Saturday, September 27, 2014

Boulder Lake S24O

This past Tuesday I loaded up the Trucker for my first bike camping trip in almost 2 years.
My plan was to go to the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center and stay at one of their free lakeside campsites.

Road Trip!
As this was just an overnight trip, I only used 2 panniers and a frame bag.

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The fall colors are coming along nicely.

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The 17 mile trip was entirely paved until I came to the cross country ski trail that leads to the campsites. Trish and I scouted the trail last year, so I knew which of the ten campsites I wanted.

Boulder Lake Campsite
Lo and Behold, the site was available. As a matter of fact, I believe the other nine were open too. The only company I had was an owl, a few woodpeckers, and a couple of geese.........and cars on the road, and gunshots in the near distance. Next time I'll probably go further up the trail. Wearing blaze orange probably wouldn't be a bad idea either.

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Boulder Lake
Ultimately, I found the view to be well worth having to listen to a little road noise.

Creature Comforts
After tending to a little campfire, I hit the hay for a very restful 9 hours of sleep.

Overall I had a really good time. The sites there are all really well appointed, especially considering that there is no fee. They will even deliver firewood for $5 a bundle if you reserve a site (which is a $30 fee).
The only part of the experience I didn't like was the loneliness of a solo campfire. I have no issue at all being by myself, it just seems that a campfire is better when it's shared.
I'll try to not let another 2 years go by before I bike camp again. I'll have to start early next year so I can get into the groove.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Bikers


Why thank you!

What? You weren't referring to me. 
My mistake. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tin Lizzie

And I thought I lived life in the slow lane. 
Wait, they passed me. I guess I do. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Go Vegan

I Am and I Will
After devouring a couple of tofu scramble burritos for breakfast, I went for my Sunday morning ride where I came across this little bit of pavement graffiti. I wasn't quite sure if it was telling me to be vegan or if it was cheering me on because I am vegan. I appreciate it either way.

Not Hot
Because man cannot live on burritos alone, I stopped for some iced coffee. I had a black and white mocha with almond milk. It was delicious.

Osprey on a Crane
The osprey cheered me on too.

Pavement Ends

No Hands!!!
I achieved a new milestone. I rode no handed for what must have been a whole five seconds. Since I don't have the greatest balance I won't be making a habit of it.

Danger Panda #1
Look! I did it again.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

4 Months Later

I can't believe its been four months since I last updated this blog. It's not that I haven't been riding, I just haven't taken many pictures. It feels as if I keep seeing the same things over and over, and I just couldn't seem to get inspired enough to pull the camera out of the bag.......until today.
So here goes nothin'. Time to get back in the swing of things.

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To start things off here's the ever popular over the handlebars shot-Pavement Edition.

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This group wants nothing to do with me and I don't blame them. I must have approached from upwind. I didn't take a shower until after my ride.

Paddle and Peddle
I'm not a real big fan of paddle boats. Because my legs are so long, I always end up sitting on the back of the seat in order to be able to pedal without getting a knee in the chin. At least with a bike I can raise the saddle into the stratosphere if I need to.

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Another over the handlebar shot. This time it's the Gravel Edition.

Black and White and Hazy
I took this B/W shot down low for the sake of a little variety.

Doe? a Deer
My second deer sighting of the day. The first was nothing but a blur.

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On the way back home I came across the course for the triathlon being held today. Apparently, triathletes aren't the brightest bulbs in the box.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Errandonnee 2014: Complete

As Monday is my normal day off during the week, it tends to be the day I run most of my errands. I was able to knock five of them off of my to do list while at the same time, complete this years' Errandonnee challenge.

Coffee and a Haircut
With spring coming it seemed like a good time to get a haircut. Indoor parking is always a bonus.

Category: Personal Care and Health
Distance: 7.5 miles
Observation: The best errands always include free coffee.

Another Errand Complete
I stopped at the credit union to pick up some check registers. It's good to stay in balance.

Category: Wild Card
Distance: 2.1 miles
Observation: As long as you're in the neighborhood you might as well stop.

Galleria
I came here thinking that I didn't need anything, but I left with a couple of saddle locks, which are wire cords that you loop through the saddle rails. As long as the would-be thief isn't carrying a sharp pair of scissors, I think our Brooks should be safe.

Category: Bike Shop
Distance: 0.7 miles
Observation: You never know when you are going to find something you didn't know you needed.

Cocoa and Coffee
We needed coffee beans and I needed something hot to drink. The beans ended up being ok, but the mexican hot chocolate ended up being the best I've ever had.

Category: Coffee of Dessert
Distance: 1.5 miles
Observation: I will stay somewhere much longer if I can keep my bike in sight.

Wine Rack
The final stop of the day was to pick up some "grape juice" to go with dinner.

Category: Any Store That is Not a Grocery Store
Distance: 9.6 miles
Observation: The best wine chiller is a pannier in winter.

So, the final numbers for the 2014 Errandonnee Challenge are:

12 errands from 7 categories
Total Distance: 45.9 miles
Observation: I think I've done as many errands by bike in the last 2 weeks as I have in the past 2 years.

I'm hoping that next year, instead of doing errands by bike specifically to meet the challenge, the errands will be things I'm doing already. Completing the challenge will just be a bonus.

Big thanks to MJ for helping to kick-start my use of a bike for a purpose.