Between a Rock and a H’ard Place

Ramblings of the mind, body and soul




Ventana Custom Bicycles - These are great bikes.  I own one.
CORBA - Mountain Biking - If you use the trails you should belong to this group.
GT BICYCLES - These bikes are good too.


Tuan's Mountaineering Page
Climbing Magazine
Rock and Ice Magazine



"The nicest Topo Maps we've ever seen!" Backpacker Magazine

Waterproof, tearproof and exceptionally durable topographic recreation maps

The National Park Service Home Page


Stan Jensen's Home Page - ULTRA RUNNING
UltraRunning Magazine
Virginia Happy Trails Running Club - Sponsor of the Coyote 4 Play race in Ojai and Pt. Mug
Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Race

Other Diversions

California Albums - Rare LPs with a huge inventory
Current Earthquake Map


So get out there and...ramble out yonder and explore the forests...breathe
deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate
the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy
yourselves, keep...the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I
promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound
people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by
desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards."
       --Edward Abbey, 1987

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at
the testing point.
- C.S. Lewis -

If heart is the true measure of the race, you finished a champion. 
- Carol Low - in reference to my AC100 2001 finish

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunity. Yet it seems an intense desire creates not only its own opportunity, but its own talent as well" 
-Bruce Lee

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is TOO HIGH and we MISS it, but that it is TOO LOW and WE REACH IT!" 

"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly."

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other,   body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!"

To succeed we must not care if we fail.” 
William Levinson.  "The Way of Strategy