Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
By the time we reached New Bern it was still very cloudy but the rains had stopped. No more rain fell that day and the clouds parted around noon.
Evelyn did not ride on Sunday, which was just as well since the threat of heavy rain and thunder caused a the 30 mile course and the 100 mile course to be closed. That left only the 50 mile course and the 75 mile course. (There was an option to ride 30 miles on the 50 mile course then get sag'ed back to New Bern, with your bike coming later on a truck.)
I chose to do the 50 mile course and it worked out great. It was just the right distance for me that day. I've been suffering from a head cold since last Thursday and I think the exercise in the warm weather was actually good for me.
Here are the 'stats' for Sunday:
03:30 hh:mm .... Time for Day-2
80.58 km ....... Distance for Day-2
23.00 kph ...... Average speed for Day-2
06:33 hh:mm .... Total time for the two days
Evelyn and I finished day-1 of the MS150 Cycling Tour in New Bern NC in fine styel. We had a very good ride. The sky was cloudy (no sun block needed) and the temperature was mostly in the 70s with light wind. A very nice ride.
Here are the stats:
03:03 hh:mm .... Time on rolling.
52.43 km ....... Distance traveled.
17.01 kph ...... Average speed.
Here is a slide show of some pictures we took:
And Here is a video clip of just some of the over 2,000 riders.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
You be the judge ... (hint: The answer is obvious - and quite easy - and has nothing to do with 'force-of-arms').
Here is the post that asks the question: http://snarla.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/if-they-hate-us-why-havent-they-killed-us-yet/
After reading some of the comments on the post I anticipate answers that may come to mind, and give the answer to the largely rhetorical question posed above.
[A] They don't hate us and they certainly are not trying to kill us.
[B] The reason [A] is true is that almost all of them live in such a state of poverty that they have much, much, much more to worry about than hating America.
[C] Just like in the 'Good Old US of A' some among us, in hopes of switching attention from their own shortcomings, like to throw up FUD-Lies-Bull-Stuff about the other side.
[D] "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
... This messages is true whether or not you embrace the word 'love' ... Because the converse is also true ...
[E] "If you hate your neighbor you hate yourself."
... In other words, you have no choices about this ... it is built into your very being.