Monday, August 18, 2014

43-Mile Ride through Battlefield, Republic and Billings

Saturday, we rode from Golden and Weaver, on the SW side of Springfield, out through Battlefield to Republic and picked up the Pancake Ride loop route out through Billings and back for a ride of about 43 miles.

I put around 130 miles on the new bike over the first eight days of ownership. Not too bad, really. We're making a push to up our mileage a bunch over the next three weeks before the MS150: Ozarks Ride. I've been riding to work, errands, etc. and trying to get as many long rides in a possible.

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Battlefield, Republic and Billings Route - 43 Miles

Monday, August 11, 2014

53-Mile Test Ride of the New Masi CX

Saturday morning we rode a repeat of the Turners/Rogersville Loop we did a few weeks ago. Only this time we rode it much faster and added 18 miles of Greenway to it when traffic picked up too heavy for comfort on farm roads. The new bike hauls some serious arse in comparison to the old MTB with road slicks. I am a stronger rider than I thought. I was feeling better at 50 miles than I usually do at 30. It just goes to show you that you need the right tool for the job, no matter what it is.

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

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Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Test ride of the new Masi CX

Friday, August 8, 2014

Masi CX, my new ride

I ordered this on Monday from Queen City Cycles and picked it up today on my lunch hour. I'm pretty freak'n excited to test it out this weekend. Hopefully the rain will hold out long enough for me to get a ride in.

My new Masi CX cyclocross bike from Queen City Cycles.

My new Masi CX cyclocross bike from Queen City Cycles.

My new Masi CX cyclocross bike from Queen City Cycles.

I went with the steel-framed Masi CX cyclocross bike over a lighter road bike for a few reasons. I want to do some light weekend touring and bikepacking with it when the weather starts to cool. I've read nothing but great things about this bike for its price point and I'm hoping to maybe even do a longer trip on the Katy Trail sometime next spring. Aside from the steel frame, some other differences are the ability to mount fenders and pannier sets to it easily. That'll help when it comes time to take it some distance.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A couple of recent bike rides.

Friday morning, I awoke long before my alarm clock went off. Rather than lay there fuming, I put some clothes on and hit the Galloway Greenway. This put a much better mood in my morning and a firm smile on my face. Love the fog.

I woke up well before my alarm went off this morning, rather than lay there annoyed, I went for a quick bike ride.

I woke up well before my alarm went off this morning, rather than lay there annoyed, I went for a quick bike ride.

I woke up well before my alarm went off this morning, rather than lay there annoyed, I went for a quick bike ride.

Sunday, up about 4:45am and got my gear ready and my butt in gear. 6am, I met John S. at Willard High School for a repeat ride of the 30-mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove triangle loop. It was a beautiful morning, starting off almost chilly and warming to a light sweat by the time we rolled back into Willard, Missouri. We maybe saw a handful of cars the whole ride. It was great.

We did see a box turtle, about a dozen deer, a fox, two pileated woodpeckers, a raccoon, tons of rabbits and squirrels, a blue heron, a few largish hawks, some redwing blackbirds, scissor tailed flycatchers and a lot of other songbirds I couldn't identify. We were also greeted by the braying of donkeys and the crowing of roosters as the sun topped the hillside.

30 mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove loop.

30 mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove loop.

30 mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove loop.

30 mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove loop.

30 mile Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove loop.

I sold my Sea Pearl 21 on Saturday

Sad to see it go, but it'll free me up to start building again and pick up a nicer bicycle for the upcoming MS150: Ozarks Ride charity event that I am doing in September. Aside from all the training I've done this summer, this is another way I am sacrificing for others.

I sold my Sea Pearl 21 on Saturday

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More On a Childhood in Florida

A few years ago I wrote a post about growing up in Florida. I've collected a few more photos from that time period and figured I'd share.

This is me putting a spiny lobster on my cousin Tim's head. My brother Scott in the background. He punched a kid on the last day of school and got a boxers fracture, which kept him out of the water much of the summer. Shortly after he got the cast off, he punched me and rebroke it. Having to spend another six weeks in a cast. Nothing ruins a dive trip filled summer like a bad temper.

Me, putting a spiny lobster on my cousin Tim's head

This is my cousin Tim, his grandfather Alan (in the longjohn wetsuit, he was always more for utility than aesthetics), dad and what could be my uncle Ric (Tim's dad). The glasses and hat throw me a bit. Alan, in the long underwear, always made his dive equipment out of old military surplus items - tanks from fire extinguishers, a BC from a pilot's life vest, wetsuit from longjohns, etc. It was his stilt house on Summerland Key airstrip that we went to every summer.

Lobster haul. My cousin's grandfather always wore longjohns for a wetsuit.

175 Airport Dr, Summerland Key, FL

We did a lot of fishing back then. Here are a couple of barracuda, some nurse shark and various other fish.

Fish

Another good haul of spiny lobster.

a long time ago on summerland key, florida

Me and cousin Meredith bury Tim in the sand at Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key. We would walk the beach here with flip-flops on, stepping on and popping the Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish that had washed ashore.

Bahia Honda State Park

This one is from Cayo Costa, a barrier island outside of Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, where we lived. It's just north of Upper Captiva, Captiva and Sanibel islands. We'd frequently take day trips out to Cayo Costa for picnics and playing in the water.

Cayo Costa

Ft. Myers Beach Pier, me and some brown pelicans. They are very tame and really, you're on their pier when you visit. I walked this pier hundreds of times over my childhood and teenage years. I've fished from it, swam under it and skimboarded under it. I've surfed under it and dove off of it. The area leading up to the pier has been modernized and changed greatly since I moved away in 1994, but the pier is still the same.

Fort Myers Beach Pier - Circa 1979-1980

Dad's old 21' Auqasport center console fishing boat. This thing saw some action. We took it all over the place, from Pine Island Sound to the Middle Keys. We took it 40 miles offshore in the Atlantic and across Lake Okeechobee for crappie. We got caught in squalls with eight foot seas and we spear-fished, dove for lobster, deep sea fished and ran across grassbeds for speckle trout, fished mangroves for redfish and snook, fished reefs for grouper and barracuda and up the Caloosahatchee River for bull shark and black tips. I wish I had a boat like this now.

Dad's old 21 foot Auqasport center console fishing boat