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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....

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite Log - Day 4 at campsite 1 mile from Vogelsang Pass I am camping where my intineray had me tonight. I arrived here at 3:30 pm, but was smart enough not to attempt 11,000 ft Vogelsang pass tonight. Already had enough trouble with the elevation. Tonight I am around 9500 ft.. I hiked the last section up Lewis Creek while listening to tunes on the iPhone. It took my mind off the tired part of the day. Don't usually like listening to tunes while I hike. I am...