Triumphant ride into Manahawkin..

Maybe one of the last Tour De France blogs for this year. Today was the final day the Map My Ride (an app for your phone) Tour De France Challenge.  The challenge, if you have been just clicking Like and not reading (just kidding), has been to ride your bike for at least 20 minutes each day the riders in the Tour De France ride their bikes.  I completed the challenge this morning at 8:55 am. That noise you heard was the cheering throngs lining Lime Guy Bouvard cheering me on to the finish. The reality was quite different (as it usually is). I did finish my nearly 25 mile ride this morning around 8:55 am, but there was nobody home except for my DW. The neighbors were hiding behind their air conditioning. A quiet morning in the neighborhood.

I finished the challenge having ridden 306 miles in 23 rides. Out of 24,956 participants, I am ranked number 2939!  Not bad to a 53-year-old man who could stand to lose a few pounds.  It was a lot of work. There were lots of mornings at 5:51 am when the alarm went off that I wanted to roll over. Now what? I will ride less frequently, but the health benefits should continue.  And, it has not rained here in Manahawkin in the morning since at least June 29 th!

Children, where are they today? Funny that you should ask. Let’s see, DS1 is in Philadelphia with a childhood friend after spending Saturday in NYC at a concert on Governor’s Island.  He is scheduled to come home after work tomorrow. DS2 is on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his girlfriend and her family. They had a very long drive from the Jersey shore to Cape Hatteras yesterday. I’m glad I was not in the car. DS3 is on the train from New York’s Penn Station to Long Branch, NJ. He spent the day in NYC with his girlfriend. She lives out on Long Island, so the city is a good central place for them to meet.

My DW went to yoga this morning.  I took a short nap after riding while she went to class. Then we went grocery shopping. See, the Lime Guy life is not all glamour and Hollywood parties! I worked in the garden this afternoon harvesting a 5 gal bucket of tomatoes and cucumbers. Most of the tomatoes got ground up for sauce and frozen for the winter. I will probably be bringing cucumbers into work to give away this week.

The boardwalk in Seaside Heights is open! Really. We went there Friday night and there were not many people. Get out while you can, summer is going to pass you by!

Here are a few pictures with captions.  Enjoy, and thanks for reading..  Who needs PRISM? Just read the blog, dude!




Hiding in plain sight..

Summer time and the living is easy.. Isn’t that a line from a song?  A quick Google search turns up that the song is called Summer Time by George Gershwin.  It is actually listed in Wikipedia as an   aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.  Thank you to the good people at Wikipedia for the copy and paste! 

Easy? Maybe not. With the heat over the last week or so here on the East Coast of North America we have been hiding in plain sight. Indoors with the a/c running. Watering the plants and hiding from the mosquitos. I have continued my Map My Ride Tour De France challenge, riding my bike each day. I am certainly missing that hour of sleep between 5:50 am and 7:05 am that has been sacrificed to the challenge.  Five or so more days to the tour and the challenge. After that? I will probably skip a day here and there but hopefully continue to ride.

Other notable goings on here in NJ..

  • DS1 has joined the Dark Side trading in his Black Berry Curve for an iPhone 4S. The Black Berry was pretty beat up.
  • DS2 is going on vacation to the Outer Banks with his GF and her family. They are stopping here for dinner Friday night.
  • DS3 continues to work, his finger is getting better. In another week he should be able to carry on without a bandage
  • Student loans are in the works for another school year, I won’t miss the mid-July student loan stress once they are all done with college.
  • Next weekend I will be traveling to Millerton, NY for the Harlem Valley Bike Ride.  40 miles on the valley floor with “no significant elevation changes” We’ll see how that works out.
  • Looking to go to Annapolis for the Bayhawks professional lacrosse game on August 3.
  • DW took a hot yoga class Monday night. When I got home from lacrosse her face was ruby-red. I thought she had been crying, not the case. Just overheated.
  • I scored on goal during Monday night lacrosse.

We went to a car show at a local watering hole after dinner tonight. Here are a few pictures from that visit.  Enjoy and thanks for reading!



Trying to fool the Grim Reaper..

Grim Reaper, Father Time – whatever name you might give to getting older and slowing down. Well, not this past week or this week so far.

  • Monday, June 24, played 80 minutes of lacrosse – no goals, one assist
  • Tuesday, June 25, yoga – we also met a bee keeper and learned about bee colony failure
  • Wednesday, June 25, 3.5 mile bike ride after dropping the van off at the mechanic. Oh, 649.00 dollars and three days later the van was back running again
  • Thursday, June 27, my birthday, rode my bike 35 miles
  • Friday, June 28, drank beer – I needed the carbohydrates
  • Saturday, June 29, rode my bike 13.5 miles
  • Sunday, June 30, rode my bike 35 miles
  • Monday, July 1, rode 1 mile (really) and played 80 minutes of lacrosse scoring two goals
  • Tuesday,  July 2, rode 7.3 miles at lunch time  and did an hour of yoga with my DW tonight

It’s been a busy week for sure. The Map My Ride app that I have on my phone is running a Tour De France challenge this month. The challenge is to ride your bike everyday that the guys on the tour ride their bikes.  That is why I rode a mile yesterday, just to keep up with the challenge.  The rest of the week will be crazy with the 4 th of July holiday.  I hope to get out each day and get some miles under my belt.

Did I ever mention that my job gets in the way of my personal life?  LOL!

Thanks for reading!  And thank you to all the Facebook and Twitter people that wished me a Happy Birthday last week.

Here are a few pictures with captions.  Enjoy!


Discover Hudson Valley 2013..

Sunday I rode my bike in the Discover Hudson Valley 2013 bike ride.  There were several distances that you could choose to ride. They were 15, 33, 50, 75 and 100 miles. I decided that the 33 mile ride would be in my distance ability. I read the brochure and was unsure of my ability to complete the course due to the total elevation change listed on the website for the 33 mile ride.  I finally decided Sunday morning to “just do it” and stop analyzing the ride before I ever got on the bike. I was up at 5 am and on the road by 5:45 am. The ride started in Poughkeepsie, NY which is 162 miles (uphill) from where I live on the Jersey Shore.

I was there and checked in on time to start the ride at 9 am when the 33 mile riders were supposed to depart. The big departure was more of a “go when you want” as opposed to everybody lining up and rolling at the same time. The ride festival and check in were held in a park alongside the Hudson River. Straight above the park site was the Walkway Over the Hudson. This is a pedestrian bridge that used to be a train bridge. Their website can be found here.  The views off the bridge were amazing.  We rode across the bridge and back as part of our 33 mile ride.

There were three rest areas spread out over the course of the ride. The number of hills seemed (and still seems) disproportionate to the downhills.  That is not physically possible since we started alongside the river and finished alongside the river.  There were many gently rolling hills to be conquered and a few steep downhills to be enjoyed.  I got back to the river in 3.5 hours and got my shirt (the real reason to ride, besides the story) and headed back to my van (about a mile away – yes, uphill). As I sat on the back bumper of my bike enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it started to rain. I lucked out for sure. Of the 1600 plus riders, I would guess most of them were still out on the roads.

At the festival they had a smoothie tent set up where you (the rider/participant) could make a banana, strawberry and orange juice smoothie (no rum that I could see). The only catch was that the park did not have electricity. To run the blender you had to pedal the stationary bike to generate electricity to run the blender. I passed. 

I have an app on my phone called Map My Ride which tracks speed, elevation and other stuff during  a bike ride.  Here is a link to the Map My Ride from the Sunday ride.   I rode on Thursday (my birthday) the same distance, 35 miles. The birthday ride was down the shore and had a total elevation change of 291 feet for the 35 miles. Most of that was going over the Manahawkin Bay Bridge, twice. The Discover Hudson Valley 2013 ride had an elevation change of 1089 feet for the same 35 miles! 

I shot some pictures, more in the beginning and less towards the end.  Here is a link to all the pictures.  Below you will find a few pictures with captions.  Enjoy!