Prowling my world, camera in hand

25 January 2012

Week 03: cycling in the mountains

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My friend Lars from Denmark was still here all week, and I took Thursday and Friday off so that we could do some serious cycling together. More specifically, we were going to venture into the mountains surrounding Alicante. There are a couple of nearby villages, Aigües and Busot, which I had never been able to reach–I would “bonk” during the long climbs needed to get there. With Lars, I finally made it (and have since made it on my own). It turns out that I had a tendency to start too quickly at the beginning of the ascents. Once I learned to pace myself, I was able to conquer the long climbs of several km. Most of this week’s pictures are from our cycling, taken with the Fuji X100 I carry in my handlebar bag.

This is Lars on a mountain road near Aigües. He is riding my reserve bike which I had purchased during the autumn:

A much needed breather:

The first time I made it to Aigües:

The landscape in which we cycled:

A rather run-down farm along N-332, the old Valencia road:

A spectator admiring us:

To finish off, a few pictures from other events of the week.

During the early part of the week we had a couple of rare rainy days. But it never rains for an entire day here, and after the rain you get this, as seen from my office window:

Customer parking outside a local caja (savings & loan):

The department store El Corte Inglés has an exhibition space, Ambito Cultural, normally used for exhibitions by local artists. It is an excellent location with lots of traffic. So we were thrilled when our photo club at the office, Lightbox, was given a two-week window to stage a photo exhibition there. It opened on Friday and features images taken by members during a trip to Scotland last April (I did not go on that trip and so do not have any pictures in the exhibition):

Yours truly talking with Mark Kennedy, a Scottish colleague from the office who was the driving force behind the Scotland trip:

Here is the route along which most of the cycling pictures were taken.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the tour! Glad you made it up all those hills. The landscape there is somewhat similar to some where I live. Good news for your photo club to have such excellent public exposure.

    Comment by Brian Swale — 25 January 2012 @ 20:03

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