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The Return to Seneca Rocks: 2011
Posted by Kevin - 07/03/11 10:53AM - 1 Comments - Backpacking, Rock Climbing - 1/52/53/54/55/5

In the late spring of 2008, a friend and I took quite an adventure by bicycle which happened to land us at a place we fell instantly in love with.  Spending more than a week at Seneca Rocks, WV it became a very familiar town quickly and spending my Birthday there at the camp was a very comfortable and easy time.  When it was time to pack up and leave, instantly we both knew that Seneca Rocks would be in our future sometime.

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Three years later, the time has come to revisit the place I have been boasting about since the day I pedaled away from one of the most recognizable rocks in the whole country to any serious climber.  So, we made plans, set a date (My Birthday) and packed our bags.  We were a total of 5 adults, 1 child and 4 dogs so being able to stick to some sort of schedule was one of the hardest things to accomplish.

Needless to say, we all arrived, setup camp and enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend.  Starting with our camp location at the apex of the far end of the Yokum’s main campground circular road, we are within 12 feet of the roaring Potomac and had a fantastic view of the rock face that is so easily recognized.  This made for fantastic night time campfires and meals along with the most privacy that this campground has to offer. Potomic River

On Saturday, we had planned on and followed through with a group hike up to the summit.  The trail itself was a very steep privately owned horse trail in which we zigzagged up to the direction of the rock face.  The entire hike was uphill, muddy, and hot and was an excellent workout for all of us, including the dogs.  All of the dogs eventually made it and one dog in particular was at the very top of the rocks with the rest of us.  After enjoying what we had accomplished hanging out at the summit for a while to take some pictures, we descended the rocks using the normal hiking trail leading us back to the Discovery Center parking lot.

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Following the long but rewarding group hike up the rocks, we like many other people there celebrating their Memorial Day at the rocks, took full advantage of a beautiful turn in the river called the 'Swimming Hole'.  This is one of those prime locations that so very few people get to enjoy and it is worth every second.  A beautiful freshwater lagoon/beach with a fairly strong current in the middle and closed in by a wall of water carved stone.  Even the dogs could not help themselves from taking a dip.

That evening, we enjoyed live music at the Seneca Rocks Rock Climbing School and got to check out a place I hung out at a lot in my previous travels through town. The owners of the school are two of the most accomplished climbers at Seneca Rocks and literally wrote the book on climbing the mountain.  They offer guide packages that make your climbing trip a sure thing.

Sunday, was intended to climb, but getting a late start on the day led to an approach to the crag in 100 degree partially exposed heat.  For those of you not familiar with the 45 minute or longer scramble so appropriately named "The Stairmaster", it can leave you exhausted and with very little water before you even start to climb.  This was our fate, however we did get to attempt a few top roping routes in the 5.9-5.11 range and then we called it a day and returned to camp suffering defeat du to heat and lack of preparation,

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Sunday evening was a very relaxing campfire meal and surprise birthday funnel cake supplied by Lindsey, which we fried ourselves over the campfire. Being extremely worn out from the day’s activities and the heat, everybody stayed around our fire until 1 by 1 retiring to the tents.

Monday morning seemed like it arrived way too quickly as all good vacations do, but it was time for our last camp meal and then time to pack up and go home.  After the cars were packed and our weekend conversation came to a close, we all hopped in our cars and took off back to our own respective places where noises of roaring rivers and deafening insects are replaced with noisy air conditioners, traffic and cell phones.



2011 Tour de Cure: Completed
Posted by Kevin - 06/07/11 06:32AM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

For more than five months now, I have been writing, posting, talking about and preparing for the 2011 Tour de Cure for Diabetes in Philadelphia.  This year I had set out to ride the longest route and get more people to come with me as well as raise more money in donations. I thought these would all be easily achievable goals from last years 35 mile ride, raising $235 and bringing along one friend.

While I did raise more money than last year, I fell short of my posted goal by quite a bit.    I did not focus on working to get donations as well as I thought I would and I promise next that year I will try many more approaches to fundraising for this event.  This year, I believe more of my time was focused on preparation for the ride.

To prepare for this pretty flat 63 mile route with the exception of a few short but steep climbs, I started riding earlier and more often than last year.  I went into the ride with just about 750 miles ridden for the year which was probably 400 more than last year at the same given time.  Keeping track of my rides in Activity Tracker really helped me see the numbers and averages over certain stretches of time.  This year I have already ridden in over a half dozen large group rides and a dozen smaller group rides.  Riding with other people helps build momentum, technique, awareness and kill time while your putting two or more hours on a bike at any given time.

In 2010, a single friend came with me and even considered to ride.  This year, there were three of us and two of us rode the longest route possible.  Annette rode the 12 mile ride due to illness and left before our return to the finish line.  Chris K, who came with me on the 63 mile ride had mechanical difficulties with his bike right around mile marker 36.  A detonated 5 speed freewheel did not allow Chris to continue riding.

The remaining thirty miles, I picked up the pace to make up for lost time and passed quite a few groups including those of pharma. teams like J&J, MERK and some riding clubs like Central Bucks County Cycling, Flying Dutchmen and some church groups as well.  It was a nice opportunity to see how groups that are familiar with each other ride together as well as seeing how random people with very little practice in group rides ride together.  I fit somewhere in between.

The actual route was pretty flat for the area.  There were only two or 3 significant climbs but they were only steep and not very long.  On one of the hills I passed more than 20 riders walking their bikes up to the top.  I thought to myself, this is why it is nice to train in the Lehigh Valley, where hills are inevitable and eventually far less intimidating.  There were four rest stops in total for the yellow route, which they provided plenty of food, water and Gatorade.  These stops were spread out on average of about 12.5 miles apart but some as close as 7 miles.  The views from the ride were average at best but did include some very nice Bucks County homes and a couple of horse farms at the farthest point, however the roads were in very good shape compared to what I am used to around here.

After cycling through a variety of riding partners on the last leg, I crossed the finish line first of a small group that I ended up riding with.  There was people cheering us on as well as live music, hot food, Italian ice, T-Shirts for all of the riders, and some time to socialize after the ride.  While many people were in pain, I felt as though I could do another 63 miles and will absolutely do the ride for a third year in a row, next year.

Once again, thank you all for following me throughout this tour process and especially thank my supporters who donated to the cause and helped me ride in the 2011 Tour de Cure for Diabetes.



SL Bikes - First Look Exclusive
Posted by Kevin - 05/04/11 07:38AM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

If any of you have been following me in regards to the relationship I have as a rider with SuperiorLite Bikes than this article should come to no surprise to you in regards to boasting Tom's new Local Bike ShWheel Wallop SL Bike which he happened to open right down town from me in Bethlehem, PA.  For anybody who has not been reading anything I have written so far or at least not recently, this article might come a little out of left field but should certainly not be disregarded.

To explain further, I have recently acquired new fondness of the custom built bicycle market after years of researching, riding, buying, selling and fixing of the big brands like Giant, Specialized, Trek, etc...  This recent change in heart only comes after lengthy discussions with Tom, the owner of SuperiorLite Bikes and SL Bikes in which you would never be able to have with most manufacturer owners.  Much of this is because frames very often designed by other company and produced elsewhere for the best quality and lowest prices to keep up with demand.  Tom designs all of his own parts, taking a little bit of the best of everything else and has his carbon parts come out of Taiwanese factories, currently the best factory's for quality and consistency in the world.

As the cycling season came to a start, we decided one of his bikes would be the best choice for me and currently close to 500 miles later and over 300 of them on the SuperiorLite alone, I have absolutely no regrets.  Tom has been amazing to deal with and really understands every aspect of the current high end bike market and seems to be one of the more passionate individuals I have met in the cycling world.  All of these things translate perfectly into his new shop at 23 W. 4th St. in Bethlehem, PA.

The wall of wheels is a great way of reRoad Roomally showing the difference between different levels of competition wheels, which he carry's in stock, unlike a lot of the other shops around who focus mostly on mainstream and mountain bike parts.  The shop features the Shimano Wheel lineup as well as S-Lite Competition Parts but carries all leading brands such as SRAM and Campagnolo.

The Road Bike Room is like a road bike riders pure dream.  Featuring brands like Fuji, Kestrel and SuperiorLite this room offers bikes starting around the $1,000 mark going all the way up to the region of $10,000.  The bikes are displayed off of lime green walls and are very easy to access and pick up.  I will note, this room also makes for a fantastic background for a great photo op for your bike.

Selling Fuji and Breezer, SL Bikes will also be selling entry to top level mountain bikes starting at $400 reaching in the $3,000 range.  The mountain bikes share a room with the BMX and comfort and hybrid bikes which is painted orange and really provides a nice display for all of the bikes on hand.

Of course the usual array of accessories like Lazer helmets and Bike Ribbon grip tape in addition to all of the Shimano, SRAM and S-Lite parts available as well as a Bike Service room which can be closed off for efficiency when it gets busy, SL Bikes is a Full Service Competition Bike Shop who can offer a product nobody else can, theirs, as well as build you up a custom bike in any fashion.



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