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Sunday Ride 9-27-09 (Melly’s Birthday!)

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I’d like to update these posts as it happens or the next day, but as of now, I need to work a “real” job, which tends to get in the way of updating the blog. I’d love to turn Adventure Monkey into a thriving business selling artwork, books, clothing and hosting photography workshops. Man, that would be fun. Feel free …

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Reach goals one pedal stroke at a time

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After 50 miles, my rear was in pain and keeping the pedals turning was all my legs could do. Analogies between life and cycling popped into my head. I realize I will reach goals one pedal stroke at a time. There’s no other way. This ride became long, painful, and aggravating. The road ahead looked never-ending. Life is similar. I become impatient. The road to success seems …

Which Camera?

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I was checking the searches that were used when people found this site and discovered that many had searched for a specific camera model. One popular search was “Nikon D700 vs the Leica M9.” I figured it would be a good time to talk about cameras. People are always asking me for camera buying advice so here’s my two cents. …

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Bicycle Ride to the Lake

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The weather has hit a sweet spot in Kansas. It would be in the high 50s in the morning and mid to high 70s in the afternoon. This was definitely going to be a good day for a ride. No plan today, just thought I would head northeast to some roads I had never been on before. I needed some …

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The Leica M9

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Ok, the Leica M9 is so cool, I have to talk a little more about it. Let’s get to this camera. First look at its classic and simple lines. Love it. I am not going to do a full review just talk about why I want one (since I don’t have one in my hands to play with) but click …

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Flint Hills Photography by Bike

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Great Sunday ride today! This ride was a lesson in Flint Hills photography. I had to stop to take pictures because the wildflowers were so beautiful. It ended up being a little over 57 miles. My Adventure Monkey was full by mile 48. I tired myself out. I had been sick last week and not very active, so that probably …

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A little fun in Photo Booth

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Just one more reason to have a Mac. It’s just fun, not to mention I haven’t had a computer problem since my first Macintosh back in 1994 – That’s impressive. They just work, and when you make money using a computer, you can’t afford to have computer problems. Anyway, I can talk more about computers later. Here’s Mikey and I …

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Sick Day

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I took another sick day from work today. I am still not feeling very well, and Mikey is still fighting a low fever, so I stayed home again. I would have rather played hookey from work and went on a bike ride, but we are actually sick and I would never do that ;). I just finished watching the Williams …

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A few more pictures

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I called in to work today. Mikey and I are both sick. I figured I would make good use of the time on the couch watching Playhouse Disney with Mikey to post some images I captured on my bike rides. This post is dedicated to pictures I took while on the bike.                   …

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Rural Cycling Photography

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I wanted to ride to Cottonwood Falls and back, but I wasn’t sure how far it was. I didn’t look on the map, just figured that I would ride and see how I felt as I went. The ride was scenic rural America. I saw ripened wheat, the Flint Hills, a huge stone quarry and the quaint town of Cottonwood Falls. This was rural …

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My longest bike ride; 90 Road Miles

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The day was here for the big ride. In fact it would be my longest bike ride to date at 90 miles. I was meeting a college buddy in Williamsburg, half-way between our towns. Both of us had gotten into cycling this year. I’ve always enjoyed cycling, but mainly singletrack riding on my mountain bike. This year I was turned …

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My first big gravel grinder: 64 miles

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Sitting on the couch that night, I knew I wanted to do a big gravel grinder the next day. I had a scheduled 90 mile ride coming up in a week. The longest I had done thus far was 46 miles. The family turned in for the evening. I sat in the yellow glow of the end table light. I …