There were some really good things, like finishing the Vapor Trail 125, and seeing my silly little business (ArkansasValley.Net) make as much in one year as in the combined six prior years it's been in existence. And Salida Mountain Trails had a great year. We built more than two miles of new singletrack since last January.
And of course spending the whole year with Kathy, my pretty little sweetie.
The not so good stuff? Well it's bound to happen. Might as well figure out how to deal. I'm turning 46 this month, and I'm still learning.
Today I rode as long as I have in a while. It was around 30° F and sunny. A bit breezy, but not too bad. I bundled up and took to the pavement. I decided to take a self-portrait in the Kerkovian tradition, as practiced by the master:
The legend, Jeff Kerkove, in a characteristic self-portrait
Then there's yours truly, the goober of Chaffee County:
My kerkovian portrait just does not have the same pop. Gotta work on this. And geez, wipe yer nose for Christ sake.
It really was a pretty day. I think 2010 might just work out to be pretty decent. We make our own good fortune, and disasters are disasters when we allow them to take on that role.
Good luck to everyone out there. Hope you all find the goods.