Monday, September 15, 2014

Rolling Into Fall, Driggs Style

If August in Teton Valley (along with most of Idaho) could be expressed in one word this year, it would be "rain." Lots of it, and most days. Monsoon moisture made its way farther north than usual, and we got soaked, often. The downside, of course, was curtailed recreation - it's difficult to bike, hike, golf, boat, and fish during downpours. But the upside was incredibly lush, green landscapes...and lots of rainbows.

That being said: there were still windows of sun, and we made the most of them. This day was well-timed for the Big Hole Challenge Duathlon out in Horseshoe Canyon, where I mountain biked, Melissa trail ran, and Romeo cheered us on to a nice 1st Place finish.

There was also a stellar hike up Pole Canyon & beyond, on the valley's south end.  The trail is steep, but the payoff views are worth it.

All the Idaho rain also posed a challenge with my work, as conditions must be dry for asphalt sealing. But with flexibility & creativity, we managed to get most projects completed.

Mid-August was the Pierre's Hole 50/100 mountain bike race up at Grand Targhee. This event is now in its 7th year, and has become a regionally & nationally renowned event. It's awesome having it right in my backyard, and the course gets better each year as Targhee expands its network of singletrack trails. I did the 50K distance (which had 4,000 feet of climbing!), and managed to grab 3rd Place in the Men's 40-49 division. 

Late August was time for my buddies annual "Tour de Star Valley" bike ride, down in Afton, WY. Despite a little rain & hail, it was great hanging out with Mike, cousin Brent, Dan, and my brother Curt for a long day in the saddle. Salt River Pass remains one of my favorite spots on the planet.

What would early September be, without racing in the 204-mile Logan-to-Jackson ("LOTOJA") bike race? It's a huge event these days, with a couple thousand cyclists competing. This year I did it as a 2-Person Relay with my brother Curt, and it was a memorable day shared with family and lots of good friends - perfect weather, no mishaps, and our 9-hour 37-minute finishing time was the fastest I've ever been a part of...good for 3rd Place in our division. 

As summer rolls into fall, the light softens and so does the pace.  It's time for my favorite season of all. 

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