Super quick one as I am still finishing up a few projects. It’s my wife’s birthday too! Going to be a great day.
Today’s ride stoke comes from the inland coast of Japan on the Noto Peninsula. Here my friends Super Biker, Toshi and K-Mac cross a bridge in the rain and heavy fog while on our tour.
Have a great Friday and weekend folks.
Shameless Self Promotion – That’s today’s post. Some might remember once I posted about some words I got from Chase Jarvis. One of his old posts read, “Do what you love. Pimp your work.” Today, I get to share my love of mixing bikes and photography and at the same time pimp some of my work. Yesterday Salsa Cycles, my place of employment, updated their website and they chose some of my images for their page headers for their new bikes. Check them out and make sure you click the link above to check out Salsa Cycles updated website.
Colossal – Oden, Utah
El Mariachi – Kyoto, Japan
Fargo – Niigata, Japan
Fargo Ti – Missoula, Montana
Horsethief – Snow Basin – Eden, Utah
- Mukluk – Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Vaya Travel – Noto Peninsula, Japan
Crazy to think these trips and images are all in a 12 month span. Yep, it’s been quite a year and I’m thankful that I get to do what I do.
Check out SalsaCycles.com.
A hint of what is to come – Kyoto, Japan
Seems that lately I have finally had the time to think. I won’t say rest, but I will say think. I’ve been riding my bike too. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good. For me, time in the saddle is the best time to think. This time I’ve had both on the bike and off the bike to think has been good for me. I am setting some goals. Personal goals. Challenging goals. Things that I both need and want to do.
Right now I need to declare some of my goals. This isn’t all of them and I have personal goals for me and who I want to be for my family but I don’t feel I need to share everything here. The goals I’m sharing here are because I need to say them out loud so that I have some accountability.
- 200 lbs – I need to get below that threshold again. It won’t be easy with how much I love food. Frankly, I’ve let myself slip badly with my eating habits. However, I have hope and the occasional feeling good on my bike right now is feeding that.
- 200 miles – Again, riding related, but I need to break that barrier for a single day. This could mean that I am headed back to Kansas for the DK or it could mean that I plan something else entirely. We’ll see. Right now I am just saying it out loud. This may be my new Salsa Warbird speaking.
- Travel – Quality, not quantity. Overall, I plan to cut back next year but make my trips more meaningful. September will be my last board meeting for Adventure Cycling Association so that will mark the start of traveling less. More on that at another time, but if you look at my last 12 months of travel, it’s been both exciting, exhausting and challenging.
When I look back to a few years ago, I did these things and my life was full and rich and I was healthy. That is my goal. I am not dwelling on the past. Nope. I am just looking back to find my way forward.
Today, my tribute to living life is about work, riding and finding motivation. A couple months ago, I traveled to Japan for work. It was an incredible journey. I haven’t talked much about it, but this week words finally started coming out. I am going to share a link to something I’ve written over on the Salsa blog, my place of employment. There are a number of images related to the post over there so I encourage you to go take a look.
Click on the picture above to take you to the story on the Salsa blog. My post over there goes live at 6:00AM central time.
My life lesson buried in all those words and images is that I had to let go of having each and every detail worked out for that trip. For many not having those details would make life difficult. However, I found out on this trip that you had to trust it would all work out and that what ever gear, or clothing or whatever would get you through to the end.
My friend and coworker Kelly Mac sent this image to me this week. It made me smile. It was taken in the final hours of the Salsa Japan Tour 2012 while out walking in Tokyo. That’s a chocolate covered banana on a stick! Oh….and a cold Asahi. I loved every minute in Japan.
Enjoy your weekend. I plan to ride my new bike…….
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.
I spent much of yesterday at home filtering and editing pictures from Japan. Every single time I come back to my computer I find another image that piques my interest. This morning I bring you one of those. I did not see this one yesterday in my filtering process. Lesson learned. Sometimes you don’t see it right away. Give it time. Take another look when your mind is in a different state. You just might find something you weren’t looking for.
I am so cooked. I feel like this dead starfish I found on the beach near Saikai, Japan. I think the schedule has caught up with me. Thankfully I am at home today to rest, drink coffee, put my Fargo together and edit photos so I can post some Japan images and experiences. Gonna be a great day.
Have a great weekend folks.
Bikes @ Shibuya Station – Tokyo, Japan
Well….My Japan photo dump took almost 7 hours yesterday. All day. Ouch! As I looked back through the images, one thing was clear. Bikes are a universal language. Bikes break down barriers. They get you where you need to go. They make you smile. They keep you healthy. Bikes rule!