Look at that turkey

Your Humble Narrator pretends to be a self-supported tourist on Tramway, about 20 minutes from EL Rancho Pendejo.

Your Humble Narrator pretends to be a self-supported tourist on Tramway, about 20 minutes from EL Rancho Pendejo.

It’s not what it looks like — Your Humble Narrator ripping up the roads en route to someplace sunny, his panniers full of camping gear, bike parts and journalistical accoutrements.

Nope, just shooting a bit of video to tease my review of the Opus Legato 1.0 in the latest edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine. I was out for about an hour, rolling up and down Tramway while taking selfies like all the other narcissists.

Still, it got me away from the Innertubez, where life was busily imitating art again. The Russia-Turkey dick-waving competition was reminding me of the early pages of “Alas, Babylon,” while the GOP pestilential contest was shaping up about like “It Can’t Happen Here.”

These are dire days for fans of apocalyptic fiction and prescient political satire, and my natural misanthropy was on full boil. That is, until a motorist pulled over to ask if I needed any help as I fiddled with my cameras, and a cyclist likewise paused to ask where I was bound, then told me about an actual tour he had wrapped earlier this year, a massive, months-long expedition that basically took him to all points of the compass and back again.

There’s hope after all. Let us be thankful.

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9 Responses to “Look at that turkey”

  1. Sharon Says:

    That doesn’t look like a selfie. That’s a great shot. Hope everyone in the Mad Dog community has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Despite trying times, most of us still have such an abundance of which to be thankful. I am grateful…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Sharon. Digital cameras, especially the video models, can turn even the weakest shooter into Quentin Ferrentino or the entire Ansel Addams Family. I have an eye for composition and editing, but was always terrible at the technical aspects of film photography. Now I just fill up an SD card with digital images and hey presto! One is bound to be serviceable.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving all, and thank you Sharon!
    Was that pic a frame taken from a GoPro video?
    I received my Adventure Cycling magazine yesterday. I think when our tandem riding friends leave after dinner, the mag, me, a morris chair, and a Sam Adams Cream Stout will become one with the force.
    Trump is dangerous, and Carson is lost and bumbling. Plus, he has delusions of grandeur. Getting a pat on the back from Jesus trumps Trump.
    Vegetarian dinner today. Ratatouille, the movie version of the dish, over Texmati royal blend rice with mashed rutabagas on the side.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, that is indeed a still exported from a GoPro HERO 3 Black Edition. The curve of the horizon is a dead giveway, though my Canon VIXIA Mini X yields similar images.

      We’ve been eating vegetarian for a while here, too, but last night I whipped up some green chile stew, heavy on the swine, and today it’s gonna be chicken cacciatore with a side of Asian succotash. Herself will contribute a green salad and raspberry cobbler.

      When you crack the mag have a look at Tom Robertson’s road test of the Trek 920. Dude rode that thing like a rented mule. I need to up my game.

      • psobrien Says:

        Our guests are vegetarians. But, like you, we find ourselves having 2 or 3 vegetarian days a week without intending to do so. But after the look I got from the Duffinator, I will roast a turkey breast tomorrow. Boy is all carnivore.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Happy, safe Thanksgiving to all! 22 degrees here in the Bibleburg area with a slight coating of ice…..sounds like a wee bit more gravy is called for!! 🙂

    Nice photo, PO’G! Speaking of self-supported rides, a shameless plug here for my two nephews who took a year to do a self-supported ride from Deadhorse, Alaska to the tip of Tierra del Fuego (17,000-plus miles). You can follow their exploits at http://www.end2endadventure.com if interested. Some great experiences, challenges, and soul- and body-testing times.

    Again, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  4. Libby Says:

    No Turkey in that photo!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  5. Boz Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving amigo! Got a big bird in the deep fryer, potatoes to be mashed boiling, stuffing in the oven, and some no good, loud mouth, mooching ingrates occupying the casa. Thanks for the help. But, it still is a great day, because they will leave after consuming the delectables!

  6. Larry T. Says:

    A little work goin’ on here while the turkey’s roasting and the snow falls. http://cycleitalia.blogspot.com/2015/11/holiday-gift-guide-2015.html
    Happy Holidays to all!

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