I received word this week that I must travel to Vegas for a trade show in August. I immediately began plotting on what else to do, likely spend a few days hiking or backpacking in the Grand Canyon. For the heck of it, I did a Mapquest for my California training camp area in Santa Ynez valley and SHAZAMMMM, it's only a 6 hour drive away. Wouldn't it be neat to ride those mountains at midseason form rather than when I am a fatty patty in March? See how much time I can cut off my best times, see how much I can eat and drink again? The answer....heck yes. Rather than ship my bike, I found a Specialized Tarmac with compact crank I can rent so that sounds like a climbing machine. Also, for my birthday, my kids got me this neat little video device called a Bloggie. So, I'll collect some video "footage" and post it to Youtube via a link on the blog, as well as take some more neat images.