Bike Wedged in Snow

Sally Gap in Snow

As a counterpoint to when the hills are aflame, here’s a selection of photos from an album I put together a few years back when they certainly weren’t!

1/1/10: Had just gotten my tungsten carbide studded snow tyres and then it snowed. Somebody was telling me to get up to the “impassable” Sally Gap and prove them wrong… or right! Continue reading

Fire Panorama

Smoke Inhalation

22/4/15: Weather was great so I went for a shortish spin on the touring bike. Early model Salsa Fargos have wimpy derailleur hangers, which aren’t replaceable. Mine had recently needed repair after bending while moving at walking speed on the flat. The fact that later models have changed to replaceable hangers is telling. Anyway, needed to be tested to make sure it’s solid. Continue reading

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Been watching a lot of Cary Grant films lately. Only Angels Have Wings is quite different from many I’ve seen in that the primary romance really takes a back seat to other inter-character relationships and the central plot. Perhaps this mirrors how Grant’s character claims any relationship between a pilot and his woman has to be: she must be satisfied without a planned life and mustn’t ever try to prevent him from flying, no matter the danger. Of course, since this is Cary Grant we’re talking about, no amount of being not particularly pleasant to a lady can put her off! Continue reading