Morning at camp
Deer eat grass in the water in front of our campsite
The grand kids like the Flippac
As my mom prepares, she asked her vet for a box they use for pets, so she can use it after she is cremated. Funny story, while at the funeral home, she kept saying, she wants to be cremated in a cardboard box, the elderly woman helping her kept cringing while correcting my mom, calling it an alternative cremation vessel (or something like that)
My brother took the boat across Lake Murray to join us for dinner so a sunset cruise was called for.
Pongo turned 200,000 miles today
I did pull over this time.
Almost stock and JD driving.
JD didn’t leave Pongo stock long and make a couple trips west. Notice ARB front bumper and stock rear bumper.
Then front bumper was replaced with a CBI bumper
Then one day, JD and I were having lunch and he mentioned he was selling Pongo, we ate without talking about it much (we both always talk about what is the perfect vehicle for our hobbies) but as we left, I asked if he was serious and what was he thinking of for a price…. he was and I had a deal within an hour after checking with my CFO.
and I got to finally make my trip west last summer.
Deb and I escaped for the day, went to Shelby to find her favorite beer, then hiked at Crowders Mountain State Park. Charlotte skyline.
I watched some climbers
Then we spent the night camping in the Uwharrie National Forest. Pie Iron Apple Pies
When we took out yesterday, a fisherman asked if we were scared in kayaks with all the alligators… we of course said no and decided we needed to find them. We switched sides of Lake Marion and put in at the Sparkleberry Swamp Landing in the Santee National Wildlife Refugee. With a name like Sparkleberry Swamp it must have alligators.
And I spotted one, normally James and Elizabeth see everything first, but not today.
We argued about it’s size (the men thought it was bigger, like always?) but look at the tail, and that isn’t the end, it’s eyes are in the small water opening on the left side of frame. I still say it was over 12 feet.
The swamp doesn’t open up that way Beth let us know.
After an evening around a fire and Long Island Ice Teas, James and Beth decided the Flippac needed their Aurora Borealis Light. It works great in the tent, but too bright to sleep under.
Front yard visitors are the best! So glad James and Elizabeth are able to visit for the weekend on their way south, or east…. wait maybe it was west. (But not north)
Took advantage of a rainy day to make video #10 of my summer road trip. Click to Watch
Good morning, sunrise and 27 degrees, for some reason, I enjoy winter camping, even at race sites.
NCCX UCI Hendersonville Day 2: After yesterday’s 4th spot, I committed to going for a podium, call up, whistle and I shoot out for the lead, in fact I lead over half the first lap. There was a new guy today from California and he got a call up, so I knew he was fast, he went around and I got off my line, lost a couple more spots and realized I had burned a few too many matches on the hole shot, I tried to recover but never came around, crashed again at the barriers and limped home in 9th.
There were several very greasy spots, including the tight shot of the Brevard rider caught in the posts… he was stuck and said he didn’t know how to get out, I reached out to help and he said, take the picture… lol, he had no idea I had the picture before I offered to help ; )
This hill climb got worse after my race, I was able to ride it each lap, but it looked much worse a couple hours later,