Monday, October 16, 2006

Back in BC

Slowly adjusting to life back in beautiful BC. It's very nice to be moist air and leaves on the ground! Schwartzy and me nailed a few killer days in the Valais between finishing our road bike trip in Tuscany and flying home from Geneva. Yes, that's right, road biking. This is a whole other story...that i'll tell you about later. Anyhow, we busted out of Italy, popped into the Kona Europe headquarters in Monte Carlo to drop off a bike and then pinned up to the Hotel La Vallee, our home near Verbier and surrogate family. We are treated so well there it's insane. A big thanks to the Pelletier family! The fall weather was prime in the Alps: cool in the morning and warming up to the low 20's c by mid-day. Perfect for riding. We hooked up with a posse of rippers: guide Francois Panchard, writer Amael Donnet, photographer Christophe Margot and Red Bull atheletes Rene Wildhaber and Phil Meier. Rene is one of the worlds top endurance DH racers and a former top 10 racer on the Word Cup - won Peru this year and the Mega Avalanche at Alpe D'Huez. Phil is a pro skier based in Verbier. Needless to say we had a wicked time!!! They were doing a story for Red Bull and we luckily joined them for a few days.

Check out these links of wicked panorama photos taken by Panchard:

Joe is back in Nelson for a few weeks before heading over to Thailand for a month to join his woman. Nice! I'll be here in Vancouver and Whistler and Pemberton...planning trips for 2007 and beyond and watching the snow line creep down the coast mountains. Talk to you soon...and happy riding eh.


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