Monday, January 19, 2009

Fort St. Gravel Ride



January 18th, 2009 was a good day for a gravel road ride. Temps were in the 30's with a light west wind. This would also be my first ride on my professionally tuned Marin - East Peak since Bike Masters finished tuning it back in December. I took Doug's advice and rode west on fort street today. I didn't want to fight any traffic with ice and snow on the road sides so I loaded the bike up on the back of the truck and drove west to about 170th. I parked in a residential area close to were the gravel starts. The traffic was light. After riding for about an hour I realized only about half a dozen cars went by. I passed one runner but didn't see any others on bikes. The light wind gave me a bit of a push home. Fort St. past 196th has some nice hills. I enjoyed the climbs and the gravel was solid enough for some fast descents. I was up out of the saddle on the climbs without any bike trouble. Back in November I would have been worried about climbing hard because of a drivetrain problem (cracked derailleur hanger). My brake performance was a big improvment too. They were very quiet and worked great. Thanks Bike Masters!

I was expecting to have a mad dog come running out of some farm along the way. Fortunately that didn't happen.
Good Ride!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Good Game - Great Halftime Show

No. 5 Omaha Central took down top-ranked Omaha Bryan 22-8 last night. It was a good close game where in the final five minutes Central came from behind for a 68-56 win. At halftime the Eagles trailed by 10 points. The great halftime show contributed to Central's awesome comeback. Nice job Central Pom Squad!!!
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Who is Stratomatic?

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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.