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Biking recap for September 2014

My September Bicycling Accomplishments

  • Not much a month to write home about,1 as I biked only 144 miles. I biked that low mileage even though this is BTA Bike Commute Challenge month.2 I got sick at the beginning of the month, working from home for much of a week and then I took a week’s vacation without my bike. That probably explains why my distance was about half what I would have expected.
  • I have biked 2,274 miles so far in 2014. At this rate, I will get 3,032 miles for the entire year. Assuming I don’t get sick or take more long vacations without a bike (not likely), I should hit 3,000 miles.
  • I didn’t even take many pictures on my bike rides in September. Here are the only two I took on a bike ride, one from this morning and the blood donation picture stretches the category:

Mileage Summary

Distance Time / Bike
144 Biked in September3
2,274 Biked in 20144
4,127 Biked on Sage5

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!


  1. And yet, I will… ;-) 
  2. I just got razzed by one of my teammates for my pitiful performance. :-D 
  3. 4,196 – 4,052 
  4. 4,052 – 1,922 
  5. 4,052 + 75 

Firechat — A tool for the digital citizen

Firechat appears to be another useful tool for the digital citizen during civil unrest.

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The Fireside Marquee

We dropped by NW 23rd, celebrating Ashley’s recent birthday with desserts at Papa Haydn. Waiting for a table for seven, we wandered a while and I snapped some shots. Fireside’s marquee, with its neon accents and witty epigram, won the evening.1


  1. Rethinking, I would award the win to the hazelnut huckleberry cheesecake I enjoyed for dessert. Mmm… :-) 

Hobie 14 Pitchpole

pitchpole

The boat in the video1 reminds me of the 14 I used to have and the customizations I did to it: double-grommeted trampoline with larger diameter shock cord, dolphin striker, trapeze, and non-skid on the side rails. It was awesome!

The pitchpole reminds me of a beautiful morning many years ago, screaming across Eagle Lake on the trapeze in freshening winds before the chop had built up. Increasing winds must have pushed the leeward bow under the water because the next thing I knew, I was swinging out in front of the mast, my mass pulling the cat turtle in no time flat. And it was then that I was glad my trapeze hook had the opening at the bottom.

I’ll never understand why Hobie stopped selling the 14. It’s the first catamaran Hobart designed and his best. RIP, Hobie.


  1. Following a chain of YouTube videos starting with my prior post resulted in this Hobie 14 video