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Season of Change

Post by:  Jake
9/16/12

As fall sets in once again my anxiety for the winter starts to peek through.  Don’t get me wrong, I love winter and all the snowy activities that go with it.  But, I know it will be here all too soon, and I’d like to hold onto those longer days with warm weather.  I haven’t biked nearly as much as I’d hoped.  I haven’t hiked quite as far as I’d planned on, and I haven’t just sat on a patch of grass while eating a slice of watermelon quite as many times as I’d like to.  My subconscious knows that when winter sets in here in Leadville, that’s it for the next 7 months or so.

While fall is foreshadowing the change of weather to come, it’s also been a time for change for Veronica and I.  A couple months ago we purchased our second house together.  While we’ve owned the house for a couple months, we just moved in a couple weeks ago as it was being remodeled before that.  Moving into any new home is always an adventure; but this house (built in the 1800’s) brought its own set of challenges and quirkiness.  While there were several small adjustments we needed to make in this new house, we were fortunate to find a house with lots of updates and relatively level floors, something fairly unique in Leadville.

This fall had a little more change in store for us as well.  We’ve decided to finally take the leap and get our first dog together.  It seems like every person we know has a dog, and when meeting strangers they’ve asked what kind of dog we have… Not, “do you have a dog” but “What kind”.  Veronica was happy to simply pick a dog by its picture; however I took the much more scientific approach and took one of those dog quizzes that match our wants in a dog to a breed.  Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is the breed that came up.  Gentle temperament, intelligent, active and energetic, little shedding, good with kids… Seemed like a perfect match!  So, I did a little more research to see if any were at a shelter, or if anyone had a litter.  The only breeder in the state lived a quick ½ hour from us and was expecting a litter within a week of us finding him.  So, we took the plunge, and signed up for one of the pups.  In November we’ll finally be dog owners.  Any advice you might have for a couple novice dog owners would be GREATLY appreciated!

 

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Review: Detours Georgetown Bike Pannier

Post by:  Jake
9/16/12

On our recent bike tour in Ireland there were a few pieces of equipment that proved invaluable.  Garmin Etrex 20 with Ireland street maps.  Gore-Tex pants and jackets.  Waterproof bike panniers.  Had we forgot anything else on our trip we would have been fine, but those three items were absolutely essential.  Veronica and I each had a set of waterproof panniers.  In one set we kept all our clothes, while the other set had everything else, tire change kit, extra water, food, bungee cords, bike lights, etc…  I carried the Pacific Outdoor Equipment panniers and Veronica carried the Detours Georgetown panniers.  Each set was waterproof, and each set retailed for about the same amount.

The Detours Georgetown panniers were by far our favorite.  From the shoulder strap that allowed the bags to be carried with ease while not on the bike (quite a bit of time around train stations and airports) to the quick on/off racking mechanisms, the bags were superior in every respect.  The bags seem to be ideal for a wet commute and were just a hair on the small side for a two week long bike tour.  To be fair, Veronica and I only utilized rear panniers; however I would think four of these bags for one person would be more than adequate for a two week tour.  It would be nice in the future to see different sizes offered, but if you’re looking for a good set of bags for your next tour or better yet, a set of bags for your commute, the Georgetown panniers won’t disappoint.

 

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