DCTC track day – Ducati Minneapolis

Fun was had by all. I rode a bit, helped some nice
folks new to the track with their lines, and worked corners a bit.
Nice mellow day. Pictures are in this gallery.
As always, I have these in mongo huge resolution if you want ’em.
Just shoot me an email. While editing these pictures, I was
fairly impressed at how many people were getting their wheels off
the ground… Have a closer look through this gallery- there
are quite a few like this one:

These were taken mostly at the corner
at the end of the back straight. Since they patched the
pavement, it got a little bumpier. I didn’t realize how bumpy
until I saw these pictures. The SV moves around a little
through here, but I just figured it was bumps, not actual
wheels-leaving-ground. I find it more than a little magical
that motorcycles work at all on the flat, let alone when you do
things like this to them.

Get your chainsaws ready! It’s almost Zombie season opener!*

Okay, so while I’m burploading megabytes more only-relevant-to-me personal content up onto Flickr today, I switch over to Facebook and notice that somebody is asking about the axe trend.  As in “an axe, at a bar, wtfmaynard?”

I cannot touch this one for two reasons:

1.  Bikesnobnyc has already done it far more deftly than I could ever hope to:


2.  I have not personally viewed anybody carrying an axe in public in a not-normally-appropriate way.  This is stated with a caveat that I live in Stillwater, which hosts the rather excellent Lumberjack Days, at which time it is entirely possible to see all manner of wood-splintering accessories being toted about.  Non-ironically.

Oh, he’s a lumberjack and he’s okay…

Of course, this is tautological in that, living in Stillwater, I am assuming that anybody carrying an axe intends to use it as an axe and not as a form of irony or as part of a trend.  Such are the many risks of living out in the boonies.  That and potentially being more than 5 miles from a Starbucks.

Regardless, during my reply, I inadvertently stumbled across a Really Great Idea.

My reasoning went thusly:

Hipsters ride fixies.  Hipsters are taking to carrying axes (apparently).  Therefore the thought of a fixie with an axe carrier is quite amusing, in a LATFH sense.

Taking this one step further, it would be funny to carry a broadsword with you on a cyclocross bike.  This is a variation on a sport I’ve intended to invent for a long time now: Running with Swords.  Cyclocross with swords would be even more epic.  Probably more efficient from a miles traveled per calorie expended standpoint, as well.

What comes next?  Next is probably a dirtbike… what’s appropriate for that?  A chainsaw, of course!

That’s when it hit me.  What do you use a chainsaw for?  SLAYING THE UNDEAD!!!


Where do you find the undead?  AT ZOMBIE PUB CRAWLS!!!

That’s only 6 days away… not much time to get your anti-undead weaponry ready.  We’re gonna need to organize.  We’re going to need a lot of supplies.  Get your butt down to S-Mart and stock up on chainsaws and ammunition,  Make sure the Oldsmobile is tuned up and running well.  We’re gonna tell those zombies to “Come get some” because that’s what Ash would do. *

* This post is intended as humor.  Don’t go out and do anything to, at, or threateningly close to the no doubt very nice, uh, people at the Zombie Pub Crawl.  I do think it would be hilarious if somebody dressed up as Ash and went on the crawl with the zombies.  Wait, that looks suspiciously like Bruce Cambell in the ZPC poster…  Maybe they want Ash to join them so they can devour his flesh…

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch these movies: