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phrantic09 07-18-20 08:51 PM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21594753)
What exactly is a strawberry rhubarb sour?

a sour ale brewed with strawberry and rhubarb

it looks like:
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0c0ba29e6.jpeg
my kid made the coaster

Velo Vol 07-18-20 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21594810)
No.
No.
.....eh, okay. But I'd prefer blueberries or cranberries.
No.
No.

No.

WhyFi 07-18-20 09:01 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21594871)
No.

Incorrect.

seedsbelize 07-18-20 09:02 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21594864)
a sour ale brewed with strawberry and rhubarb

it looks like:
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0c0ba29e6.jpeg
my kid made the coaster

Beautiful coaster

Heathpack 07-18-20 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 21594414)
Well hell. My watts were pathetic, but I'm sveldt, and I've pulled a crap ton of spacers, so I'm looking a little more like something that may be slightly more aero than a brick. I must have looked like I was using one of those stair stepper/elliptical type bikes prior, because I pulled a lot out... I finally broke an hour on a 40k TT, even though I was begging for a flat tire with 40 minutes gone... Oh my oh my was it hot. 58:43. I'll take it.

well done, thatís a serious achievement

its doubtful we will be racing any time soon with COVID spikes

which is an ok thing by me right now actually

im wondering if Iíll ever get back to it

Heathpack 07-18-20 10:03 PM

We went to Yosemite last week. They are limiting admissions due to COVID, only about 50% capacity. I figured nowís the time to go, if I ever wanted to see it in summer. So we packed up the dogs and rented a cabin and took off for 4 days. Iíd never been before.

Day 1 we arrived early and ran smack dab into a deer-in-a-meadow cliche


https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...102fd719f.jpeg

Trip got off to a fine start.

Then we hiked to the top of Vernal Falls. I read the trail was only a mile, I was figuring on 45 min. Lol, yeah itís a mile straight up. Literally stairs hacked into the granite for a mile. And we had to hike 2 miles to get to the trailhead, on account of COVID changes to parking access and also no shuttles running. And I fully understood that you had to go down John Muir Trail and couldnít come back down the Mist Trail (to/from) Vernal Fall. But I didnít know that the John Muir Trail went up more before it came down. There went 4 hours. But: totally worth it. The waterfall is majestic.


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b3765091c.jpeg


Day 2 started with Puppy Love snatching a vole right out of its burrow, killing it instantly, and then Baby Ash trying to grab it and me stepping in dog doo trying to break up the tug of war. Then off to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Where we were able to drive right up to the trailhead (on account of arriving so early) and hike the grove with only two other people in it. It was so serene and beautiful.


https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e91df75c3.jpeg

Then we hiked out to Taft Point, where you can walk right to the edge of the cliff that makes up the wall of Yosemite Valley and plunge 3500 feet to your death, should you so choose. We saw some cool rock formations called the Fissures in which ginormous cracks were present in the rock all the way to the valley floor. 3500 ft deep cracks, they were hard to capture in a photo, in part because itís terrifying to get too close to them.


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7638e06ea.jpeg


Then we drove out to Washburn overlook and Glacier Point. From which you get a great view of Yosemite Valley and begin to understand the scale of the place. In the pic below, you can see Half Dome, To the right, note Nevada Falls. Thatís the waterfall *above* Vernal Falls, that we chose not to hike too on account of being wiped from just getting to Vernal Falls. Then zoom way way in on the pic and the tiny waterfall below Nevada Falls is the majestic Vernal Falls from Day Oneís hike. Yosemite is positively epic. Giant things dwarfing other giant things dwarfing still other giant things.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d36613c00.jpeg

When we got back, we took the dogs down to the Merced River for a swim (well wade actually). They liked being with us, and thought the River was semi-cool but mostly they liked the tortilla chips that a picnicking family spilled on the beach.

Day three we got up super early to drive out to Tioga Pass Rd to see a few alpine forest type of sights. Puppy Love I guess expected to come with, on account of the river trip the afternoon prior maybe. She starts barking furiously when we left the cabin, we turned back to look and through the window we see he jump out of her ex pen onto the TV console from which sheís watching us depart in barking disbelief. We sorted her out (crate time, baby!) and off we went.

Saw a marmot and deer and carbonated water bubbling from the ground at Toulmne Meadows but no flowers, so: no pics. Then we hiked alongside the beautiful alpine Tenaya Lake. Hello gorgeous.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...909ea784f.jpeg

We were kind of hiked out at this point. Did a half mile more at Olmsted Point (epic views of the back of Half Dome) and a picnic lunch by Yosemite Creek, dipping our toes in the water that would soon enough be Yosemite Falls.

The Cabin we were renting had a sleeping porch, so I thought it would be cool to sleep there on our last night with the dogs to ďpracticeĒ camping. Lol Mr H was a hard no, he preferred the king bed inside with air conditioning. The dogs thought it was fun, for an hour. Then they wanted in too. So in the end I slept out there by myself (I had made up the bed, no way was it ok for no one to sleep in it, lol).

Next morning at dawn, the dogs wanted back out on the porch. Turns out the cabin has a bat problem, Baby Ash was mesmerized by the bats landing on the house and then disappearing into the eaves. Puppy Love really likes to sleep in. Not even fluttering bats could stir her.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c3323c913.jpeg


It was a great trip, so glad we went. Crowds were minimal, and non existent early. It was an old fashioned trip- we hiked, picnicked, cooked dinner at the cabin, hung out. So nice!

We bought an annual pass for all the NPs. Who knows what will happen with COVID, but right now weíre planning (to the point of having reservations) on Sequoia and Kings Canyon in Aug, Bryce Canyon NP in late Aug (on the way to Park City), Arches and Canyonlands NPs in early October (Continuing Education meeting for me in Moab), Joshua Tree NP late October, and the Grand Canyon (on the way to Sedona) in November. Thinking about Yosemite again next June and maybe Lassen Volcanic NP/Redwood NP/Crater Lake NP/Bend OR next July. No specific 2020 plans though.

datlas 07-19-20 04:02 AM

Looks fantastic Heathpack. Kudos!

Bah Humbug 07-19-20 04:52 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21594723)
I looked at TT bikes the other day. :o I mean, online. But still. Yeah, I kinda want one.

Do please get a very good TT fit before you even fall in love with one model.

datlas 07-19-20 04:53 AM

News Flash: zero percent chance datlas will get a TT bike.

datlas 07-19-20 04:54 AM

Heat/humidity even worse today. Plan is to be home before 10:30.

datlas 07-19-20 05:04 AM

We gave our old toaster oven to daughter #1 when she moved out a few moths ago, and recently mrs datlas has been shopping online for a new one.

She finally ordered some fancy schmancy Cuisinart one that is advertised as an “air fryer” and that sounds like marketing BS, anyone know wtf an air fryer is or does?

Velo Vol 07-19-20 05:07 AM

Some people Strava kayaking.

Discuss.

Bah Humbug 07-19-20 05:08 AM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 21594817)
Ohhh.... The schwag factor is stupid high on those. So much expensive speed to be bought.

Because weight doesn't really enter into it, you don't need to spend on the expensive stuff. A P2 is as fast as a P3, and with a clean cockpit is basically as fast as a P5. Same is true of a Shiv or a Speed Concept to stay in his brand - get the cheap one, add Di2 and a suitable bar, and you're giving up nothing.

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 05:49 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21594567)
I think that there should be a law that you need to explicitly disclose the inclusion of raisins in any baked goods. Whilst out on our day of family fun, I got a peach crisp only to find friggin' raisins mixed in with the peaches. Damn savages.

Agreed. :thumb:

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 05:50 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21594627)
Fingers crossed!

Ditto!

BillyD 07-19-20 05:52 AM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21594411)
Oooh, looks like we're due for 3 days in double digits. I hope it happens!

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6a1eee685c.png

Have your sweater on hand.

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 05:55 AM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 21594720)
Thanks again. I'm pretty happy. 2 minutes off the podium, so I'm not setting the world on fire, but they're TT only guys, for the most part. Some of us upper middle aged guys don't actually like crits, and other mass start stuff, and just do TT's. I tried that after I went down, and I couldn't do it. Vo2 on a TT bike is a world that needs to be lived in. It's crazy hard, and you wonder why in heavens name you're messing about like that.

Back in the dark ages, I could do a first place ride in Masters 35+ on a 20k route but would barely crack top 10 in a 40k. Never had the distance in me.

This was also the very beginning of full discs and funny bikes. I was still on my crit bike with clamp-on tri bars. Anyway, lot of old guys going mid-50s in the 40k and I only broke an hour once so I did my last 40k in 1987. :D

So, again, Chapeau! :thumb:

WhyFi 07-19-20 05:57 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21595094)
Heat/humidity even worse today. Plan is to be home before 10:30.

Make it a short ride, mmm'kay? :D

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 06:00 AM

Heathpack. Stunning photos. :thumb:

phrantic09 07-19-20 06:02 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21595094)
Heat/humidity even worse today. Plan is to be home before 10:30.

I havenít left yet...

phrantic09 07-19-20 06:03 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21595100)
Some people Strava kayaking.

Discuss.

guilty

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 06:04 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21595092)
Do please get a very good TT fit before you even fall in love with one model.

Yep. We have a tri team that practices their cycling not far from us and often you can see a cyclist coming from a long way off with their knees/legs going up and down in a "V." I always assumed that they need either a bike fit, lose some belly fat, or both.

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 06:06 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21595094)
Heat/humidity even worse today. Plan is to be home before 10:30.

Our 7:30 ride got cancelled. We are in the middle of a thunderstorm at the moment.

BillyD 07-19-20 06:06 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21594585)

It would be better if I lived somewhere that I could drive the EL84 power amp a little bit ;)

NY isnít that far away, you can visit at my house and blast away. Iíve got no neighbors on 3 sides of me.

Trsnrtr 07-19-20 06:19 AM

WhyFi On the espresso front, you told me once about how brewing parameters can change with the weather or whatever from day to day and I've experienced this several times. But yesterday, I pulled a double shot that timed out around 15-18 seconds with lots of crema instead of my normal ~28 seconds or so. I ground finer and still had trouble though the taste wasn't bad. I ground even finer and finally got back to "normal" characteristics.

So, this morning, with no changes, same beans and grinder settings, my machine about choked trying to produce a dinky, thick shot. Returned my grinder settings back to previous "normal" settings and everything is like it should be.

I find the intersection of science and art for making espresso fascinating. I wonder how many shots a coffee shop throws away in the morning making sure everything is OK for public sale. :foo:

BillyD 07-19-20 06:30 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21594735)
Uses for raisins:

cereal
raisin bread/fruitcake
trail mix
rice pudding
plain

That's about it.

Incorrect. Other awesome baked goods:

Oatmeal raisin cookies
Dutch apple pie

DougRNS 07-19-20 06:40 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21595160)
Incorrect. Other awesome baked goods:

Oatmeal raisin cookies
Dutch apple pie

He is incorrect frequently. Must be that pea brain inside of that mouse noggin. Sad.

seedsbelize 07-19-20 06:49 AM

Beautiful travelogue, HP. Brings back memories. I spent four days in the Backcountry, in Yosemite, in 1972. Pretty much hiked what we see in the half dome pic. Tuolumne meadows, Nevada Falls, Half Dome(there was a rope ladder you could take to the top), Vernal Falls, and then into the teeming valley. I spent my first night at Cathedral Lakes. A truly magical trip for a kid from Ohio farm country.

WhyFi 07-19-20 06:49 AM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 21595149)
WhyFi On the espresso front, you told me once about how brewing parameters can change with the weather or whatever from day to day and I've experienced this several times. But yesterday, I pulled a double shot that timed out around 15-18 seconds with lots of crema instead of my normal ~28 seconds or so. I ground finer and still had trouble though the taste wasn't bad. I ground even finer and finally got back to "normal" characteristics.

So, this morning, with no changes, same beans and grinder settings, my machine about choked trying to produce a dinky, thick shot. Returned my grinder settings back to previous "normal" settings and everything is like it should be.

I find the intersection of science and art for making espresso fascinating. I wonder how many shots a coffee shop throws away in the morning making sure everything is OK for public sale. :foo:

Yeah, it takes some practice and that still doesn't eliminate tweaking. In general, I prefer to adjust tamp pressure (within a reasonable range) before I adjust grind... kind of like relying mostly on RD shifting and only using the FD when it's really necessary. :lol:

seedsbelize 07-19-20 06:53 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21595098)
We gave our old toaster oven to daughter #1 when she moved out a few moths ago, and recently mrs datlas has been shopping online for a new one.

She finally ordered some fancy schmancy Cuisinart one that is advertised as an ďair fryerĒ and that sounds like marketing BS, anyone know wtf an air fryer is or does?

No idea. I was recently looking at microwave ovens and discovered there are combination microwaves and toaster ovens. How does that work? There is a metal rack inside.


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