Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Mario Vargas Llosa
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Canon S95 ISO 80, at 1/100 sec F2 (very cold White Balance).
Canon S95 ISO 80, at 1/100 sec F2 (auto White Balance).
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
4,500 feet of climbing in 16 miles is no slouch of a ride, either.
Here are some pictures I snapped along the route. First, a great view from a spur trail right near the top of the first climb. This is the view from the Tuscarora Overlook.
The first climb wasn't bad at all. I was a little tight from sitting in the car and not getting any sort of warm up, but the entire climb was rideable. Nice singletrack and the lower slopes were graced with rhododendron bushes that would be amazing in Spring.
This next shot was at the false summit of the third climb, which was a nasty little surprise of an incline. At this point in the ride, Flickinger and I had been on the trail a little under 4 hours (about 2.5 of that riding). We had just climbed and descended off the nasty second climb. The second climb was absolutely brutal. Granny gear from the bottom, an overall gradient at 12.5%with pitches at 25% on very, very narrow singletrack. At the very top, there was a 200 yard section that neither of us could ride. Tough terrain. So, after that climb and an all-too-short descent, the third climb was a little rough on morale. Makeable, but rough.
The descent off the third climb made the entire ride worth the effort, however. Beautiful smooth singletrack, navigable switchbacks, not too much exposure and great, swoopy, banked turns down ridgelines. And a sketchy suspension bridge at the bottom to cap it all off.
Update: I googled around and found a good video of the Douthat trails. The music is a bit suspect, but if you turn the sound down, it's fine.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Kölnerdom itself is enough for a separate post, so for now I'll just say it's bigger than I could have ever imagined. It's dark, imposing, intricate, and beautiful.
After finding my hotel and walking around for a bit on my own, I met Geli about two hours after I arrived. My hotel was one address up the street from her apartment (thanks for the tip, Geli!). Geli then took over and showed me all over her delightful city:
across the Rhine on the bridge that is famously covered in "Love Locks" - padlock mementos left by couples;
all over the downtown shopping area and into the biggest - and coolest - outdoor store I've ever seen (they've got a dive well, a rain storm generator and an arctic room with a wind tunnel and a thermal imaging camera, all for testing out their gear in the store before you buy!!) There are people testing out kayaks in the photo.
For dinner, we ate schnitzel and zweibelringen at a brauhaus (we mistakenly thought "onion rings" would be American-style fried onion rings - heh, joke's on us they were fresh raw onions!) and drank Kölsch (regional beer); wandered around in a snowstorm and planned the next morning's adventure.
The next morning it was off to breakfast for meuslix, cappucinos and PB&J on bagels at Cafe Cafe and then over to the belfry tour at the Kölnerdom where the view of the city and the inside of the cathedral is stunning.
Sadly, all too quickly I had to jump back on the train to Frankfurt to catch my flight home. Right before I left I snapped this last picture! The Pingel family misses you, Geli! Can't wait for this summer!
One last cool little item. On the ride to Frankfurt it snowed, making the countryside picture-perfect beautiful outside the train window.