Sunday, January 31, 2010

#314 Chili and Chili

I've built a new bike, specially designed for off-road touring. It's a sort of comfortable cyclo-cross bike. The frame is a Salsa Cycle's Chili con Crosso and it's got gurt big tyres for riding over rough stuff.

On this year's planned rides, Edinburgh to France and Sevilla to Salamanca, I'll be looking for less asphalt and more gravel.

To celebrate the Chili con Crosso I cooked a Chili con Carne!

Monday, January 18, 2010

#313 12 Books

12 new books on my bookshelf:

Three books in French by Albert Londres; Chez les Fous, Tour de France -Tour de Souffrance and Les Forçats de la Route. Also in French Haruki Murakami's Danse, Danse, Danse plus his What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (in English).

A guide book to La Via de la Plata en BTT in Spanish and four English language bike books; Freewheeling through Ireland by Edward Enfield, 50 Quirky Bike Rides by Rob Ainsley, The Rider by Tim Krabbé and David Byrne's Bicycle Diaries.

Two food books; The Edible Pepper Garden and Marco Pierre White in Hell's Kitchen.

Monday, January 11, 2010

#312 Ruta Via de la Plata

Ruta Via de la Plata.
See #305 (below).
From Sevilla to Salamanca.
Long distance Cyclo-Cross
7 Days
New date - end of September.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

#311 A Supper of Red Mullet

My New Year's resolution is to buy fresh fish from the fish market at least once a week in 2010. You can buy cheaper in the supermarket but we are going to support the local fishing industry and buy fish as it's landed.

So. Two nice Salmonetes / Red Mullets (or Rougets if you are French) for supper, fresh off the fishing vessel Zeus. (€14.40/kg).