonderful people there that share the same passion as I do for bicycles and cycling. I had the time of my life and quite frankly, it was an integral part of the turnaround in my life. I am so thankful to my hosts for the invitation and the new friendships I have forged.
Once I got back, I was so jetlagged that my sleep was messed up for over a week and I was walking around like a zombie, so I went on vacation with my girls. As we seem to do every other year, we went to Tybee Island, GA. It was great being back on the island for the week and in some great company. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, despite barfing on the deep sea fishing trip. In my defense, it was kinda choppy and I forgot to take the Dramamine the night before. Ooops.
This leads me to the current timing; I had one of my best pals and fellow framebuilder, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove Bicycles come down for a week and help me bust out my team bikes. 10 bikes in 7 days, minus the finish work, which is killing me at the moment, but I digress. Anyhow, I am thankful to have friends like him help me out in a pinch.
Well, its two weeks until Cross season, so look for the Orange and Black tent at the Don Walker Cycles Racing camp at all the OVCX races! See you soon!