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Another 1760 mile round trip…

Posted by on Friday, 12 October, 2012

Some of you know I was out for the past week, riding down to Taft, Ca. for our annual 3DC whiskies tasting held at the SCA’s Great Western War. This time around was a bit more rough than most, as my last 250 miles of the ride saw temperatures between 100 and 105, though I was told when I arrived it was more like 107/108 degrees. In full ride gear, even at speed, this made for a convection oven like setting which through me into a deeper dehydration than even I had expected. Because of that, and the continued heat throughout the week, recovery was far slower than expected and prevented me from doing much around war as I had intended to this year. Ah, best laid plans of mice and men….

While I had toyed with the idea of bringing my photography equipment with me on the ride with the intent of getting some fine shots of the event, I opted to leave most of it at home. I have realized through the years that there are times when I want to capture images of events and sights, and other times when I want to be part of the event or simply engrossed in the sights. As such, I now make very conscious choices to be either an observer with my camera, or a participant without it. For me, the two can not mix and in this case I needed and desired the participation and inclusion that photographing doesn’t allow.

That said, in spite of the heat we had a great event. As in years past I was able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. While the event and whiskies are always fun, it is truly the people who make it worthwhile coming down every year, and the only reason Raz, Fergus, and I continue to host our little tasting. Plus, it gives me great laughs when I meet people in person, only to realize as we are walking away that we’ve been friends in social spaces for years now!

Though I didn’t bring my gear, I did get one shot on my way home using my little Canon Digital Elph SD100; my trusty compact snapshot camera which I can use while on my bike when speeds and straight roads allow. I think this shot really encompasses the tone and mood of the ride home from my point of view and perspective as the rider, shot somewhere north of Sacramento late Sunday afternoon:

The Great Western roadtrip (or how I learned to stop thinking and love the war)

Posted by on Thursday, 15 October, 2009

Ok, so this is how my ‘vacation’ went:

Right off the bat, let me say that the time spent at war with friends was well worth the effort…. I had not been looking forward to this war as I had others. No sense of excitement for the tasting was washing over me, nor was I looking towards the 1700+mile roundtrip to get there and back. It wasn’t until the Sunday before when I figured I was committed to it, since that was when I had packed my bike in preparation. And it wasn’t until Tuesday before that I was 100% sure I was going…

Click the link below for the full story… Be warned, this post is as long as the 1700 miles I rode to make it.

Sigh, I HATE being a disappointment and being disappointed.

Posted by on Thursday, 25 September, 2008

So, yeah… double jeopardy for me today because I get to be a disappointment AND disappointed all in the same go.

I have been worrying about how I would be able to meet my project deadline at work, and realized this week that October is going to be a month FULL of long days and probably weekend work in order to do so. With my trip to Irvine next week taking me out of the office for 5 days, and my major project portion in a stop-work scenario until I can get funding approval, I am finding my time to be very constrained.

This all means that I will not be making it down to Great Western War as I had previously planned. To take another (essentially 5) few days off from any ability to work in October, would put me behind my deadline in a way that I couldn’t recover.

Sadly, I had the feeling all along that this would happen, but up until last week I thought I’d be able to pull it all off. Obviously that isn’t the case anymore and something had to give. Since I can’t cancel my Irvine trip (required for my job), I have to adjust my schedule with regards to the things I can control… of course GWW isn’t the only item on the chopping block, but my personal time at home is going to be devastated as well. At least until Nov. 1, after which I’ll have a bit more breathing room until Feb. 2nd ’09 when my next deadline looms….

The only saving grace here is that I can see some friends during my Irvine trip, and that both Jean and I will be down in OC over Thanksgiving weekend as well. So at least there is SOME light at the tunnel’s end.