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February 19, 2007

Google Earth + GPS

A cool feature of the MotionBased site I've been using with my Garmin Forerunner is the ability to export to Google Earth. For instance, this is a satellite image of Forest Park and overlayed on the image is the route Lisa and I trail ran yesterday. Where as this is a static image, in Google Earth you can zoom in and out on your route, tilt the perceived elevation of your viewpoint, see other landmarks and more. It's especially fun now that I have many activities I've recorded with my GPS. I can zip around the Google Earth application near Portland and see my favorite places. I'm looking forward to recording our route when we run the entire length of the Wildwood trail and when we circumnavigate Mt. Hood on the Timberline trail. If you have installed Google Earth, which is free and available for Mac and Windows, this KML file can be imported to the program to see where I ran on Sunday.

Posted by Dave at 09:58 AM

February 13, 2007

Worst Day of the Year Ride

Mom and Dad were in town the last few days and on Sunday we rode in the Worst Day of the Year Ride, a Portland tradition for the last several years. Unfortunately Sarah is too young to trailer on such a long ride so Beth stayed home with her. We also rode with my friends Meredith, Lisa, and Julie. At packet pickup the night before the organizers had run out of goodie bags and also had no safety pins to attach riding numbers so I was a little apprehensive about how well organized the ride was going to be. However it was a great route, well-marked with good rest stops and best of all a really fun group of 1500 riders showed up, many in costumes and decorated bikes. I had a leprechaun hat and was trailering Sam as my pot of gold. Mom was Dracula's grandmother, Dad went for a Hawaiian theme and Drew was a bike commuter with limited peripheral vision that had recently been to Mardi Gras. Sam did pretty well in the trailer except we got off to a bad start when the marching band next to us started beating the drums really loud. Poor Sam of course couldn't cover his ears and has better hearing than the rest of us. I got him out of there as fast as I could. This was the first of what should be many fun organized rides this year. As you can see it wasn't horrible weather but we did get a little bit of everything.

Posted by Dave at 08:34 AM

February 04, 2007

Towing in the rain

Drew and I went for a road ride yesterday, just before the rains returned to Portland. Afterwards Drew made some yummy pancakes and then he hooked up the Burley trailer and Beth and Sarah joined us. I hooked up my own Burley with Sam in tow. We pedaled over to Mt. Tabor and then I headed home as I wasn't quite dressed for the rain that broke our long streak of sunny days.


Posted by Dave at 07:46 AM