DCNR Strikes Back!

It wasn’t too long ago, I was talking smack on DCNR for having crappy maps compared with those the Game Commission was putting out.

Map geeks rejoice!

Beautious Maps

The Bureau of Forestry (at least some districts) has come out with some absolutely gorgeous PDF maps. They appear to have been vector generated (you can zoom in to 6400% without any loss of detail.
Check ’em out. (Warning: big-ass PDF files)

Every black dotted line, double dotted line, and double line is bicycle-able. There are almost 300 miles of fire roads in the Bald Eagle forest alone!

Anything that’s green, you can bike/backpack-camp on.

I’m so excited, I think I’m gonna throw up.

Darkness

The sun no longer gets up before I do, so I’m rocking the LED blinkers, the headlight, and the fancy tires. Sometimes it seems like a lot of work.
My Trek all lit up

Dig those sexy reflective sidewalls.

But then, sometimes, it’s worth it.
Evil Sunrise

It looked pretty evil this morning.

Linux for Jesus Freaks

I have now seen everything.

Ichthux is an operating system aimed at Christian users. It is based on Kubuntu in order to provide the best desktop environment of the moment, together with Christian programs and settings.

At first glance, this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Upon closer examination, it appears that some good can come of this. They are working on getting input methods and fonts together for ancient languages like Biblical Hebrew.
They also have a neat application called “bibletime” which lets you compare various translations of the bible.

Personally, I would like a program like that to compare translations of the Tao Te Ching, because no two translations seem to agree on what anything means.

Picture Book

If you weren’t already sick of the Turtle King, you will be after this!

Now you can download an animated slideshow/ show-and-tell of the Turtle King Story.

Download 5.5MB
Don’t worry, school starts back up in a week and I won’t have time for this foolishness after that.

Pennsylvania Bone and the Turtle of Doom

I spent the weekend in the woods again.

The woods are nice
I found a tent in my basement that I bought 10 years ago and never used. I used it this weekend. It’s the “3-person” version of TexSport tadpole. In order for this tent to comfortably accomodate 3 people, It would have to be a menage a trois of midgets…
My fortress of Solitude

It weighs a whopping 9 pounds, but it’s very comfy inside.
Lots of room

I fit in here pretty well.

I cooked over my Esbit stove for the first time. I was a little disappointed. It couldn’t quite seem to bring the water to a rolling boil. The food turned out good anyhow. I had Backpacker’s Pantry pad Thai, and it was pretty darn good. 4 Jihadis out of 5, I’d say.

4 Jihadis out of 5

Girtong had Mountain House Beef Stew, and he said it was good enough for 4 Jihadis also.

4 Jihadis out of 5

It started raining pretty hard this morning, so I broke camp and headed out.

As I was leaving the forest, I had a vision!

A prophet of the Turtle King appeared before me!

The Prophet

We spoke at some length, and suffice it to say, the mountain turtles have a different point of view than the lake turtles we met last week.

The search for turtular wisdom is not over yet…

Bloody Knuckles / New Pedals

My new pedals came in the mail a few days ago.

Important Safety Tip:

Before removing a drive-side pedal, shift the front deraileur onto the big chainring. Otherwise, when your pedal wrench moves, you will drive the greasy, filthy teeth of the chainring into your fist.

Bloody Knuckles

I’ve ridden to work on them the past 2 days, and despite Riv’s claims about thier width, they seem a bit narrow to me. (I have sasquatch feet, size 15).
It is somewhat liberating to be able to walk off the bike and into a store and not feel like a total weenie clicking all over the floor.

I don’t think they make me any slower than the SPD’s. At least not in any measure significant to commuting. I might put the SPDs back on for longer rides on the weekends. I’m afraid my feet are way too big for Powergrips.

Site Upgrades

Testing, Testing…. Is this thing on?

Whaddya think of the new layout? Hopefully, this will help me with my comment-spam problem. I’m still going to manually approve comments, but I hope to have to disapprove fewer bogus ones. I was getting over 200 /day before.

I know from my logs that many of you read me via RSS. It looks like my RSS feed has changed to

http://retrogrou.ch/feed/

Day Off

I should be at work right now. I should be in my drab, beige cubicle, filling out reports that no one will ever read, attending meetings that nobody cares about, and making plans that will never be implemented.I did not go to my cubicle today. Instead, I got my kayak out of storage and went to the lake to seek out the Turtle King and ask for his advice.
White bird will know!
White Bird will knowThere are many turtles in the lake, and it is hard to figure out which one is the King. I asked the white bird, but she just flew away.


White Bird Flew away
White Bird flew away!

I asked the ducks. They told me that they would get into trouble for telling me, and that I should ask the goose.


Ducks won't tell me
Ducks don’t know nothin’

It took a long time to paddle over to where the geese were hanging out. I asked them if they knew where I could find the Turtle King, but (being French Canadian) would only answer me in French, which I do not speak anyways. They pointed to a rock sticking out of the water. It was completely covered in turtles.


French Canadian Geese
Cet idiot recherche le roi de tortue !

As I paddled up, all the turtles jumped into the water and swam away, except for one turtle. He must be the Turtle King! I asked him “Are you the Turtle King?” “All day long, I have been seeking out the Turtle King in order to ask his advice.”


The Turtle King!
At last, the Turtle King!

The turtle looked at me and sighed. “The Turtle Nation is not a monarchy, we are an anarcho-syndicalist commune. There is no such thing as a Turtle King, dumbass.”

Discouraged, I paddled back to the car. I will have to seek wisdom elsewhere.

Exploration

By looking at the satellite images on google maps, I have come to the determination that I have been being a crybaby about sprawl in the area. Yes, it’s terrible and I hate it, but it could be much worse.


My Route

There seems to be plenty of farmland near my house. I have just been being a sissy about getting lost, and so I’ve been sticking to major roads too often.

No More! Today, I set out on roads I didn’t even know existed yesterday. Of course, I got lost once. Not by much, though. It also appears that the google satellite images are a bit out of date. Much of the farmland depicted there is no more, but some of it is, and that was nice.

I found a really cool looking barn, but when I stopped to take a picture, I realized I forgot my camera, and had to use the crappy camera in my cell phone.


a cool barn

Anyhow, the ride was a hair over 14 miles, which, sadly, is the longest ride I’ve done in over a month.