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).
Monday, June 30, 2014
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.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
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.
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
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.
I need to be doing this more regularly. Less than three months till the Bike MS: Ozarks Ride 150.
Monday, June 16, 2014
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.
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
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.
Entering Galloway Creek and Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Normally you can't go very far up the creek without bottoming out.
Back into the main lake.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
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.
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.
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.