Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Masala Bistro has the absolute best chicken korma in the whole wide world. You should go there. Even if you don’t like Indian food.

I recommend a spiciness factor of 7 on the 1-10 scale (they will ask you how spicy you want it).

I love Passage to India, but the food at Masala is 10 times better. No joke.

I am not advertising, but some things are just so good you need to tell the whole world.

I’ve been there about 5 times, and every time I say “I should write about how good this is on my blog” But I don’t write about it on my blog because who the fuck cares about what I had for dinner?

Well, the place is never very busy, and if it ever goes out of business I will weep bitter tears of despair for one year and one day.

So I want everyone to go and keep them in business. Because they have the absolute best chicken korma in the known universe, even if you account for parallel dimensions and string theory and shit.

The vegetable vindaloo is very nice too.

That is all.

Redneck Snow Kayaking

In upstate Pennsylvania, there isn’t much to keep you entertained, so my friends and I come up with our own ways to amuse ourselves.

Stinky (the Bilge Rat) has flexed his video editing muscles, and put together this massively over-produced video of Klinutus towing random idiots being his pickup truck… in a kayak.

This video is from last year. We don’t have any snow yet this year.

YouTube will probably delete this because of the copyrighted jackass music, so watch it while you still can!

Secret Shelter

I hiked about 7 miles yesterday. Since I was doing an out-and-back, I only covered 3.5 miles of the great and mighty Tuscarora Trail.


After entirely too much climbing, I arrived at the top of the mountain and discovered a trail shelter that was not mentioned in the guidebook.

According to the sign, this is the “The Wagon Wheel Shelter.”

I crawled inside and read a bit of the log book. I almost dozed off before I realized that I had no flashlight and no sleeping bag, so it would have really sucked to have woken up, freezing in the dark.

Wagonwheel Shelter

I think I am going to do an overnighter soon. Camping in the cold is nice. There are no snakes or bugs, and the bears are hibernating.


I got out for a bit of a hike yesterday. I logged the west end of the Darlington Trail as well as the east end of the Tuscarora Trail.
I walked a bit of the AT just so I could make a nice junction on the maps.

Trail intersection

Trail Intersection

By the way, I started a Wikipedia Article for the Darlington Trail. If you know anything about the trail, please add to the article before it gets deleted for lack of “notability”.

Made in China

Buddha Candle Holder

I found this Buddha at Target for $10. He holds tea candles.

I like him so much, I made him my new blog header.

Darlington Trail

Brandi and I went on a (very short) hike yesterday, and I was able to log about a mile of the Darlington Trail for the map. GPS reception was very bad on the north side of the mountain, but approximate data is better than no data at all.

The Darlington trail is only about 8 miles long. Maybe I’ll have a chance to log the rest of it next weekend.

By the way, some of you may remember my hysterics when a developer wanted to build a housing development across the White Rocks Trail. Well, it looks like the Monroe township supervisors shot it down (on June 14th. I’m a little behind the times).

From what I understand, they are going to try to strengthen their zoning laws to keep this kind of thing from happening again. Kick ass!

Cycle Maps

When I tell people about OSM, they often think I’m crazy. “Why don’t you just use google maps?” they say.

Here’s why, bitches.

Can google maps do this?

No? I didn’t think so.

Google maps is for cars. This is for bikes.
Bike trails are colored and bright. Interstates (and other uninteresting steets) are grey and dim.

This is only the beginning. Soon, there will be data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission so you will know how steep the hills are, and routing software to help you avoid them.

Today Gmaps. Tommorow, the World!

P.S. (Thanks to Andy for rendering and hosting the tiles.)

Just Numbers

I almost hit another deer on the LVRT last night. I rang my bell at the last second, but she jumped towards me instead of away.

Never a dull moment on the bike trail.

Last night: 15 miles
October: 134 miles
2007: 1045 miles