6/5/03

It has finally happened. I put my beloved yet unused M6 on eBay. I also put up the 50mm Summicron and 35mm Ultron I had for it, and my Leica Minilux. Bye bye film cameras, you have all been replaced by the Canon G3. Not exactly a fitting replacement, but considering that I can get around $1900 or more from this sale I think I'll get over it all. I'll be able to buy a few choice components for my bike and a nice frame bag of some sort to hold the camera, and be able to pay rent, hurray! That's not to say I won't miss my M6, just looking at it makes me feel good, but that seems to be all I ever do with it. I never took photos with it because I knew I'd never develop them. At least with the G3 I can shoot with reckless abandon and not be worried about the stack of exposed but undeveloped film already slowly degrading in the fridge. --------------------

On the MTB front, things seem to be going well. I am getting in better shape and my technical skills are improving every time I head down Chutes. It just gets easier and easier each time. On Monday I was a little too cocky though and tried to keep up with a couple downhill guys. May could they fly down those slopes. Unfortunately for them, they had to walk it up the inclines though, because their bikes have but one chainring, making climbing nearly impossible. I guess my type of riding is called freeriding, but I'm not too sure about the definitions of MTB terms yet so I could be wrong. Not that I feel the need to categorize myself, just that it's easier to tell someone who asks what kind of riding to do when you have a name to call it.

It's funny, but even though I've only been biking now for a little over 2 weeks, I'm already thinking about some nice long cross country rides. I think next year would be great for a Vietnam mountain biking trip. I could go with some friends and just ride, take pics and enjoy. I think it would be great. Maybe a couple weeks worth of riding. I've already seen a bunch of organized trips from Hanoi to Saigon on the internet. They have guys follow you with a truck to store all your gear. I don't think that interests me as much as just taking off on our own though. We would just need to stop in towns to eat, and would probably have to plan out our route ahead of time. I guess it would be good to recruit one of my cousins to come along, too. Well, I guess it's just a nice dream now, but maybe if I stick with this it will become a reality within the next couple years.