Another Sea Otter is in the books. As always, Sea Otter draws thousands of people & hundreds of bike vendors. It also brings crazy weather. This year was no exception. In the end, we had a great trip. We made some new friends. We talked with a lot of old friends. We showed our stuff. Sold some bikes. Made some good contacts. All in all, a success in my book.
Day 1 & 2 were spectacular. Here are a few pictures of Blake & I riding some new prototypes out on the course. I sure wish everyday involved riding prototypes in new locations. That would be a sweet job!
Day 3 & 4 were a little more crazy...at least in the weather department. Day 3 was cloudy, cold and windy. Day 4 was sunny, cool and windy. Check out this picture of the Felt tents flipping up and landing on the BMC tents.
Day 4 also means it's the final day of the show. Day 4 always involves one of the most difficult tasks, loading the truck. Consider loading 4 brands (Salsa, Surly, BMC and Fulcrum) with who knows how many bikes on one 26ft truck. Also consider that every person helping thinks they know the best method and order for loading. That is a recipe for disaster. Well, I can honestly say that it went pretty darn well and we got everything loaded in 1.5 hours! I took this last shot just before loading our Salsa bikes. Can you tell which El Mariachi Bobby built?
The final Expo day ended with friends and a little Thai food. While it wasn't the best Thai food I've ever had, it sure was a fun and relaxing evening. Maybe this helped.
That's it folks. Sea Otter 2008 is in the books. Next stop? Fruita. Another crew leaves for Fruita today. If you are going, make sure to stop by to say hello to K-Rocker, Shrek and Stevie.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.