Day 1 was an all day climb from Front Royal to Big Meadows on Skyline Drive. We did not know it at the time but this would be our hardest day with over 50 miles of riding and 8000 feet of climbing. The day was hard but Bill was strong and had to push me along a few times. We were not managing our food in take very well and I kept bonking. At one point we were pretty much out of food and had no energy left but lucky for us at the bottom of the food box was a tube of agave and maple syrup. We downed it like some sort of power gel and it worked wonders to get us to our destination.
The weather was great minus a little rain that stopped right after we got our rain gear out. The heat and humidity had already soaked us, so the rain was nice.
We carried a lot of water but for the most part there were several good places to get it all along the way. The facilities on Skyline are great. The Blue Ridge Parkway also has nice facilities but they are much more spread out.
Our campsite at Big Meadows was wonderful. It had showers, laundry, bear boxes etc…. There is also a very nice lodge there. We saw a family of bears as we entered the area which was exciting. Also along the way we saw very tame deer on the side of the road and we had a small snake climb on to Bill’s wheel trying to escape the heat of the road.
All and all a good day but hard. Attached is a link to MapMyRide where you can see the details of ride on a map. The time it took and the exact mileage may be a little off. http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1161642599
The Basque country is incredibly beautiful and a great place to do some bike touring. My friend Bill emailed me about a month ago and asked if I would meet him in Bilbao for some riding around. Of course I couldn’t pass up the oportunity so we planned a little ride from Bilbao to San Sebastian along the coast. Because we were intent on riding as much trail as possible and riding without a real plan we turned a 100 kilometer ride into a 260 plus kilometer ride. We also were trying to do the trip on the cheap so we ended up spending most of our nights sleeping in fields on the side of the road, one of which was very popular with the local wild pigs. The adventure went off without a hitch and only one flat tire.
It seemed like work was slowing down recently but then I remember the backlog of projects that needed finishing or cleaning up. I have done a lot of photography work with bike messengers here in Barcelona including Paradise Weekend 2 years in a row, a series of portraits for a messenger company website, a four page spread for a fixed gear bike mag. in the US, and a report on the life of a messenger. From these jobs I have a ton of left over photos that are good but have been hidden away in my files. As of yesterday I had a chance to upload a few of those photos to my website and plan to continue uploading until I have a decent gallery for all the world to see. For now here are a few samples.
After listening to a podcast about time lapse photography I decided to give it a little try. It was lots of fun and gave me an excuse to be out in the sun for a few hours on my bike.