Good morning from Raleigh, NC. Even with driving rain I encountered starting near Greensboro, NC I made it in a “record” time, about 6.5 hours, mostly because with the exception of stopping for gas ($1.81/gal) in Gaffney, SC I drove straight though.

A lovely evening was had hanging with the Raleigh Royalty as we ate a home-cooked meal and had a few libations as we caught up with one another. Having not seen them in person since the days just before Shelter In Place, for some reason they are under the impression that I have lost weight. 😉😂😂😂

We are talking about doing many outdoor activities — hiking, swimming, walking — while I am here. Of course I am happy to do any or all of these, especially now that my bathing suit will fit me better, but the weather will dictate what we can actually do.

I hope that you all have a wonderful and healthy weekend. I’ll be back again on Monday.

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16 Responses to 2020-07-24

  1. Barb says:

    Tell the gang we say hi!
    Trying to get going this morning, slept about 10 hours.
    Heading over to Payne’s Creek to do some biking.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I’m such a sack of shit. The person I was going to bike with this morning couldn’t go, so instead of hopping on my bike anyway, I didn’t. Ugh.

    • Pssst- it’s not too late!

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Bonnie, don’t worry, I rode your miles for you. 66.4 miles from Grant Park to the end of the Arabia Mountain Trail in Lithonia and then the Eastside Beltline as a chaser.

      • Barb says:

        Damn, that’s a lot of miles Lurker!
        I need to get on my road bike, it’s been too long & I know I’d be tired by 30 miles.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Barb, a month ago 30-35 miles was my top range. It’s remarkable to me how fast one can progress on a bike.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Thanks, Paulie. It was perfect riding weather this morning, in the 70s until midday. I was loosely aiming for 70 miles but there was an inverse relationship between the temperature change and my motivation.

  3. Steve says:

    Debbie’s mom passed quietly late last night. While sad, we also know she was ready. At the moment, there is no plan for a service, but that may change.

    Hopefully, we can get back to “normal”, whatever that is these days.


  4. Rain predicted, plans now to stay indoors and watch a movie. Popcorn and beer for lunch? Sure, why not!

  5. Barb says:

    10 miles of hot Mtn biking done.
    Payne’s Creek is a great little trail, just down the road from the Oops cabin.
    We may have to camp there someday, it’s a nice shaded place, with lots of lake floating access. (If we aren’t up for all the shenanigans of a hash camp out.

    Next up, after we finish our sandwiches, it’s Floating time.

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