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Mileage update:

1/20    5.2
1/21    5.2
1/22    6.7
1/23    5.2
1/24    4.5
1/25    5
1/26    27.3
1/27    24.8
1/28    10.4
1/29    5.2
1/30    5.2

Total:   105

Total for ’09:   318.5

I am linking to this song because supposedly if I do, $5 will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society, by her label Anti. I think that’s pretty cool. Also, Neko Case is great!

Download “People Gotta Lotta Nerve”

I never knew! It should have been obvious.

There’s been a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer for a while now (six months or more? possibly an old roommates?) that I just kept avoiding because I didn’t know what to do with them. Well, I was moved by kmouse’s smoothie from a few days ago to throw a few of them in my housemate’s Magic Bullet, along with some OJ, soymilk, agave, and vanilla. It was like an orange julius milkshake, but better.

shake

Note the free-standing spoon.

I made another sans OJ, but with cocoa powder that was equally good. Now that I think about it the cocoa and OJ might be good together…

I just tried out my x-mas gift for the first time tonight, with great success. I made VCON’s Curried Udon Noodle Stir-Fry. I’ve yet to make seitan from scratch, but I love the curried canned stuff from the oriental market so I used that instead. I also threw in some mushrooms for good measure. I apologize beforehand for the crappy flash photography, it was dark out!

Udon noodles and my new bamboo chopsticks.
udon

A curry roux.
roux

“One of these things just doesn’t belong here…”
prep

The wok in full effect.
wok

It was dang good, I had seconds.
yum

I painted my bike this weekend!
I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out. I just cut out a few different stencils and sprayed three different colors.

digicam

My mileage for this week:
1/13/9 5.2
1/14/9 10.7
1/15/9 13.2
1/16/9 14.4
1/17/9 2
1/18/9 18.1
1/19/9 5.5

Total for ’09: 213.5

So here’s my first weeks tally:
1/5     7.8
1/6      9.2
1/7     10.7
1/8      10.2
1/9      11.7
1/10    4
1/11    38.2
1/12   15.2

During the week everything was pretty much school or work-related, with a couple rides just for fun. Then on Sunday I rode up to Atascadero and hung out for a bit. You get to go through this sweet tunnel under the freeway at the bottom of the grade.
tunnel

Riding up and at the top. It was windy as all hell.
stagecoachgrade

I was stoked to ride down 41 for the first time to the ocean. It was a pretty sweet cruise, all downhill from about 1,500 feet.
41sunstax
I got on the road about 9:00 this morning to ride back to SLO and it was even windier than yesterday. I almost got blown off the road once.. Then I start to hear a funny noise and sure enough a few miles past Morro Bay my chain totally busts. But it worked out as  I was able to hitch a ride into town pretty quickly quick in the back of this nice older lady’s truck, which was really fun and illegal but it was her idea.
So week one is a grand total of 107 miles!
I was hoping I would get about 100 a week to keep it interesting. I hope this wind doesn’t stick around much longer though.

I made my first green smoothie today, compliments of my housemate’s new Magic Bullet.

Before:
before
That is blueberries, a banana, spinach, a tangerine, agave nectar, and water.

After:
after
Very tasty.

fish
“Where’s the algae?!”

Total for ’09 37.4 miles

Bike ride to Cayucos and back.. I need to remember to take some pics next time. What good is a blog with no pics!? All-in-all a pretty successful winter vacation, not to mention the ride down to Huntington.

So I’m going to keep track of all the miles I ride this year, even little stuff like daily trips to school and the grocery store. I’ll also be posting stuff about food, again hopefully with pics if I can get that figured out. Also expect other rants and things I need to get off my chest.

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