Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nitro Time!

Today is opening day of the biggest drag race in the world. The Big Go is one of it's nicknames. It's in Indianapolis.Indiana. Final eliminations are on Labor day. Check it out on ESPN2.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Post Irene Ride

I went for a spin Monday after work to check out some of the damage from Irene. Even though there had been almost a full day of clean up, I was still able to find plenty of damage around town. It was really strange, I could ride a half mile and not see any damage,then the next half mile would be total disaster. Click on Post Irene Ride to view it in Garmin Connect. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Latest tracking info,Saturday,4:00pm.

Latest radar,Saturday,4:00pm.

Looks like this Sunday we're going to get slammed by hurricane Irene. There's still time for her to change her track, but right now it doesn't look too good.Living in Rhode Island (the ocean state) there's a lot of land bordered by the ocean and high tide is going be at the same time as Irene hits us. Their expecting the tidal surge to be extremely high. There could be a lot of coastal damage.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday Night Ride

 I could swear the wind on today's ride, is the leading edge of the hurricane that may hit us this weekend. Every street I turned onto seemed to have a head wind. I got no relief from the wind at all, even with all the tree cover around here. Other than that, it was a nice day to ride, with temps in the mid 70's.
Wednesday Night Ride by paulmnbw at Garmin Connect - Details

Shimano CS-HG-61 Cassette

This gets me all warm and excited inside. I know what your thinking, how can a part for a bicycle put me in such a state? Well,as I get older and since I've gone through my back injury,I've been looking for anything that can make my bicycling easier.This new cassette is a good start,it has a whopping 36 tooth cog!This will make my life easier climbing those hills, you know,the ones that seem to get harder every year.It will replace my cassette that has a 34 tooth cog.Yeah baby,I wanted it and I bought it! Click on the link above and check out other cool bike stuff.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Night Ride

 It was a beautiful day for a ride, 72 degree's and sunny, felt like Fall instead of Summer.I'm always stiff, after I have done a long ride a few days before and today was no different. That first ride after a long one is always a tuff one for me.

Their still repairing bridges around here from the flood last year.

This one too.

Tuesday Night Ride by paulmnbw at Garmin Connect - Details

Saturday, August 20, 2011

India Point/Blackstone Ride

Blackstone Blvd.

Farmers Market.

Going through Pawtucket.

This is where Barbara works.

Finally on the bike path.

Our first rest stop.

End of bike path in Woonsocket.

India Park bridge over RT195.
 This was one of those rare days where John and I were able to get together for a ride. We decided to keep it easy and take in the Blackstone bike path via India Point park.We started in cloudy,humid weather at 8:00 from India Point and headed for the new sharrowed roads on the East Side of Providence. Our biggest obstacle was going to be the construction of the new Pawtucket bridge on RT95. We had to detour around all the construction going both ways. Then it was easy riding the rest of the way on the bike path. The skies opened up with rain,just as we were finishing the ride.
India Point/Blackstone Ride by paulmnbw at Garmin Connect - Details

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tests Came Back Negative

Three stages of the black-legged tick,Ixodes scapularis also known as the deer tick. Within the fish hook (the largest specimen) is the female I. scapularis (upper left), below her is a male and directly in front of the female are two nymphal deer ticks. Nymphs are thought to be responsible for most human Lyme cases due to their small size and because they are active in April, May, and June, In the Northeastern US, the male and female are active in the Fall. The largest tick in view (outside the hook) is a female American dog tick, Dermacentor variablis, which is shown for comparison. A ruler (in 16ths of an inch increments) is on the top. The fish hook is a #8 for those familiar with sizes. Ixodes scapularis can transmit Borrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme spirochete), Babesia microti (the causative agent of babesiosis) and the causative agent of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, HGE. The American dog tick does not play a role in the ecology of Lyme disease. Photo by Jim Occi
I talked to my doctor today and my blood tests came back negative for Lyme and another disease he tested me for. I also finished my Antibiotics today so we'll see if my symptoms come back. A lot of times the Lyme test comes back negative, even when you have it.

Nitro Time!

This weekends race is in Brainerd, MI. Check it out on ESPN2.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Night Ride

 It was a nice day for a ride,low humidity and sunny. I was a little worried how my knee would feel,it's been giving me trouble lately. It felt ok, so that was a relief,legs were a little weak at the beginning but they came around later.
Wednesday Night Ride by paulmnbw at Garmin Connect - Details

Saturday, August 13, 2011

NBW Tom & Pat's Ride

Johnson's pond, I've fished a lot of Bass tournaments on this lake.

Our arrowers always do a great job arrowing the club rides.

I always look forward to going by this house with their great sculptures.

The ride took me by my daughter Jennifer's store, it's getting a major renovation.
This was my first ride since I've been sick and I still have another week to go on my antibiotics. My doctor is still waiting on the test results, so I'm in limbo here, waiting to find out what I have. I've done the long version of this ride a bunch of times, but never the 25 miler. It was hilly like the longer version and has some of the great down hills where I hit almost 44 mph today. I felt weak and tired at the end of the ride, but I did it.
NBW Tom & Pat's Ride by paulmnbw at Garmin Connect - Details