Dobovedo's Journal of Journeys

a place to document in mind-numbingly boring and excruciatingly painful detail something as basic as riding a bike (or running… or swimming)

15 Aug

Paved? Mountain Biking

For a couple months now I’ve been hopping on the mountain bike and riding over to Bent Creek and back in order to do a trail/gravel road ride. This is somewhat silly but at least the ration of paved miles to non-paved was about 2:1 or 3:1.

I was about to push that ration out to 10:1.

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10 Aug


I had planned on riding up to Craggy Gardens one last time before the Parkway was completely closed at Tanbark Ridge Tunnel, not just to motor vehicles but to bikes and hikers as well. Unfortunately, I missed my chance by just a few hours. As an alternate plan, I headed up through Biltmore Forest and did then rode the Hendersonville Rd. to Folk Art Center section and then headed up as far as the tunnel to check out just how “closed” the closure was.

It was pretty freakin’ closed.

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09 Aug

A Gust of Early August

August blew in quite a bit differently than July blew out… although there was still rain in the forecast more days than not, and we did get showers, they were a lot shorter in duration and lessened in intensity. It was continuously gray and overcast, but for the first time in longer than I can remember we managed to score a pretty damned nice first weekend of August. It wouldn’t last, but for a few days things were more like a normal summer in the North Carolina mountains.

Except for the temperatures.

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31 Jul

Wrapping Up July

For some reason I want to think we got a break in the rain somewhere in July, but it can’t have been much. I know we never went more than a single day without some amount of precipitation so maybe the fourth week was a case where I just got lucky with a couple hours of breaks in the clouds a few days in a row.

Or maybe I just stopped thinking about it and accepted it as part of daily life.

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21 Jul

A New Kind of Bent Creek Week

When living in Bent Creek Neighborhood, directly adjacent to trails, it becomes very easy to fall into a pattern of simply going out the door every day and hopping on said trails, either by bike or on foot. That’s a great asset to have, but does tend to become rather limiting over time. For the first few weeks in the new place I looked around for alternatives, explored my new surrounding areas, and did a lot more road riding than mountain biking.

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13 Jul

…July Visitors

The second weekend in July… the weekend of the traditional “Asheville Trip”, a group of friends heading down from Ohio to Asheville for a weekend of riding. It started out many years ago as an alternative to entering the very pricey, hard to get into, and from what I have heard, logistically nightmarish Assault on Mt. Mitchell. I’ve never done the actual event, but this annual group trip is what led me to move to the Asheville area four years ago.

I didn’t like being limited to a few vacation weekends to do big rides in the mountains.

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07 Jul

July Showers Bring…

So if you haven’t been around Asheville for the past three months, or if you have been around Asheville, but never go outside, you may not have noticed that it has rained just a little bit this summer. And by “a little bit”, I mean we’ve had a shit ton of rain.

Or is it a pant load? I can never keep that straight, how many pant loads in a shit ton?

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30 Jun

More June Catchin’ Up

Over the first couple weeks of living in East Asheville, I started to get the feel for my new surroundings, ride distances, traffic patterns optimal routes for riding and a little bit for running. In the last week of June I did more of the same. I had feared that I would really hate not being next to Bent Creek, but discovered that my fears were unfounded.

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22 Jun

Craggy Ride With Tom K.

OK, gonna try something new here. Like thousands of other users, I’ve grown tired of the way Yahoo has screwed up what used to be the awesome Flickr photo sharing website. In the past I have looked at and tried various gallery photo solutions to integrate directly into WordPress, but didn’t have much success with them. However, the most popular one in recent years, NextGen Gallery, has recently undergone a major overhaul and debuted their version 2.0. So I’ve decided to give it a go. I really have no idea what I’m doing here but will start out slow.. basically just getting a single gallery of photos uploaded and displayed in a single post. These photos are also on Flickr but with any luck I won’t need to resort to that.

And with any luck, I will completely redo the entire dobovedo website to look more like a photojournalism blog, with a completely new theme and photos more prominantly displayed.

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21 Jun

June Gone Too Soon

OK, this is getting ridiculous.. now two and a half months behind on writing. Makes me wonder if maybe I’m just fooling myself. Almost nobody reads these blogs and I apparently don’t even care that much about writing them. Life moves on, things are changing. June disappeared in a hurry and time continued to get away from me.  First it was the move to a new house and living with Julienne for the first time. Not to mention doing it with the beginnings of what would become a wicked cold. And not to mention having my backpack stolen, along with my work laptop, two Kindles and my camera, among other things.

Yeah, that fucking sucked.

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01 Jun

Welcome to Casa Dobiago

On June 1, Julienne and I got the keys to our new place in East Asheville. Moving in together. Shacking up. Living in sin. Blah blah blah. After two plus years of dating this was a big step we were taking and it was both exciting and stressful. Neither of us had lived with another person for quite some time, and for me it was the first time since I was divorced. Scary stuff indeed. I haven’t gone into too much detail about our new place, but it is vastly different from my old place.

For one thing, it doesn’t have a trail into Bent Creek running right out from the end of the driveway.

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31 May

Wrapping Up May

Following the Liberty Ride, the blackout, and the trip to the hospital, I ended up having a fairly light final week of May. By light, I mean ride/run activity. The end of the month was anything but light because in just a few short days, I would be moving into a new place. The end life on of Donnybrook Ct. and the edge of Bent Creek Forest was getting close. It’s interesting how you can plan something like a move nearly three months out, then wait and wait and wait… making arrangements like mail and utilities and stuff, but not seemingly getting any closer. Then all of a sudden you come home from a vacation and BAM!… the next big life event is suddenly upon you.

Hmm… maybe I should have started packing sooner?

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