Late Summer

Sunny Dirt Road

From what I hear, today is the last day of summer. Boo!

Due to some back and hip issues, Summer 2016 didn’t deliver the riding I had planned on, but I’m hopeful that through the fall and winter I will continue to improve, longer rides will become the norm again, weight loss will happen, and by next spring things will be back to normal in my cycling world.

While lengthy rides escaped me this summer, I still rode. Some rides were better than others; some rides were longer than others, but one constant was that I had a camera with me. Something that has brought new meaning to my riding and my accumulation of junk miles.

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Best Made Plans

Back in June my Fuji X-T10 crapped out on me. I mentioned that drama before but for those new to the site, will repeat that the short of it all is that Fuji said the X-T10 had water damage, I said it had never been wet, they said they wouldn’t warranty it, I said fine, send it back SquareTrade said they will replace it. Then they accidentally sent me a replacement X-T10 back.

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Junk Steps

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As you may or may not know from reading some of my posts here, or from my crap personal blog, I’ve been dealing with some back issues over the past five months that has made mountain biking less than fun. I could bore you at length about the issue, but I won’t, I’ll just say that last week I was craving time in the woods, and figured that a hike at our local county park might be a better option, and easier on my back, than riding my mountain bike, so off I went.

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And Back To Soccer

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Earlier this week I went to a Mt. Pleasant High School soccer match with the goal of getting some photos to post on the MP Soccer Club website that I created last year and continue to maintain for them. My son Brennan played six seasons (3 years) with the club, and while he no longer plays for them–having moved on to play on a premier team with another club–I continue to lend a creative hand since I want to see the game grow here in our town, and I feel a debt of gratitude to the club for getting him hooked on “the beautiful game.”

Many of the boys that play for the high school in the fall also play for the club in the spring (with the high school girls playing club soccer in the fall), so the club tries to support the high school teams and vice versa.  I also went with the goal of working on my “picture taking.”

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Mind Changing Heat

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I recently hatched a plan to sell off my X-T10 body in hopes of gathering enough coin to invest in a weather sealed Fuji X-T2 this fall when I suddenly changed my mind. It seemed like a great idea, and I was just about ready to put the X-T1o on eBay when I suddenly changed my mind. One big reason was that even if I sold the X-T10, there would still be hundred of dollars to make up, and I think I’ve spent enough of camera gear the past few months. I also saw that I my drops and spills replacement warranty lasts until 2018, why not just use the crap out of the X-T10, if it goes again, I have the D7100 to use until I get the replacement.

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Summer Riding

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This spring and summer has been a busy one for me and my family. There’s been soccer tournaments, tryouts, and camps for my son. We bought a home, sold a home, and moved. I’ve been going to physical therapy two to three times a week in the attempt to conquer an ongoing hip and back issue, and still trying to squeeze some rides in, mostly on Michigan dirt roads. I’ve also been trying to shoot some photos nearly every day (with varying degrees of success).

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Making Up

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I had a less than stellar mountain bike ride in the woods on Saturday, so I made up for that with a 30 mile dirt road ride through the Michigan countryside on Sunday. It was one of those rides that everything seemed to come together: weather, bike, legs, and camera. I wouldn’t say I had the best ride in the world, nor did I get the best images in the world, but I did enjoy every mile and every click of the shutter, so I guess there’s something to be said for that.

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Testing Part Two

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I am a big fan of the Fuji X series mirrorless cameras, however I was less than thrilled when my X-T10 died after just nine months of use. To make a very long story short, I ended up with a new one from Fuji. Not because they wanted to give me one, but because they sent me one by accident and threw mine away. I still plan on using the Fuji stuff, and hope to sell some stuff (my X100s and X-T10) to get an X-T2 in the future, but I wanted to add a DSLR back into the collection.

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