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Blue Ridge Breakaway – 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm
Blue Ridge Breakaway – 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm

The reader may recall that last year the author had a less than perfect experience at the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a mountainous century ride held annually in the area of Waynesville, NC around the second weekend of August. This ride features over 12,000 feet or climbing and traverses a 27 mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, featuring an unlighted

Lost a Good Friend – Rick Groth
Lost a Good Friend – Rick Groth

One of my long time friends passed away this week. I begin to see one of the horrible downsides of growing old. I’ve lost so many friends, family members and close acquaintances recently … Richard Groth, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday night, July 30th at the age of 50. Rick was my boss when I was Chief Pilot at

The Mother’s Day I Dreaded
The Mother’s Day I Dreaded

It’s Mother’s Day, 2015. I sit alone in my mom’s house, typing this from her computer. Mom left us just over a week ago. She was 81. I hadn’t had the closest relationship with her most of my life but she was my only surviving parent, since Dad left us in 2004. I attended the funeral service, cried, attended the

Sports in 2014 – Updates

Our club has set a goal to “Race to the Moon” in 2014, that is, run, ride and swim a combined total of 240,000 miles. We probably won’t make it, or even come close but it’s fun to do it anyway! Since I completed most of my lifelong exercise goals in 2013, I don’t have a whole lot left. I

From Couch to Marathon in 35 years
From Couch to Marathon in 35 years

At the age of 21, long distance running was not part of my fitness plan. Sure I had to run for some of the HS and college sports I played, but nothing more than a mile at a time. 35 years later, I am wide awake at 4am, the morning after I completed my first marathon. When I started distance

Bucket List Ride
Bucket List Ride

Growing up in Central NY, my family used to sail every weekend at the Otsego Sailing Club (OSC). It was a passion of mine for years, as I became competitive and eventually had a side business making sails and selling racing accessories. Several times, some of the other younger members of the club would ride their bikes down to the

Sports in 2013 – Updates
Sports in 2013 – Updates

In my continuing battle to keep at a reasonable weight, stay in shape and enjoy life, the outdoor sports of running, cycling and swimming have taken center stage. After a reasonably successful year of cycling accomplishments in 2012 I decided this would be the year of the Triathlon, and maybe even some running events (half marathon? marathon?). Also, more focus

Gracie Wins an Art Contest
Gracie Wins an Art Contest

My daughter Grace entered a “table art” contest at a restaurant in upstate NY when we visited in November. Symeon’s, a Greek restaurant that I have loved for years, was having a contest to see who could draw and create art on the table cloths. Grace, who is showing some potential as an artist, drew this dragon on the table

Horrible Hundred 2012
Horrible Hundred 2012

Last year, my goal at the Horrible Hundred was to finish. I didn’t quite achieve that goal. I made it to Sugarloaf Mountain and found myself walking up the infamous hill. At the top I found a shortcut back home and ended up with 95 miles. This year, after a successful Six Gap under my belt, I was not really

Six Gap Century Ride 2012
Six Gap Century Ride 2012

Before I tell you about Six Gap this year, let me share some history. Last fall, September 2011, at the last minute, Kathleen and I decided to head up to Dahlonega, GA for an event known as “Six Gap / Three Gap”. The official name of the event is the “Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty Ride”. Here is