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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Color Belts & Wildlife

8.23.2016 21m
Aug mtd: 239 ytd:1393
Parked at Millvale today. Rode errands around town. Saw a new mural going up at New Amsterdam, which I wrote about here. Kind of an homage to Car Culture.

These are my fave color belts in Pittsburgh:

I think these deer were playing Pokemon Go:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not an Accident

8.19.2016 35m
8.20.2016 6m
Aug mtd: 208 ytd:1372
Thursday I sat in on a trial of a driver for vehicular homicide while DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and DUI. He had killed a cyclist close to where I live on Halloween, 2014. It was compelling to sit in the courtroom. The defense tried to poke holes in the prosecution's case, presented an expert witness to explain how it was the cyclist's fault, and claimed that since no rear reflector was found in the wreckage then there clearly wasn't a reflector on the bike.

The prosecutor was tremendous. He asked the expert witness, was the bike seat found in the debris? No. Do you think he rode without a seat? No. Oh, so not finding wreckage is different from it not being there. Then the prosecutor said, Do you think that the driver being intoxicated was a factor in the cyclist's death? The expert witness said: that's outside of the scope of my assignment. Nice guy, who established his credentials with being a LAB LCI.

Friday I drove with Karen to Meyersdale, PA. Climbed 8 miles to the Continental Divide, descended 8 miles to Frostburg MD, climbing a heart-breaking half-mile to Broadway and SHiFT, a farm-to-table foodery. OMG.

Karen had a corn-potato-OldBay soup, and I had chilled gazpacho. We both got salads. This is such a tremendous place. A bit of a climb up from the trailhead - I need to figure out a different approach. It doesn't seem necessary to start up on top of the mountain, descend to a point 500' below the main drag of Frostburg, then climb back up.

However, on the list of local supplies: Accident, MD?? Really? Can't we change that to Crash, MD or Collision, MD?

Rode back to Meyersdale. Found a voice message that the driver had been found guilty on all counts.

Stopped in Rockwood at the Rock House Inn. A completely different experience than the localvore chow we'd had for lunch, but we got pizza and wings and it was good. I'll eat there again.

Saturday, 8.20, rode 6 miles around Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Death of a Helmet #FDGB

8.15.2016 6m
8.16.2016 22m
8.17.2916 24m
Aug mtd:167 ytd:1331
August 15, and I'm not emotionally prepared for the end of June yet. Rode the South Park bike lanes, just to see what it is. It's very nice. Sort of a non-standard solution at the park's roundabout - the cyclist is supposed to exit the bike lane and shift right/outside to the perimeter sidewalk. Eminently workable, but not intuitive.

Tuesday Aug. 16 began inauspiciously, with me falling off the bike onto my helmet on Shady Avenue. Remarkably, there was nobody else around. I compressed the helmet and so that's the end of that. #FallDownGoBoom #BumblesBounce

Wednesday Aug 17, I was riding to an appointment. Detoured to SouthSide to look at helmets at Thick. Encountered Karen riding on Jail Trail. Went to OTB for bean cakes and shrimp tacos, very good. Got stuck in a heavy downpour on Ellsworth, took shelter under a hotel awning. There was another cyclist there too, although we only exchanged nods.

It felt a lot like the temple scene from Rashomon. Finally the other cyclist said to me, "My chain is broken". He seemed to be a student and didn't have a lot of English. He had a real nice Raleigh, probably from 1975-ish.

His chain had come off the front chainrings, and wrapped around the crank but it was jammed in place by a bolt holding the chainguard. Between my handtool and his being able to see (my glasses were all rain-spotted), we freed the change. Kind of a nice moment.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Touring Pittsburgh

8.11.2016 22m
8.12.2016 14m
8.13.2016 18m
Aug mtd:115 ytd:1279
August 11 I was fortunate to ride around with Yale.

Friday Aug.12 I got to escort a group of sleep-apnea engineers around Pittburgh on a team-building session. Nice ride. My ride-partner Becky showed me a brilliant Pittsburgh piece of go-along-to-get-along High Viz: a terrible towel tied to the back of her CamelBack. Absolutely inspired; no Yinzer could stay mad at a cyclist flying the colors.

We stopped to take a look at the Pannier Building, site of the Union Paper Box Company fire of 1915, (more) which was Pittsburgh's version of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of 1911.. In both cases, women employed in building with sealed windows and locked doors burned to death, or fell to their deaths.

Then we rode to Penn's Brewery and the Heinz History Center. Nice ride, great group.

Saturday Aug.13th I got to escort a group around the South Side. The visible homeless camps have been cleaned out, and the 31st Street ridge camp seems evacuated. Looks like the tents are back on Second Ave.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Confluence & Ohiopyle

8.2.2016 18m
8.6.2016 3m
8.7.2016 22m
8.8.2016 18m
Aug mtd:61 ytd:1224
Aug 6 my wife and I drove out to Confluence. We rode from the Yough Outflow Campground, around the soft-serve ice cream place, and up to the top of the dam. Really a tremendous view from up there. On the lake-side of the dam, there's a beach for swimming that I'd never known about.

Nice campground, love the showers building. Decent cell coverage. If the campground only had wifi.

Another cyclist had an extreme ultralight shelter, I wish I'd paid more attention to it. It looked like the fly from a Cascade Design FlyLite, without the tent. I think he used his Flickstand instead of a trekking pole for support.

Aug 7 my wife Karen and I rode Confluence to Ohiopyle. Pepperoni roll at Ohiopyle Bakery, tremendous espresso's next door, and checked out the Backyard Gardens in the old Armory building. Noted that the former Firefly Grill is now an ice cream shop.

Trail conditions were excellent. Not too crowded.

Aug 8 I rode from Southside to Kennywood with Yale. Nice ride.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mid-July in Confluence

7.15.2016 21m
7.16.2016 3m
7.17.2016 22m
7.18.2016 3m
mtd:68 ytd:1163
I was pleased to spend a few days cat-feeding and house-sitting in Confluence. I really like this town, and got to ride around a bit.

7.21.2016 13m
7.22.2016 12m
July EOM:93 ytd:1188
July 21 was an errand day, I love riding around Pittsburgh on my bike. Treated myself at the top of Allegheny Cemetery to cooling off my feet with their water spout.

July 22 I got to ride with some visitors, and encountered a Scout troop from Texas that I'd had a small part in planning their trip. They had tremendous jerseys, the three pockets on the back each had a city's flag: Pittsburgh, Cumberland, DC. Totally cool.

Roly Poly is my Spirit Animal

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ashtabula Ohio

7.4.2016 19m
mtd:19 ytd:1114
Rode with my wife Karen along the Warren, Ohio to Ashtabula Trail (Western Reserve Greenway). The trail ends just beyond a bench that I was remiss in not taking a photo of the last time I was here.

I imagine this gentleman's friends called him Mike, which makes for an immature phonetic play-on-words:

We continued beyond the trail head to Harbor Perk coffee. What an excellent coffee shop.

Then we rode around to Lake Shore Park which was very nice. Drivers on the roads up here are used to bicycles and very cooperative.