I used a bivy in 09 which was light and fine, but worried me when it rained. Also it didn't breath real well. Around 7am my down bag would be wet from my own sweat, which makes breaking camp easy, but uncomfortable. The fancy Laser Competition is too much tent and too much money. I needed a good compromise between ease of setup and protection(from myself). Enter the Nemo Gogo. Almost perfect; just a little on the heavy side. I heard about it from Gnat Likes Fortunatly Nemo is having a garage sale and I snagged the last 09 model from 125. I can't beat that. I know it's a little heavy, and I'm trying to lighten up for 2010, but it's all about compromises. If it's easy to setup and provides adequate shelter then I will be encouraged to sleep outside more. That should translate to riding longer each day(not to mention saving money).
It's nice and snowy today. Hopefully the ground will freeze over and I can go biking tomorrow.
I think I'm caught up on the whole blog thing. TD 09 journal is finished. Now I'm thinking of TD '10. I have a leave of absence plus two weeks vacation lined up. I'm saving eveything I can. I'd love to have a new bike, like a Siren Song 29er or a Salsa Dos Niner. I don't think I can quite afford that though. So I'll use the Ziggurat, but I'll splurge on a Rohloff, and a Nemo Gogo tent. New Crank and BB and then new tires. That will save me some cash. Oh and a Brooks saddle.
11th annual 12hrs of the Hill of Truth at Haw Ridge. It was great being back at Haw Ridge, but the rain had mucked up the trail pretty bad. After the third lap it stopped being fun and just became a pain. Warm/dry clothes were more tempting. Needless to say I only completed 4 laps, but they were in a row so that's good right?
I woke up at 4 am and threw up. Then back to sleep for a few hours. We had breakfast and I barely ate my pancakes. We rode(an agonizing mile) to the general store. I wandered around in a daze and then threw up again. It was Sunday, the store owner said he could take care of me if it was a big deal. I thanked him and said I would just stay in the hotel another night(spensive).
We said out goodbye's, and good lucks, and parted ways. I pretty much knew that was it. I went back and tried to rest and ice my knee but could really do that. I tried to eat crackers and Gatorade, but I couldn't keep that down. I couldn't even keep down water. So I tossed and turned and watched Ice Road Truckers. Truly mind numbing.
I woke up on Monday and rode up to the store and a guy gave me a ride to Alburquerque. Nice guy.
I wasn't sad or made or upset. I was quite impressed with myself that I made it that far. Maybe in 2010?.....