Ah, my first overnight self-supported bicycle tour. I had been on many week-long and overnight supported rides, including the BRAT twice, RAGBRAI once, Tour de Cure and Jack and Back numerous times. Since I'm going to ride the Natchez Trace in September, I figured I'd better test the system. For my first self-supported ride, I needed a moderate distance, and I wanted to ride from my doorstep somewhat close to downtown Nashville. In 2007, BRAT rode without me, starting in downtown Nashville, first Keep reading [...]
Jul 5, 2008 - General NewsComments Off on 1997 Ford F150 Lariat SOLD
SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD1997 Ford F150 Truck FOR SALE!4.6L Triton 8 Engine, Lariat Package, Stepside Style I'm second owner and I bought it from a good friend so I know the history on it. He used it as his primary vehicle and hauled landscape materials in it occasionally for his yard. I did the same, and hauled my bicycle around in it. This vehicle is in good condition and will make someone a great truck.I'm selling it because Keep reading [...]
I read a post on the Harpeth Bike Club email list this evening and it was text about how to deal with an angry dog. I thought I recognized the formatting and the story. Yes, it was Ken Kifer's article on Coping with Dogs. It reminded me of Ken's website and other sites that inspired me when I first started cycling. I thought I'd share a few things about them both.Ken Kifer had ridden an estimated 100,000 touring miles over his years of cycling in Scottsboro, AL. He was run down Keep reading [...]
Did we make it? DID WE MAKE IT? Yes, we rolled in about 5 or 5:30 to the welcoming party in the square. They had a marching band, cheerleaders and a karaoke machine. Someone must have known we were coming. Just kidding. Keep reading and you'll find out why the square was deserted! Regardless, it was a great weekend for the American Diabetes Association. Day 1 was pretty routine with some headwind, and naturally the finish with the ride up the mountain. Donna did a great job volunteering Keep reading [...]
May 14, 2008 - General NewsComments Off on Tour de Cure 2008!
For the fourth year in a row, I'm riding 150 miles, with Monteagle in the middle, to help those who live with diabetes. Of course, you'll find ways to sponsor me with your generous financial donation. You know people with diabetes. You know people that lose their vision or kidney functions to diabetes. You know people that have lost limbs to diabetes. You know people that have died from the complications of diabetes. Help me help them.READ MORE HERE Keep reading [...]
Yes, I actually finished. My calves feel like they could cramp any minute. My back is gonna hurt like crazy, but I did finish. 17714 • Pat Clements • Nashville TN • M-37 • Half Marathon • Gun: 7:00:30 AM 5K Keep reading [...]
I went out and rode the HBC Tuesday night ride. I'm the ride coordinator, and lately I rarely ride on the club rides, and it's pretty pathetic I know.
Last night, I rode the new Tuesday location. The start is right off I65 by Cool Springs Blvd to the east, and the route heads south through McKay's Mill, Arno Road and all that. Pretty neat ride once you get away from Cool Springs Boulevard. Fortunately there's plenty of room for cars and bicycles because the roads around Cool Springs on the east Keep reading [...]
Apr 13, 2008 - General NewsComments Off on Amazing Four Legged Robot!
Someone sent me these amazing videos of this robot build by Boston Dynamics under a DARPA research grant. Truly amazing.
Here it is in its current form. You can see that it's pretty sophisticated.
But, it hasn't always been that way. Here is version 1. You can see they've come a very long way.
Long story short, keep working hard at something and you can go from 'stupid robot' to 'that thing kicks ass.' Keep reading [...]
Mar 21, 2008 - HikingComments Off on Marmot Precip Rain Jacket Review
I bought a Marmot Precip after my first Bearwaller Gap hike (Jan 07), and before my GSMNP Hike (Feb 07.) It's time to make a few comments about it.LIKES: I like the fit, I like the pit zips. I like the hood and it's the first real rain jacket that has the potential to keep you dry (without rain running down your neck.) I like the double sealed zippers - velcro that covers over the zippers to keep dry. I like the large pockets for stuffing gloves, hats and Keep reading [...]