I just returned from 2 weeks spent visiting my family in Pennsylvania. While there I went on an epic ride with my brother and a few friends. My friend James organized the ride called the "Centre PA Ramble". It was a 73 mile ride through the country side and into the mountains around State College, PA.
It wasn't a race but a ramble, as the name implies, with plenty of food stops, scenic views and conversation. It was the kind of ride I always dream about when I look at old Frank Patterson drawings of riders lazily rollin' along country roads. There wasn't much traffic aside from an occasional pick-up or Amish horse and buggy. Autumn was the ideal time for it too. Lots of color in the foliage and cool weather. We started around 10:00 AM after a big breakfast and covered 73 miles by the time we returned. The sun had set and Jame's wife had prepared a splendid meal for all of us.
Thats my big bro and I. Bicycles have always brought us together. Neither of us had ever ridden 73 miles in one day before this!
Ahhh, how I miss the eastern forests. The smell and sound of the leaves in fall bring back so many memories. To see more photos check out this link and to see a great cycling blog by my friends James and James check out www.ridelugged.com
Now that I am home in Portland I am getting back to work on some new winter caps and thinking about making some special edition holiday caps. Keep an eye on the site.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I'm on a trip back east to visit my family. Spending a few days in Baltimore and then going back to Pennsylvania to stay with my folks. I will be back to my studio Oct. 29th. Here are a couple photos of me grinding acorns. Acorns are super bitter raw. They must be ground up, soaked in many changes of water to wash away the tanins and then dried and ground into flour. The flour can be used to make breads, pancakes, etc.