Monday, September 28, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Saturday was nice and cool, but I warmed enough by the first rest stop to peel the shell and gloves for the day. I fell about mile 12 and hurt my knee pretty badly. I had my chain jump off and jam the rear cassette and it stopped me cold. Being unable to clip out quick enough, I went over into the adjacent ditch and the right crank arm slammed my knee like a hammer. I limped around for a few minutes thinking I was going to have to have a SAG motorcycle rider get me some help and I'd be out of the ride, but luckily I stuck it out and with a handful of ibuprofen, I finished the day.
My wife and daughter met me in Joplin. My wife has been working with the local MS Society behind the scenes for months. She volunteers on the Board and both Walk and Ride Committees. After a shower at the hotel, we came back to the Saturday finish location for the evening presentation. We then got dinner with my employer and her boyfriend before turning in for the night.
Sunday morning, up bright and early again to peddle towards home. Another nice and cool morning. I was pretty spent on peddling Sunday, though, my ADD can only handle so much of a single task before my mind wanders. Luckily we rode through some amazing countryside, it certainly helped keep my head in the day.
Overall, I was in a little better condition this year in spite of a modest weight gain. My training was down about 300 miles from this time last year, as well. I think riding through last winter helped me stay somewhat conditioned to begin with in spring, so I wasn't starting from scratch like before.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Also, here are a couple of rustic sketches I did late last week that aren't in the group at the coffee shop. The first, from a pic I took in Akinsville, Missouri last winter. A town founded by my great great great grandfather. Once a thriving community based upon the railroad stop there, now just a handful of farms run by Mennonites. This sketch is of my great great grandfather Porter Davis Akin's old farm.
The second sketch is from a horseshoe pic I took while cabin camping in Cape Fair, Missouri, earlier in the year.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Friday the 10th rolled around and I threw my camping gear in the Subaru and piled some boats on top to head to Stockton Lake, an hour from Springfield, MO.
This year I wasn't bringing a sailboat, as I sold my Sea Pearl 21 last summer and gave away my Wa'apa outrigger a month ago. I did have three skin-on-frame options. My daughter's Kidyak Kayak, my Chuckanut 12 and the freshly minted Lanui SUP. All of which are Dave Gentry designs.
I reached the lake about 2:30pm and barely had my boats off of the car roof before being pulled onto a sailboat. Michael enlisted me as a (very lazy) crew member and I (sort of) helped man the jib when tacking his O'Day Daysailer.
We were in the company of Gene's PD Goose "Andy's Junk", Daryl's Welsford Tread Lightly, Craig's Michalak Wooboto, John's sailing canoe and Frank's production boat that I completely forgot the make of. He normally brings a 24' Wa'apa outrigger, but he and his wife Carol were sleeping onboard the big boat this year. Dale later showed up with his Dovekie, Bruce with his PD Racer and Eugene with a large Michalak design that I can't remember. It was a busy weekend.
I spent quite a bit of time in Daryl's Swampscott Dory, it was a blast to row and I really want to build a rowboat. Kicking around several ideas at the moment.
With the lake about 8-9 feet above normal, we were pushed off of the beach campsites we'd originally reserved. It also put us beached a little further up in the cove than before. That lent the event well to the paddle craft I brought with me. There were no shortage of takers when I offered to loan out my boats. My wife and daughter even made it up for Saturday. My wife, not much of a boat person, really liked the SUP and my daughter was expertly tooling around in her kayak after a few hours practice. The SUP is really stable. At one point I had myself and three kids on the deck of it and it paddled fine.
Again, a great weekend. Good to be out in the company of like-minded boat nerds for a change. It's often just me and my thoughts and interests with no one to share them. Messabouts let me open up and talk about boats without worry of boring or annoying everyone in the vacinity. It's pretty cool. :)