Monday, June 30, 2008
Whatever funk my legs were in appears to be over. We had a great road ride on Friday and then rode up on Moscow Mountain on Saturday. We did a little exploring on some trails we'd never ridden and think we made a wrong turn somewhere that did eventually get us back to a place we recognized. My legs didn't have the fatigue they'd had earlier in the week so, I think the few days off did the trick. Sunday was oppressively hot, even in the morning, so we decided to just try and stay cool. I got a little work done including finishing up my sister Whitney's portfolio website. I highly recommend everyone go check it out (Using Firefox, Safari, or IE7) and give her some business. Better yet, offer her a job. She's highly capable.
Whitney Huck Photography
If anybody needs any website work done, let me know. I'm getting better at it and a little freelance work wouldn't hurt.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
At any rate, it's been not-so-fun staying away from the bike with the weather being as nice as it's been lately. I'm sure it will be for the best. I'll probably ease back in with a low-intensity road ride tomorrow to see how things are feeling. So this is what's like to be over 30.....
We did have a good trail building day on Saturday. Nine of us got another 0.15 miles built on the new Gemini trail. I guess there's about that much more to go until we have the first section complete. Naturally, this next 0.15 miles will probably require the most work. It certainly feels good to leave your mark by helping to build/maintain trail. From what I can gather, it appears as though Vulture's Knob has undergone a little Renaissance? If so, I'm looking forward to trying it out. All in good time.
Speaking of time... time to go fire up the grill. Keep it rubber side down.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
What to read next....? Not that we don't have a wealth of unread books in our personal library, I'm still open to suggestions. My sister Lori recommended "Stuff on My Cat: The Book". I'm contemplating "French Revolutions" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". I've also got a couple issues of Dwell magazine that I haven't gotten through yet. Decisions, decisions...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Last Thursday's ride brought out about 12 riders. We rolled out of town as a group and headed out Lenville Rd. At the bottom of the big climb on Lenville I decided to take off and see how the legs were going to feel. Turns out, that attack didn't last long and was quickly covered... and then Matt and I were chasing 3 riders who crested the climb first. We were in time-trial mode for the next 8 miles or so and eventually caught the leaders at the turn-around. We regrouped for a few miles and then the pace started to ramp up gradually. Eventually, it was down to a group of 5 riders as we headed back up and over the Lenville climb. I was sitting in 5th position after taking a pull when the guy in 4th started to drop back a little. I moved up and no more than 20 pedal strokes later, he launches an attack from the back that left us somewhat standing still. We all tried cover it and, once again, Matt and I were chasing a group of 3. Down the other side at 45mph and heading toward our finishing road, we did get within 1/4-mile right before the sprint but too little, too late. Despite getting gapped a few times, it was totally fun and I'm looking forward to this Thursday's edition.
Friday and Sunday saw us on Moscow Mountain with Sunday being a nice 18-mile loop. I did an easy road spin last night and then we both headed back up to the Mountain again today. This time, we rode the gravel roads over to the Headwaters trailhead where we each started our own routes. I rode up Headwaters to the intersection with Southside. Southside to Switchblade and up to Upper Moose Marbles. Quickly down to Wagon Trail around Paradise Point and then out the road to North Contour. Down North Contour to Cave Trail and up Cave Connector to Lower Tusk. Then I brought Moscow Mountain Road back home. It should be somewhere on the order of 30 miles round trip with a lot of singletrack and no repeats. If I only had a computer on my mountain bike... one more thing to the to-do list. I was feeling great today and it took right on 2.5 hours. Some days you just feel "on". Perhaps the planets are lined up juuuussst right.
Speaking of planet alignment and good omens, the last week has been good on the computer front. From Lorena's LeapPod post, I'm totally enjoying my new iPod Touch. It's a truly awesome piece of technology. Internet and so much more in your pocket. I think it lives up to the hype. On Monday and two days early, I received my new MacBook Pro laptop from which I'm typing this post. Also a great piece of hardware. The only hiccup I've had is with a Bluetooth mouse I bought to go with it. Apparently it was incompatible and so I have to send it back. Oh well. I'm blaming Pluto because it's just a dwarf planet and its gravity is just a nuisance to the others.
I'll leave you with a remix of the trailer for a certain famous 80's movie that we all know and love. Enjoy.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Chris began using iTunes to download podcasts of various programs to his iPod and would often share the stories with me. And the way he got them to his iPod sounded so much easier than what I had to do to get Living on Earth to my Zen. I had to download each individual show, which took several minutes a piece, and then transfer them over one-by-one. Not only that, but since I had to actually think about it, I was often several shows behind and had to create an Excel file to keep track of where I was. Needless to say, I was a little jealous of Chris's new iPod and felt that he had one upped me in the player department.
This winter, my trusty Zen began to die. The phone jack now had just one "sweet spot" where the sound would come through clearly. This was fine for listening to music, but not-so-fine for listening to audiobooks as it would often cause me to miss something. Shortly after that, some of the pixels in the screen died. I used it with the phone jack on the fritz for a couple of months but really got frustrated as the jack seemed to get worse. We looked into replacing the jack/ fixing the Zen, but it would have been at least $50. Instead, we decided that it was time to replace it with a better model. So, for my birthday (a little early) Chris bought me a 4gb iPod Nano, 3rd generation.
With the third generation iPod Nano, I had video capabilities, something that Chris did not have on his Nano. So, this time around, I one upped him. However, I found with the ease of the podcast downloads and the ability to add the video podcasts, I quickly filled my 4gb and mentioned that if, and when, Chris decides to get a new iPod, he might want 8gb. That is exactly what happened.
Chris has been saving up for a Mac Book Pro and shortly before he bought it, Apple announced that students or education staff purchasing a new Mac Book would receive a free 8gb iPod Touch. So, once again, Chris has one upped me and he now has an 8gb iPod Touch. I don't know if there is much further up to go unless I get a 16gb iPhone.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Here's a video posted on YouTube by a person in Moscow.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
There was a break in the weather on Wednesday so I decided to do a "long" mountain bike ride up on Moscow Mountain. I figured the trails would be too wet to ride but, there are logging roads up there that I could take and still have some fun. This basically amounted to riding out Moscow Mountain Road and climbing up to the Four Corners area. It's 8 miles to the base of the climb on a mix of paved and gravel roads. Then, you gain 1000 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles. Turn West and it's mostly flat for the next 1.5 miles. I decided to ride up to the radio towers because I'd never been up there and I just couldn't get enough climbing. My final elevation was 4468 ft after starting at 2560 in Moscow. All in 12.5 miles. There was still a little bit of snow up by the towers and the view was pretty cool despite being overcast. Speaking of cool... it was around 55F when I left the house but it didn't feel like that up by the towers. From there, it was mostly a descent back off the mountain and I got rather chilled on the way down. The logging road was still kind of wet from the rain the day before and so the dampness didn't help me warm up. Once I got back to the gravel roads and actually had to climb again, I no longer felt under-dressed. Still, should I have to wear arm and knee warmers in June? Sheesh. All told, the ride was 25 miles and took two hours. Considering the climbs I had to contend with, I didn't think it was too bad. If only it had been drier, I wouldn't have had to ride past singletrack entrances along the logging road that would have had a lot more fun.
Back to waiting for the radar to clear up....