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    Happiness :D

    The pneumonia is loosening its grip on my lung; my appetite came back with a vengeance, and I stopped needing the pain meds they gave me. So, with my doctor's permission if not his blessing, I took my bike up to the mountains on Saturday, and did about 15 miles on the flats. I took them slow - I wasn't just passed by a jogger, he left me behind in the dust - and stopped pretty often, drinking lots of water.

    I was born in Denver, and crossed the Continental Divide before I was a week old. And I've loved mountains ever since then. Hiking, camping, swimming, or just being around them ... being able to combine that with one of my other favorite things, a bike, was heaven. The sun even came out ( almost unheard of this year ) and there's still a bit of snow on the peaks. This might have been the best day ( so far ) of the year.



















    Sorry about the obnoxious watermarks; I'm going to put a few of these on my photo site, where they'll surely be "borrowed."

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    Nice pics! Forget about the obnoxious watermarks, what are those obnoxious wires wrapped around the frame tubing?

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    Wow, you get to ride through some gorgeous spaces. I'm a little jealous of the scenery.

    Don't worry about the watermark, the wife is copyrighted photographer too. I get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Nice pics! Forget about the obnoxious watermarks, what are those obnoxious wires wrapped around the frame tubing?
    Maybe he has brake lights wired to his disc brakes.

    Great pix, Forrest. Get well.
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    No ... but I've been thinking about brake lights. The pull should be able to trigger them somehow, but I'm pretty inept when it comes to mechanical things, so going from "it should be easy" to making it actually happen, is a big step.

    It's an accent light. I was stupid and got blue because I like that color, but I don't think you can see it more than 10 or 15 yards away. I've got some red and green LEDs in my wheels, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    It's an accent light.
    Oh for night riding! I thought computer and cadence wires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    No ... but I've been thinking about brake lights. The pull should be able to trigger them somehow, but I'm pretty inept when it comes to mechanical things, so going from "it should be easy" to making it actually happen, is a big step.

    It's an accent light. I was stupid and got blue because I like that color, but I don't think you can see it more than 10 or 15 yards away. I've got some red and green LEDs in my wheels, too.

    Forrest, maybe you can use the closing of the disc calipers to close switches instead of trying to wire the shifters.
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    Oh man. I'm so jealous I feel a little sick. What a beautiful place. The only consolation I have is that 1) I can visit the Rockies on vacation someday and 2) Not living near the Rockies, I am less likely to get eaten by a bear.

    So jealous.

    Glad you're starting to feel better!

    Wait a minute, are you in the NW? I can drive there! I am less jealous now!
    Go until you stop, then take a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild animals View Post
    Oh man. I'm so jealous I feel a little sick. What a beautiful place. The only consolation I have is that 1) I can visit the Rockies on vacation someday and 2) Not living near the Rockies, I am less likely to get eaten by a bear.

    So jealous.

    Glad you're starting to feel better!

    Wait a minute, are you in the NW? I can drive there! I am less jealous now!
    That's right!! Less than 3-4hrs from you...now *I* am jealous - dumb me moved away....
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    Lovely photographs. Thanks for sharing, and for the guidelines on digital photography on your website.

    Oh, and congratulations on getting out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild animals View Post
    Oh man. I'm so jealous I feel a little sick. What a beautiful place. The only consolation I have is that 1) I can visit the Rockies on vacation someday and 2) Not living near the Rockies, I am less likely to get eaten by a bear.
    I miss the Rockies; sadly I haven't been there in so many years I'm embarrassed. These are the Cascades, though, and almost immediately off I-90. The Iron Horse Trail is a rails-to-trails project, an old train route that seems to have died almost a century ago. It follows the same route as the freeway, but generally up the mountain a bit ... that stops being the case at the lake, where the route is flush with the freeway, but across the water. Fortunately, there wasn't much traffic on Saturday, and I was able to mostly get pictures while there weren't any cars visible. Down the mountain a bit, there are bridges crossing heavily forested canyons, so there's something to point the camera it in both directions ... here, the water is the pretty obvious draw.

    Depending how close you are, you should check it out while there's still snow on the peaks.

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    Glad you're starting to feel better!
    Thanks! The silver lining to getting sick, is that eventually you start to get better, and then for about a week ( in my case with this, anyway ), every day you're stronger and healthier than the day before. Which is a little bit of revenge against aging...
    Don't believe everything you think.

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