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Georgia Ride Recap with Jake Tong

imageSo… lets start with some simple facts contrasting Portland, OR to Loganville, GA… the southeast is humid, southerners want to kill you, and there are a lot of rolling hills. K, now that that’s out of the way I want to express just how cool it was to meet up with Jake in my neck of the woods. Normally it’s me traveling out to high-five internet friendships turned to real life homies. Jake’s visit to the southeast was refreshing for me and eye opening for him on just how different the southeast can be from the Pacific North West.

Fellow southern cyclists know all too well that summer heat hasn’t really even begun yet. Yesterdays ride was in the high 70’s / low 80’s with a cool breeze; well, I thought it was a cool breeze. One mans cool breeze can be another mans “hot breath” winds. “It feels like a person with hot breath is breathing on me.” Jake said after I casually state how good the breeze felt.

Neither Jake or I knew the area of Loganville, GA so we did our best eyeballing what appeared to be safe roads; we were unsuccessful. Definitely one of the more treacherous rides I’ve done in a while. Fortunately we didn’t have any close calls. Actually everyone that passed us gave us more than enough room, they just passed us blazing fast and revving their engines. Primarily large truck owners attempting to blow as much exhaust smoke in our face as possible. The craziest thing I’ve seen in my years of riding was a car slowly pass us by, put their car into neutral, and revved their little engine as much as they could ALL while behind a cop car traveling the same speed. The cop did nothing. I shook my head and was that much more thankful that I was raised right.

I wish Jake and I had more time to ride, high-five over coffee, and take photos around beautiful areas the southeast has to offer; but our time was limited and we made the best of it. Also… I couldn’t be more pumped on Jake’s new Wolf’s Mouth kits. If you’re interested in picking one of those up, do so this week as it’s the last week for the pre-order.

Go to The Wolf’s Mouth Cycling for more fun info and all around good cycling imagery capturing by Jake with a look into the Portland, OR race scene and all around good times.

It was great riding with you Jake!

RIDE x CREATE

I Got To Hang With Jake Tong

Jake TongBent up1Jake and I meet last year when I was on my first jaunt through the Pacific Northwest. He was cruising through Velo Cult for the Igleheart video shoot. We had a short conversation over a beer and that was it. A few months later he did a rider profile on his site The Wolf’s Mouth and asked if I would share a few shots and info, “but of course” I replied. So obviously we were gonna meet up for round two of FOLLY Invades The PNW.

We bumped into each other after I raced the Cross Crusades PIR race. We talked a bit and I told him about shooting a few photos for the great folks over at Gevenalle. As I’m downing… I mean, drinking a beer post race, Jake comes over and taps me on the shoulder; “Dude come checkout this fork”. I eagerly walkover, camera in hand, and check out this super gnarly bent fork. I still have no clue how it happened but pumped it didn’t happen to me (I believe everyone was ok).

With that said, Jake is currently raising money to photo document a trip across Vietnam.

In FEB 2015 I will be traveling to Vietnam to explore my Hoa Chinese (ethnic Chinese in/from Vietnam) culture. Accompanied by my bicycle and camera I will document the month-long journey. When I return I will display the images I capture at my first ever photo show TBA later in 2015 in Portland, ORE. Through social media & my blog (www.foundations.thewolfsmouth.com) I invite everyone to take an intimate look into my family and culture. Please join me on my bike as I discover customs and cuisine, meet local cyclists and ride their routes, welcome the Lunar New Year, and discover the beauty that makes this culture so invaluable.

Funds will be used to help with travel expenses, and taking care of my pets and home while i’m gone.”

Pretty rad project indeed. I hope you’ll go support Mr. Tong.

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