As many of you know, Trailhead Supply has recently moved our store location. Our new store front sits straight across the street for a large plant nursery. Each morning as I’m brewing a big pot of Trailhead Supply’s world-famous coffee, I watch out the large front windows of our store to see this gal trudging through the snow to a sandwich style reader board in the nursery’s parking lot. She flips the numbers showing how many days till spring….I laugh to myself. Then I started thinking about her signage, you can look at this two ways…1st that is the truest example of most packers and trail riders. We have 60 some odd days till we have to get ready!!! Most of our repair work happens as we are loading up to leave, really more like throwing tack in the trailer or bed of the truck, while complaining that stuff is still broke from last season, along with practicing our adult adjectives. Then, later on while you are sitting in the dark by the fire at some trail head, with a flash light hanging out of the corner of your mouth, punching holes in some new piece of leather that wasn’t really what you wanted but it’s all some random box type feed store had as you pulled out of town. Sunrise finds you still trying to adjust and fit saddles while your party is ready to roll out…We all know that hurrying and poor fitting tack only leads to good times a little further down the trail….Remember this is supposed to be fun!!!
Or!!! We can look at that reader board as you have 8 weeks to get ready. So, you can make the most out of spring and summer riding, making good memories covering some amazing miles of new trails with friends and family. With this thought process in mind, I’m trying the get prepared in advance this season…It will be a first for me in a long, long time and I’m sure I’m with a lot of you.
So, for the next 7 weeks we will take on a topic to help you game plan a successful summer with loads of adventures…I’ll see you every Wednesday morning at 6am Mountain time to get ready to hit the trail….If you have a question or topic that you would like to see covered let us know and we will try to work it in during our discussion. It’s better to plan with a friend or you’ll be ready and now waiting on your riding buddy. Remember you can sign up so you’ll never miss a Coffee with Andy…. -Sign up here if you don't already receive our blog by email.
See you on the trail.
PS- For those of you that live in areas that you get to ride YEAR ROUND, comment with your best tips as to how you keep up on your gear maintenance without having down time.
Linda Yeater says...
I’m so glad to see your blog back up and running after your move! (Congrats on that, by the way.) I take mental mini-vacations every time I read it, as I wait out the bitter days of winter here in Ohio.
January 28, 2019
Lori Lennox says...
I can typically ride most of the year round, albeit with raingear always at hand. If I end up with a dicy piece of equipment that needs attention before the next ride I put it in the truck with me instead of back into the trailer and take it directly into the house/barn to work on it right away. If it goes back into the trailer I know I won’t remember to fix it. And then at the next ride I will be the one at the trailhead trying to jury-rig something together while my friends wait for me to get my (adult adjective) together!
January 23, 2019
Sherry Curtis says...
Great idea, getting prepared for the coming season. Some pointers on cleaning saddles, pack saddles and tack would be great. I have a lot of older stuff which hasn’t been used in several yrs. and want to get it in the best shape I can. Thanks. By the way one of the ways I’m getting ready for the coming season is by taking a packing class with Trailhead Supply.
January 23, 2019