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Panama 2006

  • The Price
    In the spirit of adventure and having new experiences together, the Missus and I rolled the dice on some informal recomendations and an ad from the back of Surfer Magazine for a 'Private Surf Island' off the coast of Panama. Suffice to say - we had a great, diverse crew on the island, scored some of the best - and longest waves - I have ever ridden and already have the island booked for next year. This is the DL from Morro Negrito - 2006.

'Round The Hood

  • Canute 2006 - Bring It On
    So, we live at 8,040 feet. We commute via bike some 17 - odd miles and 3,200 feet of vertical down to Boulder, most days. On the other days, we are running, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, drinking beer in the meadows and ridges around the house. The natural environment is something we are immersed in every day. This album is an attempt at reflecting on and capturing some of the beauty that we are immersed in every day. After a decade and a half of this - I am just getting warmed up and feel like a tourist seeing it for the first time every day. All these photos are in the hood - in the yard. It's a hellofa yard.

Colorado Trail 2004

  • Day 8 - Kennebec Pass
    In August of 2004 an assortment of riders from Nederland, Belgium and Northern California set out to ride some 320 miles of trails across the amazing state of Colorado. This is their story.

Snow

  • Dheel2
    Being that we live at 8,040 feet, weather, and snow are both a huge part of life. We shovel it, ride through it, ride on it, pray for it, curse it. We love it. Whether it's burying the ramp, blowing into hug lip launches at Edlora or carrying us over a cornice in some distant part of the state - it is a huge part of our constitution.

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January 19, 2013

Comments

JH

Incredibly hard to deal with the loss of some one who is so strong and active. He'll be remembered. A privilege to hag with you an so hard a day. but the sun is goin' down and it'll go up again tomorrow, Thanks

michael

Sorry to hear about your loss D, sounds like a heck of a person.

DV8

Awesome write up of your friend Dave. Thank you for sharing this. He sounds like a great man, and I wish I'd known him. Keep your head high Dave, and realize he's taught you well, because a lot of us could write this same thing about you. Give your wife and kid a big hug, and keep on raging.

I'll see you out there soon. - DV

Bill Blackton

Dave, It is times like this that make me wonder why things happen. I had forgotten about camel head and bus stop but now the thought of those nick names make me smile. I do remember every time Bill would call me a "Stand up sissy" when I didn't have the ass to climb in the saddle. I ride the same roads we rode all those years ago and it is rare that I do not think of what Bill and Pam taught me. You are right...a great person died and I am incredibly sad. He showed so many people how a life should be lived. I am glad that I was one of them.

Fred Lindstrom

DK ~ Thanks for sharing your memories of Bill. I didn't know him well..., but got to know him a bit riding with him on the Chicago north shore group rides. As we'd wind down and toodle back to the city..., I had the opportunity to chat with him about the bike, SRAM, the ride, the city, et. al. My recollection of him was an extremely fit, soft spoken, really sweet guy. I'm glad that I was able to attend the memorial for him today. He was well liked by many, (many!), and will be sorely missed. Hope you're well... ~ FJL

JD Howell

Never forget an 82 miler I did with Bill, Jeff Cuddeback, the Ruke'ster, Kish and several others. Averaged 26.8 on a breezy day, temps were above 95, sweat was pouring out of us like faucets. Even with all the Exceed I carbed up with, drinks on the bike and 2 extra bottles... I couldn't help from cramping up. We were getting close, coming up a rise 4 miles from the school and I was about to shatter... started to slip back - and who was left - behind me ? Nobody, I thought. This is it, I'm not going to finish with these Gearheads on the fastest long ride I've ever done. But no, BK is back there. Comes up and gives a little push to my back and tells me 'we're almost home'...

I survived that ride. Boasted to my friends and teammates what an intense ride I was on. And how I was cracking and he saved my butt. Wish I could have returned the favor somehow, but he never needed it. To Bill, glass held high, someday I hoe to repay you somehow... your inspiration, courage, intensity and devotion. Nobody I know has ever surpassed it. You are the man and we're gonna miss you !

Frank Hwang

such touching words. he will be remembered.

Greg Nelson

Hey, Dave! It's been a long, long time since I've seen you. What a great tribute to Bill. I'm still in shock over his death. He was a great guy and a blast to run and ride with. Like someone else wrote above, I, too, remember him putting his hand on my back and giving me an assist with a push every now and then. My favorite memory of Bill, though, was running in Winter Park after a swim workout. Anywhere from three to eight of us would run after swimming, and Bill was notorious for running just behind someone and pulling their running shorts down when traffic was approaching. You quickly learned to never run just in front of him. I haven't seen him in a long time, but I always thought he'd pass me on the bike one day in a future triathlon. I'll never forget him. Those late '80s and early '90s were some great days.

Greg Nelson

SteveCourtright

Thanks for the great stories of Bill.

I am a SRAMmie that is currently riding a bike that Bill practically gave to me in the spring of 2012. Every time I ride it I will remember Bill's generosity and big heart.

We rode together on lots of Judson rides north of Chicago and he was always the guy I looked for so I could sit on his wheel.

Once I said to Bill, "You know, you seem like a pretty intense guy." He grinned and said, "I get that a lot."

We are still shocked that he is gone and will miss him as long as we can turn a pedal over.

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