I spent most of this long weekend in Georgia and Tennessee for Thanksgiving with Dara’s family. Had a chance to ride the trails at Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga. The trail system is built around this huge reservoir.
Did 19.3 miles of trails before checking where I was on the map to make sure I could get to my car before dark, and I was on the completely opposite corner of the trail network and ended up taking the road 3 miles back to the car. I think I hit most of the trails, but it’s hard to tell because unlike the Charlotte area trails I’ve become accustomed to, they are bi-directional and don’t have a main loop trail with extensions shooting off of it, so I did some sections of trail multiple times and sometimes in both directions (partly because not all intersections are marked well and I was feeling a bit adventurous).
The views were gorgeous but my little bit of GoPro footage was not, as everything just looked brown. Some sections of trail (particularly the Megawatt Trail) had so much leaf cover over the roots and rocks that I had to ride much more cautiously than I would have if it were mid-summer.
Still had a blast and I can’t wait to go there again!
Went to my lawyer’s office today to discuss a settlement demand (finally!) and they recently had this sweet custom table installed in their board/meeting room.
I won’t go over specifics, but they had a lot of good news today that puts things in my favor. I’m excited and feeling much better about it than I was before. There’s a chance it can all be said and done by the end of the year, but I won’t get my hopes up. Hopefully by January at the latest it’ll all be over with.
After accepting that the copy I bought on eBay was never coming and starting a dispute on eBay, I decided to pay the few extra bucks on Amazon. Today I both got a refund via Paypal and got this in the mail from Amazon. Woo!
I’ve seen it before, but Dara hasn’t, so I figured she’d need to see it in [almost] HD glory on the TV instead of the terrible pirated TV rips I first saw it on.
It’s business, it’s business tiiiiiiimmme….
Helps to work with some guys who are from Asheville. A coworker’s mom picked this up for me last week at the release party last week. Judging by how hard this beer was to find last winter in Charlotte, I wouldn’t be surprised (but would still be disappointed) if this is the only case I get my hands on this year.
After trying to follow up an eBay seller asking where the hell the DVD boxset I bought is (even though I haven’t gotten a response from a previous message), I decided to check out their feedback. Ummmmmm….
Needless to say, eBay dispute case opened.
Huuuge downed tree on the trails today at Sherman Branch. Trunk was completely hollow, probably 4’ or 5’ in diameter.
Also had a crash on the trail where I faceplanted for the first time ever. I think my beard actually protected my chin from getting cut up.
Based on my last two posts, it would seem my life is shitty and boring and nothing happens except stupid people making my bicycle commutes to and from work horrible. That’s not so! (Although I had a right hook scare this morning, but aaaaaanywayyyyy…)
We had breakfast for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I’m not actively trying to be on a vegetarian diet, although Dara and I end up eating vegetarian meals probably 2/3 of the time, but when I eat meat I make it worth it.
I started building a guitar about two weeks ago. Buying more wood for it this weekend and I have some hardware and tools coming in the mail. I plan on posting about that a bit to log my progress. And maybe some mountain biking will happen too; that poor bike has been neglected since I started commuting again. My life is interesting, I swear.
Since Daylight Savings Time last week, all my morning commutes are now in broad daylight and my evening commutes are dark by the time I get home (although the sun is only halfway down when I leave work this early into the fall/winter).
This afternoon in particular I saw quite a lot of cars driving with no lights on, or parking lights on, and I couldn’t believe the stupidity. And at one point I was behind a cyclist who had a taillight on the top of his backpack (very common for cyclists with backpacks, unfortunately, in my experience) so that when in riding position it’s either barely or not at all visible, and seeing that poorly positioned light reminded me of all the terrible decisions cyclists seem to make about either light choices or, more commonly, light placement.
As I’m almost home and about to turn into my street before a car coming towards me (I had plenty of time), I suddenly see reflections of the side of two people on bicycles without lights. Wearing black. Without front reflectors. And from what I could tell after they passed me on my look back towards them, no rear reflectors either.
It really just blows my mind how fucking stupid people are. If it hadn’t been for that car behind them, I would have crashed into them (or crashed trying to avoid them) since my headlight unfortunately does not have a wide spread. And, you know, the whole they’re wearing black and don’t have reflectors thing. Or, heaven forbid, that car wasn’t paying attention to well. They’d be toast.