bronatelife.com

Riding without a shoulder is dangerous

Apparently, last week on Mill (where ASU students go for their extra curricular activities), Joe and I accidentally performed a rain dance; clouds have followed us everywhere. Rain was expected on the way from Show low to Springerville so leaving the cougar’s lair this morning was a gamble. Everything was great until we stopped for lunch. Off in the distance we saw and heard a giant thunderstorm. We finished our 11th peanut butter and jelly sandwich of the trip (we’re keeping track) and preparing ourselves for a wet ride with our thumbs sticking out. Turns out our lunch break was just long enough for the storm to pass and the rest of our ride was sunshine and damp roads. The brief rain did cause another problem, however. Locusts. Locusts everywhere. Oh my god you couldn’t believe how many there were. Riding through them was like Moses parting the red sea of insects. Our tires smashed dozens and our spokes ripped up a few, but they got us back. Hitting fat insects going 20mph leaves goo marks on a windshield, imagine that hitting our arms, legs, thighs, and Joe’s face. After that ordeal we decided that locusts totally work as a top 10 plague. *The animal nerd inside me made me look up the species after I wrote this post; they were plains lubbers: Brachystola magna.
Originally, our plan was to camp in the Springerville area, but the forecast for tonight says rain. We just have our hammocks so we decided to get a motel in town instead. Nestled in the magnificent white mountains, Springerville is a beautiful place with a rich history. We know this because we checked out the local museum and learned all about it.
Many of you know of my deep and unending love for nature, but many of you may not know that I have a conservation hero. His name is Aldo Leopold and he is considered the father of modern conservation. His short essay, “The Land Ethic” changed my life (you should go google it and read it, it’s only 3 pages). Fantastically, much of his career was spent in the White Mountains and the Springerville-locs embrace him as a local hero. I cannot wait to go to the Aldo Leopold exhibit tomorrow before we head out of town. I’ll tell you all about it.
Refocusing on our cause… support has continued to flow in from all corners of the country. Countless people have contacted us asking if they can contribute monetarily to our bike ride. Fortunately, Ed Ramia and his company, Chemdry Carpet Tech in Los Angeles, are taking care of our financial needs (see the “our sponsor” link at the top and like their Facebook page!). Honestly, the best way to help us out is to make sure you are a registered donor. Once that is taken care of, spread word to your family and friends. If you need any information at all, look through the Donate Life website (also located at the top) or message us. I’m going to steal Joe’s idea and put a quote at the bottom.

Love from Springerville,
Max

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal”
-Aldo Leopold

20130912-201350.jpg

20130912-201358.jpg

10,372 thoughts on “Riding without a shoulder is dangerous

  1. Racing Rivals Hack

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it
    for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like
    to find out where u got this from. kudos

  2. dragon Ball z dokkan battle guide

    I am really loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any
    internet browser compatibility problems? A small
    number of my blog readers have complained about my blog not working
    correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.

    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

  3. backlinks

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it ;)
    I may return once again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom
    is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  4. corso di excel

    I absolutely love your site.. Very nice colors & theme.

    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create
    my own site and would like to learn where you got
    this from or exactly what the theme is called. Kudos!
    corso excel base

  5. auto shipping

    After exploring a number of the blog articles on your web page, I really like your technique of writing a blog.
    I book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Take a look
    at my web site as well and let me know your opinion.

  6. instagram viewer

    Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance”
    between usability and visual appeal. I must say that you’ve done a excellent job
    with this. Additionally, the blog loads super fast for me on Opera.
    Outstanding Blog!

  7. Grey Contacts

    I believe that is one of the most important info for me. And i
    am satisfied studying your article. But should remark on few basic issues, The
    website style is wonderful, the articles is in point of fact excellent :
    D. Good activity, cheers

Leave a Reply to dragon Ball z dokkan battle guide Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>