Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Walk Around Shelly Lake

We don't walk around Shelly Lake as often as we used to. My recent battle with my knees have left me in a situation where an extended walk was quite painful. Recently, however I have changed my exercise pattern and I know my knees are getting stronger and so can tolerate walking much better. This walk was certainly proof that I am doing something right, my knees actually felt good after the walk.

We usually walk counter clockwise and likely as not we do see a Great Blue Heron and today was no exception. Here is a picture you can click on to see a slightly larger view.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rider #439 Is Ready For The 2010 Eastern NC MS150 Cycle Tour

I did an 'early-check-in' this morning and picked up my packet and Evelyn's packet. The packets include the T-Shirt (which is really nice) as well as the 'rider-numbers'. Below is a picture of my Cycling Jersey that I earned because all the folks who donated to the 2009 Eastern NC MS150 Cycling tour gave enough so that the final figure went over $1,000.00. I will be sending out announcements for the ride after Evelyn and I complete the ride this year in hopes that I can again go over the 'magic-number' so I can again earn a jersey and a 'golden-number'.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Wow Just Beautiful

In this video the shadows cast by the two rocks are cast by the light from the Milky Way Galaxy (ours). Here is a link to a beautiful video of this: "" while here is a link to the APOD page that has a composite picture that shows the shadows and discusses them:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

14 AUG 2010 - Three Peninsular Bike Ride

The "Three Peninsular Ride" is a nice 45 kilometer ride that takes me about 2 hours. I only average about 20kph now a days.

Here are the stats:

Time ...... 02:07 hh:mm
Distance .. 43.09 km
Average ... 20.30 kph

Today was bright and sunny, warm and windy. The temperature stayed in the mid to high 80s through out the ride and the wind was a pretty constant 10-20kts from the east. This made riding back down Country Club Road from crab point to the high school nice. The only place you feel the head wind is after you turn east on NC58 in Atlantic Beach and head toward Fort Macon. I wore my RUSA jersey in celebration of their 10 anniversary.

When you get to Fort Macon there is a nice shelter that overlooks the Beaufort Inlet. And the new Fort Macon Visitor's center has a cold water fountain inside that you can use to fill your water bottles. The old entrance to Fort Macon is no longer there the new entrance goes to the Visitor Center which was very impressive. I just ducked in to fill my water bottles but I do look forward to going back soon and looking more closely. Below are some pictures I took of Beaufort Inlet.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

TWF - 300

I do try to read John Baez's blog as often as I can. I hope to read his new one as well. Here is a link to the TWF - 300, and it is a good one!