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Where are the Files Imported into Photos?

So with the most recent Mac OS release, Yosemite, or Mac OS 10.10, they replaced iPhoto with Photo.  When you plug in your camera, it automatically detects it, then imports your photos into the Photo app.  From there, it has the usual sharing options, to Facebook, Twitter, iCloud … but what if you don’t want to share to any of those.  Let’s say you want to share the photo on WordPress?  Should be simple, right?

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If you click more, it has a few more options, but no WordPress, or Google Plus.  It has to be one of the supported extensions.  The only way to include a picture onto WordPress would be to select the file to include … but where is the file?  When you try to search for that file, it is nowhere to be found.

So I found that the file is actually embedded inside another compressed file within your Pictures folder, but you won’t actually see it by going to that folder in the Finder.  What???

So here’s what you have to do.  In the Finder, go to your Pictures folder.  Once there, you have to go to the Photos Library, but don’t double click it … it would just take you to the Photos app.  Right click on the Photos Library, then select Show Package Contents.  It will then give you another hidden folder

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Once you select Show Package Contents, you will see the following:

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Double click the Masters folder.  It then has folders arranged by year, month, and day.  So if you wanted to view pictures from 05-22-2015, then you would have to navigate to the folder 2015/05/22.  For example, when I go to that path, I get the folder 20150522-032809.  Once I double click into that, I will see my file, and then I can drag that file over to my WordPress page.

Wow, that is such a big ordeal, just to include a picture onto your blog.  This would hold true also for any other web page that is not on Apple’s list of approved extensions, like Meetup, Google Plus, and this list goes on and on.

I think I may opt for Picasa, which will at least allow me to take the file, and manipulate it any way I want.

Knoxville Double … Double #6 #30daysofbiking

I didn’t get much sleep the night before this ride.  Everything seemed to be in check … checked in before 6 pm, and finished dinner before 7 pm … so everything should be okay, right?  Well, for whatever reason, I just couldn’t sleep.  Perhaps it was due to all my excitement for doing this ride.

Curtis and Dan carbo-loading

I rode with Curtis and Daniel.  Here we are the night before, with a pre-ride carbo load.  We found a nice little mexican take-out place.  Note the happy faces are before the ride!

Ron and Curtis ... riding in patch black

We left Adobe Pena park at 3:45 am.  There were a few others that started before us, and I think we passed one of the groups … but most started around 4:30 am.  We wouldn’t see many riders till about 3-4 hours later, when they overtake us.

First climb was Mt. George.  We still didn’t get passed by anyone, so that was a good sign.  We started so early that they just barely had the first rest stop set up, so we just decided to bypass it.  Only one problem with that strategy … porter potties.  We’d have to go 62 miles before making a pit stop.  Well, as it turned out, we did an emergency road-side pit stop anyways, just before the rest stop.  Oh well.

The 2nd big climb is Howell Mountain.  We saw a bunch of locals out climbing this (many of them faster climbers … although they didn’t have to ride 200 miles!).  I went on ahead, feeling pretty strong (hmm … maybe I was going out too strong?).  What’s nice is they had a porter potty in the middle of the climb.  Sweet!  I definitely took advantage of this opportunity.  This is the point where we started to see the later starters pass us up (oh, sorry, pass me up).

The ride organizers were giving us a stern admonishment regarding the descent on Howell Mountain.  So I figure I should be taking it easy here, but I found the descent to be smooth, and switchbacks were fairly gentle.  I mean, if they really want to see a scary descent, try Page Mill in Palo Alto.  Anyhow, from there, we drop into Pope Valley, which is where we started our pre-ride on Labor Day Weekend.  Suddenly, we are in familiar territory.

Next up, is the long climb starting at Lake Berryessa, on up Knoxville Road.  What also made this difficult was the hottest time of the day.  It starts off with some rollies, then it kicks up to 10-12%, but when you add mid-90 degree heat, that really depletes you.  What’s also freaky is you will see some hunters up and down this road.  I saw a few of them, with rifle straddling their shoulder.  Hopefully they won’t be shooting at cyclists.

Around the 88 mile mark is when the climbing on Knoxville Road starts.  Even though I know the hill, and when to prepare, there’s nothing that will prepare you for heat.  In fact, there was a SAG wagon offering ice socks … oh how can I resist that!  That felt good, but I was still struggling.

I finally made it to the tunnel, but I needed the water stop now.  Two hill climbs later, then came the water stop.  My legs were really spent at this point, and just wanted to soak my head into the ice chest.  Ramon was here manning the stop, and had a nice refreshing mist … this is one tough hill.  Later, I found out everyone suffers badly on this climb.  At least I’m not the only one.

There were still a couple more hills to climb, so I just had to grin and bear it.  Curtis and Daniel had much fresher legs than me (they took a slower pace on the bottom, so maybe that’s what I should have done).

We made a very quick lunch stop (I had a really quick burrito), but maybe I should have just let Curtis and Dan go ahead.  My legs were still shot.

We continued on to Siegler Canyon, then Loch Lomond.  We grinded it up Siegler Canyon, and by the time we made the turn onto Loch Lomond, I had to rest.  Curtis and Dan came by, but they wanted to continue .. I still needed to rest.  Even after the rest, I was still suffering up Loch Lomond.  I was not alone either … many riders were hopping from one shady spot to the next.  I got to the point where I could not turn the pedal anymore.  I flagged a SAG wagon, and got then to fill my bottle with ice … but even that didn’t help me.  I had to walk the last 500 feet or so.  Even though I was at the summit, the road continued flat for about a mile until it descended to a general store, where Curtis and Dan were there … Curtis had a flat.

I let Curtis and Dan go on ahead … I had to take in some cool fluids.  I proceeded to climb up Cobb Mountain, and was really glad to see the road sign, warning trucks to use low gear on descent.  I ended up catching up with Curtis and Dan near the bottom of the hill.  However, my legs still didn’t have life in them.  Luckily, after going through Middletown, it was fairly flat.

The bad news is, after leaving rest stop 4, I started to get leg cramps.  Ugh, everything was aching here.  Saddle sores, toes numb (and they still are), and now leg cramps.  I had to put this in my granny gear, in fear of my leg completely locking up due to cramps.  I eventually got rid of my cramps by the time we got to rest stop 5, at Lake Hennessey.

Lake Hennessey at Sunset

Ok, now 40 miles to go.  But is this all flat coming back?  Of course not … first, we have Sage Canyon, which wasn’t too bad.  We go through some flat stretches … and at that point, it got pitch black, which makes climbing and descending interesting.  The next climb we face is Cardiac Hill.  Now we have done Cardiac Hill from the other side on Davis, but this time, we are climbing it in reverse.  This is definitely much tougher.  This was just sheer cruelty, throwing in this climb at mile 180.  This is the point where you are breathing hard, stating all sorts of expletives, and in general, just wishing this ride was over.

We finally got back to Adobe Pena Park at 10 pm.  Dang, this was a really tough ride … yeah, I know, it’s a double century, but this is still a very epic ride.

I’d like to say a few things about the support.  It was just great!  All rest stops were fully stocked with just about everything an endurance rider could ask for … Heed, Perpetuem, Hammergel, e-pills, Ibuprofen.  Then, they had SAG wagons, driving up and down with ice and water.  In fact, I saw them coming into a general store, just to stock up on ice.  The food layout was second to none … I love those potatoes.

The highest temp of the day was 106 F (most likely when I was finishing on Knoxville Rd).  I don’t think it was nearly this hot when we did our re-con ride 3 weeks ago.

Ok, 2 down … do I go for my third?  If so which one?  Bass Lake is in a couple of weeks … then there’s Solvang Autumn, and later, Death Valley Double.

Training for Double Century – Big Basin Loop

So a bunch of NorCal’ers have decided to do Solvang Double Century in March … woohoo. With it coming in 4 months, I decided now is the perfect time to start training for it. Get some miles in, and some climbing in, so that the body will be ready for the punishment in March.

I decided to lead a ride, starting from Bicycle Outfitters, in Los Altos, out to Big Basin, and back. It should be a good, healthy ride, about 80 miles.  I was riding with a stiff right shoulder, so who knows what type of leverage I’ll have climbing.

The ride started at 8 am, but the weather forecast this day was cold. It meant we had to really bundle up, as the high wasn’t expected to get anywhere about 55 F. This is evident from the Ninja wear …

The typical wrecking crew came out, myself included, Chris, Ramon, and Michael. Henry also came along, with his friend Armen.

This was also the first ride Ramon took his Allez on an extended ride. This was old school, downtube shifters, and of course, steel, and all in red. Looking really sharp there, Ramon.

The first climb we tackled was Redwood Gulch. With the temp being so cold to start off with, we were a little worried how cold it would be at Redwood Gulch. Even in summer, that climb, being nestled in the canyons, is cold. Would there be ice on the climb? After all, it does have stretches of 20% grades. It turned out okay, and not as cold as we had anticipated.

I was in my accustomed position, in the back. My heart rate was jumping up in the range of 178 bpm. This is pretty typical for this climb. I pretty much stuck with Chris on this short but steep climb. I recall when we regrouped at the top, Henry asked “all pretty much downhill relatively from here” … I had no comment. I knew what was coming up.

We headed south on Skyline, Hwy 35, and once we got past Black Rd, the road would narrow to one lane (approximately 1.5 car widths).  There were a number of christmas tree farms along Hwy 35 in this area, and this road is fairly isolated.  This was also the weekend where everyone is shopping, buying their christmas trees.  They actually go and cut down the trees as they are off the ground, instead of having them displayed on wooden stands.  This is pretty smart, so that if they didn’t sell any trees, no problem … just leave them where they are, rooted in the ground.  Anyhow, what this meant was a series of trucks, pickups, vans, and SUV’s driving up and down this narrow road with a bunch of switchbacks.  It was pretty hairy a few times, where we were descending, then all of a sudden around the corner, getting surprised by a car coming around the corner.  I’m pretty sure it was a surprise for them, seeing a cyclist coming towards them too.  I think next time, I’ll make sure this isn’t done on the first weekend in December.

Finally, a right turn on Bear Creek Road.  After a little climbing, we descend for quite a ways, till we reach Hwy 9 again.


After fueling up on supplies in Boulder Creek, we’re ready again to tackle the climb up Hwy 236 up to Big Basin Regional Park. It’s a very pretty route, and the climb itself wasn’t too bad. The visitor’s center is about 8 miles from Boulder Creek, and about 1000 foot climb. We got water here, and this would be the last stop for water for the rest of the ride. This would be the hard part of the ride, and that’s saying something, especially since we had already done 48 miles, and something around 4800 feet climbing.

I do recall from the last time I did this, the climbing itself was really tough. This didn’t make things any better, as the climbing just seem to continue forever. The only saving grace was seeing the spectacular views overlooking the valley. But there was one good thing to come out of this … at least I wasn’t cold.

After summiting, we descended for a little bit until Hwy 236 merged into Hwy 9. I am really exhausted at this point. It’s only 6 miles to Skyline, but it is still 1300 feet more to climb. I had no energy here, and just barely enough water to reach the top. I am really glad we didn’t do this on a hot day, otherwise I may get dehydrated.

We descended down to Pierce and Mt. Eden from here. We climbed Mt. Eden from the steep side … oh joy, just what I needed, some climbing.

By the time we got back to Foothill/Homestead, all we could think of was Starbucks! That latte really felt good going down. I’m still tired, one day later, and there is no way I’m getting back on the bike today. Having done mostly 60 milers, this 80 miler was a swift kick in the butt. I may have to do more rides out to the coast as a trainer.

I ended up with 81 miles, and about 8111 feet climbing.

I actually have more pictures.  You can find them at http://spingineer.smugmug.com/Cycling/Big-Basin/10549620_TQtr5#732719921_himMz

Blogging Experiment

In case you are wondering where all my blogging updates have been, I’ve been trying out wordpress for a little while (https://sevencyclist.wordpress.com). I would have used spingineer, but someone had taken that id already. It turns out the other spingineer used that id as a nickname for being a DJ. Interesting how a single name can lead to a couple very different areas of interest.

Anyhow, which do I prefer? At this point, I think wordpress, but here’s a list of pluses for each:

WordPress:

  • Powerful, with great tools for looking at metrics of who is viewing your page
  • Nice trends analysis on hit count. Sorry, but blogger’s site hit metrics just suck!
  • When you place an image anywhere on the page, the image gets placed exactly where you want it. In other words, true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). With blogger, it only puts the image at the top, and moving the image further down on the page can be a challenge.
  • Re-sizing of an image is fairly intuitive
  • More powerful embedded video tools

Blogger

  • Great tool for someone just starting out a blog
  • Lot more widgets available (like playlist, slide.com, etc … )
  • More flexibility in adding custom widgets
  • For images, single click will give you full size image by default
  • Larger community, based on having the google user id community

I may be switching at some point to wordpress, but not yet at this point. Since I have so many people that know my blogs at this blogger address, I may hang on to it a little longer. However, I do like wordpress, because I can see who is accessing my site, from where, how often, and it has a much cleaner user interface.

Experimenting with WordPress

I’m an avid follower of geekbrief.tv, and the host, Cali Lewis. From that show, I found out about WordPress, which is another online blogging outlet. On that show, she was touting how great this program is, and I remember her mentioning such praise to this, but at the time the show aired, I wasn’t really blogging very much. Now that I have done a little bit of blogging, I can look at this program now, and I do see the benefits of it.

Check it out … https://sevencyclist.wordpress.com. You may be wondering why sevencyclist??? Well, someone already took spingineer.