Riding my bicycle across Vietnam
Hello all, here is the Winter Update #2:
As expected, the weather has been fluxuating with a great degree of spontaneity in Cleveland. One day it is 60 degrees, and the next, 20. The nice weather has been making me itch to get back on the road! I have been settling back into school nicely, and the daily rhythym has started up again. I am still working at the butcher shop on the weekends which I am finding to be very enjoyable. Please check my other post to see my spring break plans, and enjoy the pictures below!
as I write this update, listening to Stealer's Wheel, I realize that I am already yearning for Spring Break. I think I've planned a good one this year! I have been informed that there is a 350 mile towpath trail that reaches from Pittsburgh to D.C. From a cycling perspective, this is an absolute boon. It is so rare thate one is able to find such a long stretch of trail that is non-motorized. I'm super psyched, as this will also be my first solo bike trip, I am also looking forward to spending a few days in Washington D.C. From there, I am going to fly to South Carolina for a few days to visit my family, which I am also excited for as I have not seen them in several years, and then finally, back to Cleveland. I have been to D.C. before with school, but I think that there is, at least for me, a certain excitement to exploring a big city. Also, good food is a must! If anyone has any dining (or other recommendations) for downtown D.C. , kindly put it in the comments. I am happy for suggestions! I have below attached a map of the entire trail, as well as a picture of the riding surface (it looks like heaven)! On a tangential note, I have recently got up and running the official Summit Instagram / Facebook feeds. My plan is to post more frequent photographic updates, with light text. The bulk of my writing will stay on the blog. If this tickles your interest, give me a follow (links below)!
Recently, my family and I travelled to the Ginko Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Owned by Dante Boccuzzi, a landmark Cleveland chef, Ginko was no exception to his spate of excellence. Upon walking in, I was greeted by a cozy, chic ambiance that was truly indicative of a modern Japanese restaurant. I was particularly stunned by the "stained glass wall" that is featured on one side (the only kind of wall that I want)! The staff was professional and made good reccomendations throughout the meal. I ordered the ultimate Ginko Omakase Tasting Flight, a six course barage of succulent and profoundly evocative fish, with presentations ranging from mild to completely out-of-the-box, in a good way. I was schocked with the shear volume of food, I thought that it was an excellent value. All of the fish is of the highest quality, and it is reflected in the final product. My critiques are as follows: we were seated right by the door, which opens right into the frigid Cleveland air. Only the fish was supposed to be chilled... Also, it seemed that there was somewhat of a long wait time in between courses to which I am not sure to which side of the operation I can attribute. Overall, Ginko provided an absolutely stellar experience with a knowledgeable waitstaff, excellent décor, music (which is very important to me), and above all, fresh, elegantly presented fish. Thank you, Ginko!