Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Me at the bike shop. "It goes pedal, pedal, pedal, clunk ... pedal pedal, pedal, clunk. I think the bottom bracket is out of adjustment."
"It looks ok to me," says the clerk.
"Maybe you should try to ride it."
Well the BB was a 1/4 turn out and there was a few loose things here and there. It's feeling very reliable, and almost brand new. I gave my son my commuter so he is going to ride it to his gig every day. He took all the cool stuff (like the rack) off, cause he wants a faster bike. Go figure.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
... of travel. Let's imagine now that we are getting better rather than worse. just for a few minutes.
Some signifigant changes in the bone locations in my right foot (pop, pop, pop) and some popping in my knee, and I'm noticing some more than occasional pain in new places. And these three bruises on my knee. Two in this picture on the inside of the knee, near the lower end of the femur, and one on the outside of the right kneecap. It seems my body might be trying to find a more comfortable position.
I am still mobile, however it seems a bit more painful each day. If I have caught the lucky break, I'll start being able to walk downhill again.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Ok, so i am on foot. I have been walking half of my commute,
I am getting ready for a pack trip in July and another one to the Colorado River in September or so. I need to get my blown out knees to work better. so I am:
1. Walking on them
2. Using linamint
3. Taking cod liver oil from a jar with a spoon
4. Contemplating taking some
5. Using the hot tub
July is a trip to the Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Southern Oregon. It will be a multi-day backpack trip with serious hill climbing and 10 mile days. Character building, I'd imagine.
The photo is a scanned 4"x5" Polaroid taken with my Graflex after carrying that 45 lb. beast 4.5 miles to Babyfoot Lake, in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. I took this picture in the year following the Biscuit Fire, which was the largest fire in Oregon's history. We walked through a smoky charred forest to get here.
Monday, June 11, 2007
View the entire set.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Despite the current abundance of Humpback whales on the California coast now, and the name of the cove being Gray Whale Cove, we didn't see any whales. It was quite foggy -- so we didn't see much beyond the immediate vicinity. We did hear some sea lions, and see one in the harbor finally.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Then I got a flat during dinner at my mother's. And another on the way home. I think I may need to walk for a few days.
Monday, June 4, 2007
This is a fancy-butt 4 battery Cat-Eye headlamp for my bicycle. Nice big beam, lots of light. Lasts a long time. Trouble is, it doesn't turn off. Fortunately, I have another one just like it.
Maybe I should send it back to Cat-eye.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
This is my camera, in the McLoed river in Northern California, as photographed by Cindy Diaz, sometime in 2005. Here's a picture of me just moments before that (photo Cindy Diaz).
Friday, June 1, 2007
Lately, I am using a North Face Yavapai daypack. In it is:
The Canon 20D + 80-200 EF Zoom lens. This is kinda important, albeit pretty hefty.
A book about Ant (not ants -- silly) . The fact that I need a book about ant is proof that I am not actually a geek. All geeks already know ant.
A small tire repair kit -- This typically is used to repair other people's tires, or my own in a dire emergency.
A hair brush -- left over from when I had more hair. Notice the hair bob.
No less than 2 checkbooks.
An Aurora headlamp.
A new copy of Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire. I gave the last copy to a young woman headed for New Zealand. Hopefully she'll show up one day soon to tell me she was too busy having fun to read it.
Serfas'™ Multi-tool, Spare tube, and 3 tire gadgets. These used to be iron ...
Reflective stickers that say Real®.
Jar of Icy Hot®
Registration and smog paperwork for two different cars.
Jar of cod liver oil capsules.
Well, that's maybe too much stuff. At least it's not winter. In which case there would be an extra pair of socks, and shoes, rain gear, and something decidedly warm.