Thursday, August 20, 2009
Our new house in Palmdale...
Busy times here in the desert, and we finally have time to publish a few pictures of our new place. We are slowly getting settled in our new neighborhood, and have gotten to know some neighbors. We have lots of room, and are always ready for company!
In this post, are a few pictures of the inside, and in a few days, I will take you on a tour of the yard.
The day we got keys, tile flooring throughout the main areas...
Plenty of room to cook and craft! (Kathy did an amazing job decorating and arranging our new place)
The upstairs loft guest suite...
The upstairs grandkids play in the bubbles bath!
Our peaceful living room..
More news and photos from all the yard projects in a few days...
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Pete Heal, somewhere in SA...
“There, that’s done.” Is all he said crossing the finish line, and that’s all that needed to be said. My good friend Pete Heal of Canberra, Australia, had just completed a 4014km (near 2700 miles) ride from Perth to Sydney, in 11 days, 18 hours. That’s more than 200 miles a day for almost twelve days straight. And here I sit, pondering whether or not I will ever complete a single-day double, much less 12 of them in a row!
These photos shamelessly borrowed...
Pete set off on his ride two weeks ago, today, writing me that this was a personal goal of his, to ride across Australia. He didn’t want a lot of notoriety or publicity, and had actually asked me to not write about it in my blog. I complied, but I did follow his progress on line watching his GPS reports as he progressed across the country.
I would sit in my computer lab classroom in Maryland, paying attention to the lecture, and toggling to the GPS tracking web page that updated Pete’s progress. Quite addicting, really; looking at the closest town on the map, calculate distance from Perth; note the date/time and extrapolate an average speed. Then, sit back and ponder the immensity of what I was viewing.
209 miles a day.
Distances in kms were: (divide by 1.61 for miles)
281, 301, 359, 340, 381, 296, 316, 360, 389, 408, 301, 322.
Longest day 18hours elapsed.
At the finish near Bondi Beach...
Of course, now that he is home, (he rode home to Canberra, of course) He has E-mailed me a photo telling me that I could now publish a few comments. Since Pete is a man of few words, and many accomplishments, I too will keep this short.
There’s not really much to be said. Here’s a man with a goal; he dreams, he trains, he rides, he achieves. No strutting around, no showy tail feathers, actually happy to be home with “no one shouting about it.”
(Did I mention he broke the all-time cross Australia solo record?)