Friday, January 01, 2010

taking stock

The end of the year is inevitably a time of reflection.  Our New Year's Eve was no different.  The McClinton's graciously invited us to their home for a party.  With Owen in tow, we arrived followed shortly by Jeff and Shelli.  It was a small gathering of friends and it was the perfect way to spend the evening.  Taking a 3 year old to a New Year's Eve party can be dicey, but with a long, late nap under his belt, Owen was very excited about going to a party.  Thanks to Diane McClinton pulling out a large collection of wooden blocks and Lincoln logs, Owen had a great time and didn't even show a hint of tiredness until nearly 11 o'clock.

This holiday season has been great with the small downside of having weather that has not cooperated with the idea of doing much riding outdoors. This has coincided with my normal post 'cross season break, but it has put the total damper on getting into the woods and doing some fun and relaxing mtn. bike rides.  I have made up for it with eating lots of food that I shouldn't and drinking way more than normal.  But now it comes to an end has the holiday season ends and the world shakes off its festive reverie and returns to the normal day to day.

My hope for the coming year is that we all find greater happiness and success in all of our endeavors.  I want all of us to remember that cycling is what we do for fun whether it be racing or casual riding.  Try to explore new and different forms of cycling.  Do a bike tour, ride the greenway, go mountain biking, enjoy a long road ride, commute to work.  Keep that two wheeled perspective on life and see if you aren't just a bit happier for it.

Thanks to everyone for being not just our customers, but our friends.  Thank you for spreading the word about us; it makes all the difference in the world.  Thanks to everyone for helping us not only survive a tough year, but actually thrive. I hope we can all work together to strengthen our cycling community and work to improve our area in the process.

To that end, Caldwell County Pathways is looking for members.  These fine folks work hard to bring us the fantastic Greenway system and they need not just your donation of money, but more importantly your time and volunteerism.  If you are interested, contact Tony Deal at

Here's looking forward to another great year!
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