Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jeff Crowe And I took a nice ride out to the end of Park Point and back last Sunday. Sure am glad we got it in before this nasty weather set in. This was the first time I have ridden from home in quite awhile. I just hate riding up 27th Ave West! But, I had to get over this and just do it. I not only had a good time, but lived to tell about it. Small steps....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall, Fall - That's All!

Nothing like some fall colors to get you out on the bike! This year has been fantastic to say the least.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

What's Been Happening?

Well, new job promotion, home improvements, a new deck, but not much cycling. What started as a small deck expansion ended up being a major up grade, including a cover grilling station and bar. Now, the rains came. Has to be my fault. We also upgraded to a nice stainless counter depth refrigerator, a very quiet and super cleaning Bosch dishwasher, along with having the driveway blacktopped. Cycling was not neglected, getting a carbon seat post for the MTB, and a Fizik Alliate saddle for the road bike. Now that this stuff has been mostly done, I get to ride again!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wow, we sure have had some great sun rises and sets lately. I get to see them almost every day going to and from work at my new job. The new job has kept me jumping, but at least it's commuting distance from home. If I had studded tires, I would be riding to and from work already, but the funds just haven't been there to invest in a set. This spring I will for sure, since the days are longer, I won't need a head lamp. Another thing to invest in, I guess.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Photo Redux

At the suggestion of Doug, I took the power lines out of the very long distance shot (for a compact camera) of Enger Tower. I like it!
Enger Tower Redux

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Doodling with Photos

Since I haven't been able to do much physically lately, I've had a chance to play with some photo editing. Published some on Facebook, so I though I'd post some here.
A trail in the Piedmont system


A nice climb 

Enger Tower from the rocks above Skyline Drive

Looking west from the same rock ledge

Fall in the woods
The broken ribs are starting to feel better so I should be able to get back on the bike soon. I can't wait!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Good Ride Spoiled - ER/Silly Safari Edition

Yesterday started off with me planning a photo safari by bike. Back in the Canosia Wildlife Reserve was to be the location. Deer, bear, moose, coyote, wolf, or anything else that moved was to be my quarry. I packed my DSLR and lens' in my back pack, along with  food and extra clothes, and set out to capture some images in the forest. I've ridden the road/trail many times before, but not lately. Things have changed - the hills have had some furrow/berms cut across them, and about a half mile from the river I was trying, road stopped. It appears the area has  been logged in a most bizarre way. A quarter mile wide pile of logs, branches, and debris stops anyone from getting through. I tried walking though, but it was almost dangerous, what with all of the sharp sticks ready to go through one's foot. I'm glad I was wearing MTB shoes with a stiff sole!

Frustrated, I turn back to scout another route. About a quarter mile into the return route it happened. I was trying to carry some speed going up a long hill, I hit one of the berms. A split second later, I was on the ground, unable to breathe. Finally, I did manage to breathe (obviously) but very painfully. I got to my feet and surveyed to situation. Cameras, cell phone, bike, all intact. No skin loss. To cuts or bleeding. No real signs of impact, just pain along my left side, plus difficulty breathing. I tried to ride the rest of the way up the hill, but deep breathing was unbearable, so a slow hike-a-bike up the grades and more coasting down, along with soft pedaling on the flats.

I finally got back to the van, loaded up and headed up the Lavaque Road. A stop at my folks house to grab some Aleave and rest, the home. We ate dinner and later headed to the emergency room at St Luke's Hospital to see what was going on. The doctor examined me and called for a CT scan, as he suspected I had damaged my spleen. Results were negative on the spleen damage, but showed a broken rib and the others badly bruised. Treatment? Nothing but some Loritabs and rest. Stay off the bike for a while, take a deep breath to make sure pneumonia doesn't set in ( due to shallow breathing, pneumonia is common with rib injuries), and stop taking metforman for a few days due to it's interaction with the CT contrasting dye  - that can shut down your kidneys. That would be just what I would need!

Climbing to the sun.

Weird place to pile wood and boulders.

Looks like big kindling for a big fire!
All in all, a beautiful day to take in the fresh, fall air and perfect weather. The ribs will heal and it's just another lesson learned. What lesson? 29ers' can't roll over anything if you don't pay attention!