Mountain biking in Albuquerque

Paul and I decided to hit the Elena Gallegos mountain bike trail in Albuquerque since it came highly recommended from my buddy Mark Kittelson. After calling 5 or 6 bike shops in town, I found the one place that rented bikes: Northeast Cyclery. In fact, only one location of Northeast Cyclery rented bikes for $25 …

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Skiing in Colorado

After a relaxing Saturday of chorizo and egg burritos and catching up on email, we struck out around 3:30pm for Durango, CO. After initially missing our exit for US 550, we quickly got back on track and heading high into the desert. There was some snow in patches on the rocks around us and by …

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Driving across New Mexico

This morning we broke camp and hit the road around 9am bound for Albuquerque. Paul’s friend Chris recommended that we take the scenic route to Albuquerque and skip the flat, boring route through Roswell. It turned out to be great advice and well worth any additional driving that we ended up doing. Our route today …

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Backpacking in Texas

I flew into El Paso, TX on March 7th and after a fairly uneventful flight (there was a woman on my flight I’m quite sure was Rachel from the Real World Austin) Paul and I hit the Albertson’s to get some backpacking grub. Next we hit a sporting goods store for some stove fuel and …

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Outdoors in New Mexico

I’m heading out to New Mexico for a week to do some hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, spelunking, and potentially mountain biking. I’ve only driven through New Mexico a couple times (and each time I have encountered local law enforcement) so I’m stoked to actually get my feet on the ground for a few days. The …

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Richmond Marathon

Well, Leah and I finally did it. We first talked about running a marathon about five years ago and ran the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving in 2003. At the time I decided that was far enough to run as the 2:07 it took us to finish felt absolutely brutal. Up until that time the …

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Lotsa Bikers

This week I’ve noticed a lot more people biking along my regular bike commute route through the Duke campus. I’ve been riding the 3 miles from our house to class at Fuqua pretty regularly for the past year and just a couple weeks ago I hardly ever saw anyone on the road. Last night on …

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Garmin Edge Promises Big

I’ve been reading about the Garmin Edge over the weekend and from what I’ve read, the Edge should be the heat. It promises to fix many of the limitations with eTrex and Forerunner lines and appears to be designed with cyclists in mind. One of the most tantilizing features I read about is the SiRF …

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Campground Review

Before our trip to Vermont this summer, Leah and I looked online for campgrounds to visit along the way. In the past we’ve used the web for camping info to varying degrees of success. One of the most frustrating experiences was booking a (privately owned) campsite for Memorial Day weekend near Boulder and finding out …

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Sports Participation Numbers

During my summer internship I came across a report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association showing the participation in various sports in the United States. The free report shows participation numbers from as far back as 1987 and highlights some interesting trends. All the data referenced in this entry come from the 2005 Topline Participation …

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New Giant OCR Bike

So I finally got myself a road bike after 11 years or so of mountain biking (actually Leah got it through Performance). It’s a Giant OCR-C2 and it’s a sweet ride. Leah had it weighed and the sucker barely tips the scale at 20 pounds. The wonders of modern materials science… Once when I was …

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India and the global economy

I originally wrote this as an assignment for my India Global Academic Travel Experience course at school after a 10+ day trip to the country in March, 2005. I got a good grade on the paper and I’m pretty proud of the writing so I’m posting it here for others to read. Enjoy. The gleaming …

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Top Sporting Goods Retailers

Leah recently showed me a report on the top 100 sporting goods retailers in the US and I wanted to write about some of my thoughts about the data. All the facts and figures I’ll be referencing in my post come from this report, put out by Sporting Goods Business, just so ya know. First …

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