Monday, September 29, 2008

Back to Maine- Interbike/Vegas Wrap up.

Boy was I ready to be home! Don't get me wrong, the Interbike show is and was great, I met a lot of really cool Industry folks but, I was DONE with Vegas. There is only so much I can't take of all the money getting wasted, the ding, ding, ding of the slot machines, the cigarette smoke, the drunk people and the Mexican guys and girls flicking the porn baseball cards at you or anyone, even little kids. Who brings their kids to Vegas? I am not sure just who or why for that matter but, to each their own to do what they please. I thought about the wasted money part quite a bit as I watched the Fountain Show at the Bellagio earlier in the week. With the amount of money getting poured in and out of the city of Vegas on any given night, you could probably make a bit of headway on the National Debt this country is dealing with. It made me sick to my stomach or maybe that was the Vodka, I don't know for sure. I did not gamble a stinking penny and for that I am glad.

James and I tore down our booth on Friday night and put all of our stuff on our pallet to be shipped back to New Hampshire. It is amazing how quickly the Union Guys and Gals move in and start tearing the place apart. After working hard all 3 days talking about bike parts and computers, we were just numb. We took a cab back to the Treasure Island and got our luggage from the Bellman and a drink from the bar and sat outside and sorted our luggage. One group of people walked by and a Lady looked at me with strange curiosity...."It is a yard sale" I said, as my suitcase and bag were laid all over the ground with clothes, shoes, aero bars, bike computers and other fun goodies wrapped in bubble wrap waiting to be packed efficiently in my bags. She laughed, "I was just looking" she said, and did not seem interested in making a purchase. We had checked out of our room that morning and we had a red eye flight back to Boston Friday night so, I had few options on where to get my stuff packed up. We quickly took advantage of the lobby bathroom to clean up a bit. The Casino was full of people on this Friday Night.

I was making my rounds at the bike show at one point Friday afternoon and I ran into Katie Compton and her husband Mark Legg. They walked past me and I noticed the Spike Shooter logo on their shirts. Spike Shooter is their Major sponsor. Ironically, I had searched my address book to find Mark's email and ask him to stop by our booth since we sponsor both of them with U.S.E. Spinstix. As we walked by each other, I tried to connect eyes with either one of them and as I walked past, we both turned around at the same time and I had the opportunity to introduce myself to them. Katie had won the Cyclocross race on Wednesday night, so I quickly congratulated her on that and we chatted a bit about her upcoming World Cup Cyclocross aspirations and how she will be racing in Europe for most of the season. I told them about the new design of the Spinstix and asked them to stop by the booth so James could meet them and they could see the Stix. That was really cool meeting Katie and Mark, they are both very genuinely nice people. I also went over to Tara Llanes's booth to wish her well- If you remember from a past post, I visited her at Sea Otter last April and was struck with emotion as the reality of seeing her in a wheelchair hit home. She is such a bright light! I told her I have been reading her blog updates on her recovery and wished her all the best. She had a big smile and thanked me for coming by. I am not sure if she remembered me from Sea Otter but, I felt compelled to pay a quick visit and wanted to spread some love and healing energy her way. I hope she can someday ride a bike again...seeing her really made me think of my childhood and the issues I had. I am fortunate to be able to do the things I do....

So I am home with my lovely wife and furry friends, it is so nice! Now we prepare for our up coming working vacation to Colorado and Utah (I'll be the one working). We leave on Monday the 6th, (Tuesday is our second anniversary!) and we will be in the Denver/Boulder area as I meet with a few dealers and hopefully some journalists at Velo News. Thursday we will travel to MOAB, Utah for the 24 Hour race on the weekend. Steph and I will be hanging out with the Cannondale Mona-Vie Pro Mountain Bike Team as they defend their 24 Hours of MOAB Championship. They are sponsored with Exposure Lights and we will be up all night keeping their torches light. Tinker Juarez should be there also so that will be a huge honor to be in his presence ,as well as the other Pro riders. Plus, we should be able to get out for a few laps on the course ourselves. We have a couple of extra days either side of the race and hope to ride Porcupine Rim, Slick Rock and maybe get a nice hike in at Arches National Park or Canyon Lands. I have set a goal of helping Stephie find her Mountain Bike Soul she lost on our last trip to MOAB in 2001.I am looking forward to the drive across the Rockies to the Western slope of Colorado and desert of Utah. We are really pupmed to get back out there!
I'll have updates all next week and photos also.

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