July 9th. Damnit
Damnit. You're driving along, trying to hold a serious conversation on your cell when all of a sudden, BAM!
What the heck? Your van's impaled on the end of a concrete barrier. Who in the hell designed these damned roads??!
Even worse I don't think the owner will have much luck with their insurance. The "one way" on
this one way street was the other way.
July Sweet Thursday
Before getting down to business the brief IMO on Biking Detroit for J-Jy 2006. Most importantly the group
rides are really starting to blossom to the level we've become familiar with in other cities. Critical Mass D. has been joined
by a resurgent Critical Mass Windsor, and the irregulars (actually the rather more regulars) like BTT are going through the
roof. Just yesterday whilst circling the block before the England Portugal game (don't ask, so don't ask!) I was
passed by Andy leading a pack of 20 people on BTT's weekly ride. Way to got BTT! Elsewhere there were a few angry
words said about Biketown that looked to be coming Detroit's way but ended up going to a town in New England. The grind here seems to be
that Detroiters were more needy and would have valued a donation of bikes more. Frankly until we can all agree to ride
on the same side of the road, even I'd hold off on this. But more +vely, cycling is exploding here, a year ago when I moved
to RiverPlace there were two bikes in the rack. Now I can hardly find space to tie up and the number of people
riding to work is amazing. Go Detroit!
Ok. Enough blather. To the subject of today. Long rides, hard rides and killer rides. Sound similar, but can be
really different as I realised today. About a year back I did the loop to Ann Arbor at just over 90 miles, a long
but easy ride. Then there was the trip down to the Eerie metropark, long and hot. But today I did barely any
distance at all and was just about dead getting back. I'd set out for the taste fest. Swung by the west side to see
if I could spot Zeus & Sasha, then got turned around and ended up in the West Edison district before I knew I was
going north. I was well loaded up for photography, tripod, cameras, laptop and so had the big rucksack. But the
overcast weather was not tempting me to really head for the tastefest. So I was just ambling about the west side
when a problem started "thud thud thud" from the back tire. If it starts to slip it's a sure sign of a flat but
there was no slip. So I dismounted and took a look. Not good. Not good at all. My other bike as I;'ve said is disabled with a
blown rim and this was almost as bad. The tire was starting to delaminate and the tube was making an egg out of
the side of the wheel. Definately need fixing. So even though I was well heavy I set out east for B3 in the points,
taking cass down to forest, then forest and mack to the points. I figured on getting there at 10.30 but when I
arrived ... screwed ... the place wasn't opening till midday. So I went up Vernier to American Cycle and Fitness (not
recommended - expensive and not friendly unless you're looking to buy $$$$$) only to find they too weren't open till
midday. The rear tyre was now starting to look bad so I nursed the bike slowly back to B3 stopping by at Borders to
further overload with books (I'm going through a steinback spell - really liked cannary row, respected east of eden,
etc etc). At B3 one of the guys came out from the repair shop and immediately let some air out of the tire (I'd let
a bunch out but needed to keep it ride-able) that's on the point of blowing was his view. So he offered to take it
round back and throw a new tire on while I talked myself out of more money. My plan for the other bike is to transform
it into a hybrid and this was the time to buy the kit. The back wheel is screwed so I bought a new hybrid wheel,
some good hybrid tyres and some good tubes. Now picture this. Heavy full backpack, now has two tyres strapped to
the back so it's like a sail, and the repaired bike has a wheel hanging off one handlebar. This all set me back
the best part of 200 USD but it needed to be spent ... tell me biking is cheaper than driving, please! Then I
started back, much to my delight with effectivly two sails and a heavy backpack I was now riding into an increasingly blustery
and severe wind. Thanks so much. It was a killer, low gear high revs the whole way, watching for close traffic because
I had one handlebar carrying a new wheel. I got back about 2pm having started at 8am, and even with under 60 miles on
the Odo I was dead on my feet maybe it was the heat, or the weight. Whatever. Killer!
I'll end with a few shots of critters I cam across on my Vac in NE. The first is dedicated to Wolf who introduced me to
the art and science of photographing pidgeons.
Red & Blue Pigeon
The folks in Greenfield Village
|Mum, trapped between 2 cameras|
|Dad, plotting revenge with his D70|
June 23rd. More Vacation Shots
As I was saying my New England vacation was mostly spent looking up at cloudy skies waiting for the rain to stop. So here are a few shots of said cloudy skies ...
all taken around the Cape Ann/Rockport-Gloucester (Perfect Storm(!)) area.
Sky & Island
|The ground looks so small here|
June 22nd. New England Vacation
Things have been quiet here recently because I've been on vacation, then I was showing my folks around D and then
visiting with them up in Toronto where they were spending some time. Hence a lot of dashing about and not many
minutes for messing around with shots.
The whole vacation was a bit of a washout. It was more of a cycling than a camera vacation, after spending a
night in Boston I headed to Cape Ann where I hired a road bike and spent a week touring around the New England
headlands. Frankly there were times when I would have been drier had I just jumped into the sea, it rained
almost constantly and at times impressively. A good time to learn exactly what the stopping distance of one of
those thin-wheels is in the wet! But despite the whether I enjoyed the NE coast as I always have done. I also
got in my first game at comerica when back in the D - which was thoroughly enjoyable. Below are a few shots from NE salvaged from the rain ...
|Flooding rain & rough sea|
May 31st. Zen Garden, Belle Isle
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