Mountains in eastern British Columbia. My bike tour won't have hills this big, fortunately!
Another of my multiple-topic posts--another round at the Village Bar.
I'll be starting a short bicycle tour, really a journey of several days by bicycle, in the Pacific Northwest (NW-tocht?). I'm not too much a Luddite that I couldn't manage to sign up for Twitter, so I'll be able to post my progress here once I get started on the journey.
On a pro cycling note, tough break for Christian Vande Velde in the Tour of Missouri as he had to withdraw after a crash, but overall Garmin's cycling team has notched some nice wins this week. Dave Zabriskie won today's Tour of Missouri time trial, while in recent days over in the Vuelta a España, Tyler Farrar finally outsprinted the field and got his first victory in a Grand Tour, while Garmin rider Ryder Hesjedal claimed Canada's first ever stage victory in the Vuelta and the first Grand Tour victory for a Canadian since 1988.
Not only are the Garmin-Slipstream riders good guys, but I like the sponsor's products. My Edge 705 not only logs the speed, cadence, and heart rate of my rides, but also on select routes that I've inputted the waypoints, guides me with directions using GPS, which I'm no doubt going to like on my upcoming tour.
The season has begun to change. In Illinois, this means the corn will soon be harvested and later the leaves will start to turn leading to some terrific fall color along the canals--its not too early to start contemplating a weekend tour.
The change of seasons to fall reminds one that this is a Winter Olympic year. The US Olympic trials for short track speed skating are going on now (its still warm out!), watch for young JR Celski to have a breakout year while Apolo Ohno should glide to qualifying for his third Olympic team. As with cycling (where you can watch entire stages on streaming video), updates and video are available at Universal Sports.
Editor - Jim
This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.