Jordan Daniels, Jordan, J Strips (insert bacon emoji), Jordo, Jordy Boy, The Kid, Hey You, are all names I will answer to.
I have been enjoying bikes since I could walk. I ride both mountain and road bikes. When I am in the dirt, I turn the computer off, leave the phone in the car, put on some loose shorts, a cotton t-shirt, and go slam some berms and scrub some tables with the boys. What I love about mountain biking the most is how sketchy it can get: being able to react to every bump, berm, climb, decent, jump, drop, rock, root while on the trail at a high rate of speed is something I look forward to.
On the road, I prefer the tap dancing outfit with shiny white shoes and form fitting Lycra to squeeze out every possible power watt, while riding in a group or solo, around Central Oregon. What I love about road biking is digging deep into a mental hole and asking myself why I chose to be here and doing everything I can to climb out of it in order to hang onto a wheel or just finish the ride- what ever distance that day brings. It is amazing what distance 10+ strong riders can cover when they all work together. I didn't realize what passion I would have towards the sport until I started sharing the workload with others and really becoming an efficient machine.
A little bit about myself. I have lived in Oregon my entire life. I grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2008 to begin college. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I moved to Portland Oregon in 2013 to live with my now wife, Camelia Mayfield, while she finished her Bachelor's in Social Work. We moved to Bend in 2015. Camelia later finished school with a Master's in Social Work and I pursued my career in business. I am a Edward Jones Financial Advisor here in town and absolutely love my career. Camelia works at St. Charles in the ER as a social worker. While I love to bike and play with numbers, she is an absolute beast of a runner. Together, we love being surrounded by the mountains and playing in them as much as possible. I am happy to call Central Oregon my home now and likely forever.
I sought out the COW's group at the end of Summer 2019 and found myself enjoying the sense of community it provides. That is what kept me coming back time and time again. The welcoming everyone gave when I was still the funny new guy of the club is hard to recreate in any other riding clubs around Central Oregon. I hope to pass along the same hospitality to any potential new members in the community as this is such a wonderful group to not only find new routes, and eat way too much at the Christmas party, but to establish new long lasting friendships. I find myself now wanting to meet up with people I've meant through he group outside of COW's to go on rides, ski, BBQ etc. and I feel like that is pretty irreplaceable.
Go ride your bike.