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Another successful camping trip

Thursday, June 30, 2011

We had a few days with nothing scheduled, so packed up the camper and took the grands to Logan's Landing for a quick camping trip. We did a lot of swimming

Some kayaking

Had some fun at the playground

Went for walks

Stayed up way to late, and ate way to much (but I'm the grandmom, and it is ok)

It is amazing how well kids will sleep after a hard day of playing in the pool. DH even took the oldest on a short trail run this morning.

It was a lot of fun, but I was happy to return the boys to their parent's. Saturday we will go to my parent's for my grandmother's birthday party.

Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 7/2/2011 6:57PM

    sounds to me as if life is AMAZING!!

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COLEENCOLE 7/1/2011 3:18PM

    Everyone looks happy. Great legacy to pass along. A fun grandmom.

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MENOLLYRJ 7/1/2011 12:04PM

  Glad you had a fun time with the kids and made it back safely. I know when head home from a camping trip, we usually don't make it out of the campground before at least one of the kids is asleep. Playing is hard work!!

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CARLANNIE 7/1/2011 7:03AM

    Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Wow - how old is your grandmother?

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Missed my goals

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Well, June is almost over and I have failed to meet my goals for the month. I had hoped to ride 575 miles and only got 243.8. Between no scheduled bike rides, rain, storms, and clean up we just couldn't get a lot of miles in. But that is ok, we need the rain very badly, but could do without the storms.

My training for the 5K has been put on hold for now, for reasons that won't be discussed here. But hopefully I can start back in a month or two.

We will be taking the grands camping next week. Just going to a spot on the lake about 20 miles from home, but they don't care. Next week will be spent swimming, fishing, hiking, and trying to stay cool. Our oldest DGS will be spending the afternoon and night with us today and I'm putting him to work helping get the camper set up, packed, and ready to go. He doesn't know that yet, but he is usually good about helping if he can get something out of it. Last night our youngest DGS spent the night and we baked goodies to take. DH is working and missing all the fun, poor him.

Well, off to play Mario Cart with DGS. Wish I were better, it is a shame when a 4 year old beats you.

Life is good, even when you miss your goals.

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SCOUTHARPS 6/29/2011 11:22PM

  You did what you could. Enjoy the trip, I have something special planned for next month! Good for you, using child labor! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 6/28/2011 5:01PM

    You have a GREAT attitude!!! You'll get back on track!

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STORM551 6/27/2011 10:23AM

    The attitude is right about the missed goals and you can't control the weather-the camping trip sounds like a lot of fun and a relaxing and rewarding time. Enjoy the small pleasures in life they are what keeps you going. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/27/2011 9:39AM

    Those four-year-olds seem to have an inborn ability to play computer games. We, on the other hand, have to learn it all from scratch! My kids were the same way. And about your goals: didn't you know goals are made to reset? Such is life. Enjoy the camping trip!!!

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MENOLLYRJ 6/27/2011 7:17AM

  Enjoy making memories with the grandchildren. I still remember trips to the beach with my own grandmother.

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MAKULEWAHINE 6/26/2011 10:24PM

    You are right about celebrating life even with missed goals. The important thing is to make the goals otherwise nothing would get done:) Enjoy your camping trip and your family.

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LUVS2BIKE101 6/26/2011 8:12PM

    Family is so important. And you rode quite a bit for all the weather that you cannot control. You didn't fail in my book!

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MNCYCLIST 6/26/2011 5:32PM

    Well, you probably rode farther than you would have if you had set no goal at all! So congrats to you for getting in so many miles, and best of luck as you train to beat a 4 year old!

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HYJEAN 6/26/2011 1:27PM

    Sounds like you know the importance of just spending time together and enjoying each day that we are given.

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COLEENCOLE 6/26/2011 9:58AM

    You still did well and I suspect you were active in other ways. I hope you have a dry camping weekend.

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JUNETTA2002 6/26/2011 9:52AM

    You are right life is good all the time. You can get back on track this month.

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Up in smoke

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today was the day I only work 1/2 day, so I don't have to leave till 1. There was a big storm moving through, so I waited for it to pass and left a little late. As I was driving down the street I saw a big plume of very black smoke rising from towards town, and thought it was odd for the forest service to be doing a prescribed burn now. As I kept driving I realized it wasn't the forest service, it was IN town. As I kept driving I realized I would have to drive right by it. Seems lightening struck an old cotton yarn mill in town and set it on fire. One mill collapsed, another is still burning. A big thank you to all the neighboring fire departments that came and helped control the monster. There have been no reported injuries so far.

The last mill closed in 2006 and crews have been dismantling the equipment and structure and selling the pieces. Glad I waited a few minutes and wasn't near when it got struck.

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/26/2011 4:14PM

    I am glad you stopped before you left and avoided a messy situation. Hopefully, there will be no injuries.

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SCOUTHARPS 6/24/2011 10:06PM

  Glad you didn't get in the middle of the mess! Cotton can be very flamable.

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COLEENCOLE 6/24/2011 1:59PM

    That was some fire. I am glad no one was hurt.

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KRISLEEB 6/24/2011 10:40AM

    that's crazy!!! Glad you were safe!

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MAKULEWAHINE 6/22/2011 11:23PM

    Talk about timing. I'm glad you are okay but what a sight that must have been. Someone was watching over you:)

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June 5 home from the Smokies

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Today was our last ride of the Tandem Rally. We opted for the longer 33 mile ride that left from the hotel.

This is our youngest rider. She is 4 and they rode the long rides everyday. She logged over 120 miles in 3 days.

We rode together more today than on most days. The route was not as hilly, but the humidity was killer!

Once again, the scenery was beautiful and the roads were good.

About half way through, we stopped at a store for a short rest. I managed to get a picture of our youngest rider and his trailer (he did wear a helmet, it is in the trailer). Glad I didn't have to pull him up the hills, but they are younger than I am.

Back on the road before our legs get too cold.

And arriving back at the hotel with 33.4 miles, and no mis-adventures today. What a great ride.

A short rest in the room, then off we go for home.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our wonderful week in TN. I have certainly enjoyed sharing it with everyone. I will try to respond to everyone as quickly as I can. My little netbook that I travel with is a pain to use, so I wait till I get home and have my good lap top to do most of my posting.

Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 6/8/2011 10:32AM

    awesome as usual!!! Its great that they bring the kids, they should grow up to be active healthy kids!!!

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CARLANNIE 6/6/2011 9:07AM

    Fun trip, for sure! I tried posting my vacation pics, but the connection at the condo was too s-l-o-w. Maybe later this week. How many calories do you think you've burned riding all those miles???

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COLEENCOLE 6/6/2011 7:42AM

    Thanks for the update. What a cool hobby.

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/5/2011 11:17PM

    glad to hear you had an amazing trip. I can't believe the four year old could keep up on that bike all day! emoticon

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SCOUTHARPS 6/5/2011 11:15PM

  Wow! Good for you and those parents too! I'm glad that they are stressing helments as well ass getting out and riding.

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UMBILICAL 6/5/2011 9:03PM

  What a beautiful event and an inspiration for the rest of us to get out and ride!

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June 4 in the Smokies

Saturday, June 04, 2011

And what an adventure we had today. We opted for the long ride (54 mile)
to lunch today. The day started nice and cool as we left the hotel.

The scenery was beautiful and the roads were great.

We took an unofficial rest stop at a little store along the way (note the barn quilt block on the front).

Cycology Bike shop provided a rest stop with snacks and water at mile 29. Thanks so much guys, it was muchly appreciated.

Then we crossed paths with another group ride. They had painted out some of our turn marks on the road, which led to some interesting "adventures" and several U-turns. We were then forced to depend only on our cue sheets, and not the marks on the road. The day was warming up "nicely", but the ride was still great.

We made it to lunch at Pearson Springs Park with 61 miles, very hot and tired. Lunch was catered by Rothchild Catering and was so very welcome. Lots of salad and fruit, pasta, and lemonade.

Music at lunch was provided by the Blue Grass band Timberwinds. They were really good, almost made us want to dance, but we had more ride ahead of us.

Alex Nutt also brought several mountain bike tandems for us to try out. DH and I passed since we already have one.

After a nice rest, we opted for the short route home (surprise!!) but decided not to take the planned one. There is a greenway bike path that went back part of the way to the hotel, so we rode it since it was nice and shady.

But then we had to join the regular route back on the hot pavement.

Made it back to the hotel, hot and tired. Put the bike back in the van, then jumped in the pool (clothes and all) before going up to the room. Several glasses of water and a nice rest later we got cleaned up and ready for dinner at Sullivan's Downtown. Sullivan's is in an old J.C. Penny's store and still has the old wooden floors,

Their salads are to die for, and the grilled chicken was fabulous.

We got back to the hotel just as the sun was setting behind the airport. We were very tired, but went to the unofficial social for a while before going to the room.

Tomorrow will be our last ride, then we must head home and back to regular life. There is one more tandem rally in September, but it will be in Raleigh, NC. That will be a long drive for us, so we are still thinking about it.

Good night all, life is good.

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POUNDSTOGO3 6/21/2011 7:29PM

    Looks like a great time. I'm a car...through the mountans in Virgina & W. Virginia.

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COLEENCOLE 6/10/2011 8:47AM

    I missed this entry. Love the barn quilt. Fanciest one I have seen yet.

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POCKETLLAMA1 6/5/2011 8:06AM

    I love this! Is this an annual event? I would love to go sometime, if it's not just for tandems.

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W5VEOTX 6/5/2011 6:46AM

    Neat, wish I was there.

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/4/2011 11:34PM

    What an amazing adventure. I love all the scenic pictures. I can't wait til I get a bike next spring. have fun on your ride tomorrow. emoticon

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PVILLAGO 6/4/2011 11:25PM

  WOW How Fun.. Wish I could do that. I used to do rides like that. Would love to ride in the smokies and North Carolina too.
But it's too hot for me this time of year.

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