Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thank you

It's always been difficult for me to look at the history of Almanzo because I only ever see one side. I've never ridden in the event and as such, only have the experience of directing it. That said, it is humbling to read the personal accounts of so many folks that were on the other side. The article below is no exception. Thank you, Mr. Still. Reading your article is a testament to the right moves made by the folks in charge of Spring Valley's Tourism. Thank you.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Almanzo Lives

Happy Winter. Merry Christmas. Etcetera.

Things around Almanzo have been quiet. Not a lot of movement on Social Media. Not a lot of movement on here. The website is down. Etcetera.

That said, Almanzo lives. After speaking closely with the folks at the Spring Valley Tourism Committee, I have decided to hand over the reigns. Yes. There will be an Almanzo. 

The important details are:

Date: May 16th, 2015
Start Time: 7:00am (162), 9:00am (100)
Start Location: Downtown Spring Valley
Cost: Free

The other details are:

You will be able to ride all three courses. There will be a start line. There will be a finish line. There will be a handshake at the finish. You will still be responsible for you. And most importantly, it will still be free! 

If you're interested in heading that way this Spring, just fill out a postcard with the following information and send it to the address below:

Your info:
Race Declaration
Contact Info

Send to:
201 S. Broadway
Spring Valley, MN

It's pretty simple; Send a card if you want to get in on the starting and finishing rosters...or don't. 

I filled mine out this morning and will drop it in the mail Friday the 2nd. I'm looking forward to riding it for the first time. Ever.

Best to you and yours,
Chris Skogen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stuff. Attachment.

This morning I accidentally put my GoPro camera through a cycle in the washing machine. I had put the camera in the right-side chest pocket of a flannel I was wearing when I went for a ride on Wednesday night. I don't normally use that pocket on any shirt/jacket/etc because it's not easy to get to and usually pretty useless. However, in this case, I put the camera there as a way to keep it safe and secure. 

Fast forward. This morning I grabbed a bunch of clothes to throw them in the washing machine as I needed a clean pair of shorts for work. I checked every pocket on every item, just like I always do. Every pocket except the one I never use. The right-side chest pocket on my flannel. Clothes go in. Water goes in. Soap goes in. Lid goes shut. Timer goes on. Easy.

After thirty minutes time I head back down to the laundry area to remove the wet clothes from the waging machine and put them into the dryer. This is when I see my camera, resting lifelessly on the bottom of the agitator. 

My first reaction was frustration. Frustration with myself for forgetting to check the pocket and frustration with myself for being so absent minded. 

My second reaction was, it's just a thing. A thing that doesn't contain life and isn't necessary. A thing that is nice to have, but doesn't make or break my life. A thing that came easily and will potentially leave easily. 

I mention the latter because for a long time in my life I would have been put back by an event like this for a while. I would have stewed over the fact that the camera was expensive and that I don't have the money to replace it. I would have been in a bad mood for days. I would have...but I'm not. 

Something happened this summer between the beginning of June and the end of August. Something changed the way I look at things. Something came to rest in my mind that had been stirring for years. That something is Medora Time. 

The idea of Medora Time isn't new. The name, for me anyway, is unique and something I can easily identify in times of stress or fatigue, but the concept is as old as man himself. Medora Time isn't calculated by minutes or hours. It isn't recordable. It's just a frame of mind that says "everything is just as it should be". It lacks expectation and judgement. It is being present. It just is. 

Cameras come and go. So do bikes. So do cars. So do people. Everything is impermanent. Everything except Medora Time. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Every Course We've Ever Run

We figured it might be time to add a link to every course we've ever had. So, here they are. Starting with the course that kicked it all off in 2007 and working all the way through the Almanzo, Royal and Alexander as they exist today*. Below you will find a MapMyRide link to each of the courses in our storied history.  It's probably worth mentioning that, given the amount of time that has passed since we first got going on all of this, some of the roads listed in the early courses may no longer exist. If you get out there and find that to be the case, our apologies in advance. If you're so inclined, try them all. If you're not, no big deal.

In the meantime, we're going to try and get back to writing here on a regular basis. We've got some elaborating to do on some ideas we have like 'Medora Time' and '#LeisureCX'. We've also got some words to relay on the subject of building communities. No matter what, we're still trying to improve what already exists and we're committed to making our world a wonderful place to be. Thanks again for reading and here are the courses. Enjoy.

*Please notice there was no change from 2013 to 2014, so you won't find a link to the 2014 course.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Went to North Dakota.

We went to North Dakota. We made this short video as a recap. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 Royal Finish Roster

Below are the finish line results for the 2014 Royal. If you do not see yourself listed and you finished, we apologize. Chances are we couldn't read your number as you passed and weren't able to track you down afterward. Thanks for coming out and congratulations to all!

13:37:001827LotfipourCarlos Aarash
14:49:001810ReinkordtElisabeth "Grindcore"