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This is not the picture that belongs to this story; but this is the story that will explain what happened to the picture that didn’t make it here. My flight from Medellin to Bogota, Bogota to Lima, required that, around 7 AM, at least, on 4 September, I take a taxi from Casa Kiwi in the El Poblado district to the metro; the metro to Universidad; a 3-block walk to the back of a hotel whose name will probably pop into my head in a few months, to get the bus for the little more than one-hour ride to the airport. Now, why would I leave that early for an 11:40 AM flight? I absolutely detest the city’s shiny, new, pleasant-riding metro system, which has three cars when it should have five, and six when it should have eight. The people in that city are among the politest I have ever encountered anywhere … except when the metro pulls into the station. They never leave you any room to exit onto the platform, everyone seeming intent on getting a seat. So you stand a pretty good chance of being pushed from behind, suddenly, whether you are entering or departing a metro car. And, although I left Lima with only a back pack, I was returning with the backpack and a mini duffel bag when I bought there. And it was the right decision because when the metro pulled into the station at around 7 o’clock, there was ample space for me in the front car. But the story is not about 4 September. It is about my last full day in Colombia – Wednesday, 3 September. I had returned the 2nd from Manizales and was unsure how to spend my last day. In Salento, I had heard about this huge rock, with steps that took you to the top, from which you had a wonderful view of the countryside. Or, I could go to the Jardin Botanico. In the end, having taken a 5-hour trip the day before, I wasn’t eager to take a 4-hour round trip to a rock So I decided to go to the botanical garden. When I got to the Universidad metro station, I set out to find a bank. A woman, who I had just paid 500 Pesos to make a phone call to Avianca airlines, pointed me to Bancolombia, which seemed quite nearby, and off to another direction, which she indicated was much further. I had a bad experience with Bancolombia, which is another story, and decided I wanted nothing to do with them. So, I headed off to the other direction, the garden on my left. The first man I asked, pointed me in the direction I had been walking and told me about four blocks. Because Colombia is mountainous country, four blocks is not as simple as it sounds, with paved roads, yes, but mountain climbing nonetheless. Let me make an already too-long story, short. I walked, and sweated profusely, for about 14 blocks. I now had a choice of two banks and the first happened to be, you know which. I left for the other and got some money. Then, having sweated so profusely, I decided to enter a restaurant for a fruit drink but ended up having lunch. Now, every single word I have told you so far is prologue. Here’s the story of that missing picture. After I left the restaurant, shortly after 1 o’clock, I took a different, as I am won’t to do, to see if I encounter graffiti. I photographed a wall dedicated to the famous Argentinian singer discount bike saddles, then turned left down a street. It seemed as if ten or 11 blocks would take me to the botanical garden. At the second block, I saw a piece of art, along with words, on a wall. It was a red heart with some words that appeared to be a call for peace among factions in the community. As I snapped a picture of this quite pleasant design, three guys who had been sitting nearby, approached me and demanded that I take no pictures in that neighbourhood. And they weren’t smiling either. I explained that I liked the design, thought it was well executed, loved taking photos of graffiti and murals, and that I like the idea of the heart, which meant love. They still weren’t smiling. I became concerned when one of the guys, who appeared as if it were his visiting day out of the crazy house, asked me a question about the camera. I waved my goodbyes, touched my chest to show that it was all about love. I had walked about six blocks when I saw a guy on a bike riding down the street, and something about him seemed familiar. At the next block, I decided to make a left and walk one block before making a right. About one or two blocks before the garden, the guy on the bike appeared before me. And I stopped. He proceeded to ask me about why I took the picture. Who was I? Where was I from? How long had I been in Colombia? Where was I staying? (I told him the district, El Poblado, not the hostel. Had he pressed me for the hostel, I would have told him the Blacksheep, even though I was staying at Casa Kiwi.) With the engine running all the time, he continued the probe. It was not a comfortable situation, and it didn’t take me long to decide to delete the photo20080206153103-bryan
I was walking around Kumily when this woman's neighbor waved me over to her house. We had some tea, and I met a lot of neighbors and relatives. This photo appeared in the following ideotrope albums: Southern Kerala and Tamil Nadu - February 2008 - On the road in India At Thanksgiving Rudi reminded me of a grim statistic regarding Indian traffic: India has 4% (or is it 5?) of the world's motor vehicles and 25% of the world's traffic fatalities. Even having visited India once before, I couldn't imagine the chaos and frequent danger of being on the road. Of course the conditions we encountered ran the gamut from smooth, quiet country lanes where our tandem was the fastest on the road to unbelievable chaos where it felt like a bit of a miracle to make it through the day. By the end of five weeks though, we never crashed, and except for one goat I can't even recall that we ran into anything. As in the U.S. the traffic law in India seems to be that if you get there first, you have the right to the road. This law is taken to its logical extreme such that there's really no reason to ever look behind you. Pay attention to what's in front, be ready to brake and avoid sudden turns. In this sense I could see order to it all and certainly enjoyed heavy, slower traffic to the far too common high-speed chicken matches with buses which left us more than once bouncing off the edge of the tarmac. It's no surprise that fatal bus accidents are reported almost daily in the newspaper. Coastal Kerala We arrived at the Thiruvananthapuram airport at about 4am and cycled out of the "city" 26 hours later. The city hardly ended. During our first three days of pedaling, I'm not sure that we were ever out of sight of people and buildings. Perhaps we shouldn't have found this surprising. Kerala has the highest population density of any state in India. And within the state the highest density is found in the southern half of the state on the flat strip of land between the sea and the hills - exactly where we rode the first three days. We mostly avoided the fast traffic of the main road, usually riding a road closer to the coast. The network of paved roads is dense. There are many possibilities. It wasn't always easy to follow these roads, and I can think of three funny incidents from these first three days: We were on a narrow road with a fair bit of bus traffic. We noticed lighter traffic. Suddenly the road ended, and we looked across 100m of water with no bridge. Thinking we had missed a turn, we backtracked and quickly came to the spot where the buses turn around. Locals directed us back to the water and down a sandy single track where we loaded onto an oversized canoe with a motorcyclist and another bicyclist. Two men poled the craft across, and soon we were on our way again. Further north on a similar narrow road we somehow managed to miss the main fork. The road continued to narrow and narrow until we were on a three-foot wide dirt track between two walls. Still we continued and cycled right into someone's yard! All found it amusing.</li? In another section we had been warned that the coastal road was a bit broken in places and we'd have to push the bike so we weren't surprised to come upon a sandy single track. It was surprising to come upon a mahout on his elephant traveling in the opposite direction on this track. It was very sandy off the track and thinking the elephant would have an easier time of it than we would I kept on the track. The mahout hollered at us, and we were quite close before we ducked out of the way! Cardamom Hills After three days of riding to Alappuzha we were ready to try anything besides the Kerala coastal strip so we headed east into the hills. In less than 10km we came to the most peaceful, beautiful riding that we'd seen up to that point. Of course it all wasn't like that, but we had made a good choice. We rode for three days to get to the Kumily/Thekkadi/Periyar tourist area and two more to get to more beautiful, more touristy, and higher Munnar. We climbed a lot on four of those days, but the roads were well-graded and simply by luck rather than any planning we only had a couple climbs that lasted more than 15km. On the other hand after climbing out of Munnar, we descended about 70km down to Kurichikottai. That would have been a brutal climb. Through the hills and mountains we pedaled in misty, forested areas where all we could hear was the sounds of monkeys and birds. I thought of Jack Zuzack and the sounds he recorded on his 'round the world trip. We also rode through cardamom (these are the Cardamom Hills after all), rubber, tea, coffee, pepper, jackfruit, and coconut. The tea plantations were particularly beautiful as they seem to glow a translucent green. The Tamil Nadu plains Along the road from Munnar we met David who invited us to stay with his family in Kurichikottai, our first night in Tamil Na
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Blend into the woods and improve your chances of getting in close range of game with the Pacific Outdoors Game Stalker Mountain Bike. This high-performance mountain bike has a sturdy aluminum frame that has been dipped and coated in Break-Up camouflage from Mossy Oak, so that the hunt won't be compromised by the usual shiny, metallic bicycle colors that stand out in the woods. For additional subtle camouflage, the bicycle's wheel rims and spokes are powder coated in matte black, eliminating reflective and startling flashes of light that will scare animals.
The Game Stalker is designed to get you to hard to access hard-to-reach areas smoothly, quietly, and in optimum comfort. The welded aluminum frame is strong and lightweight while the SR Suntour M2000 suspension fork will absorb the bumps in the trail and help you maneuver the bike safely. With a Shimano 21-speed drivetrain and easy-to-use SRAM grip shifters, you will be able to adjust the bike on steep grades and over uneven terrains. ProMax alloy linear pull brakes offer optimum control and sensitivity for stopping power.
Mossy Oak Break-Up? pattern on frame
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SR Suntour M2000 suspension fork
Shimano 21-speed drivetrain
SRAM grip shifters
ProMax alloy linear pull brakes
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Finding the Right Bike
To really enjoy cycling, it's important to find a bicycle that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the market for a new bike:
The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into three major categories:
Road and Racing Bikes--As a general rule, road and racing are built for speed and longer distances on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels, and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, regardless of price, offer many gears for tackling both hilly and flat terrain.
Mountain Bikes--With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing, and upright position, mountain bikes are very popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that are designed specifically for rugged trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some may have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one that you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
Comfort/Cruiser Bikes--For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are made for enjoying the scenery and having fun with the family.
The Right Price
A bike's price boils down to three essentials: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.
Entry-level--You'll find a wide range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, as well as some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most will have steel frames and components that are designed to last for several years with frequent use.
Mid-range--Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. If you're looking for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet spot." Most serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
High-end--Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultralightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often feature advanced front and rear suspension technology, as well as components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.
The Right Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some basic bike fit tips:
Stand-over Height--To find out if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the right bike height.
Top Tube Length--You can measure your torso to get a good estimate of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder). Next, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half, and subtract six inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
Bikes for Women--Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike makers design women's bikes that offer a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also provide more stand-over clearance.
The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, don't forget these crucial add-ons:
Helmet (this is a must!)
Hydration pack, or water bottle and bottle cage
Portable bike pump