Thursday, June 18, 2015

Makes sense out of the world.

Upper Priest Lake.

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Glacier National Park.

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Gravity-defying Granite Falls.

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Roosevelt Ancient Cedars.

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Yet another 32-mile ride to ski.

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Logan Pass.

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Experimenting with self-arrest techniques. I like the control, but the sloppy weight makes using it somewhat impractical.

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This bastard was literally trying to kill me. For a while I did not understand what was happening -- until he had me against a cliff. I had bear spray out and uncocked, but the wind was in my face. Rocks did the trick.

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In the bed of a different Nissan.

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So much variety up here it blows me away each time.

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On her new Cannondale.

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On his new Specialized. He is now regularly doing six-mile rides.

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Lost cabin, somewhere in north Idaho.

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The 2015 Tour Divide is now on Day Six. The "race" -- there is no prize -- covers dirt roads from Banff to the Mexican border, and riders are self-sufficient -- they carry what they need or find it along the way. The two fastest racers so far have traded leads from the beginning, and so far pedaled almost 1300 miles pretty much without taking a break.

Tour Divide 2015 live tracker by trackleaders.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Setting limits on big dumb tours.

Late May on Mt. Sentinel.

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot.

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I’m not the only one riding around these days.

Rush Limbaugh Says John Kerry Is Too Old To Ride A Bicycle

(Yeah, but which of the two enjoys more consistent bowel movements? Also, that's not a recent photo of the commentator. Ahem.)

Wurtz Cabin, North Fork of the Flathead.

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Sprague Creek, Glacier National Park.

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It goes without saying that when Logan Pass becomes the spring ski destination of choice, the ski season is about over. And it's not even summer yet.

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Near the summit of Oberlin. This is one of Google Camera’s cool features, but obviously it takes some practice. Weather prevented proper summitting.

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Below the summit of Oberlin, left to right: Citadel, Logan, Reynolds, Fussilade, Jackson, and Clements. The Hanging Garden is in the middle ground.

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Going to the Sun Road, open only to bikes -- for now.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Event horizon.

Go big or go home.

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Rites of May: a trip up Lolo Peak.

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Cooper loves Oliver. Oliver was a feisty bunny; luckily we only had him for two days.

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He got a new/used bike -- a Specialized Hotrock. His former Diamondback RM12 did not fit and weighed close to what my bike weighed. So we entered the realm of kids' bikes -- where decent ones cost as much as an adult bike. The Hotrock used was $155, and I think it will keep its resale value. I just wish it had quick release wheels.

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No one parties quite like Special Olympians.

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Nell Ranch, Paradise Valley.

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"The boundary beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as "the point of no return", i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible."

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"I see the deers."

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I learned dandelions are not considered noxious weeds because cattle will still eat them.

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"49" = Park County, Montana.

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Absaroka Beartooth

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Repurposed sign not in a national park.

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The parts of Montana not at snowline or above are now bathed in this surreal Velvia green -- old-school Fuji film users will know what I mean by that.

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Crostini time on the ranch.

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Deep Creek bank-full at high flow -- weeks earlier than normal.

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It was Memorial Day in Montana, so of course it rained.

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Wilderness warriors.

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Finally, Pine Creek Falls.

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