This is The Mother Tree. Show some respect.
This is The Mother Tree. Show some respect.
Day 1, Stage 1. Excitement blooms! It is 5am.
Day 1, Stage 1. Excitement blooms! It is 5am.
The crew for Stage 1, waiting for Dirt Diesel while he fixes a flat.
The crew for Stage 1, waiting for Dirt Diesel while he fixes a flat.
Icing the hand. Some idiot crashed 30 seconds into Stage 1. Dummy. (it was me)
Icing the hand. Some idiot crashed 30 seconds into Stage 1. Dummy. (it was me)
FAQs from the official invite to Tour de Tree.
FAQs from the official invite to Tour de Tree.
AM, Day 2 at The Mother Tree. Surprising turnout. I have started a cult!
Photo: Jon Takao
AM, Day 2 at The Mother Tree. Surprising turnout. I have started a cult!
Photo: Jon Takao
The roll call book for Tour de Tree.
The roll call book for Tour de Tree.
Taco amuses himself by riding in front of me to get shadow pictures.
Photo: Jon Takao
Taco amuses himself by riding in front of me to get shadow pictures.
Photo: Jon Takao
It's a brutal tour.
It's a brutal tour.
But it was just a random blood nose. No crash by Taco, just rides so hard it bleeds for the tree.
But it was just a random blood nose. No crash by Taco, just rides so hard it bleeds for the tree.
On Day 3, Taco lifts everyone's spirits by distributing a stem decal. There is much rejoicing.
Photo: Jon Takao
On Day 3, Taco lifts everyone's spirits by distributing a stem decal. There is much rejoicing.
Photo: Jon Takao
Foggy night at The Mother Tree, Day 3, Stage 6.
Foggy night at The Mother Tree, Day 3, Stage 6.
Day 4, Stage 7. Light bro. The light.
Photo: Jon Takao
Day 4, Stage 7. Light bro. The light.
Photo: Jon Takao
When 'The Draft' (aka Dolder) gets a flat, everyone stops.
When 'The Draft' (aka Dolder) gets a flat, everyone stops.
Lunch on Day 4. We are getting through this! Only three stages to go.
Lunch on Day 4. We are getting through this! Only three stages to go.
Taco and I stop at AJs for Burrito Baby (me) and Burrito Boobs (Taco). This is how pros portage their burritos.
Taco and I stop at AJs for Burrito Baby (me) and Burrito Boobs (Taco). This is how pros portage their burritos.
Day 5, Stage 9. Last morning stage. There is much rejoicing.
Day 5, Stage 9. Last morning stage. There is much rejoicing.
Each rider is responsible for portaging their own road soda for Stage 10 victory salute at The Mother Tree.
Each rider is responsible for portaging their own road soda for Stage 10 victory salute at The Mother Tree.
Shortly after we start Stage 10, the rain really starts to get serious. This is on the dirt on Madonna. It only gets worse from this point on.
Shortly after we start Stage 10, the rain really starts to get serious. This is on the dirt on Madonna. It only gets worse from this point on.
Taco takes time to make Erik the Red look extremely awesome on Mt Madonna.
Photo: Jon Takao
Taco takes time to make Erik the Red look extremely awesome on Mt Madonna.
Photo: Jon Takao
Three Amigos toast their victory at The Mother Tree (although they technically still have 20 miles to go)
Photo: Jon Takao
Three Amigos toast their victory at The Mother Tree (although they technically still have 20 miles to go)
Photo: Jon Takao
Laundry day for Taco, after completing the Tour de Tree, Groundhog Edition. It was his second tour, and my third.
Photo: Jon Takao
Laundry day for Taco, after completing the Tour de Tree, Groundhog Edition. It was his second tour, and my third.
Photo: Jon Takao
Worth it.
Worth it.