I was in California for almost 2 weeks, I landed 5 days ago and finally have time to sit down and sort through photos of the trip. I flew out to race the Red Bull Ride & Style http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Red-Bull-Home/001242989113783
but more importantly I was really looking forward to catching up with people I met almost 10 years ago. While hugs and handshakes were had with old friends some high fives were thrown to some new friends. Below is a chronological order of friends I saw during my trip, consider this a huge shout out to people that have inspired me to push myself in ways I never knew.
As always click on photo to enjoy full size
http://massansf.com/ We actually ended up on the same flight the next day due to tornado warnings in NYC. We were stuck at the airport together for 6 hours, it was nice to have the company and catch up over some beers and food.
The finish of the race was held at Mission Workshop, Crihs won the race and we partied with Rob Salimo and Little Jay!
A friend I've seen in a lot of cities through out the years of messengering, Davie Dave from LA moved to SF a couple of years back and seems to be doing well!
Lil' Jay, Jason Cleary clowning around after winning the Red Bull Race! Congrats man, you were slaying it with style.
Walton fell on his wrist but was still in good spirits.
It was cool to see KEO and meet Fish n Chips and the kid on the left I forgot your name, as you can tell we all had a couple.
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A really good friend of mine Ian Rose and his girlfriend, I've known Ian for 8 years now. We've lived in a lot of the same cities. It was really nice catching up!
After hanging out and racing Chas put together group ride for paradise loop the next morning.
40 mile ride with 2200 ft of elevation, one of the most beautiful rides I have been on! Andy Ellis from London joined us, my first time riding and hanging out, really solid guy! Dylan from Macaframa is a solid rider and was cool to get to know a bit more, we all were in pain but still really good spirits!
http://cadenceclothing.net/. We used to ride together in Seattle during earlier years. Really great and crazy to see how far things have came along! Really happy for you.
The next day I packed it up and headed to San Diego to work on a very special project and link up with this guy, Emi Brown. We actually were on the Cadence team together in 05. Really solid dude that has came along way but still keeps very humble to his roots.
Damn that was a long trip, I can't wait till the next one!