One more picture from California. This is at dusk outside of Idylwild, California. We started heading out at dusk. This shot is just below the Speed of Light Deflector. Love the color and depth in the sky. Riding sweet singletrack doesn’t hurt either!
Have a great one. I’ll be back next week with more from California.
Today I share a similar story to take 1 in B&W. While these pictures tell a similar story, I am guessing you may get a different feeling from this set. Partly due to my intentional experimentation with processing as well as these images show a bit more difficulty and suffering than the first set. Anyway, just like the other day, I hope you enjoy them.
Anyway, I’ve got a few more individual images to share, but until my words come out, this is all I’ve got to say about my recent bikepacking trip. Next up….Los Angeles.
Today I share with you quite a few images from my recent trip to southern California. Before I share the images, I want to let folks know that I am still processing my thoughts. Part of that process is working through the images and memories. For me personally, the images tell my experiences better than words. In the coming days, I will be sharing more thoughts on this trip in pictures and words both here and on the Salsa blog. For now you’ll need to settle with just images.
I chose to share these 15 B & W because I think they tell a story that hasn’t been told yet. My friends that went on this trip have all shared some images and all of them were in color. I thought I’d give you a bit of a different feel. I also prefer black and white so I think these images resonate with me more than color. I’ll be sharing color images in SC Take 2 coming up later this week.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the images and since I haven’t gotten my words together yet to describe how this trip played out, please leave me a comment if you have a specific question. Also, since I haven’t used the gallery feature here before, click on the first image to view a larger slide show. Enjoy.
These trips and experiences are incredibly challenging. At times they are crushing. But in the end, they are incredibly rich and at times rewarding beyond comprehension.
This is probably my favorite image as well as my favorite group shot from last week. I took it toward the end of second day. We were tired and weathered already. We paid for every mile up to this point. The moment captured above we stopped to not only rest in the shade, but take in the vast, beautiful and incredible landscape we were in. I bet each and every one of us at that point had no idea what was in store for us in the final 25 or so miles of the Anza Borrego desert.
As I look at the picture I imagine all the things that led up to this point as well as what came after. What a great group of folks. Each of us on different paths and in different places, yet thanks to bikes, friends, dreams and the internet, each of our paths led us to that exact moment to share together. For me, that is the reward and the dominating memory of this journey. Thank you gents!
Just a very quick update that I have made it home from my little vacation and journey. Off loading pictures as I write this. I went into this trip with a pretty solid plan for the ride and a vision for my images. Despite that, this trip didn’t turn out as planned in terms of the route or the images I captured. Makes me wonder do they ever turn out as planned? Apparently, there was another plan. All that said, it was incredible and just what my body and soul needed. Here is just one quick pic from the Anza Borrego desert to give you an idea of the journey. Enjoy your day. More to come.
I posted yesterday about my new fatXC bike. I’ve been riding a lot of fatbike lately. Last week I did a fairly long fatbike ride I call the South Metro Metric MTB Ride.
Ride to Leb and ride a lap.
Ride to Terrace Oaks and ride a lap.
Ride to Murphy and ride a lap.
Now follow the route backwards. Another at Terrace and finish at Lebanon Hills. Then…crawl the 2.5 miles back to my home from Lebanon Hills and end the day with one more lap at Lebanon Hills with my son.
Incredible day on the fatbike totalling 60+ miles, much of it singletrack. But it crushed me. But what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Right?!
I’ve mentioned before that my life is full. There is little down time in our family. That’s not a complaint. We try to make do with what we have been given. We are thankful for the opportunities we have and the people that have been put around us.
We’ve been going on family trips.
We’ve been fishing.
We’ve been playing soccer.
We’ve been spending time with our friends and neighbors.
We’ve been taking time to smell the flowers and appreciate the beauty around us.
We’ve been finding ways to cope with the heat.
We’ve been riding…..
Oh…I mean riding.
All in all, we are having an amazing summer living life. I can’t wait to see and share where we go in the next month.
Well….I think I started something new today. I’m calling them the coffee rides. Ben Witt and I have talked about it before and today we made our inaugural attempt. What is the coffee ride? It’s a casual early morning no drop group ride that starts and ends at a coffee shop and could involve making coffee somewhere. Pretty simple. Today we started at the Dunn Bros in Farmington, MN and we did a pavement, gravel, dirt, mud, and grassy two track route. Nothing too hard. Nothing too long. We had 5 folks total. It was a great ride and a great way to start the day.
Here is the recap in images. Just fun stuff here. Nothing too serious and certainly not my highest quality work. Hope you enjoy. Better yet, join us next week. I plan to make an announcement next week for our next coffee ride. Tentative date is next Friday. Stay tuned for more info.
Did I make it appealing enough? Come join us next Friday AM. Location TBD. Time? Early. When I say early, I mean early.
I’m having a bit of trouble getting the code right to post to my site today. Just in case you missed the new sticky post in my header area of the Tokyo Sanja Matsuri Festival, here is the link. Click on the picture below.
I am finally getting around to putting my thoughts and images together from my recent trip to Japan. Today I bring you some images from the Sanja Matsuri Festival held in Tokyo. Before I get into the images, I want to share a few bits of information about my trip and the images I will be sharing here on the Gnat blog. My recent trip to Japan was a work trip for Salsa Cycles, my place of employment. As such, the images I share here will mostly be about non bike experiences. In time, Salsa will be sharing the full story and bike related experiences.
Today, I share some images from the Sanja Matsuri Festival. On our last afternoon in Japan after all bike related obligations ended, our friend took us out walking around and shopping in Tokyo. We didn’t plan to go to the festival, but upon walking into and experiencing the festival, we just kept walking and following it. One thing I find interesting about the 2 festivals we happened upon in Japan is that, unlike US parades where folks stake out a viewing spot and go home after the last float goes by, the Japanese follow the festival parade to a destination that appears to end in a huge festival. Thousands and thousands of people on the streets walking and following. It was incredible.
The following 15 or so images were all taken with my Sony E Mount 50mm f1.8 mounted to my NEX 7. This lens is quickly becoming my favorite lens on the NEX 7. It is a bit long at roughly a 75mm equivalent on the NEX 7′s APSC sensor, but I love the look, the feel, the sharpness, and the depth of these images. I have processed them, to which I expect many of you won’t like, to give a vintage festival feel.
Hope you enjoy.
I feel so lucky that we walked into this festival experience. It was great to experience this first hand.