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5 Incredible Days

Hiking, biking & kayaking! Sue and I just spent 5 incredible days in Southern Utah.

Here's a few of my favorite moments.

Inside Arches National Park. Inside the park you'll find, or can attempt to find, OVER 2000 natural stone arches. Here we are in front of The Windows Arches.

This is 3400 tons of fun...Balancing Rock at Arches. I wouldn't want to be around when this thing decides to fall!

The famous Double Arch at sunset. And to give you an idea of the size, notice the ant-like people in the bottom of the photo.

Does this rock formation resemble any famous movie character? HINT: think Star Wars.

Ha ha! Our guide led us to the top of this arch inside the Firery Furnaces.

This is the view from Deadhorse Point. Remember the final scene in "Thelma & Louise" where they drove their Caddy off a cliff? THIS is the cliff! 2 classic Cadillacs were wrecked to film that scene.

Ahhhhhhh!!! Kayaking the rapids of the Colorado River. One word: AWESOME!

Moab, Utah has some of the BEST mountain biking in the U-S. Even the GREEN (beginner) trails were challenging.

Utah. You definitely need to add it to your MUST SEE list, whether you hike, bike, kayak or off-road in a 4WD vehicle.

Firery Furnace
Deadhorse Point
Arches National Park
MOAB Mountain Bike trails

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RIP Frankie

4 years ago we brought 2 furry little creatures into our home.  Sammi & Frankie were our new forever friends from Blue Chip Animal Rescue.

They were dropped off at the shelter together, and we were told that they were to be adopted together as well.

Sammi lost one of her eyes before she became a member of our family.  Frankie was her guide dog.
One minute he would be stealing her food or swatting her with his paw, the next he would be cuddling with her in bed or standing guard with her in our backyard.

Yesterday we lost this family member.

In July, Frankie developed some sort of digestive problems.  He would go into extended Downward Dog postures.  Originally, our vet thought it was a gas problem so Frank was on all sorts of old man products like Gas-X and Peptid AC.  It worked for a short time, but he seemed to be getting worse.  Later, our vet found what looked like a growth in his colon.  Wednesday he went in for surgery.  We couldn’t believe what they found:  a huge ball of hair!  The prognosis was good at this point.  Frankie was due to come home Thursday. 

Sue got the call in the morning that during the night Frankie had a heart attack and passed. 

We thank Back Mountain Vet Hospital for their care and understanding.  They our truly great people.  Thanks for the hugs too!

And THANKS to all the KRZ listeners for the messages of support and love.  You really don't know how much your kind words mean to us.  You guys are the best!!!

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Big Hugs and Thanks!

(Photo thanks to J Michael Schirra Photography)

I can't thank you enough for riding with me last Sunday in the 7th Annual American Cancer Society Endure bike ride.  Your donations helped me double my goal and overall the total raised surged past $35,000!!!

This year's ride took on special meaning for me as I rode in honor of my Aunt Rita (#RitaRocks) who lost her courageous battle with Cancer last month.  I know for a fact she was with me every mile.

My buds Brian, Vince, Mike & Tony who all helped organize & plan this year's ride.

Biking selfie while crossing the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre!

Thanks again for your support.  We'll see you next year for Endure 8!!!

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Having a Rough Day???

Tough week?  Boss giving you a hard time about EVERYTHING you do?  Friday can't come fast enough?

Maybe this vid of Tiny Hamster's BEST DAY EVER will help.  It can't hurt.

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Cancer sucks, agreed?

You still have time to do your part and help in the fight against cancer.

The 7th Annual
ENDURE RIDE is Sunday August 9 at Wilkes University.

Over the past 6 years, this event has raised over $230,000 for cancer research.  That's a pretty hefty sum for a group of riders willing to give up a Sunday morning for something they love anyway.

I've done this ride the last few years.  It's one of the best organized rides in our area taking place through the rolling hills of the Back Mountain.

And this year the ride will be taking on new meaning on a personal level as I recently lost my Aunt to cancer.

Pick a ride that suits your ability and GET SIGNED UP TODAY.

Who will YOU endure for?

I'll see you August 9th!!!


If you can't ride and would like to help the fight, please go to my fundraising page and give whatever you can!

CLICK HERE to donate..


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Take Me to the River

That's my River Fest crew...Sue of course, and our friends Donna & Steve.

Time to launch in Harding.

Never kayaked?  Get out on the open water.  It's really amazing to see the river from the inside out!

And here's the cool part.  If you missed out on River Fest down the Susquehanna River this weekend, you've got another chance!  High water & the threat of rain forced postponement of some of the events, so they're doing it again Saturday July 11!

Need more info?  Go HERE!

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Kids Rock!!!

This weekend was all about the kids!  Meet my new little brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, 11 yr old Josiah.  We had so much fun on Saturday ripping it up at Rich's Golf Center in Wyoming.

Here's Josiah proving once again you CAN'T beat the claw!  I guess all those MP3 players will have to wait.

And we topped off a super fun day with a trip to Carter's Dairy Freeze in Exeter.

Think you have a few hours a month to spend with a cool kid like Josiah?  Why not volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister?

CLICK HERE for me info on Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

And then Sunday at PNC Field...

Dad got to play catch on the field with their kids before the Railriders game.  Never miss an opportunity to play catch with your son or daughter, especially when it's at PNC Field.

An early HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all our Dads!

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Stephen Colbert writes a killer new theme song.


New theme song.  Done.

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Hit the trail!

It's almost time to hit the trail!  Join me and my fellow riders for the 6th Annual Heritage Explorer Bike Tour.

This is a fun and not too challenging ride along the well-groomed Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.  The LRHT is part of a 70 mile trail system that follows the Lackawanna River.

Get outside.  Breath the fresh air.  And explore all that NEPA has to offer.

What:  5, 11, 22 or 44 mile mostly off-ride bike ride
When:  Saturday June 20 8a
Where:  Blakely Borough Rec Complex in Peckville
Why:  Because you LOVE to bike!

Need more info on this year's ride?

Hope to see you there!


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Party at the Brewery!

You read that right!  There's a PARTY AT THE BREWERY Friday May22 6-8pm.

Join me & the rest of Team ENDURE as we KICK THE KEG.  Sample some tasty brews from the Susquehanna Brewery in Pittston.  There will also be live entertainment, snacks, and door prizes.

FYI...Endure is the annual bike ride that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Fri May22 6-8p

Susquehanna Brewing Co.
635 S. Main St, Pittston, PA

$20 in advance
$25 at door
*Live entertainment
*Light fare
*Beer & wine
*Door prizes
Join team ENDURE as we kick off our summer of support & caring.
And don't forget to sign up for the Endure Bike Ride Sunday Aug 9.

CLICK HERE for more info on this year's ENDURE bike ride.

Fred Maier of SBC & I sampling some of the brews when I took a tour in 2012.


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