There’s a lot you can learn from exploratory studies. In fact, it was my official major back in 1997 in Upstate NY. It was a nice phrase that private universities used at the time, replacing the previous [rejected] designation, “this Student Is Completely or Kind of Lost Evidently, but We’ll Accept their Cash and Keep it”. Within the admissions office, they whispered the acronym “SICKLE WACK” when they hooked one on the phone.
Flash Forward 13 years, and I’m still a bit of a “SICKLE WACK” at heart. I’ve learned a few sweet routes on my own and was introduced to new stomping grounds with the local bike club. But the other day after a long day of computer programming at work (which I ultimately deviated to), I wanted something new, different, undiscovered. Indeed, I was seeking to explore once again.
Although I am not the biggest fan of Google (don’t ask me why, unless you want a long non-bike related paragraph), I appreciate that they dumped a boatload of cash to outfit a fleet of cars with cameras and filled them with gas so they could take photos of roads just so that I could analyze the photos and decide it if was a “sweet road” or not. So I logged into Google Maps and dropped the little “Yellow Guy” just once on a road that looked squiggly and interesting. The first image I saw was an amazing panoramic of mountains, switchback roads, and a group of aging cyclists taking photos of themselves to commemorate their achievement. I sent the waypoint to my Garmin.
On Friday night, my GF said she wanted to go swimming at the pool and I was given the O.K. to ride as much as I wanted. Time to study!
Enough writing. I always hated English. Pictures are better. Here’s what happened. Take notes for the next 100 miles.
Still 33 miles to go… but with pictures like this, why not keep playing with self-timers?
There are many more photos… just make a contact request on Flickr to see them.