Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Harrington Manor, Swallowfalls, Maryland

Coming home from the DC/Outer Banks trip we decided to "practice" how we're going to do things one we retire and start pulling our travel trailer around.
We got on hwy 50 out of DC (a road I used to travel on for work when I went to the Luke, MD papermill) and took it well into Ohio. We're going to stay off the interstates and explore via the backroads.......
Along the way the Singletracks APP I started to use (you can follow my rides by clicking on the link...once we get going and out on the road/retirement) indicated some riding at Harrington Manor State Park, which boosts the highest waterfalls in Maryland.
I had the fatty and road a pretty rugged 5-6 mile trail from where I left Lynn to the waterfalls. Once I arrived I noticed my rear tire going flat. I took out the tube and found a goats head or similar thorn still in the tire. Patched the tube and took off to find the falls, tire went flat again....decided to just use the spare tube and tossed it in after checking for more thorns.
Got home and a few days later started patching up the tube, there were 3 more holes in it, must have hit a whole cluster of thorns.

 There it is....not much, but still a nice area.

Europe 2016. Regensburg

Regensburg is known primarily for it's old stone bridge. The oldest stone bridge over the Danube, built between 1135-1146. There are pockets of antiquity along the Danube and Europe in general that weren't bombed during WWII. Some by design (See Monuments Men) some by accident in that there was no need to.
Timbers still intact from the bridge Gate Tower, which was also a salt storage building. Salt was one of the most coveted items of the era.

Stolen off the internet:

Also has an ancient cathedral.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Outer Banks, Washinting DC trip

Took the fatty out for a few spins off the snow.

With buddy Tim from IL at Kitty Hawk, NC

Outer Banks, Nags Head, NC. In front of friends Tom and Shirley beach setup.

Tim again, went here with son Nick as well. Meadowood Trail near Alexandria, VA. Nice trail in an urban area. Good man-made features.

Wakefield Trail. Old school, doesn't seem to be machine cut. Plenty of roots, loose rocks and creek crossings.

Fat Bike Birkie, 2017

After the first ever cancelation of the Birkie XC-ski race 2 weeks previous, curiosity was elevated to see what would happen to the 5th Annual Fat Bike Birkie.
There wasn't any snow, but temps were -4F when we awoke for the race. The course was hard, rough and fast with a few icy patches. A number of the hills weren't the type to be carried, so it was a granny gear climb to the top of them. 5 laps...and it was tough. Studded tires.
Near the lead out the guy right next to me on the right started to lose it and as he yelled out I reflexively gripped the bars a bit tighter. As he fell he clipped my rear tire and slid me over a few inches on the ice. I didn't go down but he did. All I heard were people cursing and yelling and bikes piling into each other.
Local coverage.

I finished right at 3 hrs. middle of the pack overall and 5th  in my age group with a 10mph average speed. Didn't crash or break anything. Felt good about that as I haven't been riding as much the past year. Results.

My buddy Al and his wife Julie joined Lynn and I for a fun weekend none-the-less.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winter 2017....

Last winter I decided to back off some and spend more time devoted to a few other "pleasures". This was one of them high on the list, biking with grandson Jason and grandaughter Alyssa.

Random shots from this past winter.

A couple videos:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Europe 2016, Nuremberg

We boarded a bus in Prague and drove through the Czech and German countryside for a couple of hours on our way to Nuremberg, where we boarded our River Boat.

We were actually starting on the canal that flows south which then connects to the Danube. The canal connects the Main River to the Danube (and actually to the Rhine, as well) and is called the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.
Along the drive we stopped at a McDonalds....we got some fries which were great!, just to compare and also some local brews to enjoy in the bus.
The countryside was similar to the upper Midwest, rolling hills but with a hint of larger, steeper mills in the distance.
Once on the boat we got settled in we did a bus tour and also did a little walking in the Town Square.
Nothing caught my eye to take a picture of and as it was Sunday, not much was open. I did scoot across town by foot to the subway station to buy a few cigars for the boat trip as nothing else was open.
Canal is in light blue below, Danube in dark blue.

Danube Map

Location: Central and Southeastern Europe  
  • Primary Source: Breg
    • Location: Martinskapelle, Black Forest, Germany
    • Elevation: 1,078 m (3,537 ft)
    • Length: 49 km (30 mi)
  • Secondary Source: Brigach
    • Location: St. Georgen, Black Forest, Germany
    • Elevation: 940 m (3,084 ft)
    • Length: 43 km (27 mi)
  • Source Confluence: Donaueschingen, Germany
  • Mouth: Black Sea
  • Length: 2,845 km (1,760 mi)
  • Countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Iola Snow Bully, 2017

Was able to defend my Dinosaur Division from last year. 55+
Ok, there were only 4 of us.....but I also finished 18th out of 46 in the 2 hr. race...vs. the Skirt Race of 1 hr......ok, I did finish 3 laps back, but it was hilly!
Not as soft as last year and hard enough that the top guys were cruising pretty well.

 2 HOURWinnerWinning timeTotal racersProgress viewLap times
 OverallCole House2:13:13.746 Race review Lap times
 FemaleLeia SCHNEEBERGER2:04:04.25 Race review Lap times
 35-44Leia SCHNEEBERGER2:04:04.23 Race review Lap times
 45-54Jenny Meyer-3 laps2 Race review Lap times
 MaleCole House2:13:13.741 Race review Lap times
 14-17 JuniorsMilo AMBORD-3 laps2 Race review Lap times
 18-34Michael HUMPAL-2 laps10 Race review Lap times
 35-44Ron STAWICKI-2 laps10 Race review Lap times
 45-54Mike BUDD2:14:14.814 Race review Lap times
 55 plusMark SCOTCH-3 laps4 Race review Lap times