Monday, June 30, 2014

A short sail on a Sunday

Sunday afternoon, I took the wife and kiddo out for a short sail on Fellows Lake. It was light and kind of hot out, while moral was still up, I let the crew try her hand at piloting. After cruising across the lake a few time, we doused the sails and fished a bit before calling it and rowing back to the dock.

A quick sail on Fellows Lake, Sunday

I hate to say it, but there's a chance I may try and sell the Sea Pearl at the end of the summer or fall. As much as I absolutely freak'n love it, my wife most certainly does not (sigh). I think I may have to purchase or build something that caters more to her complete lack of attention span. It looks like I'm going to have to get something that focuses more on the destination than the journey, more of a race over there and "cove out" sort of boat than a let's zig-zag across the lake for no other reason than zig-zagging across the lake sort of boat (again, sigh).

More Cycling Progress

Saturday, we upped our game a bit. Riding 31.71 miles at a "Show and Go" springbike.org ride. We rode from Willard Middle School in Willard, Missouri to Walnut Grove, down through Phenix ghost town to Ash Grove and then back to Willard. It pretty much kicked our butts. I was the only one that showed with a map of the route, so I led for 75% of the ride. Me, the only guy in the group riding a mountain bike with road slicks. We had a lot of fun, though. The low-traffic farm roads the route followed were awesome to spend the morning riding on.

31.71 miles on Saturday, Willard, Missouri to Walnut Grove to Ash Grove and back to Willard.

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Wednesday evening, we also rode 18.45 miles on the South Creek and Wilson's Creek Greenways. Counting the morning coffee ride of my previous post, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, I totaled 59.16 bike miles for the week. My weekly numbers have almost tripled since starting this two months ago. I've also toned up a bunch. I took a pic of myself without a shirt on April 17 and another last week and compared them side by side, which I'll spare you the posting of, just trust me, I look a crap-ton healthier than I did. I haven't lost much weight, but I've certainly moved it around and made it more solid.

18.45 miles on Wednesday, South Creek Greenway and Wilon's Creek Greenway

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - June 25, 2014

This morning we rode to the bridge over the Lake Drummond spillway dam at Nathanael Greene Park. Round trip for me was around nine miles, I rode my 1950s Hercules "Churchill De Luxe" British 3-speed. A beautiful morning, great for coffee and a sunrise.

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dining and Cycling Local for Local Stuff

A couple of cycling charity-related events that we went to this week. Monday evening, we left work, picked up the kiddo from summer camp, changed clothes and rode eight miles round trip to Galloway Grill for the 1st Bike MS: Ozarks Ride Happy Hour. Turnout wasn't bad, I think we had maybe 25 people come out for it. My wife is on the local Walk and Bike MS Committees and I have signed up to ride the MS150 this September. We've also been asked to organize a Young Riders Committee to get more of a younger crowd interested in coming out. That's why there are so many cycling-related posts on my blog lately. I've got to put in a lot of saddle time ahead of the event.

1st Bike MS: Ozarks Ride Happy Hour at Galloway Grill

Wednesday night, pretty much a repeat of Monday, only we rode just shy of seven miles round trip to Bambino's Italian Cafe for the Bambino's for Bikes evening. They are giving 20% of last night's sales to Ozark Greenways and we wanted to come out and contribute. We spend a lot of time on the local trails. Our friends Curtis and Christy C. came out to meet us, as well as our old neighbor Todd W. Curtis even rode his tall bike.

Bambino's for Bikes Event. At Bambino's Cafe, 20% of the evening's proceeds went to Ozark Greenways.

The mileage we did last night coupled with my morning ride put my total bike miles for the day around 27.5 miles. I'm somewhat obsessed with tracking my rides for some reason. I know it's not a lot by some of my cyclist friends' standards, but its a lot for me!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Out to the farm and back

20.68 miles this morning. From my house out to Rutledge-Wilson Farm and back. Checked off another good chunk of local Greenway trail. I rode all of the Wilson's Creek Greenway and most of the South Creek Greenway

Rode my bicycle 20.68 miles this morning. From our house out to Rutledge-Wilson Farm and back. Checked off another big chunk of local Ozark Greenways trail. I rode all of the Wilson's Creek Greenway and most of the South Creek Greenway.

20.68 miles this morning. From my house out to Rutledge-Wilson Farm and back. Checked off another good chunk of local Greenway trail. I rode all of the Wilson's Creek Greenway and most of the South Creek Greenway

I need to be doing this more regularly. Less than three months till the Bike MS: Ozarks Ride 150.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dusted off the Sea Pearl

Sailing Fellows Lake. Started out with winds in the mid teens, but it jumped up to 21+mph and chased me off the water.

Saturday, the rainclouds parted and the lightning subsided long enough for me to drag my Sea Pearl 21 sailboat north of town to Fellows Lake. The wind was supposed to get pretty hairy through the day, so I went early and was on the water by 8am. It was still blowing in the mid teens with higher gusts. I sailed back and forth in front of the marina most of the time. The wind just kept picking up and even though I had a 3/1 reef in the sails, it still wasn't the most comfortable way to start my sailing season. By 10am, I was pretty over it. I checked the weather on my phone and it registered winds of 21+ MPH for where I was at. I rounded up, reefed the sails and rowed in to the dock.

Sailing Fellows Lake. Started out with winds in the mid teens, but it jumped up to 21+mph and chased me off the water.

Sailing Fellows Lake. Started out with winds in the mid teens, but it jumped up to 21+mph and chased me off the water.

It was nice to be back aboard the boat, but I need to pick a better day next time. With all the wet weather we've had, the good days have been hard to come by.

One weird thing that happened while I was out, I was tacking across to the south side of the northern arm of the lake when I saw a bluejay flying out over the water. It flew from out of the north and across to the south side where I was sailing. They are fairly heavy flyers and fall quite a bit between wing strokes and it didn't look like it was going to make it to the far side. About 30 feet from the bank, it crashed into the lake. Startled, I started to wonder how I could get over to it in time to save it and also keep the boat from going over in 20+MPH gusts. Somehow it regained it's strength and managed to get clear of the water before I could make it over to it. It splashed out of the water into the air and flew to some trees lining the lake's edge.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

The water was high and murky with river silt and rain runoff, but it was nice to get out for a few hours. We even managed to explore pretty far up Galloway Creek and into Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Entering Galloway Creek and Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Normally you can't go very far up the creek without bottoming out.

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Back into the main lake.

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Aside from the doe and fawn in the earlier pic, we also saw plenty of small birds like the purple martins that criss-crossed the water eating bugs and some large birds like blue herons, turkey vultures and this turkey roosting in a tree.

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

It was a great evening to be out, especially after all the rain we've had over the past month. Getting a break from it to hit the water was a blessing.

Kayak - James River/Springfield Lake - June 11, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - June 11, 2014

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

This morning we rode to the old iron bridge over the James River/Springfield Lake, on the Galloway Creek Greenway. About 9.3 miles for me, round trip. Had a good group turnout this morning. I'm happy it's building up more steam.

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tenkara Fly Fishing at Valley Water Mill Park

Saturday morning, I had a few hours to myself and took them fishing. I was going to go for a long bike ride, but opted to break from MS150 training for a weekend.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

I drove north of town to Fellows Lake, but at 7:30am it was already quite crowded anywhere you could plop down and fish the banks. From there I went to Valley Water Mill Pond/Park. I started out fishing the spring area, since the lake is already very weeded up. When I was getting loose a tangle, which takes quite a while in wind-blown 5x tippet, I had a muskrat surface just below the bank I was standing on. He noticed me and dove under, but the water is so clear that I watched him swim across the creek, make a turn and keep on heading up towards the spring. Kinda cool, really.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Not catching anything from the spring creek, I hiked up the hill and above the pond, working my way back to the parking area. When I got to the spillway dam, I decided to explore the creek below. Glad I did, that's where I caught 7-8 small fish, most of which were perch. I saw a couple of good-size bass in the creek, but they weren't interested in what I was throwing. I fished top water spider poppers most of the time. It's all I managed getting a bite on. The same nymphs that worked a few months ago in cold weather, were pretty much useless now.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Tenkara fly fishing with western spider poppers at Valley Water Mill Park.

Before I left, I saw another three muskrats swim across the creek just downstream from me, one after another. It's amazing what you can see just on the outskirts of town, if you're quiet enough.