July 14, 2019

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Spanish moss and mountain bikes, I camped and raced at Poinsett State Park in the Spring but it was fun just riding the trails, completing the South Carolina trifecta, Harbison State Forest, FATS and Poinsett State Park a great weekend of riding.

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While waiting to see where I was riding, I decided to figure out why I was flatting so much… looks like a hard hit to the rim at some point, I did bend it back.

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After riding I decided to explore the dirt roads in the Manchester State Forest for a while.

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July 13, 2019

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So happy to wake up in my Flippac again after it broke a couple of weeks ago!

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Ride #2 FATS (Fayetteville Area Triathlon Society) visit FATS (Forks Area Trail System) ride was cut short after I double flatted, used 3 CO2 cartridges, 2 tubes, 2 patches and a CX tube to get out. Great trails and I had a blast on Great Wall and Skinny Loops

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An afternoon and evening at Bill and Shanda’s, low country boil, swimming in the rain and an evening boat ride for Purple Martins (if we had enough gas in the boat)

July 10, 2019

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A big day…. Sam enters UNC Chapel Hill

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This was not a pretty dorm room! Luckily she only has to spend 1 night here!

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official!

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After breakfast with Sam as she waited for stuff to start, I rode a new trail system for me, Brumley Nature Preserve in Chapel Hill. Just like when Steph went to Kent State, I will get a ride in when picking up/dropping off. This is a flowy and fast system and a lot of fun!

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Dinner – lettuce wrapped lamb burger…. I may have missed some important carbs today! My USTA singles match went 2.5 hours in 90 plus degrees, I won 7-6 and 7-5 to remain undefeated this summer, but it hurt.

July 9, 2019

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This was a “reach into the hurt locker” ride. I did my Reedy Fork & Blue Heron out and back with the goal of negative splitting the ride. I wanted to push the pace a little at the start, I normally average just over 9mph…. opps 11.2. That meant the negative split was going to hurt, it did, average 11.4 on the return.

July 7, 2019

Day 2 of FlipPac repair! To do: install new hinges and torsion bar, seal hinge openings, fiberglass repair the holes we drilled in the back, remount on truck. Success! Thanks again to James Hays and Elizabeth Collins I would have never been able to do the repair without them! Video

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After we finished it was time to go swim and cool off!

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Swimming hole at Jumping Off Rock in Uwharrie National Forest

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My Taco is topless, first time in 5 years or so. I love the look but can’t wait to get my adventure truck back today!

July 6, 2019

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FlipPac repair Day – goal one remove torsion bar and 4 old hinges

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At the end of the day we were successful – but it required drilling holes in the back and using a 10 foot rebar to drive them out – video/timelapse here

Thanks James and Elizabeth for driving 5 hours to come help me! I could not have done this without y’all!