Archive for October, 2005

Out Into The Woods

VelociRaptor

After finally healing and getting over a nasty case of poison ivy from my last ride at Alum, I figured it was about time to head out there again. In addition, I finally got around to replacing my old tires with a new set of WTB VelociRaptor’s. Of course, this wasn’t an easy project since WTB tires are a real pain-in-the-ass to get on & off the rim.

Regardless, this time I figured I’d ride a little more conservatively, since I didn’t really want to get laid-up again. Having a new set of tires made a world of difference out on the trails, since the trail is thickly covered in leaves and my old tires were pretty much bald. Here’s a photo to give you an idea of how many leaves are already down. Pretty soon, it’s gonna be just about impossible to even see the trail.

chloe

In less pleasant news, we had to put my mother’s cat, Chloe, to sleep yesterday. She was about 20 years old, and her health had seriously deteriorated the last couple of months, so it wasn’t totally unexpected.

During the weeks while I waiting for my leg to heal, I spent some time watching some of the various tech video podcasts that are out on the web. Pretty amazing just how many there are. Some of the ones I’ve sampled have been TWiT (the one with Lawrence Lessig is worth watching. Here’s a link to the bittorrent), commandN, Diggnation, DigitalLifeTV and NerdTV. Most of the video podcasts seem to be done by refugees from TechTV, but it is interesting to see what content is being made available out on the web.

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Alum Phase 2 (or How To Screw Up On An Easy Section)

Alum Creek Phase 2 Sign

Went to Alum Creek yesterday for the official opening of the Phase 2 trail. It’s a pretty cool trail that is set-up in such a way, that you can go a lot faster due to the longer stretches of graded trail, unlike Phase 1. It also is much more technical than Phase 1, as you can tell by this warning sign. The ride went pretty good until about 2 miles in, when I was doing one of the many log crossings. I went in a little too quick, and didn’t see what was on the other side when I placed my front wheel down, and ended up going over the handlebars. Unlike most of the other times I go over the front, this happened so quick that I was unable to click out of my pedals in time. I think I ended up hurting myself more against my bike frame, than the contact with the trail. My left leg banged up against the frame so hard, that my upper thigh is almost totally black and blue, and I can barely walk on it. Luckily, I was able to ride out, and decided to stop for a few photos whenever I needed to rest. Hopefully, my leg will be healed before next weeks race. Here’s some of the photos I took on the trail:

  • Here’s a cool bridge, and from a different angle. Pretty scary, since it’s only about 3 feet wide, and at it’s highest point it’s about an 8 foot drop.
  • Here’s one of the many sketchy log crossing from the the front, and the back.
  • A narrow creek bridge, which unfortunately I didn’t capture the long steep off-camber trail that leads to it.

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