Thursday, May 24, 2007

New Truck In The Bedsaul Family

Today I did my part as a consumer and helped our economy. I do a lot of driving for my job and my 2004 Tacoma TRD had over 71,000 miles on it. So before I stacked another 25K on it in the next year I thought it was time for a new work truck. I made the much need jump to the Tundra TRD. I have been extremely pleased with Toyota and their trucks. There resale value is through the roof. If you plan on trading in a car or truck every few years a Toyota is a good call.

Ian's 30th B-Day Party

Last night was Ian’s 30th birthday party. They had a wine tasting party. Everyone got a list of the wines and they wrapped all the bottles in paper. You had to taste each wine and guess which one it was on the list. The winner got a bottle of good wine and the loser got a bottle of Boone’s Farm. Well….Lyn did not get one right on the list. A big fat ZERO for big brain. So she won the Boone’s Farm. Ian received a really nice present. I’m sure you have all seen these things. The picture is an electronic moving picture. Hilarious! It will look great over their fireplace. It was a really fun party.

Ian's electronic light house gift. Very nice.

A big fat zero

As you can see I’m a red wine drinker. I got all the red wines right and all the wine wines wrong.

The winners and losers

Tammy and for little boy Norman

Bill and Lyn looking at which one of the electric pictures they would like to have.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

My House to Cherokee

I decided once again to put the hurt on myself. This is one of my ways to relieving my everyday stress load. I decided to ride from my house to Cherokee, NC. It’s about 80 miles to the KOA campground from our house. Because I have such an understanding and lovable wife she agreed to meet me at the campground. The Blue Ridge Parkway is an extremely challenging area to ride. You work for ever bit of elevation you gain. When you ride the Parkway you’re either going up or down. Not too many flat sections. Actually I only know of one section that flat and it’s only about 3 miles long. I took off at about 12:00 noon and arrived at about 5:30pm. 16,000 plus feet of was a great and challenging ride. Below is the profile of the ride. A lot of climbing but that's the way I like it!

No flat sections here

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Single Speed Is Being Built

When we got back from our hike I saw Gabe's shop doors were open. That usually means one thing...frames are being built. So I headed over with my camera and took a few photos of my frame being tacked up for the final welding. It's coming together very nicely. I cannot wait to ride it. I miss having a single speed.

Down tube is next

Seat stays

All sized up and ready for welding.

Mothers Day

Lyn decided she wanted to do a hike up at Graveyard Feilds for Mother's Day. It's a really cool place off the Parkway.

Paige and Mommy by the lower water falls.

The water was cooled so it took Paige a few times before getting in.

Paige with her feet in the cold water.

Paige and Mommy stand on the rocks.

Paige and Mommy watching Randall and Miya playing in the water.

Zoning out.
I have no idea what they are looking at but it must be interesting.

Another Saturday Packed Full Of Fun

Paige showing off her new helmet.

Daddy and Paige wearing their helmets’ together. Safety first!

Lyn was on call all weekend so we could not leave town so.... the Breedlove came down for the weekend to spend Mothers Day weekend with us.

Paige showing her amazing abilities with a set of chopsticks

Randall decided to load the last sushi roll up with the green magic hot stuff. You go boy!

Down the hatch! Stand back here comes the fireball.

I think his face says enough.

Of course we ended the night by the fire pit.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Today Paige went to gymnastics. They have a 1 hour class for little kids. It's awesome watching all the little kids jump on the trampoline, walk the balance beam, and jump into the foam pit. We had a blast!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Dinner and Music

We meet up with a few friends at our favorite Mexican restaurant last Saturday for some good grub. After dinner Lyn, Paige, and I decided to check out the band that was playing for the Mountain Sports Festival.

My Single Speed In Its First Stage

Here all are the tubes cut and ready to be made into a beautiful single speed. Phase #1 complete.

Town Mountain Hill Climb TT

It was another beautiful day in May for the TT. I love racing in the rain and fog. Unfortunately I did not make the podium with my 8th place finish but I did make the paper.

Assault on Mt. Mitchell Race

Through my quest to find a number to do the Assault on Mt. Mitchell…I have finally found one. I have wanted to do this race since I moved here. It's kind of a pain to get into the ride because they only let 1,000 people race to the top. Once you get on the list you are guaranteed a spot for next year unless you sell your number. Check out the climbing chart. All the climbing comes in the last 30 some miles of the 102 mile ride. It's a pretty challenging course. The real challenge is I have a race on June 9th called the Roan Groan and June 11th is Mitchell. Lots of climbing!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Paige Photos

Here are some photos as requested.