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Old Crank

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June 30, 2022

Daily Distraction 30/06/2022

The rains have passed until this evening so I got to head out on my bike. I'm training to ride to Austria. From my house it is about 50ish miles. Here are some pictures taken on today's ride to Kloster Andechs. Like most, it is on a hill top. This splits the watersheds for the Starnbergersee and the Amersee. I would have stopped for a beer but I don't like beer. Ja, why am I in Germany you ask.... The prettiest bike in the known universe is in a couple of them.

Wall in front of the volunteer fire department.

Flowers in the weeds

House and barn combo

Beer, Bier, on the hoof

City party next weekend

Kloster Andechs, the closer you get the worse the view.

graveyard retaining wall

Brand new sauna. Only Euro 12.500 Komplet

June 30, 2022

Supreme court says EPA can't regulate powerplant emmisdions.

Lets just keep pouring filth into the air.


CA needs to set up coal plants on the AZ and NV boarders

June 29, 2022

And so it begins

Getting pickle relish here is Munich has been hit and miss. Avoided Amazon, but when my local store has some, 8-10 oz equivalent jar, it is about $5. Ouch. So the only solution is.... make my own. This is a combination of sweet and dill pickle relish.
takes about 2 liters of diced veggie mix. Longest part is the 2 hour wait for the salt pickle bath before draining and rinsing.

main ingredients. Only needed the large onion, and used dill seeds instead of leaves

Diced up, and ready for the salt bath.

The spice sugar mix, waiting for the vinegar



June 28, 2022

Daily Distraction 28/06/2022

In 2018 we took a trip to Brixen, Bressaone, in Tyrol Italy. It has 2 names because Italy got the are from the Austrians after WWI.

It is a very nice town and right above it is a Ski resort, Plose, turned year long playground for children and adults. Here are some pictures. Of things along the trails for children and adults to play on. Pre-covid when you checked into a hotel you got a transit pass that would let you ride the regional trains and the buses as well as the gondolas up the hill.

Going up! Brixen in the valley

Cable to mountain bike drop off.

Water wheel on the trail

Balancing on a snake.

Potable water.

Climbing device

Viking ship, raft is pulled between the bow and stern.

Climbing jumble

Something for strong daredevils.

The Dolomites

June 27, 2022

Daily Distraction 27/06/2022 Greek Food

Here are some pictures of some of the things we managed to force down.

Greek salad

Gyro pita, wish they were lamb like 40 years ago.

Saganki, fried cheese


Variety of pies, cheeses herbs onion...

Honeyed lamb shank in Philo

Deconstructed Spanakopita

Dance it off..

June 27, 2022

Spaghetti carbonara

I have been tinkering with this for the last year.
I haven't gotten to try it with the traditional guanciale. I've been using varieties of speck. This time I went with 4 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. My wife said it was my best yet.
So simple to make.

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Name: Ralph
Gender: Male
Current location: München, DE
Member since: Tue Nov 14, 2017, 06:17 AM
Number of posts: 3,211

About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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