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Cycling / 03.05.2011

The mosquitoes went away once the temperatures dropped and I slept well in my hammock. I packed and rode my bike a few miles into Helen, GA where I found the Subway. I was planning on an egg sandwich and hot coffee, but Subway did not open until 9 AM. Since it was just after 7 AM, I ate an egg white vegetable omelet, grits, toast, and coffee at the Huddle House. I picked up a pack of fig newtons at the gas station and was soon pedaling...

Cycling / 30.04.2011

Riding the six gaps in N GA as a trial run for my planned 660 mile Washington DC/Skyline Dr/Blue Ridge Parkway ride in June. Plan is to ride with panniers loaded with camping gear and supplies and to actually camp on a two day ride. It was nearly 4pm when I set out from the rock pile and headed up Woody Gap. The extra load did not seem too bad, but I purposely took a slow pace with frequent breaks. I wanted to ride as if I was going...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 05.12.2010

Friday, December 3, 2010 Thursday night I slept in the van parked at an overlook near Cove Creek Road. Cove Creek Road was as I remembered it from the time 33 years ago when my brother, John, and I spent a dark night negotiating this winding narrow road for 30 plus miles; a prelude to a Smoky Mountain thru-hike via the Appalachian Trail. I was up early Friday morning, munching on a half disk of cold spinach quiche while driving back up to the Cataloochee Divide to cache my backpack...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Mt. Lyell Group - I was camping up there! Yosemite Log - Day 5 Tarp was coated with condensation ice this morning. My main concern was climbing Vogel Pass given how i felt yesterday. I paced myself to keep my heart rate down. Felt anxious but never felt bad. I was at the top quickly. The backside did not have a drop off. All of Vogelsang was high. Past Vogelsang toward Bernice Lake there was a large meadow. It must have been more than a mile across in every direction....