Wednesday, December 29, 2010
20 years or so ago, my old friend Sam Poynter stared the Mail Run. The Mail Run was always around the end of the year. The weather was (almost) always terrible. The ride was long and grueling and fun in a perverse sort of way. The chance of getting wet, lost, bonked, finishing in the dark and having a blast laughing about it were very high. In other words, it was always a ride you would remember for a long time.
Well, Sam doesn't ride a lot anymore and no longer does the Mail Run. Scott Grisom has taken on the task of the Mail Run organizing. On Monday Dec 27th we had the 2010 Mail Run at Big South Fork. Between the announcement of the ride and the actual ride time BSF got about 6" of snow. I wasn't sure we could even get to Bandy Creek or if Scott and the Middle Tn folks could make it.
An announced 10:00 start ended up being closer to 10:30. The parking lot was hard to walk on. Ice was all over where the snow had been cleared. 11 hard men started down the gravel headed towards Grand Gap. It was probably around 20* at the start. That's pretty damn cold but it also keeps the snow frozen and not wet which feels warmer than say 34* and mush.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I finished my certificate GIS program. I managed to get the GIS Student of the Year. WooHoo! I started working for Mobley Engineering this spring. My old friends Mark and Susan Mobley put me to work. I have been able to use my new GIS skills to put together some bathymetry (I didn't know what that was either). Basically I am using GPS and depth readings to map the lake bottoms in order to locate oxygen differ systems in the most productive place.
So far we have worked in Fla, Maine, PA and S Carolina. I produced maps for Fla, ME and SC. This map is of the SC job.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
More cool stuff in Anderson Co:
Anderson County Locator Page and Map
Haw Ridge Mountain Biking
Norris Dam State Park and Norris Watershed Mountain Biking
Here's Rob at Haw Ridge in '09. There are over 20 miles of trails at Haw Ridge. The park is owned and managed by the City of Oak Ridge.
Other cool places:
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The view from the overlook on the City side.
This is a class project to show recreational opportunities in Anderson Co.
More cool places:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We had a good group ride at Norris yesterday. Mile marker 8 to Eagle, up thru town and up to Spooky, up to High Point where we regrouped after Emerson lost a cleat. All the way down High Point to Upper Clear Creek. Up to Boundary where Micah tried to auger himself and Scott's bike into the sandy loam of Boundary Trail. Down to Upper Clear Creek, backtrack up to Belmont, down to Mockingbird, back up to High Point. Regroup at top again and down Camp Sam. We're done...No, one more time up High Point to finish down RidgeCrest. Now we're done. Thanks Micah, Eleanor, Jaques, Emerson, Joel S, Southside Randy (he looks funny in a picture without a trail building tool in his hands), George and Grant. Great ride on a day that almost any other trail would be a sloppy mess.
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