Wrenched Nation Tour

  • Thirteenth Stop: Los Angeles

    We're gonna ride it 'til we just can't ride it no more
    From the South Bay to the Valley
    From the West Side to the East Side
    Everybody's very happy
    'Cause the sun is shining all the time
    Looks like another perfect day
    I love L.A. (we love it) -Randy Newman

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    Coming with on this trip to LA with me was my fellow Chromies, Eddie, Veronika, Other Eddie, and their pup. Veronika won the Chrome Coveted Jersey in the fixed category at the 1st race of the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series, the Marathon Crash. We brought her down there for the first race of the series and was carting her back on down to southern California for the third and final race, the 6th St. Drag. Continue reading

  • Twelfth Stop: San Francisco

    "What a long strange trip it's been" -Grateful Dead

    hqzIs that cliche? Starting off my San Francisco write up with a Grateful Dead quote? Listen, I'm not a hippie or anything, but my trip has been long and it has been strange at times so I think it applies here. Continue reading

  • Eleventh Stop: Denver

    "I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was 'Wow!"  -Jack Kerouac "On the Road"

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    Colorado has a special place in my heart and it's right near the aorta. I used to live and party my brains out at high altitude and loved it like crazy. When I was there my mom and brother each decided to make the move from Fargo and join me in this beautiful state, so stopping in Denver wasn't just another city I was visiting. I was going home. Continue reading

  • Tenth Stop: Austin

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    I have never been to Texas' capitol, Austin, before although I have heard nothing but good things about it. I have met people from Austin in Portland, where I live, and they either tell me that Austin and Portland are sister cities or Portland is ripping off Austin. Example: they both have the unofficial motto of "Keep Austin/Portland Weird" also Austin has SXSW and Portland has MusicFestNW. Other than those two things I would say Austin is less of a sister city and maybe more along the lines of a second cousin who sweats a lot. With a heat index ranging from 105-110, you'd be sweaty too. Continue reading

  • Intermission Stop: Dollywood

    We all have a bucket list right? A list of the things you want to do before die. At the top of mine sits the most wholesome of wholesome activities and it has been on my list since I was around six. dollywoodBehold.............. DOLLYWOOD! Oh gosh, where should I start? I guess I could start by telling you that Dollywood is a theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN that is owned by Dolly Parton. What I imagined of Pigeon Forge is it would be a sleepy little Tennessee town tucked away in the Smokey Mountains and Dollywood would be the biggest attraction. I was so far off, it wasn't even funny. I mean it, I wasn't laughing. Continue reading

  • Ninth Stop: Philadelphia

    Screen shot 2013-07-31 at 4.17.07 PMI don't know about you, but I love Rocky. I mean LOVE love him. He's the most optimistic and humble sonofabitch on the planet. Sure, he's not really on the planet because he is a fictional character.... or maybe he is because I carry that character in my heart and I am on this planet. Hmmmmm..... excuse me, it's getting deep in here. Since I have grown up loving all of the Rocky movies I have seen Philadelphia's landscape many times, but have never physically been there... until now. The drive from New York City to Philadelphia was free of traffic and relaxing (please note sarcasm). In addition to Todd Danger, I brought Mike, of the Good Food fame, and his friend Matt along to Philly. NYC and Philadelphia isn't that far away from each other, it's just that there are millions and millions of people in between and that day it seemed they were all out on the road. Also, we were riding that heat wave so that made sitting in a black RV that much more enjoyable (again with the sarcasm). Once we got to Philly, I noticed the streets were just like what I thought Boston's streets would be, brick and narrow. At times I had to hop up on the sidewalk just so I could make it through. I could feel the boys cringing in the back, thinking we were going to hit something, but sistas are doing it for themselves. "Chill out dudes, I got this". Continue reading

  • Eighth Stop: New York City

    "New York, New York, is everything they say
    And no place that I'd rather be
    Where else can you do a half a million things
    All at a quarter to three " -Huey Lewis

    nycBefore I was about to take on the Big Apple with a giant RV, I decided to stop, come up with a game plan, and assemble the troupes. I was driving on back highways and there was a parking lot that I pulled off into so I could make some calls. It just so happened by chance that it was the parking lot to a park and trails out in the middle of nowhere. Lucky me. I called up Brianna, the new Vice Manager of our NYC hub because she said the magic words: "air conditioning" and "comfortable couch". You had me at hello, Bri. We, Palmer and me, rolled in to Brooklyn, swung by her house to pick up her boyfriend so he can be my eyes and help park this beast. It's a two person job at times. Believe it or not, we had no trouble parking and.... spoiler alert: I had easy parking the entire time I was there. Andy and I found a great spot, went back to his and Brianna's place where he promptly began to fall in love with Palmer. She has that way with guys. One look in to those droopy eyes and it's game over. You're hooked. Continue reading

  • Seventh Stop: Boston

    winthropAll I heard about Boston is the streets are wicked narrow, guy. People were like "you're driving THAT in Boston?! Good luck." They obviously have lack of faith in my super sweet RV driving skills. I mean, I can thread the needle with that bad boy. Before I rolled into town, I chatted with Butters and Ben, of One Shot Couriers. They gave me directions to Winthrop Square, the messenger hangout, and I found illegal parking right away. They assured me that no one messes with them and it was a safe spot, which it was. I busted out some warm Pittsburgh beer, dispersed it amongst the couriers, and we became fast friends. I am pretty sure having Palmer there had something to do with it because, from what I can tell, Boston messengers LOVE dogs. Like LOVE love them. I could tell I was in the right place. Continue reading

  • Sixth Stop: Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh is for lovers....... and cyclists, and hi5ers, and everyone....... Pittsburgh is for me. I love that place. The state of Pennsylvania is beautiful with its lush trees and the rolling hills, but I didn't know what Pittsburgh itself would look like. I've never been there before and so I knew nothing about the city other than their hockey team's owner, Mario Lemieux, was the greatest hockey player of all time when he played for the Pens. Here's where the Gretzky fan's monocles fall out of their eye and they do a spit take with a mouthful of their Chamomile tea. The traffic in was thick and I went through a long tunnel before I got there, making it so I almost passed out when I was holding my breath and making a wish. When I saw the city on the other side and all of its bridges my mind was officially blown. Their city moto might as well read: "Pittsburgh.... who knew?"pitts1
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  • Fifth Stop: Chicago

    caponeSure, sure.... everyone knows that Al Capone lived in and ran Chicago, but not everyone knows I did too.

    Before I lived in Portland, I used to wrench at the Kozy's on Halsted where I was the captain of our super sweet gang the Broke Bike Saints. You could take that a couple of ways, 1. your bike was broken and we were the saints who would fix it or 2. we were bike saints who were broke because we were mechanics and didn't make a lot of money. Either way, we were rad. Chicago is exactly the way I left it, a large city, and we went straight to work getting things ready for that night's event. The guys at the Bike Lane were celebrating their third consecutive year of being nominated Chicago's #1 bike shop so we got the parking lot across from the Congress Theater to throw a party. Get ready for a bunch of fuzzy pictures.
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