Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today - A good day spent outdoors. Happy Trails!

After biking to work our youngest and I took a spin around Holmes Lake reminiscent of my first blog post 3 1/2 years ago. It was a great day to be outdoors, but, then again, most are. I followed it with a ride up the hill giving me 27.3 miles for the day and bringing my 2012 total to 1,067.74 miles so far.

This is my 1,000th post on the Nebraska Outdoor Addict blog and it's a fitting time to wrap it up. Loyal readers have followed me on hundreds of rides totaling 13,657.12 miles. As well as lots of other outdoor adventures. The NOA blog has had 35,000 unique hits to date, and I'm encouraged and flattered by each one.

I'll continue to spend as much time outdoors as posable in the years to come and hope you will too. As my old cycling pal Scott said on the Nacho Ride, "It's not the end, it's just a new beginning." Well put. Thanks again for all the support and encouragement. And a special thanks to all my friends and my wonderful family.

Here's hoping to see you outdoors!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The last Nacho Ride for the Nebraska Outdoor Addict.

A few NOA blog fans and I met up at the Mopac trailhead for a ride to Eagle last night. Technically, the trail is still closed due to the drought cracks that'll eat a bike wheel, but we went anyway. And anything besides a Nacho Ride wouldn't seem like the right way to celebrate.

It was a fun group with Tony, James, James, Patches, Terri (rockin new wheels) Jon, & Scott. 4 of the 8 of us got flats, there were stickers everywhere. I thought for a minute James was going to toss his wheel into the trees out of frustration. Toward the end I had the honor of running into former cyclist Counsel who was running on foot (wth?) with Christa. He claimed he was training for a 1/2 Ironman.

It was a great time as always and good to see everyone again. The Nacho Ride along with a trip up the hill the other day and some other piddling around I'd done in the neighborhood gives me another 26.6 miles.

Monday, September 17, 2012


Just get a ride in every chance you get. Over the weekend I took a couple of short rides up the hill totaling 9.1 miles.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cooling down.

It's not near as hot as it has been and I'm loving it! I took the Felt to the office and back today tacking on another 21.1 miles.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Union Plaza Dedication.

Tonight was the dedication of Lincoln Parks and Rec's new Union Plaza.

Union Plaza is a 3 block long city park in the Antelope Valley Project. Mayor Beutler was on hand as well as reps from the Parks Dept, Union Bank and others who were instrumental in the creation of Lincoln's newest park.

Besides the dedication and recognition of those involved, there were booths, prizes, food, crafts, music and more.

I had a chance to see a lot of old biking friends and it was a great night to get out on the trails. Afterward I pedaled to a meeting on 56th St before going home giving me 14.2 miles this evening.

Cycling should never be a pain.

Over the last few months I've had a stiff neck/shoulder the night and next morning after a ride. Since the pain didn't come on till hours later it took awhile to even figure out it had something to do with biking.

We started wondering if it had something to do with my Trek FX 7.6, on Tuesday I took it for a spin around the South Pointe loop, sure enough, by bedtime I was sore.

Today I did the exact same route on the Felt and... no pain! Well, at least I've got it narrowed down. I've got some kind of a fit issue with my Trek I'll have to get solved. At least it's not just old age. Those two rides plus a trip up the hill over the weekend give me 20.3 miles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Perfect conditions.

This mornings work commute was cool with no wind and the trip home was in the mid-80's with a strong tailwind out of the north. What luck! Today's miles = 21.1

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A dry summer.

My bike rides have been as few and far between as the rain storms this summer. The NRD has closed the rail-trails outside Lincoln due to the bike tire width sized drought cracks on the paths. The other day I took a spin over to Holmes Lake to find the water level way below normal. I also took a trip up the hill over the weekend and rode to work today adding up to 38.7 miles lately.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A fast summer.

I've been getting out there some, not near as much as I should, but even though I haven't been blogging, I have gotten some rides in. Summer is slipping away and my mileage is way down but the time I've spent on the bike has been great.

I've rode to the office several times, a group of us went to the screening of Reveal The Path at the Sheldon, the Nacho Ride last week and lots of trips up the hill. All told I racked up 159.3 miles since my last post.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A new short cut and more miles.

Our youngest is taking classes this month at Northstar High School so I rode with him there before going to work this morning.
On the way home we found a couple of guys prepping to pour a short cut connector trail where a dirt path had been worn in the grass where the John Dietrich connects to Holdrege street.
I made several trips up the hill since my last post getting me 13.2 miles and today's commute was 29.5 miles, for a total of 42.7 miles.
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