Arizona, cycling, Ministry, Mountain biking, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED


On Saturday April 24th we are going to do a little fund raising for a pastor and his wife.

On that Saturday morning approximately 800 mountain bikers will head for the hills for one reason or another here in Prescott Arizona.
That morning, I will be riding to raise funds to help Brian and Debbie Fulthrop get back into their home.
Brian and Debbie pastor a small congregation in the Village of Grand Canyon here in Arizona.
They have been living in temporary housing for almost a year now and would love to get back into a home.

We have not put all the details together yet but I thought I would post this info. on my blog to see if there is any interest from other mountain bikers or sponsors regarding this need.
Below is a link to the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race, a link to Brian’s blog as well as our little flyer  for this event..

If you would like to sponsor our efforts please contact me through this blog.

We are taking donations on a per mile basis.

For example $1.00 per mile multiplied by a total of 25 miles would be a $25.00 donation.

If for some insane reason you would like to join Team “CRANKING FOR THE KEYS” also you may contact me on this blog.

I am looking forward to a great ride that day.

Arizona, church family


Our church leadership team enjoyed a Rock Springs Cafe Blueberry Crumb Pie @ our Board Of Ministry meeting the other night.

What a great way to end a meeting than by diving into one of the best pies in the southwest.

Thanks Carrie Arnold for the amazing gift to our guys.

Here is the link to the Rock Springs Cafe is you are ever headed out of Phoenix on I – 17.

Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking

Black Canyon Trail

What a great day of singletrack at the Black Canyon Trail this past Saturday.

This trail is a mile after mile adventure.

We did the Table Mesa Trail head section and headed south.

We had a great turn out for this beautiful January ride.

The dirt was perfect. Can’t wait to get back before the heat hits the valley of the Sun.

I blew out a shoe about 10 miles into the 14 mile trip.

What a great day with a great crew.

Arizona, church family, rivers

In Memory of 6 Year Old Jacob Baudek

This blog post is in memory of Jacob Baudek.

Pastor Adam my son in law was able to go down to Mayer to visit and pray with
the family who lost their little 6 year old in the Agua Fria River Friday night.
Hikers found Jacob Baudek’s body yesterday.  Jacob’s father manages the YMCA Hunt club in Mayer.
This is a very sad situation as told by to me by Adam.  Dave, Jacob’s father was on top of his truck fighting to save his family for two hours.

When the storm hit, Jacob wasn’t feeling well because of a 103 fever with seizures and his family decided to take him to a doctor. As they were driving along Hwy. 69 near I-17, their truck was suddenly surrounded by surging floodwater.
If you have been to the YMCA hunt club you will recognize this section of road. You drive through the Agua Fria wash to get to the hunt club.
The boy’s mother and sister were also swept by the current, but managed to get to safety.

Today, our church family lifted the hurting and grieving  family in prayer and will continue to minister in whatever ways  we can.

If you would like to help, feel free to contact us through this blog.

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Stopping By The Woods

Stopping by the woods just after a snow storm here in Prescott proves to be breathtaking and worth the time invested to take a break and be reminded of its mystery and beauty.

Just look  in the woods and you can’t help but be amazed..

Tonight driving home I just had to take some pics of the woods the water and the winter.

Each Winter I think about Robert Frost famous “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening” poem.
If you know the poem you probably think about it’s amazing words whenever you see snow in the woods.

Stopping By The Woods by Robert Frost

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Granite Basin Recreation area just behind the house here in Prescott is an amazing playground of beauty and God’s art.

Here is a great youtube link if you would like to hear Stopping by the Woods.

Enjoy every season of your life.


Arizona, cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED


This after noon just before dark I did what I will call a “thorn in the flesh” ride .
I call it that for two reasons. First, When ever you ride with Steve Becker and Robert Middlemore,  you will suffer in your flesh. ( at least I know I do).  These guys are great mountain bikers that have  an amazing cadence through the woods.
We started at our my house and climbed over the new 317 into Thumb Butte and climbed up then down the 392 over into the pines and tapped out about 10 miles before arriving home.

Here are a few post ride pics.

Left to right – Steve Lummer, Steve Becker, Robert MIddlemore.

The second reason I call it the “thorn in the flesh” ride is because of the thorn I found in my right  arm after the ride.
Interesting what you pick up on a mountain bike ride.

Great times were had by all.

Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, SINGLE SPEED

I Love Singletrack

In the world of mountain biking there is no resource more valuable than singletrack.

Singletrack is typically a trail that is no more than 18” wide and requires you to ride in single file rather than side by side.

Whether you ride Downhill, XC or All Mountain the idea of a scenic, challenging ride in the backcountry is what many riders invest their time and efforts into this sport for.

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Really looking forward to Rob Bells’ “Drops Like Stars” gathering in Phoenix February 19 @ Tempe Center for the Arts.

We plot, we plan, we assume things are going to go
A certain way and then they don’t and we find ourselves
In a new place, a place we haven’t been before, a place
We never would have imagined on our own,

And so it was difficult and unexpected and maybe even
Tragic and yet it opened us up and freed us to see
Things in a whole new way

Suffering does that—
It hurts,
But it also creates.

How many of the most significant moments in your
Life came not because it all went right, but because
It all fell apart?

It’s strange how there can be art in the agony…

The Drops Like Stars tour is a two
Hour exploration of the endlessly complex
Relationship between suffering and creativity—
And I’d love to see you there.

For tickets go to: