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AchtungDrempels @lemmy.world
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What do you think of birdwatchers and birdwatching ?
  • Haha. I started feeding birds on my balcony this winter and i love it.

    I don't go out to watch birds (yet), but i love checking what's up with the birds in the garden, know pretty much all of them, learning their songs etc.

    Also now on vacation i am way more tuned into what the birds are doing than i used to be, kinda opened another audible dimension.

  • With the recent issues of transgender people in sports, why don’t we move some sports over to a weight-class system?
  • Ever left your computer and went out to play some sports?

    I am a bit surprised that so many pro trans people seem to pick up the bait of the right and make these over the top suggestions like abolishing womens sports. Certainly proposing stuff like this will help the trans cause a lot and not make them look crazy at all.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • Broken collar bone, the classic.

    Sorry if i came off rude, i am just so over people claiming that every kind of cycling is dangerous and all that can save you is a helmet.

    I mentioned in another comment that there is a dutch study that finds the helmeted rider to be more than 25 times more likely to end up in a hospital. 25 times more likely. Obviously roadies and MTBers. I am absolutely not saying people should stop road or mountain biking, even that is not all that dangerous and practitioners don't all end up dead or crippled sooner or later.

    But if a person is just casually cycling without a helmet, they are doing much more for their safety than those sporty riders with helmets. Somehow this then always gets countered with "i know someone who fell on his head while stationary and is now being spoonfed by his loved ones. No, he didn't have clips / clipless pedals". Made up bullshit in 99.9% of cases, i have seen this in almost every helmet topic i have read.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • There is also this interesting dutch study, where somehow helmeted cyclists were 25 times more likely to end up in a hospital. Of course the reason for that never comes up as something problematic from the side of our solely safety concerned citizens, they will congratulate you for your new speed record down that hill.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • Your time at the ambulance sounds very real and believable.

    I worry the dutch society will collapse if they are all going to be brain damaged after the next turn. These fools should look how it's done in north america with their fantastic helmet culture.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • And your friends don't get annoyed?

    I hope you also posted one of those wonderful "today the helmet saved my life" topics on reddit so the community could get together for their daily service.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • I also don't wear a helmet when i walk down the stairs of my appartment. Is that stupid and silly too, or for some reason just fine? I don't think riding a bicycle, which you learn at three years old, is necessarily a dangerous activity.

  • Pros / cons of riding a bike?
  • the religiosity with which people proselytize helmets is misplaced.

    It feels very much religion like, but also an online phenomenon only. IRL the helmet discussion goes like this for me: "You don't wear a helmet?" "No."

    The topic coming up is super rare too, while on every picture of a cyclist without a helmet on the internet you got all these comments from helmet fundamentalists going nuts over it.

  • Casual Chat Monthly 06/24
  • Oh man what an evening i had yesterday. I started riding the "grand traverse massiv central" mtb route and again did not check tire pressure in a long time. Got a pinch flat, fixed it, then found out there was another hole, fixed that and then broke the sclaverland valve. I am not actually a fan of those, they are a bit too delicate for my taste.

    Then i put in a new tube but could not manage to pump it up. Pump was going really heavy, making strange noises. Was getting dark and i just thought fuck it and set up my tent. This morning i took the new tube out, checked for holes and it had two holes. Guess i should have not carried it openly in my toolbag all this time. Fixed the holes and while pumping i fucking finally broke my pump completely. But i got it pumped up two thirds of the way, so i got off the rocky gtmc and am right now taking asphalt road to the next bicycle shop, which was 53 km away, if i did not want to go back in the direction where i came from. Still 35km to go, but it will open only at 16:00 anyway. Guess i'll do a washing and chilling day then at the camping municipal close to the bike shop. Got lucky really that i managed to pump it up somewhat, otherwise would have been like 20km of pushing my bike over hilly and bumpy terrain back to where i came from.

    Asphalt road is also real nice though

  • ultralightcycling blog

    ultralightcycling.blogspot.com Ultralight bicycle touring

    Tips for reducing weight and volume on a cycling journey

    This is a bit of an older link, don't think he updated in a while. I still have a look at it every once in a while.

    Ultralight with little money, taken to the extreme (bubble wrap sleeping pad anyone?). I think he has some really good ideas and interesting thoughts, also like his humor.

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    what

    You guys must be thinking i am full of shit, but another cat just walked into my tent. This time at "camping solau" in Espot, Spain.

    She stayed for about 15 minutes and is gone now.

    I know already that this cat belongs to the campsite, she hopped on my lap yesterday while i was sitting in front of the reception. Don't know her name yet, but i will ask when i get out.

    *edit: Cat's called Cookie

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    A cat entered my tent

    Just as i had set up my tent she came in, was raining outside. We've been hanging out here for half an hour already. I hope she won't spike my sleeping pad. Necklace says her name is Kyra. Love it 🥹

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    qu'est-ce que c'est

    I have seen a lot of the village signs being upside down here in the french pyrenees. I was wondering if that was just some guy having fun, is it a national sport or some village rivalry? I think i have seen this elsewhere in france too, but here it seems very prevalent.

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    Casual Chat Monthly 06/24

    This topic is meant to be a low threshold possibility for all kinds of discussion. It is not meant to keep anybody from creating a new topic, the idea is that it may enable some discussion that would otherwise not happen at all.

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    Well..

    I was kind of hoping to get a more accurate plagiat of the community banner. I deliberately killed some time before the climb because my app said the sun would come out later, but nope.

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    Pyrenees Traverse

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15863592

    I will update this topic in the [email protected] community in the coming weeks with some more lengthy sermons.

    > Oh my gody guys and girls. I am beyond hyped right now, two days into riding the Pyrenees west to east. > > I started my pyrenees route yesterday from St. Jean de Luz on the atlantic coast. I thought road cycling was popular in spain, but here in this french town - and i'm trying to be accurate here - i saw about a hundred roadies riding out into the mountains this morning. Crazy. > > It is a beautiful sunny saturday, i feel like it's the first really warm day while i am cycling on this trip, it's 25° - which was basically the temperature i expected all along. The route for the day would take me over two smaller passes, but starting from sea level it's still a lot to climb. First pass is the Puerto de Oxtondo, it's not very spectacular and has some traffic, totally forgot about motorbikers. On the way to the pass i cross into spain, the downhill is sweet and at some point i turn east to climb up the Izpegiko or Col d'Ispeguy, a border pass after which i'll be back on the french side of the basque country. That one is much nicer, hardly any traffic. A guy touring with a cargo bike comes zipping down as i climb up, waving happily. On top of the pass is a bar, i have a drink, then sit on the grass to eat a banana and some cookies and enjoy the view. There's horses around and one cute baby horse comes up to me, i pet it a bit and it keeps demanding more. It starts to nibble on my tshirt. I try to hush it away, it's been hanging around for a while. Then it starts to nibble on my forkbag. Eventually it lets go of my stuff and licks the cylinders of a motorbike. Horses i guess. > > ! > > About to descend the Izpegiko > > Downhill is gorgeous and i roll into St Jean Pied de Port, a major starting town for the camino crowd. I check in on the municipal campsite, whole bunch of cycle tourers there (hikers too), i assume most of them are doing the camino too. I go into town to eat at a bar and befriend an american guy, we decide to share a table, he was also waiting for a free table. He is going to start walking the camino the next day. > > Back in my tent i plan my route for the next day, as i have already went off the track i had originally planned. > > I start right in time to when the carrefour supermarket opens, i buy food for 2 and a half days because it seems like i won't pass anything really. Turns out i just had the food type poi's disabled in my navigation app. > > It is going to be 17° and cloudy today, but the wind isn't cold so it feels kinda good. I'll be heading into the Irati forest. As i'm riding towards my first climb there's a sign that says col d'iraty 17 km at 5.7 %. That sounds alright. My plan is to ride only about two thirds of it, then go onto what looks like a hiking track, then do a little river crossing onto a mountainbike route. A sign comes up 17.5 km to the col, next 500m will average 11%. I guess that'll only make the rest a bit milder. But it turns out the whole climb isn't very even and i started a climb that will average almost 10% for the next 9km. If i had had a look at the grades yesterday evening, i'm sure i'd have found a different route. The climb is really moody and cloudy, but i still enjoy it, there's a whole lot of vultures dipping in and out of the clouds, which looks amazing, very calm climb too, just a few roadies and a couple RVs. > > ! > > Climbing up the Burdinkurutxetako > > The climb has some kind of pre-pass, it goes by the snappy name "Burdinkurutxetako", it is basically where the steep section ends and i will turn onto the hiking track. It is super beautiful forest, i ride along the creek. There comes a section that looked like hike-a-bike, but i am able to "ride" down, walking speed and one foot on the ground kinda. Then i am at the river crossing. I gues this is the first actual river crossing i did. Water is above knee high in parts. There are diagonal rocky furrows in parts that look super sketchy, all the rocks are covored with algae too. I find a spot with hardly any furrows, do a test walk to the other side. It's pretty damn slippery and the current kinda strong. I decide to carry over bags and bike seperately. I bring two bags at once, i think having one hand free could be helpful. Last i bring over the bike, which is way easier. > > ! > > About to cross. There is a big toad hidden in this picture, i guess it's really hard to find, whoever finds it will get an upvote > > I don't know if the it was the right call to cross the river 7 times (incl. test walk) or if i should have just gone with the complete bike. Maybe the current would have been worse with the bags, but it felt really stable with the bike as an extra post. While i'm fooling around with my crap by the river, the sun comes out. On the other side of the river is a picnic table and i eat some waffles and try to let my sandals dry. River crossing was also a border crossing, i am back on the spanish side now. > > Then i get onto the mtb track, which is really a gravel road. It gets cloudy again, and i ride a climb way into the clouds, then a real fun downhill out of the clouds, then climb back into the clouds again. On top of the climb is a hikers bar, open on the weekend. I drink a coke on the terrasse, which should have a fantastic view but it's all in the clouds. The plan is to go like some 20km more, but fiddling around with my phone i see that there's a refugio just 2km further up a road. It is a bit early, but the sun breaks through the clouds again, i can see into the mountains and think that would be real sweet. The clouds move real fast, i get a view for 20 seconds and then it's all just fog again. And then a view again. I order two beers at the bar, one of them to go, some crisps and another bottle of water. The bar closes at 6, i ride up up to the refugio and get a glimpse of really great views and i start to get super fucking high on my trip. Cycle touring is the best. > > The refugio is again a bit shoddy, but i place a chair outside of it, sheltered from the wind and eat some crisps, drink the other beer, watch birds of preyg, enjoy the view and start writing a post for lemmy. > > ! > > Chilling at the refugio > > At 8 o'clock i am covered in clouds, the wind picks up and it gets cold, but in the refugio it's warm, someone has made a fire here today, the warmth comes from the fireplace. I cook some pasta, then some tea, have a look outside but it's still all clouds. > > > I am sending this the day after, there was no connection in the refugio. Morning was still all clouds, but i descended out of them already. On the descend i remembered what i wanted to buy last week at Decathlon in Pamplona: Gloves.

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    Pyrenees Traverse

    Oh my gody guys and girls. I am beyond hyped right now, two days into riding the Pyrenees west to east.

    I started my pyrenees route yesterday from St. Jean de Luz on the atlantic coast. I thought road cycling was popular in spain, but here in this french town - and i'm trying to be accurate here - i saw about a hundred roadies riding out into the mountains this morning. Crazy.

    It is a beautiful sunny saturday, i feel like it's the first really warm day while i am cycling on this trip, it's 25° - which was basically the temperature i expected all along. The route for the day would take me over two smaller passes, but starting from sea level it's still a lot to climb. First pass is the Puerto de Oxtondo, it's not very spectacular and has some traffic, totally forgot about motorbikers. On the way to the pass i cross into spain, the downhill is sweet and at some point i turn east to climb up the Izpegiko or Col d'Ispeguy, a border pass after which i'll be back on the french side of the basque country. That one is much nicer, hardly any traffic. A guy touring with a cargo bike comes zipping down as i climb up, waving happily. On top of the pass is a bar, i have a drink, then sit on the grass to eat a banana and some cookies and enjoy the view. There's horses around and one cute baby horse comes up to me, i pet it a bit and it keeps demanding more. It starts to nibble on my tshirt. I try to hush it away, it's been hanging around for a while. Then it starts to nibble on my forkbag. Eventually it lets go of my stuff and licks the cylinders of a motorbike. Horses i guess.

    ! > About to descend the Izpegiko

    Downhill is gorgeous and i roll into St Jean Pied de Port, a major starting town for the camino crowd. I check in on the municipal campsite, whole bunch of cycle tourers there (hikers too), i assume most of them are doing the camino too. I go into town to eat at a bar and befriend an american guy, we decide to share a table, he was also waiting for a free table. He is going to start walking the camino the next day.

    Back in my tent i plan my route for the next day, as i have already went off the track i had originally planned.

    I start right in time to when the carrefour supermarket opens, i buy food for 2 and a half days because it seems like i won't pass anything really. Turns out i just had the food type poi's disabled in my navigation app.

    It is going to be 17° and cloudy today, but the wind isn't cold so it feels kinda good. I'll be heading into the Irati forest. As i'm riding towards my first climb there's a sign that says col d'iraty 17 km at 5.7 %. That sounds alright. My plan is to ride only about two thirds of it, then go onto what looks like a hiking track, then do a little river crossing onto a mountainbike route. A sign comes up 17.5 km to the col, next 500m will average 11%. I guess that'll only make the rest a bit milder. But it turns out the whole climb isn't very even and i started a climb that will average almost 10% for the next 9km. If i had had a look at the grades yesterday evening, i'm sure i'd have found a different route. The climb is really moody and cloudy, but i still enjoy it, there's a whole lot of vultures dipping in and out of the clouds, which looks amazing, very calm climb too, just a few roadies and a couple RVs.

    ! > Climbing up the Burdinkurutxetako

    The climb has some kind of pre-pass, it goes by the snappy name "Burdinkurutxetako", it is basically where the steep section ends and i will turn onto the hiking track. It is super beautiful forest, i ride along the creek. There comes a section that looked like hike-a-bike, but i am able to "ride" down, walking speed and one foot on the ground kinda. Then i am at the river crossing. I gues this is the first actual river crossing i did. Water is above knee high in parts. There are diagonal rocky furrows in parts that look super sketchy, all the rocks are covored with algae too. I find a spot with hardly any furrows, do a test walk to the other side. It's pretty damn slippery and the current kinda strong. I decide to carry over bags and bike seperately. I bring two bags at once, i think having one hand free could be helpful. Last i bring over the bike, which is way easier.

    ! > About to cross. There is a big toad hidden in this picture, i guess it's really hard to find, whoever finds it will get an upvote

    I don't know if the it was the right call to cross the river 7 times (incl. test walk) or if i should have just gone with the complete bike. Maybe the current would have been worse with the bags, but it felt really stable with the bike as an extra post. While i'm fooling around with my crap by the river, the sun comes out. On the other side of the river is a picnic table and i eat some waffles and try to let my sandals dry. River crossing was also a border crossing, i am back on the spanish side now.

    Then i get onto the mtb track, which is really a gravel road. It gets cloudy again, and i ride a climb way into the clouds, then a real fun downhill out of the clouds, then climb back into the clouds again. On top of the climb is a hikers bar, open on the weekend. I drink a coke on the terrasse, which should have a fantastic view but it's all in the clouds. The plan is to go like some 20km more, but fiddling around with my phone i see that there's a refugio just 2km further up a road. It is a bit early, but the sun breaks through the clouds again, i can see into the mountains and think that would be real sweet. The clouds move real fast, i get a view for 20 seconds and then it's all just fog again. And then a view again. I order two beers at the bar, one of them to go, some crisps and another bottle of water. The bar closes at 6, i ride up up to the refugio and get a glimpse of really great views and i start to get super fucking high on my trip. Cycle touring is the best.

    The refugio is again a bit shoddy, but i place a chair outside of it, sheltered from the wind and eat some crisps, drink the other beer, watch birds of preyg, enjoy the view and start writing a post for lemmy.

    ! > Chilling at the refugio

    At 8 o'clock i am covered in clouds, the wind picks up and it gets cold, but in the refugio it's warm, someone has made a fire here today, the warmth comes from the fireplace. I cook some pasta, then some tea, have a look outside but it's still all clouds.

    I am sending this the day after, there was no connection in the refugio. Morning was still all clouds, but i descended out of them already. On the descend i remembered what i wanted to buy last week at Decathlon in Pamplona: Gloves.

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    YUROP @lemm.ee AchtungDrempels @lemmy.world

    Longe Côte

    I was talking with a friend about the basque coast in france and he told me

    > They do a sport called 'longe côte' where you walk quickly along the beach with water up to you chest.

    And what do you know, this morning i saw two groups of longe côteurs. A fascinating local sport.

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    Sparrow by the beach

    Just another sparrow. But pretty happy with how the cellphone photo turned out, it was totally not scared. I bribed it with french fries though (original ones, since i am now in St Jean de Luz, France). Probably not the best food but i guess it's what it came for.

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    Bicycle Infra in Spain

    Just gave my bike and bags a rinse on this bicycle washing station, the BICIcleaner. I rode past one already yesterday but kept going, happy to find another one today. Both were in San Sebastian or a suburb town, located along cycle paths.

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    [Osmand question] Graph widget elevation profile

    Edit: the problem is gone, i assume it was a buggy track. The problem exists with the versio 4.7.10, from 24.04.24, which is the version that is recommended by fdroid. It is gone in the latest one from 14.05.24

    I updated osmand to 4.7.10 yesterday and now it seems like the little info widget on the bottom screen shows elevation (i assume), relative to the whole track, not the 10km that are currently shown in the widget. Cannot find anything in the settings. In the what's new it said they did some changes to the graphs but i could not make sense of it.

    Does anybody know how i can set it back to the way it used to be, as in relative to current section of the track?

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    Sparrows at my tent

    Got some sunflower hearts to share. Also watching vultures cruising around those rocks. In the prepyrenees in spain.

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    The Outdoor Experience

    Embalse de la Tranquera, Zaragosa / Aragón / España

    Bit of a sarcastic title, but these tissues and toilet papers out there really bug me. Just take it with you. Women, you have tissues in your purse, add a dog poo bag or something so you can take the TP with you, it is a lot less disgusting than just leaving it there. Men too of course.

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    Unsticking of post not federated

    I saw that the community i moderate is available on blahaj.zone, and it has pulled some old comments, but new ones did not federate. There is also an old stickied post still stickied.

    https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/c/[email protected]

    I assume somone from that instance had the c subscribed at some point, but then unsubscribed, so new comments and actions did not federate. If now somebody on that instance would subscribe again - will the obsolete sticky post just stay there forever? Because i am not sending the mod activity again to unsticky it?

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    Was your starting word "the word" yet?

    I see now it was on christmas for me, 24.12.2022.

    Was contemplating to change it after that, but never did.

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