Photo by Jesse Carmody
I was flipping through Jesse’s Flickr after finishing up our ride yesterday and came across this photo. When I think of Los Angeles, this is what comes to mind: fire roads and singletrack carving through the hills and mountains, with a sprawling city in the background. Great photo man!
This weekened Portland Design Works is throwing a Sandy Ridge trail day. Some coffee, donuts, beer and freebies await you.
Commuting, for most anyway, can be a fairly boring and mundane experience, even on a bike. But for those who grew old in the wood, taking the “long way” into work as important as a cup of coffee. My Melbourne mornings usually began slightly hungover, no coffee or breakfast (sorry, brekkie) and immediately hopping onto the bike to ride into the city with Dan from Shifter Bikes. We’d always end up in the same place, but we never took the same route. The Yarra Trails quickly became my new favorite locale in Melbourne.
Check out more narrated photos in the Gallery!
Tools of the trade:
Fuji Neopan 400
This is not all what I was expecting. Some quick singletrack quickly turns into an agricultural machinery trials action. I think what Charge is trying to tell us is that the Cooker cooks, on the trails or trials.
Photo by Kyle Kelley
I hope to go “disappear” in the woods myself in an hour. GREAT photo Kyle! Miss you dudes.
With all the SxSW madness engulfing the town, I’ve been hitting the roads in the morning and the trails late afternoon. All the while preparing for the Mission Workshop trip to Taiwan and China. There’s plenty of radness coming with that next week but for now, I’m just glad I had the time to ride.
Last week, before the SxSW shit storm settled in on Austin, I had some friends in town from New York. Wilis and Josh from King Kog wanted to get out on some trails, see the sites and eat some BBQ, so I arranged just that. For what felt like every single day, Wilis and I were out hitting my normal trail loops I’ve worked out, while still finding time to stop for some rope swing action.
We ended the week with some Austin BBQ and as the guys packed their bikes up in my living room, I could tell they were a little bummed to be leaving… Can you blame ‘em?
Since this Recent Roll is almost 36 exposures, I narrated the photos.
Red and yellow, kill a fellow, red and black, venom lack. Growing up in Southeastern North Carolina (what snake hunters call the tin fields) and spending a lot of time collecting pet snakes, you quickly became familiarized with this saying. While the exact wording differs from place to place, the message is clear. If a snake has red bands, touching yellow bands, steer clear.
I didn’t have much of an option to “steer” anywhere last week on the Greenbelt. Instead, I hopped off my bike like my excited 15 year old self would have done and contemplated picking up this gorgeous Texas Coral snake. Instead, I pulled out my Yashica and took this photo. Handling venomous snakes isn’t anything new to me but disturbing the wildlife on a trail is something I try to avoid, even if it’s a beautiful creature like this.
The Texas Coral is closely related to the Eastern Coral, the snake that I grew up catching in NC and these rear-fanged snakes pack a powerful neurotoxin, akin to cobra venom. Corals are nocturnal hunters who usually feed on other snakes like earth or worm snakes (it’s very rare to see one during the day). They’ll also feed on lizards, frogs and even baby Coral Snakes. There hasn’t been a reported death from a Coral Snake bike in the US for over 100 years, but there are dozens of bites reported.
Unfortunately, the rest of my riding buddies weren’t as enthralled with “that fucking snake” as I was, so I let it be.
It’s been pissing rain here in Philly but don’t let those soggy trails get ya down. Check out this video FBM made for Tioga!