Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Take the plan/actions of Portland, and repeat them in Seattle.

Hit downtown, catch mates post work, drink too much.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


A cartoonist was found dead this morning here in Portland, details are sketchy.

Monday, 20 June 2016


In Portland to say g'day to some mates, we took the business hours as a chance to walk around downtown and see the labyrinth that is Powells book's.

Seriously, I work for a book publisher that has a warehouse of books... and this joint was bigger than that, and they're not even using pallet racking.

Sunday, 19 June 2016


Driving a bloody long way:
Years ago I started a philosophy degree, but I dropped out due to lousy Marx.

Saturday, 18 June 2016


Mist trail - John Muir trail:
Today we were one National park further North, hoping to beat the Obama's* and the fathers day crowds by hitting up some Yosemite trails early.

I struggled for most of the day, not because the trail was steep/difficult (though it was), but because it was so well paved/hardened that it screwed my mental shorthand of accessibility = difficulty.

Once we got past the mist soaked stairs next to the lower of the two falls (Vernal) the small number of peopled thinned even further, leaving the tiny Canadian and I mostly on our own, free to stop and gawk at the vistas that appeared every time the trees had space between them.

Thankfully the return leg of the loop forwent steps for switch backs, allowing us to slip and slide down the granite strewn trail, rather than try and manage our bodies, aching from yesterday's lunges, through hundreds and hundreds of extra eccentric loads.

Strava link.

D: 13.1km
A: 727m

* Barack decided sometime this week to spend the weekend in Yosemite with his family, there was some traffic chaos on our way out.

Friday, 17 June 2016


A. 5 x 5 Pull ups

B. 100 lunges @ 52kg/115lb.
Any time the barbell leaves the front rack, do 4 burpees over the bar.
Score: 9:57 + 16 burpees

The tiny Canadian and I joined our mate Migs at his local box for a 5:30am session of leg destroying lunges. It took me a few minutes to work out how heavy their Rx was, but I figured 52kg shouldn't be too killer on my legs. I should have worried about my shoulders, because it was them that let me down and forced 16 more burpees than I'd planned on.

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Given we were done by 6:30am, we headed to the Sequoia National Park for some crystal caves and giant trees. Neither was particularly taxing on the legs, but seeing a tree born before jesus was kind of humbling.

Thursday, 16 June 2016


Possibly related to yesterday / this morning's drinking, not a lot happened before midday, which meant that there wasnt much time to fit in some errands around Santa Monica, let alone do any exercise.