Isle of Harris, printing and a new touring bike
I just printed this picture for the first time and from the Epson 3880 I bought to replace the big HP printer that I sld to make space so the children could each have their own room. The print is on Fotospeed Baryta paper and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the result. The photo is from the Isle of Harris and, if I get around to it may form part of a print offer sometime.
On another topic, I’ve been struggling to try and regain some of the physical fitness I was fortunate to enjoy when I was younger. I’ve found myself struggling with both time and my aging lack of ability to actually go out and run as I used to without picking up injuries. It’s made harder as I have not really readjusted my mental outlook to running from the competitive approach of my younger days. However, I think I may have found a solution in cycling. This has a few advantages in that I seem able to cycle more easily without picking up injuries as readily and I don’t have any sense that I should be a competitive racing cyclist – I’m just happy to be out and to feel the wind, see the sights and smell the smells. Even heading out at night and after dark brings it’s own pleasure.
However, a big plus of cycling is that it’s actually a useful way to get around and with a rack and panniers stuff can be carried too. Whilst I’ve tried putting a rack on my old mountain bike, I’ve found this a por choice as once loaded it loses all the nice things about the way it rides. Also, I’ve enjoyed road riding much more than I expected. Tomorrow, I’m giong to stat the build of a touring bike – a Surly Long Haul Trucker – using a mixture of parts I have lying around and a few new ones where necessary. Hopefully this will provide a suitable commuting and visiting friends steed, with maybe the odd camping trip thrown in for good measure. Pictures to follow in due course.