Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Mount Jumbo Muni- photos from this afternoon:

We got out for a good ride today- about 8 miles in various places, but the best photos came from the Mount Jumb Saddle area:


Dinner at the Round Table

I've been browsing the King Arthur Flour website for recipes recently, and we had their Mulligatawny Stew recipe a few weeks ago when some people came over for dinner- excellent. Tonight I'm trying this recipe for upside-down gingerbread.


Fender Time

Well, I guess I waited too long to winterize my bike. A cold rain descended on Missoula this afternoon and my pants as you see above were a result. Posted by Picasa


Life Hacks- ITunes Filter

I'm a fan of Lifehacker, another blog I haven't added to my sidebar yet- they recently posted this link to iTunes Filter- if you use iTunes and have a fairly big library with diverse stuff (I do, since all of my and Kate's discs are on there) this is a must-have.

You download the program, run it, and it compares your music to its database from all Filter users. then, in iTunes, select a couple of songs you'd like to build a mix around. Hit the black button on Filter, and it builds a playlist around the songs you selected. You can tell Filter how big of a playlist you want. It also pays attention to your listening habits- skip a song in a Filter-generated playlist and it logs that action and bases future playlists on your song-skipping.

The only con I have noticed is that it can slow things down on older machines, especially with the latest iteration of iTunes running with album art. My newer laptop is fine with this, but my 3-year old Vaio with 256 RAM doesn't always play nice with Filter.

Hit Refresh

If you've been accessing this blog regularly from the same machine, you might need to hit the refresh button in your browser so you can see the changes I've made over the last week or so. I've widened up the template, since just about everybody runs 1024X768 or bigger now anyway. I renamed some of the stuff in the sidebar and added a few more blogs to my links. And yes, I know that gizmodo, engadget, jalopnik etc, are all pretty commercial blogs and that thinkGeek is just downright retail, but I like 'em. And I like to be able to link right through to them rather than go all the way into my bookmarks folder. Anyway, I'm working on editing pictures in new posts so they fill a little more space as well and display better, and eventually I want all my links to pop to new tabs in Firefox, but that's a ways off for now.


Pattee Canyon

Kate had to work this afternoon, but I got in a nice Uni ride up into Pattee Canyon. To top it off, tonight I figured out that GPS visualizer also lets you export a .kml file to Google Earth, hence the image above. This was not the longest but certainly one of the toughest rides I have taken on, about 2.9 miles up and the same distance back. I was on and off the uni A LOT on the way up, mostly my heart rate would go through the roof, I'd lose my spin, and just then the trail would get steep or rocky enough to throw me. On the way down I only came off once, and that was more from daydreaming than any obstacle. I got pretty close to the final approach to Mount Sentinel, but had to turn back in time to pick Kate up. It's just as well because I'm pretty exhausted now. Posted by Picasa


(fiber) Glass Menagerie

I got behind this rig on the highway yesterday. Had to take a picture. Posted by Picasa


Rattlesnake and Sawmill Gulch

Kate and I did about 7.5 miles in the Rattlesnake last night, she on her bike and me on the uni. I bailed hard once and got some pretty good gashes on my leg, and Kate's tire went dead flat about a quarter mile from the parking lot on the way back to the car, but other than that, we had a total blast. We found a little bit of smooth downhill single track to play on (the upper part of the loop you can see on the map). Back to work today, and now we are home and on our way out the door for a quick run. Posted by Picasa