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    2013 - It was a good year

    Nearing the end of 2013, I think back, "Did I do anything significant this year?" Well, not in the big scheme of things. I've certainly had years with more miles, more podiums, etc. But, it was a d@mn good year. I'm blessed with great friends, great family, and I live in a beautiful place to ride. I have a terrible memory, thankfully I have pictures to remind me of the good times...

    I love waking up to this view...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327226604/" title="A day to ride by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2849/11327226604_fc4ec65423_c.jpg" width="800" height="418" alt="A day to ride"></a>

    Early season, gotta take advantage of the fatties
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327308783/" title="Snow ride in the preserver by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3697/11327308783_0856ba5d57_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Snow ride in the preserver"></a>

    Braving the early season conditions on the Falcon Trail
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327269414/" title="Mark and Chris on Falcon Trail by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/11327269414_c3b30f221c_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Mark and Chris on Falcon Trail"></a>

    Riding with my good buddy, Tess
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327284064/" title="Snow ride with Tess by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/11327284064_2bfd54f5d1_c.jpg" width="800" height="599" alt="Snow ride with Tess"></a>

    Enjoying the local classic, Limbaugh Canyon, with friends
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327366663/" title="Chris, Jon, Lauren, and Ryan in Limbaugh Canyon by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/11327366663_951546f1fe_c.jpg" width="800" height="795" alt="Chris, Jon, Lauren, and Ryan in Limbaugh Canyon"></a>

    Carving obscure local trails where you rarely see another rider
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327224675/" title="Quinn and Jeff on Log Machine by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/11327224675_172f984056_c.jpg" width="533" height="800" alt="Quinn and Jeff on Log Machine"></a>

    Winning yet another 24 hour title with good friends and my awesome wife
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327327784/" title="Conquering 24 Hours of Erock by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3684/11327327784_3a3103a96e_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Conquering 24 Hours of Erock"></a>

    Enjoying beautiful views on the ride home from work with my boss and good friend, Rick
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327336444/" title="Ride to work view near Larkspur by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/11327336444_2d1eb75f60_c.jpg" width="800" height="398" alt="Ride to work view near Larkspur"></a>

    Travelling to far off places and sneaking in a ride or two
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327364314/" title="Lianne and Linda in Northern Ontario by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/11327364314_f3a747f4eb_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Lianne and Linda in Northern Ontario"></a>

    Passing along the joy of riding to family
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327367246/" title="Tess, Marley, Lauren, and Jenna at Monument Rock by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/11327367246_21d369d0e4_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Tess, Marley, Lauren, and Jenna at Monument Rock"></a>

    Riding in remote and beautiful places with friends
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327316705/" title="Brad on Ring the Peak by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/11327316705_df5c4c03d5_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Brad on Ring the Peak"></a>

    Seeing my Dad and Uncle Ray accomplish the lifetime achievement of riding across the USA
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327388716/" title="Dad, Mom, Melinda, and Ray after crossing the USA by bike by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/11327388716_bfc5e4d0f2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Dad, Mom, Melinda, and Ray after crossing the USA by bike"></a>

    Surviving big rides
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327483633/" title="Dave nearly finished with Ring the Peak by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/11327483633_2fbfc45fcb_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Dave nearly finished with Ring the Peak"></a>

    Getting out into the backcountry during prime season
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327452434/" title="Jeff riding the Log Machine meadows by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3679/11327452434_1b10334b39_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Jeff riding the Log Machine meadows"></a>

    Taking advantage of the light, warmth, and colors while they are still there
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327487724/" title="Tirpak above the glorious fall colors in the Preserve by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7335/11327487724_5fbafa45e6_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Tirpak above the glorious fall colors in the Preserve"></a>

    Introducing new friends to new places and old friends
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327401325/" title="Chris and Bryan on Spruce Mtn by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11327401325_7818fff3de_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Chris and Bryan on Spruce Mtn"></a>

    Making sure to get in those character building rides
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327523614/" title="Night ride on Baker's Acres by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11327523614_82791f34ff_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Night ride on Baker's Acres"></a>

    Immersing myself in the local landscape
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327496646/" title="Snow ride in the Preserve by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/11327496646_c5bb50616d_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Snow ride in the Preserve"></a>

    Here's to another good year of riding and living
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/11327200714/" title="Cheers to another good year by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/11327200714_050e1ef9cd_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Cheers to another good year"></a>
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    Certainly looked like a great year!!

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    I had a great year as well.
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    You nailed it Baker! Nice pics and a great year!

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    Great post, thanks for showing me around to the killer rides!

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    Great post! Love the pictures..
    Was a good year for me too. Back on the bike and riding again after an 8+ year hiatus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobzcheez View Post
    Great post, thanks for showing me around to the killer rides!
    No problem. Lots more to see and do... :-)
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    Great year, thanks for sharing!

    No big injuries I take it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    Great year, thanks for sharing!

    No big injuries I take it?
    Maybe another torn meniscus...time for an MRI :-(

    c'est la vie. Ya gotta pay to play.
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    Awesome pics brad! Always have a great time riding with you and the boys.

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    Excellent post! Unfortunately, the title introduced an ear bug of Frank Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year song.

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    Thanks! Had to look that song up on Youtube... :-)
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    Re: 2013 - It was a good year

    :thumbup: well said

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    Really love the "Passing along the joy of riding to family" As a dad of four daughters, my favorite rides are with them. Watching them growing and becoming stronger riders is awesome. Great pics. thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks. It is really neat to see the kids improve and enjoy themselves on the trails.
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    Great stuff baker!



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    sooooooooooooo cool!

    Thank you for that! What a great collage of pics!!!
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    Cool stuff ! Thanks for sharing your views for the year 2013. Well what plans you are preparing for 2014?

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    Nice pics. Looks like you had a good year
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    Quote Originally Posted by synodbio View Post
    Cool stuff ! Thanks for sharing your views for the year 2013. Well what plans you are preparing for 2014?
    I've been pondering plans for 2014...Kokopelli Trail, another 24 hour team race, maybe another big solo, and hopefully another race in the Colorado Endurance Series. Good times ahead.
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