Friday, May 27, 2016

Breeze

Simple joy of life
To find in a stifling heat
Relief from a breeze.

Monday, May 09, 2016

cross florida by bike


A few of us have been meeting up on local rides in preparation to "race the sun" across the peninsula. With the mechanical advantage of bike, we hoped to traverse what took me three days on foot in less than one day. So, at sunrise on Mother's Day, we set out from Anastasia Island bound for Cedar Key...

Click here for interactive map of route.
Go time
Lily and Uwharrie saw Kenyon, Paul and me off. Our route tracked closely to last year's adventure all the way across the St. Johns. In Palatka, we diverted northwest to the rail trail along route 100. We relished its lack of traffic and cool shade as the day's temperatures began to creep towards the 90s.



As we entered into Alachua County and neared the halfway point, Kenyon's back and legs started seizing up on him. He urged Paul and me to continue on and shortly connected with Lily and Uwharrie. Hydration became key. Every 20 miles or so, we would break in the shade.



Paul and I took a long lunch at a cafe on the other side of Gainesville. We understood that the final 50 miles would be the roughest. Already tired, we faced the hottest hours in a constant headwind. To make matters worse, my bloodshot eyes started aching from the sweat, sunblock and dry wind.



Lily's oasis stops were critical during this time. As the smell of the salt marshes grew stronger, my frown began to turn itself upside-down. After 13 hours and 140-miles from the start, Paul and I reached the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key with about an hour of daylight to spare. Piece of cake, right?

Friday, April 22, 2016

the earth moves


this place we call home
bittersweet liquidation
maybe not for sale

Monday, April 11, 2016

flatwoods


oceans of notions
 spilling but still not filling
flatwoods' horizon


Saturday, April 02, 2016

repurpose project


Many recent sewing adventures have relied on new materials. But more laudable are the DIY projects that breathe new life into old gear. Take this G4 pack: before dissing "granddaddy," know that I've used it as intended on lightweight winter outings and never in five years figured out what could fill its 54 L and weigh under 30 lbs. Also, given pocket height, on-the-go access to food and water is out of the question. To me, something is off about this design... Time for a makeover.

It took only a few minutes and a pair of scissors to cut off the extension collar and rear mesh pocket. This scrap material was then used to make shoulder and hip-belt pockets pictured at the bottom of the above image. Though a bit more time-consuming, it didn't take long, nor did it cost any money to fashion these front pockets. Not only is this pack now more functional, it's also lost some weight (14.5 oz. down from 17). I wonder what old gear will be repurposed next?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016