Monday, April 25, 2011

Hill Yes!

Car free living in Interzone, Kansas.

I continue to live in Interzone, Gentle Readers of This Blog. Rain and wind are constant companions for April but I continue to commute to work on my bike rain or shine. May I'm told will be the best here so I'm looking forward to the next few weeks. In the meantime, I have some more photos of my commute up Mt. Oread where my new office is located.

Fraser Hall about a mile away.

For this typical April Morning, the rain is winding down, and I'm off, mes amis, for work. Fenders are the best and make all the difference--but I probably don't have to tell you that. They keep me dry and clean, and same for the bike. From here at the Jr High School, I start the climb up to campus.

Looking up 14th Street, heading West to the top of Mt. Oread.

The climb up 14th that you see above is about a good half mile long, with the last quarter of the mile a pretty steep grade for sure. Not a lot of traffic as there's really no parking up around here so students are out of luck if they're running late for class.

The Bloke on the Bike, climbing Mt. Oread--Hill Yes!

Many of the students can be seen wearing shirts exclaiming, "Hill Yes!" which is reference to this steep area. I'm not quite sure but it's some kind of joke--a figure is seen walking in a cross-walk but the cross-walk is crazy steep. And they're not kidding! I'm glad there's rain and its a bit cool--this is a workout for anybody!

Top of 14th Street and Jayhawk Blvd.

Quick tour of campus for you!
Tulip garden...

Students arriving on campus this cold rainy morning.

Strong Hall

Another view of Fraser Hall as I take a quick ride around the top.

Albert and Prof. Jimmy Green.

Albert killed in the Spanish American War, a little over 100 years ago. A war with details long forgotten--our best and brightest sacrifice their lives--Rest in Peace with your Brothers and Sisters--from your time--and with Those from ours that now have followed.

Now, like in Albert's day, students on campus going to and from classes.

Bike Parking in front of my office building.

Thanks for coming back from time to time to read my blog. More posts to follow as the weather gets better for us here in Interzone!

Cheers! Bruce


Big Clyde said...

Glad that you are settling in. I will think of you as I ride up La Canada to Tangerine!

Dan Trued said...

It looks so different there. Lots of history there.

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

Hey Mr. Big! Glad to see you again! And would you believe that the climb I do is about as steep as La Canada?

Dan, one thing you have to do while riding here is watch out for bricks--they just poured over 'em with asphalt--they seem to pop up here and there while you're out riding around.

My plan is to try and get out and do a few laps around the campus--its steep with some fast downhills with even faster turns. That or go out into the headwind! On the weekends the place is deserted--would be like riding the loop in Saguaro Nat'l Park...

Cheers! Bruce