Monday, November 26, 2007

Virginia's Northern Neck

It's not very often I get to ride with Nico. Never mind, riding with Nico, in Virginia, with Nico on my grey Shark, while I've got my camera.

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Backroads in the Lagunas

Here are a couple of pictures of some of the great, largely empty roads in the Lagunas:



The picture above is roughly halfway up the Noble Canyon climb (the paved climb)...at this point, you've passed the brutally steep lower portions (25% on some pitches) of the climb and the road is settling in to an average 10-12% grade....that will grind on another 2 miles or so. The views are spectacular from up here.



This is what the road surface looks like. Not *too* bad if you're on a mtn bike. But, if you're on a road bike and you had planned on pulling the paper-boy to get up some of the steeper sections....good luck. It's straight up or nothing. You can't see it here, but the pavement has built-in waterbars that make for "interesting" descending if you're on a road bike and you forget they're there.



This shot was taken looking back at the point where the previous picture (the gravel strewn road) was taken. Somehow, pictures of steep roads never look that steep. The section you're looking at varies from 12%-18%...which is not a cakewalk.



This is your reward for making the climb. Beautiful rolling roads, criss-crossed with mtb trails, zero traffic (hardly anyone knows this road exists, except cyclists) and a mix of high-desert chaparral and low alpine-style vegetation that is recovering from the 2003 firestorm that swept through this area.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Solana Beach Landmark



VG Donuts. It's been there forever, because they make the best donuts in California. There's nothing like a fresh Cinnamon Raised after a surf.



Humor.





Sunrise Highway mile marker.



Sunrise Highway with bushes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More pictures 2



On the old Sunrise Highway in the Laguna Mountains.

Friday, November 09, 2007

More Pictures



Fun with the exposure times.



I LOVE this fisheye lens. The superwide view is made possible by DxO Optics Pro v4.5.1.



The camera was less than 2 inches from the bike stand grip.

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Overlooking the Anza-Borrego desert from Kwimee Point Rd, right off the Sunrise Highway.