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Month: July 2012 (page 1 of 2)

CCC and NPS

I recently discovered an online book made available by the National Park Service detailing the historic relationship between the Civilian Conservation Corps and the NPS.

I have been interested in the history of the CCC for years, and in the Pacific Northwest, as in much of the rest of the country, we still benefit from the legacy of that program.

Tourmalet

Today’s Tour de France stage is a brutal day in the Pyrenees, climbing as it does over four massive mountain passes – Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin, and Col de Peyresourde…the “Circle of Death.”

Tourmalet itself is often translated into English as “bad detour”.

It is amazing to think about riding these four mountains in succession on a 1910 bicycle, lacking gears and weighing three times what a modern pro bike does, but that is the first year that this particular route was included in the Le Tour.

1934

Rapha rode the original 1910 route two years ago, albeit on modern bikes, and created this excellent video…

The 1910 Challenge from RAPHA on Vimeo.

The River of Doubt

I just finished an excellent book about Theodore Roosevelt’s 1913 expedition to an unmapped region of the Amazon rainforest to descend the aptly named River of Doubt.

This account, structured brilliantly by author Candice Millard, is a must read for any one who is interested in South American history (that told through the background of co-commander Candido Rondon is particularly interesting), adventure narratives, and/or Roosevelt.  I recommend giving it a read if you’re looking for your next book.

Whole Larder Love – The Book

You’re going to want to pick this up…


Via 10 Engines and Whole Larder Love

Bike Camp – Mt. Hood National Forest

On the heels of my trip to Montana, my friend Sid and I took a ride up to Buck Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest over the weekend.  I quickly realized that I had underestimated the effort…it took us 6 hours to ride the 55 miles and 6000′ of elevation with loaded panniers (flat tires and faulty tubes didn’t help).  Luckily, our ladies came up to bring additional provisions and company.  After three round trips up the 1/2 mile trail in the dark hauling food, tents, bags, and other supplies, we swam, grilled, and enjoyed the first great days of summer.  We rode downhill back and enjoyed a beer on the deck at forest glen road.

 

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