Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, I rode in my first official MS150 training event, the Pancake Ride. My friend John and I only did the 30 mile version, there was also a 50 miler. I had issues with an upset stomach the night before and had maybe four hours of sleep. Not exactly conducive to riding your bicycle any great distance.
We got to Republic High School (in Republic, Missouri, SW of Springfield) about 6:30am and signed in, handing the attendant our $10 entry fee and taking a route map from the stack. There were a lot of riders there. I'm not good at guessing, but I'd say a couple hundred or more. We rolled out of the parking lot and onto Hwy. ZZ about 7am. It was a beautiful morning to be out.
Our next stop was in Billings, Missouri. We ate a big pancake breakfast at the fire station, downtown. The girl flipping cakes was pretty entertaining. She would chuck them at people halfway across the garage and had a machine to drop multiple pancakes at a time.
Then it was back out of town and onto the country farm roads again.
We had a great time and saw a lot of pretty country. The hills on this route were more than we usually tackle. I was beat by the end. No sleep and bad guts makes for a rough morning on a bicycle. I also wish I had been on a road bike, my MTB with road tires is starting to show its shortcomings at this level of mileage. I got home, cleaned up and passed out for a couple of hours. Only feeling normal this morning.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
We dropped off of Hwy. D at Turners Station (the oldest grocery store in Greene County) and onto the farm road that parallels the train tracks there, following out towards where it tees back into Hwy. D.
At Hwy. D, we headed back south, then east again towards the junction of D and B.
In Rogersville we rode across the train tracks as the gates were dropping. We then crossed James River Freeway and picked up a bite to eat at Hardee's, roughly our halfway mark.
Then it was back west along Farm Road 186 and County Line Road, towards home. We'd ridden this stretch a bunch this summer, but usually in an out-and-back format.
We rolled down the Galloway Greenway and were home by 9:45am, having completed 30.32 miles. It was a great ride, really. The morning temps were in the mid sixties and seventies and the light fog made for a great sunrise. We only encountered a little traffic over on FR. 186 and County Line Road, as churches started to draw people out of bed and into their cars.
I managed to ride about 65 miles last week, counting this trip.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
My beautiful, amazing and selfless wife shaved her head last night for a charity event called Shave to Save, it's put on by The American Cancer Society. She and a coworker raised over $5,600 for the local chapter, which accounted for over a third of the $13,000 they raised. The money goes toward providing free wigs for those brave souls actually battling cancer. I'm very proud of Abby for her thoughtfulness. When asked repeatedly through her fundraising why she was doing it or when people would say something stupid like "I'll give you money not to shave your head", she gave them a lesson in humility and the feelings of others.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The campsites we had at Crabtree Cove were right on the water with a nice gravel beach to pull the boats up on. It was very easy access to sailing, swimming and visiting with each other. It got a little busy into the weekend, but we had no issue with loud or obnoxious campers. Quite the contrary, everyone that came down to look at the "strange" assortment of boats were very friendly.
Friday's sailing was nice. Winds were in the 12mph range and steady. Saturday, maybe a little higher winds, but barely. We were lucky enough that they carried over well into the night. We even managed to get in a moonlight sail trip. We set out about 8pm and got back around 10:30. Sailing by moonlight is a great experience. Especially under the "Supermoon" full moon.
Sunday, the winds were howling early on then just died. I guess there was supposed to be a wind direction change ahead of a front and we must have got caught in it like a slack tide. I said my goodbyes to those that were still in camp and made the drive home to my family hanging by the in-laws' pool.
My Sea pearl 21 in the foreground.
Frank's 24' Wa'apa outrigger sailing canoe
Gene's boats - a Michael Storer Quick Canoe and two boats based on Jim Michalak designs, V-Fly and Fat Fly
Sailing behind Michael's O'Day Daysailer
There were quite a few large boats on the lake. It was a nice weekend for sailing.
Sailing "wing on wing"
Paul's Iain Oughtred Acorn and Michael's O'Day Daysailer
My SP21 and Frank's Wa'apa
The beach really started filling up on Saturday.
Paul's Family Skiff and Acorn next to Daryl's Compac 16
Michael's Daysailer, he was kind enough to take me for a sail to get ice across the lake. We traded off throughout the day. I got to learn more about sloop rig handling.
Bruce brought a Larsboat and a Puddle Duck Racer (PDR)
Frank tries out the Larsboat
Gene's grandson Sean learned to paddle the Quick Canoe
Heading out for the moonlight sail with Gene and Sean.
I took Bruce out Sunday morning, but the wind died on us.
Frank and Carol on the Wa'apa 24'
Gene and his V-Fly
Bruce and his PDR
It was a great weekend of camping and sailing. Glad I got the chance to see everyone and meet some new folks, too. Couldn't have asked for better weather in July. It was warm, but not as hot as usual. The bugs even seemed to be held at bay. Thanks again to everyone for coming out!