Breaking Away
April 28, 2011, 7:17 pm
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Part coming of age story part bicycle race thriller, Breaking Away is the story of Dave Stoller from Indiana who is both obsessed with bicycle culture and all things Italian. Disillusioned and with no immediate plans upon graduation from high school him and his friends come together to form a make shift team, The Cutters,  to race in the Little 500 bike race.

Now I know I am a bit late to the party, but having recently seen this film for the first time I have to say its probably on of The Wildwood’s favorite bike films. The film stars Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, and a very young Dennis Quaid. Directed by Peter Yates who passed away this past January, who also directed Bullitt with Steve McQueen among other films. If you havent already, do yourself a favor and see this one.

If you want a great review of this film and of Peter Yates check out this story from NPR. The story also includes some other great clips from the film that I couldn’t post here.

Cosmic Birth

Been working a little to hard lately on things other than WildWood and wanted to apologize for the lack of posts as of late. In exchange for your forgiveness I wanted to offer a sonic gift in the form of a new single off of Akron/Family’s new album  S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT . Always a big fan of Akron/Family here, thought you might enjoy this in the mean time. More good things to come around here.

Opening Day Trout

Opening day, 1957

The tradition of an “opening day” for trout season has long been a tradition in this country, however here in the Old Dominion the last opening day was April 1st 1995. After that date the state went to a year round season on trout which was obviously popular with many sportsmen.

Early spring on the Rapidan

On opening day trout streams were packed with anglers standing shoulder to shoulder to catch their creel limit for the day. This weekend I had my own ceremonious “opening day” for Spring trout. My experience however was very much the opposite of the old opening days, in fact I only saw two other anglers out there that day.

A brook trout munching on a light cahill

For a first day of spring book trout fishing I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. Water levels were perfect following the rain we have received over the past few weeks and the trout themselves didn’t disappoint. They were striking and jumping  through the air at dry flies all day long. Looking forward to more days like this one and I hope your opening day was as good as mine.

Necessary tools of the trade