Jolly Hat

the path of today's bicycle ride through Kyoto

After long rides on Wednesday and Thursday, and a very hard workout at the gym on Friday, my legs have been extremely sore, so today I went on an easy recovery ride in the city, just to get my muscles moving a bit.

It was nice... I go the KOM (best registered time) on the highly-sought-after Jolly Hat segment.

Doing an image search for Strava art yields many impressive results. Some are sort of fake, like this famous cyclist drawing and this famous bear drawing, but many are real and amazing. (I put fake in quotes because they are indeed art created via Strava, but the route you see as a picture is not the path the cyclist actually rode; some parts are created out of thin air with digital trickery, making the result substantially less impressive in my eyes.)

I've been wanting to do one myself, and have vaguely envisioned something impressive, but ran into the slight problem of having absolutely no artistic skill (except with a camera, which doesn't help me here). So over time I kept lowering my sights, and finally got it low enough to make it a reality, copying a simple line drawing of a jolly hat. Even this meager creation taxed my artistic talents to their limit. Being a Sunday morning, traffic wasn't too bad; it took about 2½ hours to ride the 35km (22mi) of stop-and-go city streets.

We didn't have the energy to do Christmas Cards this year, so perhaps we'll consdier this it. /-:

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Well done.

— comment by Rick H. on December 26th, 2016 at 6:48am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

While your Christmas card are very nice, this delights my geeky heart to a greater degree then any card you could have possibly sent. 🙂

— comment by Marcina on December 26th, 2016 at 10:02am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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