Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I decided to focus all of my energy and vacation days into the NUMB Ride for Hunger (http://www.numbride.org ) this year, and 7 others from our company cycling group will be joining me in Ogallala for this ride on June 27-July 1. If I can train my wife, Gayle, how to update this blog, I will be sending photos and updates back to her for posting.
Here are a few photos from last year's BRAN: http://www.wb0dgf.com/cycling.htm
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
LB134 sounds like blackmail to me. "If you don't stop this trail, we will take away your power!"
Although I want to see this trail completed sometime in my lifetime, I'm not sure that taking away good farmland is the best option. It is too bad that the NRD can't find a compromise that is acceptable to all parties. What might work is improving or widening the shoulders on Nebr. Hwy 1 north of Elmwood and creating new shoulders on 310th Street north of Murdock along with new signage. However, the NRD can't do this. It would have to come from the State Dept. of Transportation or through the Unicameral. Is anyone willing to do this?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Above is a short video from today's ride showing Cindy, Linda and Liz going through the tunnel on the Billy Wolff Trail at 48th St. We had near perfect weather and a good turnout today. Our route started at the Children's Zoo and took us to Holmes Lake and back. Besides Cindy, Linda and Liz, we had Steve and Barbara, their 2 children, and Zak, Sandy and Caitlin.
Saturday's ride on the Sertoma Oak Creek routes was almost a freeze-out, literally. Jim, Dave, Kerri and Shirley rode the 39 mile route into a very strong, very cold north wind. Kerri said that over the first 8 miles, they averaged 8 mph! I wasn't able to make this ride due to a 2mm kidney stone that the ER doc's found in me Friday night.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Commuting tips for Bike to Work week:
National Bike to Work Week starts Monday:
Saturday, May 9, 2009
We had a nice 52 mile ride this morning south of Lincoln. This was one of our BRAN-NUMB training rides. All participants will be going to Ogalalla in June for the 250 mile 4 day NUMB Ride for Hunger. Brad, Spencer, Dave and I jumped out ahead and Steve and Shirley (on her new Giant) caught up with us at the Firth turn-off. Steve and Shirley planned to ride only 40 miles today. We started out in 47 degree temps, but it warmed up to near 60 by 1:30 when we got back to Bennet. However, we did have 10-15 mph north winds and lots and lots of hills on this route today. Good practice for the hills to come! There was a couple of scary parts of the ride, though. Some lady in a Jaguar decided to pass a semi on the westerly leg between Adams and Courtland. Both vehicles were coming straight toward Dave and I on a road without shoulders. Luckily she squeezed past us, and no one was hurt. Another episode was on the stretch east of Roca. Brad, Spence and I heard this very loud screech as a car came to an abrupt stop after cresting a hill and seeing cyclists in front of them. We were all single file near the white line. Again, no one got hurt on this ride. However, you might want to ask Kerri about her crash on Thursday evening.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Here are a couple more photos taken at Tuesday's NACHO Ride to Eagle's One Eye'd Dog Saloon. The top photo shows a the Cinco de Majo riders in sombreros. They told us that they rode all the way from 84th St. with them on! Too bad the wind wasn't at their backs, they could have used them as sails. More photos of these guys are on the Folks From Lincoln blog, the Outdooraddict blog and the Nachoride website. The bottom photo is of our company cycling group and family members. You will see us again next month! For more info on the NACHO Ride, check out www.nachoride.com.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here is a little video that I shot with my Olympus FE-20 camera while at last night's NACHO Ride to the One Eye'd Dog Saloon in Eagle. Everyone was having way too much fun! As John mentions on the video, he did have a flat tire about 1 mile out of Eagle. He and Cindy walked the remaining distance to Eagle. The 75 cent tacos and cheap nachos were very tasty! About 30 people took advantage of this last night. I even got to meet Mr. Outdoor Addict (see his excellent blog site on the sidebar) More still photos tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Here are some shots of the full Marathon winner (Matt Dewald) as he approaches Holmes Lake on Normal (bottom photo) and as he enters the park (top photo). I liked Matt's comments in the Lincoln Journal Star about the cyclists who accompanied him, "The cops were great, the guy riding a bike alongside was phenomenal and this city made me feel like running my best." I assume that he was talking about one of the cyclists in front of me, as I was behind Matt most of the time.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here are a few photos taken from the handlebar of my bike during this morning's Lincoln Marathon. The runners that you see in these photos only did the Half-Marathon instead of the full 26.6 mile full Marathon. They looked like they should have gone all the way, as they were about 5 to 6 minutes ahead of the guy who actually won the full Marathon (#4). Most of my equipment on the bike functioned well, however the APRS did not produce as many tracking points as last year. I may need to improve my APRS antenna for next year. Voice worked very well - the only problem I had was that the keyboard lock on the radio failed and I had to re-enter the correct memory channel a couple times. Things get bumped a lot on the bike so you have to lock things down to keep them from shifting during a long ride. More photos tomorrow.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Here are some shots of the Ham radio equipment I will be installing on my bike tonight. Besides voice communication on 146 MHz (2 meter voice radio not shown), I have APRS on the back of the bike. APRS stands for Automatic Position Reporting System. Once the little box on the top tube is programmed from a computer serial port, it is ready to send out my call-sign and GPS data every 2 minutes along the Lincoln Marathon route. You can see the GPS "hockey puck" mounted on the left fork. The radio on the rack is a Yaesu FT-60R (5 watts out). This transmits into the 1/4 wave antenna mounted off the back of the rack. If you want to follow along, the GPS data can be viewed on the web in almost real time. Here are links to some online tracking websites: