When I was making money in the oilfields in Hobbs, New Mexico, I decided to buy the first mass-produced mountain bike: the original Specialized Stumpjumper. In 1988 I went to nearby Gila Wilderness for a 3-day ride over the trails to test its capabilities. At that time mountain bikes were so new they had no rules on them. People were amazed that a bicycle could be ridden on a trail since all anyone had ever seen was the skinny-tired ten-speed road bikes. For the most part it worked pretty well except that parts of the trail system were a bit too rough to ride on and I had to carry the bike some of the way. All in all it would have been easier to get a backpack and hike but not nearly as fun!
Gila Wilderness, New Mexico- 1988
What are we doing now?
Nancy is an artist and metalsmith making wearable art from recycled metal and antique components.
John is busy either hiking or planning his next long-distance hike.
Davy is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Boise State University.
Daryl is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at University of Texas Dallas.