Summer No. 2 - it's a time of year. It's a mindset. A changing of the guard. A changing of the leaves. An emotional state. Summer No. 2 is what you think about when you aren't finished with the first one. It's a smell that permeates the air. The air of arrival. Push it off and just go for it.
There's a bit of a conversation that happens when we go out to ride this late in the summer. Basically, it revolves around whether or not this will be our last real ride. You know, like one without fenders and long sleeves or at least a rain jacket tucked into a rear pocket. Not neatly tucked either. That's for early in the spring, when you're hopeful that it won't be coming out. We are talking jammed in this situation. Smashed deep into your jersey pocket, held only in place by distain.
But, that wasn't for now. For this time.
This time was all fancy blue cycling jerseys with a cotton candy coating.
On this day we were out riding to shoot some of the new Team Wooly Mammoth gear. We made a big deal of these things after all because, well, they are a big deal. We were spotted coming back down from the hills. Our friend Joe saw us as his family was lunching in NW and we can only imagine the awe that filled him as we glimmered past. He texted quickly, but not quickly enough "saw you guys in the pink and blue!! whoa!!" It was the same awe (presumably) that caused the line at Salt & Straw to turn their heads in wonder at those gentlemen in their Sunday finery on their exquisite machines. We can't be sure, but at least one person wandered away from that storied line, wondering what they were doing with their life, waiting, while we were out there getting after the proverbial "it."
But, we're getting ahead of ourselves again.
That was all after the Italian plum trees and the life-lessons from Freddy. Apparently, raccoons will actually get up in the trees to gather this sweet fruit and in the process shit all over them, tainting them for whomever may come after. He's full of life's little lessons, that Freddy. But, for some reason even knowing this about the fruit trees didn't prevent him from taking them down and suckling them straight into his waiting mouth. We didn't care either — what was he really droning on about again? We just kept pulling the down from where they hung and popping them in our mouths and then spitting out the hard centers.
And that was after the incident with the trampoline in the middle of the woods.
Who knows how it even got there? Well, it's certain that someone knows how it got there. Just not us and just tampering with it for a few moments made us nervous that someone would come stumbling from a trailer that we hadn't previously noticed to take pot shots at us with their 22. That didn't happen, thankfully, so we were allowed a few brief moments on its sagging but still bouncy surface. We didn't take off our cleated Giro sponsored Empire footwear. As you can see. Which maybe wasn't that cool of thing, now that we are reflecting on the situation. We attempted flip after flip. Bounce after bounce. Launch after launch. And if you've ever spent time on one of these sketchy bouncy-castles-without-walls you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
One of these men uses sunblock.
We went with a couple different socks this time around. One white, because, well white just works with the TWM aesthetic, with the TWM line of thinking, and one blue because, well that works too. It's not rocket science over here. It's science for sure, they are CoolMax™ socks with many wicking properties, with many other properties too (one hole at the top, 6 whole inches of cuff). Plus, there are some blue bidons and a cap to top it all off.
But just before that we had our run in with father.
Not your father, or my father, but the father, like the guy who runs a church. Long black robe, collar, you know the drill. We had pulled into a parking lot to fix Colin's flat tire (good one Colin) and that parking lot happened to one of a church. He saw us cruise back towards our friend Mary (aka the Mother) and said, rather ominously I might add, "there's no way out back there." We politely mentioned that we were good and then quietly conversed with each other as to whether or not he was speaking about our souls or the parking lot? "Whoa, that was deep for just a passing comment from a father." We decided on the latter. Right? Right.
We finally came to the conclusion that he could smell the sin on us. Because illegal drugs like marijuana are sins, and they smell. Wait just one second. That's not an illegal drug any longer, that's a full on legal drug. In fact, we made a limited number of TWM x Pure Green socks to pay tribute to our most recent sponsor. Patrick, or COACH as we like to call him has been pushing for this relationship to come to fruition for a while now. Does he imbibe? No he does not, but he's all about a concept and this is a concept that he can get behind — space travel! Time warping. Do we condone using these elements in your daily life? Yes we do. Do we condone using these pre-rolled "art supplies," as Patrick once called them — while riding your bicycle? Well, "make good choices" my father would say, and his voice echoes through my head every time. We'll leave that up to you because we know you make the right call for you.
Do visit our friends at Pure Green next time you roll through town. You dig?
If we go back much further into our story, it's just a bunch of guys standing around in kit drinking coffee and blinking awkwardly at the sunshine. Like, a lot of coffee. We were drinking coffee and marveling over how nice all of our kit looked on each others freshly shorn legs (Dan, not Zach). We were talking about the up coming cyclocross season and what and before you knew it we were rolling out to see what the day would bring. Turns out that was a lot, or not that much at all, depending on how you look at things.
Special Thanks to all of our sponsors:
Giro Cycling for the Head Protectors and Fancy Slippers.
Pure Green for the "art supplies" and hi-fives.
If you're looking to pick up something from the new Team Wooly Mammoth Summer No. 2 Collection, you may do so by following the link in the photo below.