Clif Bar

26 Apr 19

Right now, I sit here at my desk. Before I got here I fed the kids breakfast, took the dog out, fed the dog, made lunches and snacks for the kids, and got the kids off to school. Then I finally sat down at my desk to write when I read my sticky-note reminder taped […]

25 Apr 19
The Gray Mountaineer

First Course Your watch alarm is beeping faintly, dragging you out of a fitful night of sleep. You roll over, and slide off of your thermorest mattress onto the floor of your tent. From constant twisting and turning in the night your sleeping bag now looks more like a pretzel. You pause briefly and sniff […]

25 Apr 19
Quitting is always easier

Two summers ago Mike and I were in some hole-in-wall brewery and they had a ghost pepper beer. After we drank a few beers I convinced Mike to get a taste of the ghost pepper beer. He was reluctant saying it would be gross and I was persistent saying it would be a good opportunity […]

25 Apr 19
Rolling with Jax

The 21st, Easter Sunday, was a bluebird day. Beautiful weather to do some climbing. Up and over Dixie Pass and Blue Mountain Pass, then down to Unity Lake to camp for the night. The 22nd started out fine, but when we stopped in Unity to pick up dog food for Jax, all they had was […]

25 Apr 19
Glory Days!

Early on in the process I recruited the assistance of my daughter Jennifer. She helped my come up with some of our criteria and select which bars we would test. My wife Carol was a bit harder to convince that this would be fun, so we convinced my younger sister Melody and her husband Ric to be our other victims … er … I mean participants. We now had our small focus group and taste testing began.

24 Apr 19
Appalachian Trail

Began the day with OJ and hash browns from McDonalds. My first breakfast other than a Clif bar on this trip. Got the shuttle to Winding Stair gap driven by a guy named Ron Haven, who owns Baltimore Jacks, a local hostel, and who apparently once owned the Sapphire Inn. He was quite a character, […]

24 Apr 19
Notes from the PCT

Miles hiked today: 14.45 I wake up at 5:40, somehow having missed my watch alarm. Everyone else is already up. It takes us about an hour to break camp, and I am the last one to be ready. The fact that I spend ten minutes shooing some crane flies from my tent doesn’t help matters, […]

24 Apr 19
Report Insights

Organic Foods & Beverages Market Overview 2019 A new research report titled, ‘Global Organic Foods & Beverages Market’ has been added to the vast repository of Garner Insights. The intelligence report provides an in-depth analysis of the global market on the basis of the different types of products, technologies, industry verticals, applications, and end-users. The […]

24 Apr 19
Mighty Squirrel Hunter:

TABR 2018: Day 20-21 Thursday, June 21 – Friday, June 22 Radford, VA to Yorktown, VA   The long saga of my 2018 Trans Am Bike Race started all the way back when I was a child, when I had an impossible dream to ride a bicycle across the country. In those days, I never […]

23 Apr 19
Vinyls and Vinos

Vinyls & Vinos… & Velo! You’ll find wine tastings for miles in Wine Country, but what makes a winery unique to me is the experiences they offer. On top of that, I’m always looking for any excuse to ride my bike. Starting at Clif Family Winery, you can coast off on one of several bike […]

23 Apr 19
Happily Ever Alex

I originally wrote this guide for my little brother, but thought it was worth sharing since the advice is widely applicable. Here are some of the things I eat and make on a regular basis! Breakfast If I am meal-prepping for brekkie, my go-to is overnight oats: -½ cup oats -2 tbsp chia seeds -⅓ […]

23 Apr 19
Tattoos and Loose Screws

I’m tossing and turning in a Best Western hotel room and it’s now past 9am. I haven’t truly fallen asleep, but resting feels good all the same. I’m very aware of the time and it starts to feel like I’m wasting it; so I get myself downstairs to eat a pretty terrible hotel breakfast. From […]

23 Apr 19
Drop Edge Of Yonder

A little bit on Oriflamme canyon: http://www.theadventureportal.com/anza-borrego-state-park/oriflamme-canyon/ To frame up my state of mind, I’d just finished Caroline Alexander’s book on Shackleton’s disastrous voyage– I’d been reading survival memoirs since watching Herzog’s Little Dieter Wants to Fly, finding them hugely inspiring. While I started the book somewhat blase and in a homework mentality about it, the action and sequence […]

23 Apr 19
RUNNING THE WORLD

When you are herded through bib pickup and the expo at Boston Marathon, the staff do not say “good luck,” they say “congratulations.” At one point, I even asked “for what?” It’s because to many runners, Boston is the holy grail of marathons. It is the only major marathon in the world where runners must […]