Outside Roll Up Shades

outside roll up shades

    roll up
  • form into a cylinder by rolling; "Roll up the cloth"

  • arrive in a vehicle: "He rolled up in a black Mercedes"

  • get or gather together; "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"

  • Denoting something that can be rolled up

  • Denoting a menu that will display only its title to save screen space

  • sunglasses: spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun; "he was wearing a pair of mirrored shades"

  • Screen from direct light

  • (shade) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body; "it is much cooler in the shade"; "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

  • (shade) shadow: cast a shadow over

  • Cover, moderate, or exclude the light of

  • Darken or color (an illustration or diagram) with parallel pencil lines or a block of color

Puncture outside Malko gradishte

Puncture outside Malko gradishte

Due to some previous days of off road adventure we hadn’t got quite as far as we had planned and were keen to cover a bit of ground. We decided that from Smolyan we would head for a city called Kardzhali first which was about 70 miles away and then maybe see. So we headed off. After some fairly level roads we started descending, and descending, and descending, and descending, I was worried that we were losing all our height a little bit too early in the day which proved to be right and as we turn off the first road we began to climb again. The car drivers here were unnervingly safe they for some reason were not overtaking us on blind corners but instead hung back a polite distance and waited patiently until it was safe to pass. It felt as if it was “be careful when overtaking cyclists day” as previously without exception drivers would overtake us with speed round a blind corner, not necessarily putting us in danger but more themselves and the potential car coming round the corner the other way.
After a number of climbs and descents we found our final large descent of the journey and we dropped of the mountains down and down the air got hotter and hotter and it felt like we were in an oven. When we reached Kardzhali it felt extremely hot, there were very few people out on the streets. We found some quite trendy looking Cafes where there are a few people sitting in the shade, we stop and order our special diet of Espresso, Ice cream and Fanta. While there we tried to ask where the centre of the town was as we wanted to find a tourist information office, they all looked at us strangely and told us that it was around the corner. When we finally dared leave (It was very very hot) we went around the corner, it didn’t look like the centre but as we wandered around everyone said it was so we decide to give up and to cycle off with no information.

We headed off out of Kardzhali, it was so hot as we cycled, we were now at about 200m rather than being up in the mountains. We weren’t sure where we would end up as there were only small villages marked on the map and the big town we were ultimately aiming for before we crossed into Greece was too far away (although both Chris and I had the thought secretly in our heads that maybe we could get there). When the heat got too much we stopped in the shade at the edge of the road for a snack and break. Chris opened his bar bag where it was revealed he was harbouring his peanut butter... which had spilt all over the inside of the bar bag. We spent some time wiping liquid warm peanut butter off various items, as luck would have it the majority fell on his gillet therefore saving the bar bag from much worse.

On we cycled, here they were more gentle rolling hills and with our legs were so strong from the mountains they were quite easy. We went further and further all the time wondering where we would stay, we say out loud that the larger town where we are heading for ultimately is too far for us. After over 100 miles we basically stop for Fanta everytime we find a cafe in a village then head on.

We were starting to get to the end of the day the light was beginning to go, but on we went, we went through woods with clothes tied to the trees, we are not sure what it meant but weren’t too keen to try to camp in the area, it felt slightly unsafe even though there is nothing really to tell us it was. We were beginning to wane when Chris suggested we should stop and eat some food, I was a bit surprised as although I wanted food it was a bit insecty, I agreed and we stopped... I had thought it was a bit insecty but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next, within seconds we were suddenly surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of small flies going in our hair our mouths our ears, it was horrible. We got on our bikes and cycled as fast as we could, after a certain speed they gave up. But then the problem was we were hungry and tired but couldn’t stop to get our food. Then more trouble, we got to a junction and were not clear which way to go as there is an extra road that was not on the map. Every time we tried to stop the flies came so we couldn’t work out which way to go. Chris cycled in circles while I tried to look at the map while being attacked by the flies (I had the map on my bar bag at the time) It was unbearable the only thing we were sure of was the direction to another town which at least would have a place to stay even if it was the wrong way for us, so we reluctantly head there. As luck would have it down the road we saw a sign that made sense and pointed us where we wanted to go, we turned off feeling much more happy. At Varbovo a small village we stopped and tested for flies, to our relief they didn’t come and we could get our food out and eat it. By now we were losing light fast and were worried about the quality of the roads, our lights were not bright enough to see potholes easily. Our solution was to power cycle as fast as w

Mornings Like This..., 2008

Mornings Like This..., 2008

The past week was pretty cloudy and last night the week culminated in a steady rain. It was o.k. though as it's been dry and the plants could use some water. I sat on my couch reading a book while the rain pattered through the open screened window before bedtime. It was nice to hear it, as often when it rains around here, it is too cool outside for open windows.

This morning I woke up to a brilliant blue in the skylight above my bed. I glanced over to the slit between my canvas shade and the bedroom window and saw the sun on the fence outside. I had a stuffy nose and wanted to roll back over to sleep, but I had my eight hours and I didn't want to sleep in on a sunny summer morning. So I got up at 7 AM.

I stepped outside while my coffee was brewing. Everything was sopping wet and the weaker stemmed among them were slouching over. The smell was this intense west coast fresh minty-herbal scent - everywhere. Right in the heart of the city. The colors were intense too due to the washing effect of the rain on the sky and the morning's blustery breezes.

I went down to Discovery Park to enjoy the morning. I've got to get a haircut today and am still having car troubles, so getting out of town isn't an option today.

I know I photo that park way too often and post them here on Flickr (...enough already, geez!). But it's a good park with miles of trails. The terrain ranges from grasslands to rain forest to beaches to salt water.

This isn't the photo I'll necessarily keep to describe this morning. But it'll do for now. The tide was the lowest I've seen it. I saw in the paper somewhere was a total lunar eclipse. I suppose that may have played a role. I liked the intense sea green all around the drained beaches.

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