Mountain Mama Mountain Bikes DuPont

first_img“We sat down with a blank piece of paper and drew out our ideal life,” Eva Surls says as she turns her Sprinter van loaded with our mountain bikes into Dupont State Forest.I like her already. That combination of dreamer and take charge attitude in order to create a life conjured from one’s imagination is exactly the type of person I strive to be, it’s a characteristic I admire most in friends.The sun warms my elbow sticking out of the passenger seat window and the first blue sky in a week makes even a non-singer like me want to belt out a few Jack Johnson lyrics.I’ve just met Eva and don’t want to scare her off so instead I ask her more about how the Bike Farm, the base camp she owns with her husband, Cashion Smith, that caters to bikers wanting to explore the area.“We knew we wanted a piece of property big enough for friends and family to stay, and the concept evolved from there.”Eva parks at the trailhead for – and checks my fit on the bike. Before we start riding, she quizzes me on the front and rear brake and demonstrates the ready stance.We coast down a gravel road and she looks over her shoulder, her long braid off to one side, and says, “Elbows pointed out and heels down.”Eva stops before in front of the trail and talks a little about how to find the right gear for climbing and explains about shifting from the front to back of my seat depending on the steepness of the terrain.I follow her over some roots and then we turn back around and try it again to find a different line.After our second climb she reminds me to look ahead where I want to go instead of fixating on my front tire.Midway up she says, “Remember to look ahead at where you want to go.”I pick up my glance, which has been fixated on my front tire for the past few minutes, amazed at her to know where I’m looking given that she’s riding in front.We happily chat about trail running, dogs (her), and kids (me), as we ride by the river flowing below.Eva lets me know that the trail becomes more technical ahead. We climb over some more roots and negotiate some turns before the trail dips and we ride over the biggest root yet.Scared, I put my foot down right on top of the gigantic root, seemingly guarding the top of the hill.Eva stops her bike and says, “Good job getting this far. This root is bigger than the rest. Given what I’ve seen you ride so far, I know you can do it. Let’s session it for a bit.”I watch her ride it a few times and studying the way she stops pedaling a few feet in front of it, how she eases her grip from the handlebars as she approaches the root and how she presses her peddle a slight turn forward to keep her momentum once she’s crested it.Then it’s my turn. Eva is smaller in stature than me and she makes it look effortless so I figure I’ll be able to do it too.My first go I hit the root square on, my pelvis throbbing from the impact.The second time I stand there, hesitant with the realization that indecision could lead to physical pain. Eva tells me to take a minute to collect myself and take a deep breath.I think of my four-year-old son.Right now he would say, “Mama, be brave at this root.”He has this thing of misusing prepositions in a way I find adorable so I don’t correct it. Besides, it lends a certain insight that I often miss. He realizes that we don’t have to be brave globally, in all situations, that it’s enough to pick one very specific thing and direct all the courage we can muster toward that.I tell myself I will be brave at the root as I ride and shift my weight in time so that my front wheel climbs over the wheel but then hit my pedal on the side of the root. The same thing happens the next dozen tries.I keep focusing on my line, on where I’m looking, on where my feet are, and my body weight.On my last go it all comes together. I approach the root at the right angle and unweight my front tire, while still keeping my gaze ahead. Once I’m over it, I pedal forward.“I did it!” I say at the same time that Eva shouts, “you did it!”I can tell from her tone that she’s as proud as I am. We high five and ride the rest of the trail.Eva echoes my son’s wisdom. “Every ride, pick one thing to work on and session it. Spend ten or fifteen minutes trying the same move.”The rest of the week I try rolling over things on my bike. It’s such a small thing, getting my tires across a rock or a root. Even so, I swell with pride ever time.As the week goes on I notice that I’m feeling more focused as I tackle a negotiation or difficult discussion in my business life, too. By keeping focused and asking myself to meet a discrete task with a courageous attitude, I’m becoming brave at life.last_img read more

Done Deal: Douglas Costa Officially Joins Juventus From Bayern Munich

first_img“We had serious and constructive talks with Juventus’ representatives. All of FC Bayern’s financial demands have been met,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared.“I’d like to thank Douglas for his performances. After two successful years and four titles, it was his big wish to take on a new challenge,” Brazilian forward, Douglas Costa has signed a one-year loan deal with Juventus with the options of a permanent move worth €47m.A statement on Juventus official website stated: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with FC Bayern München AG for the temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2018, of the registration rights of the player Douglas Costa de Souza has been finalised for a consideration of € 6 million to be paid within seven days of the FIGC registration execution.”“The agreement also provides Juventus the option right, to be exercised before 30 June 2018, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 40 million to be paid in two financial years. The consideration may increase of € 1 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.”The 26-year-old moved to Bayern in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 14 goals and providing 27 assists in his two years spell at the Allianz Arena. Costa also won two German championship titles, the DFB Cup and the DFL Supercup. “We granted his request, and we wish him and his family all the best for the future in Italy.”RelatedJuventus Sign Joao Cancelo From ValenciaJune 28, 2018In “Europe”Aaron Ramsey in Talks with Five Top European ClubsDecember 31, 2018In “England”Five Players To Historically Play For Bayern Munich And JuventusJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

“Our Mandate is to build Africa”

first_imgThe Management of Ecobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has reiterated that the Bank’s mandate is to build Africa and develop Africans, and that ELL will not depart from this core mandate.Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke was speaking Thursday at the grand finale of the Ecobank Deposit Mobilization Campaign (EDMC) in Sinkor where  a customer of Ecobank’s Zwedru Branch emerged as the lucky winner of a brand new four-door Chevrolet valued at US$15,000.Madam Cecelia Harris Jolo is a resident of Zwedru, the provincial capital of Grand Gedeh County.She current works at the Zwedru airstrip. Speaking with Ecobank officials via mobile phone, Madam Jolo said she was surprised.“I can’t believe it. What did I do to emerge winner of the car?” she asked. Responding to Madam Jolo’s inquest, the head of marketing & Communications at Ecobank, Madam Ivy Fairley added “you won because you regularly deposited money in your United States dollars savings account at our Zwedru Branch.”The brand new vehicle is the Ecobank Giant Prize Giveaway. The draw was held at the Ecobank Branch in Sinkor in the presence of the Board of Directors of the Bank.On June 12, 2013 the campaign started with the Ecobank Management encouraging USD savings account holders to regularly deposit US$100.00 to allow them to form part of the draw.About 31,000 customers’ account numbers were qualified for the grand prize, which Madam Cecelia H. Jolo won. Supervised by the Liberia National Lotteries, the over 31,000 account numbers were placed in a rolling drum by three Ecobank Board of Directors.Madam Jolo’s account number was picked by a male customer who had gone to conduct a transaction at the Sinkor branch. The drum was rolled over and again before the customer, named withheld, turned his back and picked the winner.Many bystanders were amazed that the winner of the grand prize was from rural Liberia.Madam Jolo was expected to arrive in Monrovia Friday to take delivery of her brand new Chevrolet. The promotion, analysts observed, was a win-win for customers and Ecobank.A bystander noted that while it is true that only one person is taking delivery of the car, the rest of the customers that make up the 31,000 regular depositors now have savings accounts that they can refer to. The bystander also noted that Ecobank benefitted because the Bank was able to mobilize more deposits, thereby increasing its assets base.The Ecobank MD told the public that Ecobank is here to fulfill its founding objective of “helping with the rebuilding process of Liberia and improving the livelihoods of ordinary Liberians.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more