Sunday, April 13, 2008

Road trip

Damn. I hate it when a perfectly good photographic opportunity is ruined by the absence of a bicycle. I mean, seriously, wouldn't this shot have made a great banner for the blog if only it had a fat bike rolling through the foreground?

Oh, well. I guess Denali is lookin' pretty good in the late evening sun anyway.

My wife and I needed a change of scenery this weekend, so we loaded up our daughter and some gear, and headed for Talkeetna. What is there to do in Talkeetna in April? Damn little, unless you're a mountain guide gearing up for the clients that will arrive soon. For us, that was the point: nothing to do. We walked around the mostly empty streets, ate some food, bought some used books, slept in a quiet cabin and looked at the scenery.

During one of our walks, we followed a snowmachine trail for a little while. That reminded me of how being a winter biker does strange things to a person. For one, it makes you constantly assess the surface of any snow you happen to be walking on, because you're always curious about how well it would support a bike.

My wife understands this. Or she tries to, anyway. As we were walking along a wide, hard-packed area that was a virtual snowmachine highway leading out of town, she said, "You should bring your Pugsley up here."

Damn straight.

Talkeetna is already on my list of spring weekend trips over the next couple of years. All I need is a big breakfast at The Roadhouse, and a sunny day to ride through the country with a view of the mountain.

4 comments:

Paul said...

"I mean, seriously, wouldn't this shot have made a great banner for the blog if only it had a fat bike rolling through the foreground?"

Man, that's what Photoshop or the GIMP is for. A little photographic fakery to bring out the greater truth.

Tim said...

This might be just a dumbass bike blog, but it's a dumbass bike blog with ethical standards.

I'd pull the plug on the whole damned thing before I'd ever fake a photo. As a photographer, I am completely opposed to faking digital pictures.

erik k said...

oh man Tim come on, its fun sometimes. just look at this it's all just pixel anyways, digital photos are only as real as you perceive them to be

Boxer N Bikes said...

You are a lucky man, to be married to such an awesome lady. Hope you tell her so.... often! :)