Sink to the Level

My favorite flavor of Kool-Aid is Husker. And let me tell you, I drink the Kool-Aid all summer long in order to be good and ready come football season. Flavor: Husker red (Image, With no football to write about, the Journal Star’s Husker beat writers spent their summer covering a subject even nearer a … More Sink to the Level

Filling Vacuums

I drove my dad to Minneapolis last fall. My younger brother had bought a new house, and we were coming (ostensibly) to help him move. My dad could barely walk at this point; such was his arthritis and back and nerve trouble. The scooter bouncing along on the back of the pickup was a clue … More Filling Vacuums

Thoughts (and prayers) on Gravel Worlds 2017

Plenty of things about Gravel Worlds make me shake in my cleats. There’s the distance: 150 miles out (and two miles up). There’s the late-August heat (and the late-season fatigue). The gravel itself isn’t the tire-eating stuff you find outside Emporia, but it can lull you into problems—convince you it’s packed and fast, then go … More Thoughts (and prayers) on Gravel Worlds 2017

DK200 2017 Updates

It’s here gravel grinders, the premiere cycling event of the year — DK200! Eric is off preparing so I (Eric’s wife and part of the Abe’s support crew) will be stepping into keep the blog updated with all of the day’s highs and lows. Our Lincoln Abrahams are in Emporia, KS already soaking up the … More DK200 2017 Updates

Long Odds, Cruel Ends

There’s a woe-is-me Homer Simpson quote I’ve never forgotten: “Sick on a weekend … What are the odds—one in 10,000?” It’s easy to see random misfortune as darkly cosmic. Our cars fail to start “at the worst possible moment.” What we usually mean by “worst possible moment” is simply “now.” And misfortune can’t help but … More Long Odds, Cruel Ends