Sunday, September 28, 2008


Since I've seen 5 bear since the Labor Day weekend, I figured I would start mapping these locations.

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Saw 3 yesterday, A momma and her two cubs.
Saw one today.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Making Maps

Sometime back in June, my daughter and I were asked by John Wood to draw maps.....any maps that we could think of. So we did. We were amongst several map-makers in the Asheville area. Here is the link.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pizza: Tom-e-ato your phat feta

I couple Fridays ago I had a pizza from the Apollo Flame that had Feta, chicken and tomatoes. It was so good that I wanted to recreate it at home. So, I created something similar.

In the midst of a floury mess, I kneaded the dough myself. I totally forgot about the chicken. Instead of a traditional pizza sauce base, I used an olive oil and Smart Balance buttery spread base enhanced with store-bought powdered garlic in which I melted in the microwave for a few seconds and stirred with a fork. Then I sequentially topped the pizzas off with golden raisins, bran buds, spinach, tomatoes, Feta cheese and a mix of shredded fancy Mexican 4-cheese delight. Over the duration of 4 hours, I ate both pizzas!

Later that night (it was reported that) I had a chaser of high-fiber cereal to rush those culinary wonders through The System smooth, slow and easy....but fast.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Racing the last ROF of 2008

Last Ring Of Fire race for 2008. I actually rode pretty well.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Folk n Ashe with some Beau

Took a nice ride through Folk n Ashe and included Beaucatcher mtn. Lots of cyclist out this morning.

Lets see.....that is about 21 hours of riding since last Saturday, 9/13!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

All the rave about US74 and the Bat Cave

Been wanting to hit the road to Bat Cave and climb up US 74. This was fresh scenery for us and another great ride.

You just wait Mr OJ Simpson!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Too flat!

This was a team ride and it was a bit flat for our after the rest of the group split off we climbed up Pinners Cove!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Burnsville Burning

Wanted to try some different roads.....needed to ride some different roads. Some of the best roads in the Appalachians are in Madison and Yancy Counties.....and across the state line in TN. I was riding slow, but having fun!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

This was no picnic at Craggie

Back in the day a ride up to Craggie was the best way to reconnect with my love for riding and any physical uncertainties there were. So, it had been a long time, but we hit the parkway and visited the Craggie Picnic area. The parkway beyond this point was still closed.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Climbing Doggett and Chilling in Hot Springs

On this ride we ate everything and drank everything between Marshall and Hot Springs. We stopped many times to refuel the batteries and by the end of the ride that made a huge difference. This was a great ride! We put in about 170 miles for the 3-day weekend!