Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snaps of the commute

I was in no hurry to get to work this morning, so I stopped several times...

I took photos of crumbling pavement for the city maintenance website.

I took photos of trees encroaching into a roadway.

I carried brush and branches out of a bike lane.

And I practiced flicking my ID badge at the corporate security checkpoint and squeezing past the gate in one smooth motion, just to postpone going into the office.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

RUSA Lake Gaston 210K

Jayjay and I rode the RUSA Lake Gaston 210K for the first time on Sunday.  We started in Wilson NC, rode north, crossed Lake Gaston, barely crossed the state line to reach Gasburg VA, then back.

The bad:  I was sick with a cough & cold.  I felt bonked before starting.  Then I began chest-hacking and eyes swelling midday probably from the impending pollen bloom.  Oh and there were some hills.  And an afternoon windfest.

The good:  Excellent route.  Few turns.  Minimal checkpoints.  Minimal traffic, since it's definitely not boating season yet.  Friendly dogs.  Lots of idyllic trees.  And our first RUSA ride credit in VA.  [update 4/11] Oh, and I almost forgot:  Two separate motorcyclists gave us the secret cyclist wave.  Yes, two. So cool!

Photos:  Click here to see the obligatory photos

Geek whining:  In my never-ending quest to appear tres chic, I uploaded photos to Facebook from my wifi-only phone at the start and finish on Sunday.  Unfortunately, Facebook didn't publish them until I signed-in again from my phone on Tuesday night.  And it published them three minutes apart.  So unhelpful.  Rando Skiff even thought we were starting a night ride.  I must work on it...

Thanks to Rando Tim for preparing cards and processing our results.  A great day on the bikes.