Saturday, December 20, 2008
A half a foot of ice and snow on the ground and the wind chill is 20 below but I got my bike back from Bike Masters yesterday. Geoff says the derailleur hanger was not just bent but cracked to. They replaced this broken part. Can't wait to get out and try a ride with it. Might be a while.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Being low maintenance might be a compliment. Some may take it as an insult. My bike has been rebelling against my low maintenance. It has been giving me shifting issues intermittently. I got some dmars advice and changed my rear shift cable and went to full length cable housing. I really appreciated that advice because seemed to solve my issues. However, on my next ride out my bike was possessed, shifting at random times as I tried to climb. My issues needed professional help. Last Wednesday I went to Tim at Bike Masters. In about 6 minutes of evaluation he found 1) Bent Derailleur Hanger 2) Loose cassette 3) Dry chain. When he asked what kind of lube I used I couldn't remember. I think Tim took that as I'm low maintenance. :)
My New Years Resolution - Be "High Maintenance".
Looking forward to climbing a hill without worries.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We took a little trip to Bellevue today. We parked at the cemetery by Jewell and found some geocache sites. Cali and I have been Geocaching twice before. This was Emma's first time and she proved herself a worthy geocacher by finding three of the four we searched for.
Geocaching made us hungry so we headed north to Downtown Omaha...
...Ummmm Spaghetti Works!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
There was also soup, chili and prizes for the riders. Dale, Bob, Ben (Bob's son) and I rode together to pickup our list of ten items for the food bank. We stopped to take a break at HyVee on 156th and Maple to warm up with some coffee.
Find out more about Cranksgiving Omaha...
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The Tranquility Trail Council met today at 1PM to decide on a reroute for the "North Hill Descent". The goal was to add more grade reversals and make the descent more sustainable. Once we flagged the new path it was amazing how fast the five of us were able to cut the grass down. We did some riding so we could test out the flow. Chris, Dave, Dale, Greg and myself rode it several times to get a feel for the new route. Good team work!
Here's a picture of a 1X9 that Chris built. This looks like the way to go for riding Tranquility.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
After watching the 32-20 win against Baylor we drove downtown to checkout the new pedestrian bridge.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well that Bargain Cave at Cabela's is almost as good as Santa. This GPS was a little scratched up but it works great. The cost was like a good eBay deal. It didn't have the AC adapter but one is on the way. I was surprised about how good Magellan's support was for me. Until that arrives it can get a charge from the USB cable. That method is just slow. The family and I have hunted down a couple geocache locations close by. Now I need to learn how to make some maps.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This was the Agenda...
7:45 - 8:30 Registration & Welcome Bikeable Communities!
8:30 - 9:30 City of Omaha progress and status report - Marty Shukert
9:30 - 10:30 PedNet Presentation - Robert Johnson
10:45 - 11:15 Bicycles & Policing in Omaha - Deputy Chief Mark Sundermier
11:15 - 11:45 Green Streets Master Plan - Connie Spellman, Omaha by Design
11:45 - Lunch / Presentation on Missouri Pedestrian Bridge - Chistian Brown, HNTB
12:30 - MAT Bus Bike Rack Demo / Pedestrian Bridge walk or ride
1:15 Bike Parking opportunities & alternatives - Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition
1:45 Bikeable Communities!
Marty Shukert started his presentation showing the 2008 Omaha Metro Area Bicycle Map and talking about the plan to make 20 miles of Omaha Street biker friendly. I did find an Omaha World-Herald article published back on May 13, 2008 about this plan Omaha to add bicycle lanes to some streets. He focused on north, central and south east-west links to downtown. The plan is to reduce friction for cyclists to use Omaha streets and reduce tension when motorists and cyclists share the streets. It was interesting to hear Marty talk about the history of Omaha streets and how the street car system that was retired in the 50s is what contributed to some of Omaha's wider streets. One of the streets this plan will focus early in the plan is Leavenworth. Marty had examples of good signage and street paint used in other cities for bike traffic.
He also showed an example from St. Louis of iconic signs marking the entire biking street system. It sounds like Omaha will use a marking system like that as well. I was happy to hear that the $600,00 grant to fund the implementation of the 20 mile bike plan would start getting used to put some of these ideas into action as early as spring 2009.
There was a second initiative that Marty talked about that would link Omaha and towns west like Elkhorn, Valley, Waterloo and even Fremont. This Western Doulas County Trail System would be paved. This plan includes making "Buffered Bike Lanes" on streets like Old Maple. Marty showed street wide allocation examples that looked like this...
One thing I also learned is that Omaha has a mayor appointed Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and they are looking into hiring a coordinator. It was great to hear from someone that is a cycling advocate with plans to make bike transportation more mainstream in our area.
The next speaker was Robert Johnson from Pednet in Columbia, Mo. Pednets focus is on cycling education. Here is the link where you can learn more about their programs. PedNet Pedestrain & Pedaling Network But the point the Robert made that really had some merit was that building bike transportation infrastructure is great but communities need to be educated on cycling to confidently be able to use that infrastructure. I liked that Robert backed up the success of his programs by using surveys showing how his students were using there bikes more after the training. Here are some of Robert's slides ...
|Bike Education Slides|
In 2006, Columbia was selected as one of four communities in the nation to participate in the Federal Highway Administration's Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot program. Here is a link to "getabout Columbia" which PedNet created. getabout COLUMBIA One of the main ideas Robert teaches his cyclists is that even if there is a bike lane, when stopping at the intersection the cyclist needs to take the car lane. I guess they learned in Portland that this was the way to prevent the "Right Hook". I like what Robert said about education needing to be balanced with the infrastructure.
I was able to stay to listen to presenters until lunch. After lunch I went out to the parking lot of the National Parks Service Building and learned how to put my bike on the MAT Bus. I rode over to 16th and Capitol and put what I learned to use.
My "Pali" and I rode the MAT bus west to 108th and Blondo where I took my normal bike commute route home from work. Made it home it time to get in my truck and head south to Platte River State Park for the Bike Bash!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Parked at Human Powered Trails on the bluffs high above La Crosse, WI
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Mark and Dale are cleaning cement off the posts.
This is a shot out the back of Mark's truck. -Dale, Mark, Doug and I.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I cut the hole for the 4X4 shift lever.
I would recommend the supplier http://www.sandsclassics.com/ because the price was good and the shipping was fast - $135.00.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
These are some before pictures of the nasty dirty stock rubber flooring.
At this point I've removed the rear seat and the cd changer. Seat Removal is required in this project. To do this, the seat must be unbolted from the truck's floor. This is done from inside the truck and accomplished by removing the bolts located in the seat tracks. The original rubber floor covering is used to line up bolt holes for the new carpet.
Thank God for air tools! A couple of the torx bolts holding the seat belts in place were rusted bad. The only think that would break them free was an impact wrench.
I took the new carpet out of the box and so I could lay it flat in the living room. I cleaned up some of the factory debris that was on it. I'll keep it out to remove the wrinkles that formed while it was in the box.
The old nasty rubber mat is removed now. The next step is to clean up the mat a little so it doesn't get the new carpet dirty. I will place the new carpet over the mat to determine if it is almost an exact match in size and shape.
There will still be some cleaning, rust removal and priming to be done in the cab before the new carpet is installed. Funny how what seemed like a 2 day job is going to turn into a two weekend job. Oh well, at least it won't smell like cheese gone bad in my truck anymore. More to come this weekend if the weather is decent.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Josh Jones is currently first in state at Scoring.
Lorenzo Wilson is second in state at Field-Goal Percentage going into the Nebraska High School State Class-A Championship Game.
Omaha Central wins over Bellevue West to go on to the Chamionship Game tonight against Bellevue East.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
These are good if you are looking for a meatless dish. Made some for friends recently and they asked for the recipe. I decided to post it here too. Enjoy!
1 can (10 oz) mild enchilada sauce (I like to use the green chili kind)
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoonPure Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
1 green pepper, chopped (1/3 cup)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh baby portabella mushrooms
1 box (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/3 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers (from 7.25-oz jar)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (from 1.25-oz package)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
8 flour tortillas (Use the large size)
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese to put on top
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with Non-Stick Cooking Spray.
2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat enchilada sauce and 1 cup of the sour cream over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warm. Spread 1/4 cup of the sauce mixture on bottom of baking dish. Set aside remaining sauce.
3. Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in mushrooms; cook 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender.
4. Transfer vegetable mixture to food processor bowl with metal blade. Add spinach, roasted peppers, taco seasoning mix, the cumin and 1 cup pepper jack cheese and 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses 3 to 6 times or until mushrooms are coarsely chopped.
5. Spoon 1/3 cup vegetable filling down center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas; place seam sides down on sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce evenly over tortillas; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese. Spray sheet of foil with No-Stick Cooking Spray; cover baking dish tightly with foil, sprayed side down.
6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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- Stratomatica - is my blog place where I document things happening around me or that interest me. The name Strata, geologically speaking, are layers of sedimentary rock or soil with internally consistent characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. Too deep? Well, I like guitars. Mostly I like the sound and feel of Stratocasters.