Like most cyclists and Coloradans April is a time to come out of our shells and get back on the bikes/trails/whatever outside and get some fresh air. This winter has been different, we’ve been riding every day/week/month as the weather has provided us way more singletrack than should be allowed for a winter in Colorado. Today is April first, we’ll celebrate our next snow storm in a string of great snow storms. It’s two so far this week with a good one scheduled for the weekend. Can’t really ride the trails so let’s trash the roads, yeah whatever. We’ll ride our bikes no matter what, we keep 5-6 bikes a person for a reason. Today’s first picture from the Canon G10 is the Apre-Commute today during the Thunder-Snow. Snow is cool when it’s thundering (like the Pacific Northwest) but the lightening was a bit scary as it seemed to be hitting quite close.
The second topic of the day, as I’m not particularly pissed about anything now, is beer. America has undoubtedly the best beer in the world. The Germans can argue (why?), the Belgians can compare (they make some great stuff too), the English (they’re good but too narrow in the taste spectrum) and the rest of the world, eh, maybe some good ones but who has time when we rule. Today’s story comes from Russian River Brewing in Sonoma California. It’s a new to me brew called Pliny the Elder. Fantastic, over-hopped, well malted beverage comining in at a daily drinking weight of 8.0 ABV.
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler,
officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work,
Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops,
“Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew
wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current
botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while
observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his
nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by
documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount
Vesuvius. (taken from Russian River’s website)
Needless to say it’s a fantastic beer and everyone should drink 4 of them. A photo for proof.
Anyway that’s it for today. This weekend will be with out cycling so maybe I’ll photo around the snowy neighborhood again and figure out how to use my Nikon again.