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Just Riding Along… Bikepacking trip v1.0.

Finally, after quite a bit of preparations, I took the Troll on it’s maiden voyage overnight bikepacking trip. Not really having a route in mind, I set out from my family’s property in the Southeastern Ohio county of Vinton for a day long ride that would end at high point of the family lands. This kind of ride has been long overdue, so I took my sweet time with it and ended up with a 7.5 hour ride, that only covered around 40 miles. But what a sweet 40 miles they were, that completely wiped me out. The miles started in the woods, with some great mountain biking, a little bit of hike-a-bike, a rocky downhill straight out of SoCal, some back roads, some gravel grinding, and lots and lots of climbing. The Cincinnati area has nothing on this type of un-glaciated Ohio hills.

Enough with the words, I will let the pictures tell the rest…


I haven’t seen rocks like this since my trail time in SoCal… McGee Rd.


Self portrait at the end of McGee Rd.


County Rd. 17 in Vinton County.


Tar Hollow state park entrance.


Sharp turn at the top of a killer climb.


Gravel grinding on park rd. 9.


My new best friend, a Black Rat snake.


Gravel grinding continues on park rd. 39.


Black and white view of the forest firetower.


Final destination.

Even though it completely drained me, I wasted a set of brakes, and bashed my rear derailleur on a few rocks to push it out of line, it was a great way to spend the day. Some changes are in order for round two, when that day comes.

Almost forgot this short clip of loaded descending:

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Day 1 of vacation…

Started off my vacation the only way that I know how, with a nice MTB ride. The plan for the morning was to be up and out before the sun to ride the entire system at Caesar Creek state park. Unfortunately, my alarm did not wake me. That cut out a bit of time from my riding time, so I settled for East Fork once again. Luckily, it is a great system.


Action shot, still trying to figure out my timer.

Great way to start the vacation, more riding to come…

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Morning ride.


Dirty lenses ruin photos…

Up and out the door before the sun today to snap a few pictures. Did not realize that my lens was so dirty until I uploaded the photos. My new Osprey pack held my gear snugly on my back, and carried the tri-pod quite well. Granted, the pack is not made for a tri-pod, but it works nonetheless.

Great morning to be out, I need to do this more often…

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Maiden Voyage.

After a day of waiting, took the Troll on it’s first “official” ride. Not as long as I had hoped, but with prior commitments and nasty weather on course, just a quick 3 mile spin in the woods with the camera. The Troll handled as expected. It is a rigid steel bike, not much to set up or tweak on the ride. It is nice riding a fully rigid bike, no adjustments to finicky suspension setting, no rider sag to set, just get on the bike and ride. Kind of like when you are a kid, and your bike is a single speed BMX bike. Not much to worry about. Just pedal.

I am still trying to figure out my camera, so today I tried to capture a self portrait. After setting up the tripod, and setting the timer for the longest setting, I still did not get the shot that I had wanted. I still need to work on that a bit, all in due time.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Year of photos.

This past year I have really gotten into photography, and it didn’t hurt that I bought a new camera either. Here are my favorite shots from this past year or so. Some of these I have posted here before, some on Flickr, some not at all. These are just my favorites that I have taken this year. Keep in mind while viewing, I still have lots to learn about photography. I hope to keep learning and improve. Enjoy!

First ride on the Xtracycle.

Upper Falls at Hocking Hills state park.

Hocking Hills state park.

Lower Falls at Hocking Hills state park.

Rim Trail at Conckle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve.

Inside Conckle’s Hollow.

Waiting for Disney’s Electric Parade.

Sunset at Mohican State Park.

My daughter on her tricycle.

Pretty tree.

Cali moving the ball with her mind.

Big Red on a night ride.

Eagle statue at Eden Park.

Valley View Nature Preserve.

On the trail.

Sycamores and blue skies.

T500 avoiding the rain.

Troll ready to be blasted.

I should point out that there are three different cameras in use for these pictures. This year I used my old Olympus FE-20, an HTC Evo phone, and my Sony Nex-3. I am really loving the Sony, and in my relative newness to photography, it is funny to me that I have already found it’s limits. Granted, it was a HUGE upgrade from the Olympus, but I am already thinking of another camera in the near future. Just like bikes, the proper number of cameras in N+1. If you have any comments, or helpful tips, please leave them in the comments section below!

Just keep spinning…