Sunday, April 11, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Preride yesterday morning. Bacon under the broiler, hashbrowns and eggs in the cast-iron skillet. Bacon is a non-addictive vice, yet tough to eliminate totally from ones life without a religious dietary prohibition. Eating bacon is a guilty pleasure.
What a grand counterpoint to the usual bowl of whole grains and raisins. Even the dog got a nibble.
Does the Greek virtue sophrosyne apply to the eating of bacon? The painter in William Whartons' Scumbler pointedly smoked six cigarettes a year.
Read some Plutarch last night. Heavy hitter.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
A day off leads to expected haunts without leaving the city. There's a lot to see if you scale the view. Adjust the fine focus and take another look.
Somedays, 50 degrees and blustery is a prescription for stopping to smell the roses, if there were any blooming roses to sniff. I settled for brackish breezes giving me a crisp lash to the cheek at this stop.
Happy Easter is a little bit glib - Holy Easter?
If you go for a ride today, relish it.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Packed a Surly TravelersCheck to Maui last month. I checked in at West Maui Cycles in Lahaina for some local 411 about good riding there and the local riding conditions.
Always check in at a local shop to pick up some energy bars and local pearls.
After getting appraised of a '17 degree' section deferentially referred to by the shop employee as 'the wall' and a couple of other, lesser climbs on the route around West Maui decided it was well worth trying to bag.
I hit the highway the next morning about 7AM sporting a pocket HD camcorder and with an elcheapo helmet camera duct taped to my chainstay . i brought along a half dozen energy gels, a half gallon of water, and an inking i would be having a sublime and potentially challenging riding experience.
I poured thru that half gallon, and more than a half gallon more, on my ride around west maui that morning. Maybe its because i was wearing wool?
I rate this ride as one of the best 10 rides on the American Pacific for the scenery, challenge, lack of traffic and classic feel. One of the best.