Can8ianben's Blog

This is a blog about me. I'm sure it will at some point talk about the things that I love... that being, my wife Meredith, family, friends, EMU, the Jays and baseball, the Maple Leafs, music, art, TV, biking, and whatever else is going on in my mind.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

the other side...

snagged this photo from my good friend Matt - check out his blog right here.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

just in case you were wondering...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wedding and Bike trip Recap

Here's a rundown of my recent trip to the east coast...

After flying east, the group of cyclists met up in Philadelphia to begin our biking journey. The picture below is Nathan and I posing on the famous steps in front of the Art Museum - the very place where Rocky's famous scene of running up the steps takes place. We're doing our very best Rocky impressions (with bikes) at the top.

From there we crossed from into New Jersey on the Benjamin Franklin bridge by using the pedestrian walkway high above the car route - a pretty amazing view!

We travelled south through New Jersey and crossed on the Cape May-Lewes ferry. Our next stop was Rehoboth Beach and Dogfish Head brewpub. This brewery is known for their intense and bold beer and thinking outside of the box. Pictured below is a contraption at their Rehoboth Beach location which filters their 90 minute IPA through fresh leaf hops to give the beer an intense fresh hop flavor and aroma. India Pale Ale's are by far my favorite beer style, and DFH does them extremely well.

We spent an afternoon on the beach where we experienced this strange looking rainbow cloud. I'm still not quite sure how this works...

This picture is from our tour of the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton, DE. Free tour and free beer samples put some big grins on our faces.

From there we headed southwest to Janes Island State Park on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake. Unfortuately we met up with some intense weather including a hail storm (pictured here) that forced us out of our tents and into the safety of the bathhouse.

Here is a random image of our time on the road. This was a quiet country road which allowed us to ride in a pack instead of a straight pace line. Few hills and beautiful weather made for amazing riding conditions.

In Maryland we stopped off in Salisbury for a minor league baseball game. This park belongs to the Delmarva Shorebirds, a single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. I love the atmosphere at minor league games and feel ashamed that I have yet to visit some of the minor league games in southern California.

Our trip wrapped up by heading north through Maryland, into Delaware, and back to Philadelphia. We ended up covering almost 400 miles and rotated driving the support vehicle. I ended the week with about 325 miles logged on the bicycle. From there I headed to Lancaster County to be in the wedding of my good friend Peter. Here is the bridal party posing for some pictures.

And the happy couple having their first dance together.

A great trip! I'm back in Pasadena now, really enjoying the summer sun and the chance to be back with my wife. More of the summer is still out there, I can't wait to enjoy all that comes along with it.

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