Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brrrr....back to cold rides

Rode to work today. started out at 33 degrees and wasn't much warmer in Salem. I stayed warm. My fingers stayed tolerable until the Salem hills then they started throbbing. Gear: rainpants and a quilted warm liner over jeans; hiking boots and wool socks; tee shirt, fleece jacket under my TM flex jacket; Olympia winter gloves.
No pics again. Too cold for taking pictures.

Tomorrow promises some light rain. Think I'll ride anyway. I guess I like the bragging rights to being a cold-weather commuter. Either that or people are right...I am crazy! -kk

Monday, October 26, 2009

I almost closed this blog. I just haven't been here for a long while. We haven't done much (moto)cycling this year--been concentrating on bicycling. So maybe I'll just ramble for a while and get my thoughts together. I'm considering a new, well, different bike. I'm looking at standards. Somehow I have it in my mind that I will like riding a standard better than a cruiser. That it will somehow be more agile and handle more to my liking. I'm not sure how I came to this conclusion. I've never ridden one. But there you go. Perhaps it's delusion. A standard won't make up for my lacking skills as a rider.

Some silly pics to add: Moto-Cookie goes for a ride. This dog loves to ride! Cars, Bicycles, and now the motorcycle. Only thing left to try is the kayak.

What is that nice "hunkering down" feeling I sometime get while throttling on when leaving a corner.

I've been riding a couple years and I'm still discovering power up there in the revs. Shifting later and later in the acceleration.

At first I had to shift way down for corners cuz I was so slow. Then I got faster at cornering and didn't shift down so much. Then I discovered how good it felt to shift down for corners, but still go fast. Weird.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

McDonald Forest in the Fall

Rode in McDonald Forest last Sunday, Davies-Nettleton loop. The scenery was awesome. Pics don't do it justice.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One from the files...Roadside photo from our Crater Lake bicycle tour. Somewhere near Ft. Klamath.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Finally, seems like I'm getting a few more photos taken...even if it is with the point and shoot.These are a few from our "after-work" bike ride Monday. Santiam River at the diversion dam. Some fall colors are starting to show.

This is a blend from one exposure. I'm not sure but it looks like it has some artifacts, perhaps from all the  processing? I'm not sure, but something isn't right.

More of the same. Not a blend this time. It looks crisper...cleaner.

This little snap was from a drive on Sunday out to Ankeny NWR. I stopped to let the dog take a break and snapped this photo. It is also a blend created from one exposure. I'm pretty happy with the results.

I wish Blogger didn't crop the images.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Just a couple of pics from the little fuji during Saturday's bicycle ride to Detering Orchards.