Monthly Archives: June 2017

Freshly Painted

Hi all! Still here and still riding. I have multiple submissions to post, I just haven’t gotten around to it quite yet. My profuse apologies.

Looking for a Hudson Valley painter?

Just wanted to put in a plug for the local company that painted my house in New Paltz, New York. They did an awesome, very detailed-oriented job. As you might suspect, I’m picky as hell, and they did a great job. Further, I work at home, so I had to deal with them being here every day this week, and the crew was awesome–very polite and professional. Plus my dogs liked them, which is certainly not true for everyone.

Here is the painted half of my house. Not quite done, I think they still need to address the dormers and a couple downspouts, but they had to leave early because of the rain.

That’s Cabot Barn Red oil-based stain on the siding, and Benjamin Moore Cottage Red soft-gloss on the trim.

Contact Bob at R.J. Ritacco Painting Co here. Or give him a call at (845) 255-0979. They take jobs throughout the Hudson Valley.




Open Invitation for Submissions

Hi everyone,

I’ve been ignoring the blog recently. Mostly because my rides have been strictly for exercise–no real adventures other than a couple of trips over the ridge (which actually wouldn’t count as an adventure in any other year!) All my time is spent hiking right now, both because of the new dog and because I do not want to aggravate my neck injury.

So…if you have a story you’d like to tell, preferably with lots of pictures and a link to GPS (RideWithGPS preferred), please feel free to submit. Any ride in the Catskills, surrounding area, or Dutchess and Columbia.

All submissions will be posted, although I reserve the right to edit. E-mail me here.

Here’s Shay, my new Ridgeback and the cause of all the hiking:


…and yes, I was actually taking a picture of my new lamps. Shay moves around so much that it’s difficult to get a good awake picture, so this is the best I have right now. You’ll be the first to see it when I manage to capture one.