Month: February 2017

Feb. 18, 2017

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The inaugural Mayodan Mountain Bike Classic. 

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I was happy with my race. I entered the woods in 5th place and was right with 4th until one of the bigger rock gardens, I didn’t pick a good line and was launched from the bike.

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Luckily I landed on my feet and started the hunt again, this picture is when I caught 4th on the dam.

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On the podium!

I was able to ride away and rode hard the last lap, catching 3rd riding home a very low pressure tire.

My laps times: 19:17, 18:50, 18:49 and 18:18 – negative split each lap to finish 3:23 behind the winner! My first MTB race in over a year and the first on the Scott Scale!

Feb. 11, 2017

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Hike #7 of #52hikechallenge

Back to Eno River State Park to hit the trails I missed last week. What a difference 7 days and 20 degrees make, the park was packed. At least until we got to the trails furthest from the parking lot and then we had  place to ourselves.

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We came across this 1800s cabin and a woman walking around it. She shared that her grandparents (Coles) lived in the home and she visits before it completely collapses.

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It’s getting closer….

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The construction was very cool, originally it looks like it was a log cabin (look at those joints – are they simple dovetails?) that was sided later. There is no trace the cabin ever had electricity.

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Not far up the trail is another cabin. We asked a park ranger and he said it was for a spinster sister.

 

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bigger gaps in the logs.

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Chivalry is not dead….

Total 7 miles: Buckquarter Creek, Ridge, Shakori and Holden Mill, Eno Trace Trails.

Feb. 10, 2017 Snow Moon

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A full moon in February is called a snow moon. Adding to the excitement  was a lunar eclipse – not an awesome total eclipse. but the moon passes through enough shadow (called the penumbra) to create a noticeable darkening on the left side – this photo is the peak.

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I spent some time looking for a foreground…

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but with a 500mm Mirror lens, the moon was not big enough for the depth of field to work…

Feb. 10, 2017

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Not my week for tow truck drivers. I tell him, there is a yellow bucket in the front yard, leave it next to it (see the gravel parking spot?)

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The yellow bucket was really covering a fence post driven 3 feet into the ground as a tie down for the old awning… so he unloads the Cruiser over the bucket (and steel post) ripping off my mud flap… WTF, you had one job!