Home Again

I’m back in the EATL. Thankfully the worst part of Delta’s flight yesterday was the time that it left Burlington, Vermont — 6:10am.

Yesterday was spent unpacking, sleeping, and binge-watching The Great British Baking Show. I see that the British original series “The Great British Bake Off” starts again on August 24th; I need to find a way to watch it in real-time.

I Would Ride Three Hundred Miles
And I would ride three hundred more, just on flat terrain this time.

We began Friday by taking an hour-long ferry ride from Vermont to New York.
Vermont Day #6 : We Ferried To New York

Here’s the map of the actual bike riding we did on Friday, you can see where I decided to stop GPS, missing some of the ferry ride as well as the two-mile stretch ridden from the ferry that took us back to Vermont to Sojourn’s office.
Vermont Day #6 : We Rode To The Ferry Taking Us Back To Vermont
The ride on Friday also contained about 1500′ of climbing over a 23-mile course. At one point toward the end I sprinted to lead a pace line only to find out a couple of miles down the road that no one stayed on my wheel! 😀

I spent Friday and Saturday nights back at the hostel in Burlington. I was again on my own as I was the only one of the sixteen riders to spend time in Burlington. Friday night was interesting, as I was awoken by a young couple having sex in a bunk near mine, at least until someone walked by and told them to stop. Unfortunately it rained hard for most of Saturday, putting the kibosh on my walkabout plans as well as the air show that was scheduled that day.

Perhaps the only disappointment of the trip was getting on the scale today to see that my weight is still over 210. My metabolism must move as slowly as molasses these days.

Uber Bested Lyft On This Trip
When I left East Atlanta a couple of Fridays ago it was 3:15pm. Because of this Lyft deemed it to be “high demand time” and charged me an additional 150% on top of the normal fee, thus my ride from East Atlanta to the Candler Park MARTA station cost me over $15. Even though I know that Uber also has a high-demand tim policy, Lyft lost me as a customer for the rest of this trip.

In Burlington I Ubered from the airport to the hostel, from the hostel to the Burlington airport (at 4:15am), and from the Candler Park MARTA station home, never even considering Lyft.

I’ll reevaluate my ride-sharing company of choice again in a few weeks.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Taking The Ferry To New York” (Burlington, Vermont, United States)
Taking The Ferry To New York

“Are You Ok?” (Burlington, Vermont, United States)
Are You Ok?
These two pieces are on opposing sides of a window at the Burlington Hostel. I liked them a lot, so I decided to take photos of each and try to bring them together.

Where Next?
I’ll be in Atlanta for the next two weeks. I need to start taking care of some things in my life, like reminding myself that I will need to have employment again sometime in the future.

Today’s task is to wash and dry the three huge bags of dirty clothes that currently sit on my bedroom floor. Tonight I will be headed to The EARL for the first time in a long time; I’ll be seeing Kyle Craft, former lead of the band Gashcat (who very few people knew).

In two weeks I’ll be taking off for a week in Colorado, surrounding the weekend of Colorado Invihash. Three trips in two months, by then I might finally having the whole packing thing figured out.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Home Again

  1. Barb says:

    The relatives are getting on a plane today, so life will go back to somewhat normal. Its been fun, but 2 weeks of activities & that sort of thing have been exhausting. I”m looking ofrward to just chilling tonight at home.

    I realized that I still haven’t booked a car for CO, need to get on that project.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Barb, enjoy your relaxation. While not quite as difficult as hosting guests, I felt great spending the day alone yesterday.

    This week I will book my travel from Denver to Winter Park, as well as the hotel room I will need in Denver following the hash. I might be too good at spending money to continue my sabbatical for six whole months…

    I am hoping to get my bike together again and ensure I still hear the sound I heard when I last rode it two weeks ago. I will contact you about brining it to Allan sometime this week is I do.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And I just thought of this, here are some of the breweries whose beer I enjoyed during the trip (in no particular order):

    Zero Gravity
    Otter Creek
    The Alchemist
    Rock Art
    Hill Farmstead
    Vermont Brewing

  4. Barb says:

    If you want to spend any time in Fort Collins, that’s where we are going after the hash.
    Hanging at Michelle & Drew’s – unless we come up with some other sightseeing.

    Do you not have a plane ticket yet?
    we get in Thursday evening…………

  5. I fly to Denver on Wednesday 8/31 at 16:20 Eastern, return to Atlanta on Wednesday 9/7 at 13:15 Mountain. This was the cheapest option I could find.

    Hmmm, I had forgotten about that. Sounds promising.

  6. steve says:

    A long weekend, but still too short. Saturday, Debbie trailered to Bear Creek for the hunt/hound walk, and picked up a screw in a trailer tire. I played AAA and changed out the spare. It was interesting moving the trailer a couple of feet while Phinney was tied to it. He didn’t seem to mind.

    Went out to the Alamo Saturday evening to listen to some live music, celebrating 10 years of our friend Doug’s music school in Newnan. It was a huge turnout and the vocal audio was (like most times) crap, so we didn’t stay long.

    Sunday was going to be a road ide, but after I patched the front tire, put it back in the bike and gave it a spin, I heard “tick tick tick” as the wheel turned. Upon examination, I found a small hole in the sidewall, which also explains the last flat. I quickly lowered the pressure and got on the CX bike.

    I hope by now everyone has seen the video of the amazing ride up the banking and boards from the velodrome last week. I’ve seen some crazy stuff in my years, but I think that takes the cake.

    Unable to stream the live stuff at the moment. I hope NBC shows more than Americans from the track.


  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Current Status: belly full of Mexican food, drying clothes at lavanderia. Will be headed home to do chores after this.

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