Friday, June 29, 2007

Day 146: Camping Again

Update: 207.2 lbs, 50 lb Goal Reached Day 124. 9 lbs to 60 lb goal.

But it's not quite what you think. I DID have the trailer on this trip, but I'm NOT at any kind of campground per se'. This camp setting involved no registration, it was first come first serve, and there was no hook up for the trailer, so it was a little boondocking for the fellas last night.

If you take a look at the photo above (click for larger image) you'll see a few of the fellas waiting for the sun to rise in front of the South Salem AT&T store...waiting for iPhones. We joined the brave, the proud, and the few that decided to spend the evening beneath the stars -- of course with Xbox, laptops and internet access -- to await the newest geeky device to hit the street.

The Xbox gods were not smiling down on us last night. The plan was to rock the night away, clearing the levels that have been eluding C-dub for a while, but from the quest to find power, to the dead controllers, to the fact that I actually left the Guitar Hero game at home, and just about everything in between that could keep you from plaing video games just never materialized. We cleared a few good levels of Burn Out though....but maybe today we'll make GH happen during the last hours of the quest.

Now, to keep in line with the heart of this blog, let me just say that staying out all night in front of a retail store, does not for a healthy food adventure make. I only really gave into one 4-day old Krispy Kreme, and three Taco Bell soft chicken tacos....oh, and a Jamba Juice. But other than that not too much. I *did* ride 15 miles and play 18 holes of golf in the day, so all in all, I probably balanced out ok.

We're down here all day. If you are a faithful reader and want to hop on down...stop in and say hey.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day 143: Beauty and The Beast

Update: 207.2 lbs, 50 lb Goal Reached Day 124. 9 lbs to 60 lb goal.

You may think from the title that I'm referring to my wife, the beauty, and myself, the beast...but I'm actually borrowing from Sir Walt today because my morning activities made me think of the classic Disney tale.

First off, my allergies are kicking in, and I'm beginning to feel it on the rides. Tooling around through the back fields of K-town, I'm sucking down good amounts of sneeze-inducing pollen with every mile. Today I realized that, like Gaston, (warning, not for the faint of heart) I'm "especially good at expectorating, Ptooie!" I'm pretty sure that when I set out on the ride, I don't actually have as much 'stuff' up in the old head as I seem to produce after pulling in the allergens floating around in the air. I don't really have the biceps to spare, like Gaston, but I have considered using antlers in all of my decorating.

The second thing that made me think of the classic love story, was when I got home this morning and carefully, and oh so gently rested Baby Blue Torelli (still working out that whole name thing) up against the beastly 1978 Ford Lariat Supercab that now takes up half the driveway. If there were ever casting calls to play the lead roles of Belle and Beast, the Torelli and Ford would beat everyone out, hands down. Don't believe me...take a look:

I mentioned to the owner of the vehicle, a.k.a -- the woman I live with -- that I LOVE that's the perfect place to rest my bike and all my riding schwag after I get home from the ride, so I can run around and open the garage door. I couldn't have built a better custom bike rack.

And speaking of beastly, I'm down another half pound after some sketchy days of eating again. Too many Krispy Kreme opportunities with the fundraisers each of the past Sundays, plus camping this past weekend (and hey - they have campgrounds, campers, campfires, and it WAS camping) and pizza on drive-kids-to-Mayfield day -- I just wasn't sure how the effort was going, but apparently we're still moving in the right direction. Gotta get this gut down under 200! Whoo-double-hoo!