Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jonsboat Model

If and when I sell my Sea Pearl, I'm thinking of building Jim Michalak's "Jonsboat" to replace it as the family beater boat. Something to fish and swim from easily while also being fast enough to keep the attention span of the more destination oriented members of my household. At 16'x5', it should make a good little lake boat.

Jim Michalak "Jonsboat" Model

Jim Michalak "Jonsboat" Model

Jim Michalak "Jonsboat" Model

Jim Michalak "Jonsboat" Model

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Pancake Ride - 30 Miles

pancakeride

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.

Pancake Ride - 30 miles

Pancake Ride - 30 miles 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.

Pancake Ride - 30 miles

Pancake Ride - 30 miles

Then it was back out of town and onto the country farm roads again.

Pancake Ride - 30 miles

Pancake Ride - 30 miles

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

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - Springfield Lake, July 23, 2014

This morning, we rode to the Clay Henshaw Memorial Access on Springfield Lake, across from the dam and power plant. It was a little warmer this morning, but still very pretty. The clouds were somehow magically held at bay in spite of the gloomy forecast. We had a good turnout with a few new folks showing up.

Springfield Sunrise Coffee and Bicycle Club - Springfield Lake

Springfield Sunrise Coffee and Bicycle Club - Springfield Lake

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30.3 Mile Springfield/Rogersville Loop

Sunday, my friend John S. and I rode out of my driveway about 6am, headed to Rogersville and back in a big loop. We went east out of Springfield on Catalpa, winding our way through the hills past massive homes and eventually farms as we peddled. The farm road that Catalpa becomes eventually wound down to Hwy. D/Sunshine Street and we followed it out over the James River and into Turners.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

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.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

At Hwy. D, we headed back south, then east again towards the junction of D and B.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

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.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

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.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

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.

30.3 mile loop to Rogersville

I managed to ride about 65 miles last week, counting this trip.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shave to Save 2014

My wife raised over $2,500 and helped raise over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through their Shave to Save event. It provides free wigs to those fighting cancer. I'm very proud of her.

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.

My wife raised over $2,500 and helped raise over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through their Shave to Save event. It provides free wigs to those fighting cancer. I'm very proud of her.

My wife raised over $2,500 and helped raise over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through their Shave to Save event. It provides free wigs to those fighting cancer. I'm very proud of her.

My wife raised over $2,500 and helped raise over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through their Shave to Save event. It provides free wigs to those fighting cancer. I'm very proud of her.

My wife raised over $2,500 and helped raise over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through their Shave to Save event. It provides free wigs to those fighting cancer. I'm very proud of her.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

This past weekend we held an informal messabout on Stockton Lake, here in SW Missouri. Myself and several regulars from the Sail Oklahoma Messabout event and Yahoo forum. I took Friday off of work and made it to the campground and launch area a little after noon.

Stockton Lake Messabout 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.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank's 24' Wa'apa outrigger sailing canoe

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene's boats - a Michael Storer Quick Canoe and two boats based on Jim Michalak designs, V-Fly and Fat Fly

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Sailing behind Michael's O'Day Daysailer

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

There were quite a few large boats on the lake. It was a nice weekend for sailing.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Sailing "wing on wing"

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Paul's Iain Oughtred Acorn and Michael's O'Day Daysailer

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014 Paul's Iain Oughtred Acorn, easily the nicest build there. Beautiful boat and looked to row very smooth for its waterline.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

My SP21 and Frank's Wa'apa

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

The beach really started filling up on Saturday.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Paul's Family Skiff and Acorn next to Daryl's Compac 16

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

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.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Bruce brought a Larsboat and a Puddle Duck Racer (PDR)

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank tries out the Larsboat

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene's grandson Sean learned to paddle the Quick Canoe

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Heading out for the moonlight sail with Gene and Sean.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

I took Bruce out Sunday morning, but the wind died on us.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Frank and Carol on the Wa'apa 24'

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Gene and his V-Fly

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

Bruce and his PDR

Stockton Lake Messabout 2014

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!