Pattern Recognition

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It got darker but I couldn't capture it. It's even darker in the shadows.
Are you sure I could ride through this?
I'm not.
I've no idea how the driver even saw the road!


(contrast whopped up for first two or there'd be nothing to see)
(still Tuesday)

Viv says:

are you planning riding at night?

6th May 2007, 01:44

Caine says:

That's serious dark. I wouldn't ride through it.

6th May 2007, 02:31

swamprose says:

okay. no riding in the pitch black.
you are right. :)

how about dawn?

just thinking of you in the desert in the high noon sun, riding a bike...can't imagine it...is it hot?

6th May 2007, 03:03

Dhamaka says:

Viv - no. Especially not after being driven back through dusk and darkness

Caine - me neither. Moonlight is great but you can't guarantee it and in the shade you can see nothing.

Swamprose - This time of year (autumn) it's hot but not as hot as I imagined. The problem is that we're at the Tropic of Capricorn and the sun is well... fierce is an understatement... and the air is dry and drying and the dust doesn't help. My lips cracked through vaseline when I was mostly in a car.

None of these things are insurmountable. I'm sure people have managed them loads of times before, but they do need consideration.

I still think I'm better off starting at dawn and riding till mid-day. That gives me about 5 hours. It's less hot and marginally less drying before mid-day. I'm still thinking about how I'll carry enough water and make my own shade though. As you'd expect in a desert it gets very cold at night and because it's high there might possibly be altitude problems. I'm normally fine on the way up but get nosebleeds if I descend too fast.

btw, this is part of what Geodyne's thinking of joining me for....

6th May 2007, 05:01

JokerXL says:

That's Dark with a capital D.
Stars must be ace.

6th May 2007, 11:17

Dhamaka says:

they are :)

6th May 2007, 12:39

FilbertFox says:

wow! I don't know how you can manage riding in hot places, i have trouble in overcast yorkshire, i know you are darker skinned than me, but still

6th May 2007, 15:42

Dhamaka says:

I did the Spanish mountains in a drought 2 years ago. So long as you're sensible there, you'll be OK. The spaces, distances and population density in Argentina is rather different so I'm still thinking about how best to do the ride

6th May 2007, 17:48