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Crushing Gravel & Testing Gear

Crushing Gravel

This past weekend marked the start of the gravel racing season here in MN. While my friends were out crushing gravel at Ragnarok, I was out and about testing new equipment for my upcoming trip to Japan. I am narrowing in on my final kit for both bike and camera. I’ll then move onto camping gear, clothing and fitting it all to my bike.  Yesterday, I loaded up my camera kit into my back pack that I intend to wear. I know back packs stink for multi day tours, but I need to carry camera gear and I more comfortable with it on my back as opposed to bouncing around fixed to my bicycle. I wanted to get a feel for the weight and see if I could handle the weight of my kit on a moderately long day. I think it all worked out pretty well. I may get to my on tour camera set up later this week. We’ll see. I’m still tweaking my bike too. Once complete, I will share full details of that as well. I want to show it fully kitted out so it may be a while.

In other news, it was a weekend filled with art and creativity. Not only have I found inspiration for a long term photo project that I hope to exhibit one day, but my wife and I also went down to the Artcrank opening party on Saturday night. What an awesome time filled with good people and sweet artwork.

Well…It’s off to work for another busy week. I hope the weather works out this week as I have a scheduled day off on Friday and my intent is to go ride mountain bikes up at Cuyuna. I sure could use some of the red dirt of Cuyuna so please send the good weather my way.

4 comments on “Crushing Gravel & Testing Gear

  1. mattdykstra says:

    Love that photo! I’d like to see a whole series of the Lego bicyclist all over the place… I bet you lots of people would want to buy prints!

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks Matt. I agree in that it would be fun to do. We’ll see. We’ll see. I have a few ideas……

  2. Fonk says:

    I, too, love that photo! Very cool.

    I’m looking for inspiration for a photo project myself. I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, always taking photos of the same ol’ things. I have a couple of ideas, but nothing I’ve felt strongly enough about to commit to yet. I need to come up with something, though, so I don’t feel like I’m snapping the shutter just for the sake of snapping the shutter.

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks Fonk. Hang in there. I was in a creative dark spell for a while. For me, sometimes all it takes is planning a new route on my bike just to see where it goes?

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