Saturday, March 31, 2007
The story is here, with either Hi resolution video or low res for dialup.
Seth is riding from Coast to coast on the Southern Tier route If you see him out there, wish him luck. GO SETH!
By the way, I've set my newscrawlers loose to try to track his story and progress, hopefully, I'll have updates!
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
- First and strongest reason, I have fun doing it
- It sharpens my writing skills
- I use blogging as a reinforcer of my weight loss as well as my training
- I use blogging to act as a reinforcer for others weight loss as well as their training.
- I express my fanaticism about cycling in a way that doesn't drive my family to drink or drugs!
Dan on Bike
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Even taking the health benefits out, the cost saving is a good thing. Bicycle Commuting to work is a good thing, personally as well as economically and environmentally
It's full of fun folk and loaded with info on everything bicycle! Whether you ride an alternative bike, a bent, or a more traditional roadie, or a mountain bike, this place is the place to go! You'll find me hanging around in Clydesdale's Subforum, Advocacy and Safety, Politics and Religion, and most especially, Foo!
The URL is http://www.bikeforums.net
Monday, March 26, 2007
I'd also like to welcome our new members, Fujirocker, Fishboy_C, Archienutt and PellTA!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I did have to go get the van, after I made sure she was going to be all right. Oh well, maybe next time when she has a bit more saddle time in. I'm still proud as hell of her though for the try!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
It was definitely a nice ride though, but we only made it out near Dayton, Indiana before the weather started looking a bit on the nasty side. Well, we got a few miles in and tomorrow is looking absolutely prime for a good ride!
As far as the traffic goes, I love riding with the wife! Nobody crowd us with her on the bent! Everybody gives us a wave (and they even use all their fingers) and a smile!
Tour de Cure
Well, I'm about 30% of the way to my Tour de Cure goal, not counting what Joan at Supersized Cycles has pledged. We'll have the final total on that pledge in July. In the meantime, I'd really like to exceed my goal, so feel free to click the link above my banner for Tour de Cure and visit my page!
Below is the graphic I've designed for my Team Shirts, let me know what you think!
In the meantime, remember those miles, today was Spinner Saturday! Ride safe and enjoy the journey!
Monday, March 19, 2007
The California Association of Bicycling Organizations Supporting David Prokop's Legal Case
Byline: John Forester
Thirty years ago, California enacted Streets & Highways Code 890 and
following. These defined the three classes of bikeway for
transportational purposes, giving each a technical name and a popular
name: Class One, or bike path; Class Two, or bike lane; Class Three,
or bike route. This statute required that each class have safety
design standards prepared, and required that all bodies that created
bikeways conform to these safety design standards. These standards
now appear as Chapter 1000 of the California Highway Design Manual.
The national standards named the Guide for Bicycle Facilities of the
Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials,
and the standards of those states that chose to create their own, all
stem from the California standards.
There is a respectable body of law, both statute and case, that
immunizes the owners of unimproved property from liability when they
allow members of the public cross these lands for purposes of
recreation, as on dirt trails over unimproved land. A person who had
an accident caused by the condition of the trail would be unable to
claim damages from the owner of the land. In some California cases
(and maybe also elsewhere) bicyclists were the claimants, and the
judges quite correctly ruled against them. However, because the
injured person was a bicyclist, some judges called these facilities
bike paths. This was entirely incorrect, because the Legislature had
already defined a bike path as a facility that had to be built
according to specified safety design standards -- in short, like a
miniature highway -- but because there was no argument about bikeways
in these cases nobody noticed and the effect was unimportant. Then,
another court, dealing with a case in which the accident had occurred
because a real bike path had violated the required safety design
standards, applied to a real bike path the law that previous courts
had applied to dirt trails across unimproved land, because both
courts used the same name, "bike path." This has occurred now in two
real cases, and will continue unless the problem is corrected. One
would think that such a silly mistake would be easy to correct, but
in the legal world nothing is easy. The legal world operates on the
basis of words rather than facts, so as long as the words fit it
thinks that the facts must fit.
There is no question but that the conditions designed into the Los
Angeles River Bike Path violated the standards and that these
violations combined to cause David Prokop's accident, although this
will finally have to be judged in a trial court. Cyclists have
managed to get the current case into the appellate courts to get the
immunity ruling corrected for this and all future cases. In short, to
reinstate the legal requirements for bike paths that the Legislature
enacted thirty years but that courts have mistakenly invalidated in
recent years. David's injuries, while significant at the time, do not
warrant money damages sufficient to pay the cost of getting this case
into the appellate courts. The cost to date has been something over
$100,000. The California Association of Bicycling Organizations
collects money for this case; CABO is a registered 501(c)3 charitable
and educational organization.
Money should be sent to: CABO c/o Alan Forkosh, 33 Moss Ave #204,
Oakland, CA 94610.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I noticed one thing in particular, with Earlena riding a recumbent trike, I guess people were thinking it was a wheelchair or something. The drivers made a conscious effort to give us a full clear lane as they passed.
From Mrs Stormcrowe, Her observations:
I was real surprised as to how easy it went! The trike rides real well, even against a headwind. Road riding, even on a busy road like Indiana 38 or US 52 by the mall is surprisingly easy!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
In the light of this, I should remind everybody the reason I am coming out from behind my Screen Name, the Tour de Cure! Up above my video on the header, you will find a link to my Tour page, right above the Tour de Cure banner!
Also supporting my Tour de Cure bid is Joan Denizot with Supersized Cycles. Joan has a website devoted to bicycles for the larger rider, being one herself. She has pledged $25.00 for every bike sold between, well.....now and my ride on July 14th!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
In the meantime, our Arctic Jill is taking it easy for a bit, she postholed in deep snow during the Susitna 100 while crashing the bike and finished the race with her personal best time ever.....with an injured knee! Tough lady!
Well, here are the stats!:
Well, you can't ride a bike all the time!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Recipes for light weight camping food:
2 ½ cups
Dried Bananas, powdered
Mix ingredients in zip-lock bag and tape it shut.
On the trail:
Boil 4 cups of water, add contents of bag, stir, reboil, remove from stove and set aside until cool enough to eat.
Couscous Curry Ginger
1 ½ cup
Mix ingredients (except vegetables) in a zip-lock bag. Bag the vegetables separately. Tapes the bags shut.
On the trail:
In the morning, place the vegetables in a large-mouth 1 quart water bottle and cover with water to rehydrate.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add all ingredients, including the rehydrated vegetables with the water. Boil under tender (5 - 10 minutes).
Chicken & Dumplings
Lipton's Cream of Chicken Cup-o-soup
Swanson's Chunk Chicken Meat
Mixed freeze-dried vegetables
Bisquick in a zip-lock bag
2 - 3 cups
Mix the soup, chicken meat and vegetables in a relatively deep pot with 2 to 3 cups water. Place on camp stove. Heat to simmering, stirring occasionally. While soup stuff is heating, add water (see Bisquick box instructions for qty.) to Bisquick and knead in the zip-lock bag. When soup stuff is hot, tear off a corner of the bag and squeeze out plops of Bisquick into the pot. Cover and cook for about 10 mintues on low heat.
Tuna/Creamy Chicken Ramen casserole
1 package tuna (envelope),
1 package Ramen Creamy Chicken Soup
Boil water, add Ramen noodles and seasoning and tuna. Let steep til noodles are tender.
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and corned beef dinner
1 can Libby Corned Beef
Cheese Sauce Mix
Boil 8 cups water and add the macaroni. Boil 7 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Drain. Add the butter, milk, and cheese sauce mix and chunked Corned Beef. Mix well.
The following is the very rough itinerary, as far as I have it. I am using Back Roads in Indiana, by Charlie Myer for our routing. You can get this book through Hodson's Bay Co. here in my town, by the way!
Charlie has a significant amount of time and data collecting in the book and it sure looks to be useful! He has points of interest, camping. Well, without further ado, here we go, a rough outline of our tour! If you live in any of these Counties, feel free to comment in with any suggestions for your area!
Above is a somewhat blurry topo map of the first four days
Route notes, 30 counties, 660 miles!
Camping: Old Mill Run
Camping: Pine Lake Camping and Fishing: (765)778-2697
Campgrounds: Jellystone Park: 765-737-6585, GasAmerica Truckstop: 765-785-6820
13) Ohio County
14) Switzerland County
15) Jefferson County
16) Clark County
17) Floyd County
18) Harrison County
19) Crawford County
20) Perry County
21) Spencer County
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
My computer showed 36.75 miles and GMaps pedometer shows a shade over 32.6.
Avg Speed by Computer: 15.75 mph
Gmaps Avg Speed: 13.97 mph
Calories burned: 5403.46 (Not adjusted for wind or terrain)
Wind: Outbound: Headwind, 12-15 mph, 13 miles worth!
Route Link: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=758345
The weather today for the ride was a tad windy, as I said, but temperatures were tolerable fair at 49℉. No jacket, no layers, no problems and even the fingerless gloves. All in all, I can say without irony that this was the best ride of 2007 so far!:D
Quick addendum! Am I a Russian Poet or composer? Apparently!
If I were a Dead Russian Composer, I would be Modest Mussorgsky.
I am a Romantic period psycho who's drunk more often than not. I died of this affliction, not surprisingly. My famous works include "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Pictures at an Exhibition."
Who would you be? Dead Russian Composer Personality Test
Another item on my agenda is to do more planning for our May Tour. This is going to be a great Spring Break!
Speaking of Spring, it's often time people start looking for a bike, which brings me to Joan Denizot and Supersized Cycles! Joan is a supporter of my Tour de Cure ride.
From the Supersized Cycles site:
In order to make the biggest contribution possible, we have pledged $25 per bicycle sold from now through July 14, 2007 to our friend and inspiration, The Amazing Shrinking Man, who will ride 100K (or 62 miles) at the Indianapolis Tour de Cure. The Amazing Shrinking Man is truly amazing--he has lost 352 POUNDS in less than two years, and biking has been his trump card as well as his addicition.
Now, Spring is springing, the weather is getting sweet for most of us this week, so get out there and ride!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Ironically enough, brain power often equates with health, so it's a valid question. Brain power also equates with the mental fortitude for endurance athletics like long distance cycling. While for athletic endeavors, knowledge isn't a requirement, but for strategies and evaluation of your training regimen, it does help!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I have had a bit of difficulty composing this post as my Grandfather was more of a Father to me than a Grandfather. You see, my Father was never really there for me. For this reason, my Grandfather more or less provided me with the examples of what it takes to be a man. All that is decent in me as a man, I attribute to his influence.
Here in an excerpt of his obituary:
George Gilmour, 93
George Gilmour, 93, of Naples Land Yacht Harbor, Fla., died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Lakewood Manor Care.
He was born Feb. 7, 1914, in Glasgow, Scotland, to the late George K. Gilmour and Kathryn Hunter Gilmour.
He was a former resident of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Lafayette. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Naples and active in the Naples Land Yacht Harbor community.
Mr. Gilmour retired from both Magnavox Corp. of Fort Wayne and General Foods in Lafayette.
He was a member of American Society of Tool Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Toastmasters International, holding offices in all.
His wife of 67 years, Jessie, died in 2003.
Monday, March 05, 2007
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