Sunday, June 27, 2010

Barbequed Tempeh w/ fixin's!

Tonight's dinner was a delightful assortment of BBQ-d Tempeh, Sweet-potato fries (baked in the oven), and Carrot Cayenne Slaw!
Recipes for theSlaw and BBQ-d Tofu were obtained from Bryant Terry's book (VSK).


Bon appetit' :)

Chickpea Salad on Ezekiel!

This was yesterday's lunch: Chickpea Salad on Ezekiel Toast, Tomato Salad, and Green Seedless Grapes! Yummylicious, I say! Thanks to my beloved for preparing this sumptuous lunch!
Bon appetit' :)

Tofu Stake Dinner!

This is what we had for dinner last Friday. Tofu Steak!
 
For sides, we had sauteed onions, Tomato Salad, Mashed Caulifloweratoes, and Collard Greens. This divine dinner was prepared by my beloved wife.
Recipe for Tofu Steak was borrowed from DirtyLovesClean :)

Bryant Terry's Recipe for the Collard Greens was used.

Here is the recipe for Caulifloweratoes:
Ingredients:
Head of cauliflower steamed with Udo oil
I Can't belive It's Not Butter (ICBINB) - 2 Tbsp
Sea salt
Fresh-ground Black Pepper,
1/2 cup of hemp milk
Parsley

Preparation:
Mash the steamed cauliflower in Vitamix or using some widget you prefer.
Add ICBINB, Hemp Milk and blend in.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with Parsley flakes or fresh parsley!

Here's the recipe for the Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes (chopped)
2 Roma Tomatoes (chopped)
1 Beef Steak Tomato (chopped)
Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp of Crumbled Feta
1 Tsp of Udo oil
1 Tbsp of Chopped Cilantro
1 Tbsp of Chopped Parsley

Preparation:
Mix the tomatoes, Feta, Cilantro, Parsley, Udo, and Balsamic vinegar, gently. Add sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.

Bon appetit' :)

Sand Burrs - Not a friend of Shaggy Dog!

Shaggy and I drove to Cedar Hill yesterday so I can get turn in my Texas State Park Pass voucher and get official pass from the TX Parks Office at Cedar Hill State Park.

We stopped at the Joe Pool Lake to check it out. It was a hot, yet beautiful day here in Dallas. Shaggy didn't appreciate the heat. He hid under the bench.
While this photo is not very crisp, I still want to show it so y'all can see the devastating effect the burrs had on Shaggy's face, which you can see in the next photo.

After we got done with the official business, we decided to go hike the Duck Pond Trail at the Cedar Hill State Park. Little did I know about the dangers of taking a Old English Sheepdog walking in a trail abundant with the infamous Sand Burr. The result:
Those evil things got all over his face and he started rubbing his face with his paws and the burrs from the paws got transferred to his face and it was just a really horrible mess.

I tried pulling them burrs off but in vain. There were way too many on poor Shaggy's face and his legs. I decided that the only way to get rid of them was to shave Shaggy again. I did just that and Shaggy was out of his misery. Luckily, Shaggy's hair will grow back in no time. He is cooler again. This is the 2nd time Shaggy's been shaved this summer season.

Lesson learned: Know where you are going with your dog!

I hope your weekend was a great one!

Peace :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Garmin Edge 705 - My Observations in Plain English!

As I may have pointed out before, I do use a Garmin Edge 705 as my bike computer/GPS. I bought mine in Summer 2008. Recently, my friend Steve of DFWPTP asked me and/or Michael J of EarToTheBreeze to do a post on the Garmin GPS-enabled cyclo-computers. Well, you get the idea :)

For those who have not seen what a Edge 705 looks like, here it is pictured below. If you click on the picture below, you will see which button does what.
This is my attempt at pointing out the things I like and things I don't like about my Garmin Edge 705. Me writing about all the features of the device would be reinventing the wheel. Garmin has a great job of wring a nice users' manual. You can refer to Garmin's official user guide for more information.

Likes:
  1. I bought my Edge 705 with the MapSource® City Navigator® street maps, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) and a Cadence sensor. You have to wear a widget that measures your heart rate (like a band across your chest). I used the HRM many times, but I don't use it all the time these days. The Edge 705 measures your heart rate at various Heart Rate zones. The machine allows you to input your resting heart rate. This data along with common sense can give you an idea of how much you are exerting yourself.
  2. I use my Edge 705 not only as a cyclo-computer but also as a GPS in the true sense of the term. I am still new to the DFW area. I do get lost and I use my Edge 705 to get back to a known landmark, before I figure out my route back home. 
  3. There are some nice routing options which can be turned on or off. For instance, you can ask the Edge 705 to "avoid major roads", "follow streets", draw-up a route that is "bicycle friendly", etc.
  4. You can save locations and rename them as you see fit. I have my Home, Whiterock Lake, REI Dallas, Richardson Bike Mart, etc., saved into my Edge 705.
  5. You can ask the device to follow a ride you did previously. Unless you manually delete history, it stays put in the Edge 705.
  6. The data from the Edge 705 can be very easily imported into the Garmin Training Center software, which comes with the device. There is a ton of information available in this software. You can play with this software till the touring bikes come home :)
  7. There is also the option to store and display your data online on GarminConnect. I have shied away from it.
  8. You can find major landmarks, such as Grocery stores, Shopping Centers, Intersections, Gas Stations, etc using the built-in "Where To" feature. In addition, you can import GPX files (created using GMap to GPX or MapMyRide.com). I like MapMyRide.com's GPX files better, as they tend to be cleaner.
  9. You can input stats about 3 bikes into the profiles section of the Edge 705. For instance, I have input the weight and tire size of 3 of my bicycles, viz., Co-Motion Americano, Thorn Nomad MK2 and the Cannondale T-800. Each time you ride, you can choose which bike you ride and that will be incorporated into the various calculations done by the Edge 705.
  10. You can have up to 2 different set of fields, in two different screens, referred to as Bike Computer 1 and Bike Computer 2, displayed on the Edge 705. Eight customizable fields displayed on each of these displays. By simply moving the joystick, you can switch between these two screens. I find this feature quite useful. I have my Bike Computer 1 showing my Current Speed, Time Elapsed, Distance, Cadence, Time of Day, Direction Headed, Heart Rate, and Elevation. Bike Computer 2 is setup to display Current Lap Time, Lap Distance, Direction Headed, Calories Burned, Heart Rate, Total Ascent, Grade { not A/B/C/D/F :) }, Average Speed { damned Statisticians :) }. I do have some fields repeating on both, on purpose.
  11. There is a back-light function in the Edge 705, which comes in handy when it gets dark.
  12. The battery life is quite good. I usually can ride for 3-4 days (roughly 24-32 hours) before I recharge mine.
  13. For advanced training, there is a Virtual Partner and several alert options available. One such an option is a minimum bound for cadence. I used to have mine set at 70 RPM. So, if my cadence falls below 70 RPM, the Edge 705 will beep and alert me to change gears or pedal harder. I actually did use this feature initially. Now-a-days, I simply look at Bike Computer 1 to see how I am doing, once in a great while :)
  14. I think the Virtual Partner can give you the run for your money. I haven't played with this feature. I may use this some day.
  15. The routes created by the Edge 705 are also augmented by niceties such as Time-To-Destination, Time-To-Next-Way-Point, etc. I do enjoy this feature immensely.
  16. The Edge 705 automatically re-routes, which can be a life-saver. Again, like any other route, should only be used with an ounce of common sense.
Dislikes/Would-Be-Nice-To-Haves:
  1. There is no thermometer. I really wish that they had incorporated this into the Edge 705. While my body is perfectly capable of telling how hot or cold it is outside, from a historical data perspective, and perhaps even from a performance perspective, this would be a nice data point to have. Having measurements on several variables, such as temperature, speed, heart rate, cadence, gradient, etc., might enable us to study the relationship(s) between these variables, which some of us might find very interesting.
  2. The Edge 705 is only a computer. I mean this in all honesty. It can create a route which may not be bicycle friendly. For instance, if I ask it to take me to Royal Lane and MacArthur from MacArthur and Cimmaron, it will ask me to ride MacArthur. But I tell ya, this is NOT a wise idea, except on weekends, may be.
  3. Google Maps directions can not be directly read into the Edge 705. While this is not a huge issue, I do like Google Maps and I would like to be able to get it on the Edge 705.
  4. I wish the Edge 705 could connect through Blue-tooth to other web-enabled devices. The Edge 705 can share data with other Edge 705's within a 3 meter range.
  5. The Edge 705 comes with a charger which uses a USB-port connector to charge. I wish I could charge it using solar or other easily available battery-like options. I have lost some data because I didn't charge my Edge on a day or two.
  6. There is a "View in Google Earth" option, in Garmin Training Center, which permits you to view your route/ride-route in Google Earth. This feature is usually somewhat slow. I don't know if it is a deficiency of Garmin Training Center or Google Earth.
  7. I wish there was the option to have the display of the Edge 705 in landscape mode.
How about that for a extemporaneous review? Please note that my writing is kinda like shooting from the hip, casual and macro NOT micro!

Please do share with me your thoughts and observations!

Peace :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Please ride with your kid(s)!

I especially love riding around parks and trails with my kid. We try to do it as often as we can. Whenever I see a mom or a dad ride with their kids, it brightens my day.

You know what else is great about riding with our kids? We can teach them how to ride properly, how to be safe on the trail/road, and most importantly how to stay in shape while having fun. I am a big proponent of trying to stay in shape. I am not talking super skinny, 6-pack abs kinda thing. I am simply talking about getting out there, having fun and burning some calories while at it!
So, please do me a favor! If you got time to ride with your kids this weekend, this week, this month, this year, whenever you can, just do it! If you don't got one of your own, be kind and offer to ride with a kid whose parents may not have the time or the tools.

Many thanks from the bottom of my heart for reading this post and spending that precious time with your kid(s)!

Peace :)

The Water Dilemma!

I gotta work on carrying good quantities of water and keeping it cool in the torrid North Texas weather. I am almost tempted to follow this guy's idea :)
I try to avoid drinking out of a plastic bottle, if I can avoid it. May be I will settle for a frozen Platypus bladder in my backpack! It seemed to work last year! It may time to carry only one water steel bottle instead of two hot water bottles.

How do you keep your water cool?

Peace :)


Picture of fridge courtesy of http://www.hugg.ca

Did someone say World Cup?



Cookies sold at work! I didn't buy one but was quite intrigued by the World Cup thematic and the size :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walk, Bike, Skate!

The pictures probably can tell the story just as well as I can! All activities done today!!

First, I did some of this...
Next...I did some of this
And, finally ...
I haven't used my inline skates in over a year plus. So, I went over the elementary school and practiced for about 45 minutes. I think I am getting the hang of it.

The skates pictured are my daughters and they don't fit me. My child has grown out of this pair and so I gave it to my friend's kid.

A bunch of different physical activities, all in the same day, nothing fantastic, but still beats the heck out of sitting in front of the tube - for me!

Hope you had a great day!


Peace :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rohloff Hub - Impressions!

I have had the Thorn Nomad MK2, with the Rohloff Speedhub 14, for about 3-4 months now.

I have taken the bike on a few medium distance rides so far and here are some of my impressions of the Rohloff Speedhub 14:
  1. Initially when I setup the bike, I could not get to all the gears. Like a newbie, I did panic a tad. However, all I had to do was to look at the Rohloff manual (and also consult Vik). I simply had to disconnect the external gear mech from the gearbox and use a spanner to rotate the Rohloff counter-clockwise until it didn't move anymore. Then, I simply reconnected the external gear mech to the gearbox and I was done. If it sounds complicated, it might be because I wrote this piece in my own words :) But, don't let that fool ya, it is simple as it can be.
  2. I have ridden it in some crummy conditions, gotten it splashed with mud, rode through pools of water {I don't plan on crossing rivers using my bike :) }, gotten it really soaking wet and none of this mattered. It simply continued working like a Rohloff!
  3. When shifting from gear 7 to 8 or shifting from gear 8 to 7, you need to ease-up on pedaling. If not, Rohloff will put you in gear 14, the highest gear and it is not where you want to be when climbing a steep grade. On one or two occassions, I didn't do this right and I had to dismount once. Oh well! Now, I know how to manage this and I don't have any problems in gears 7 & 8.
  4. Gear 7 can be a bit noisy, according to Rohloff experts. I only hear very little noise and I believe it will go away with time. It does not bother me.
  5. I have had the best experience with the Rohloff hub so far and I believe I will not have any problems in the future, as long as I do my maintenance as recommended by Rohloff, which by the way is not until the 5000th kilometre (3100 miles).
  6. I love the fact that I can change the gears while parked. So, for instance, if I don't make the light at the bottom of the hill before the climb, no biggie, I can simply shift the bike into the gear I would be most comfortable with for climbing the upcoming hill.
  7. The speedhub works like a charm. I do not have to worry about having to fix the derailleur cables or some such thing to make it work properly.
One critisicm that I hear often is that the Rohloff is not cheap. There is a price for everything. I economize in other walks of life to enjoy the Rohloff, if you ask me.

Peace :)

My Little Toy Story!

I got the idea for a new 8 Gb Sansa Clip+ mp3 player from my online-friend Stu. Well, not just that I also ended up buying a X-Mini Speaker with it. The way I carry these on my bike is a adhoc setup. I may improve it if I feel the need for it. For now, I don't have any problems with this setup.
Here are some things I love about this setup:
  1. Both Clip+ and the X-mini have built-in rechargeable batteries
  2. Clip+ has a long battery life (15 hours according to Sandisk)
  3. X-Mini has a reasonably long battery life as well
  4. Clip+ has a FM tuner
  5. Clip+ can take an additional 32 Gb micro SD memory card, if need be
  6. Clip+ can hold about 1500-2000 songs or so.
  7. Both Clip+ and X-Mini are small in size but work remarkably well
  8. Both Clip+ and X-Mini are relatively cheap
  9. X-Mini is loud enough to be heard when riding a bicycle (I had to turn it down a notch or two later in the evening, when I rode through some really quiet neighborhoods)
I still have to figure out a way to waterproof the entire setup. I am working on it.

What is your Toy Story?

Peace :)

What do you ride for?

Last Saturday, I rode to SMU and then onto Central Market for a bite to eat. Central Market has a nice bike parking facility. You can also park your motorized scooter or motorcycle there.
I am usually wary of parking my bike racks, especially if they are outside the store I am visiting. However, the sheer volume of traffic that was going in and out of Central Market and the fact that they had a Security Guard who was monitoring the parking lot (on a bicycle), gave me the extra confidence to park it at the rack and go in to get a bite to eat. BTW, Central Market has a large selection of both Vegetarian and non-vegetarian, ready-to-eat dishes.

And, yes, I saw this bike with the big sign on it that read, "Bicycling Against Oil Wars". I guess that is definitely one fine reason to ride a bicycle. Yeah, totally!

I ride for recreation and staying in shape.

What do you ride for?

Peace :)

PS. I must have dropped my brand-new Pearl Izumi gloves when I was fixin' to depart. After riding a few miles, on my ride back to Irving, I realized I had dropped it at the bike rack at Central Market. I called'em and some nice person had turned them in at the Customer Service.

PPS. Whoever this person is, thank you, Sir/Madam, from the bottom of my heart. This pair was particularly special to me, as I had purchased it with the money my dear child gave me for my birthday. Again, thanks!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Finally!

I rode to work today. Having not ridden since last Tuesday, I was getting the itch. I had some family visiting from overseas who live on the other side of town. I visited with them all of last week during my lunch hour. I had to get to places quick last week, or so was my excuse!

It was a milder day today, not terribly hot like last week. When I rode to work this afternoon, I got rained on a bit. I was so happy I got rained on. I intentionally did not take my rain gear with me. I simply wanted to soak it all in.

Tomorrow, I have to go to South Lake. If I wake up on time, I will ride to the off-site meeting. I hope to get up early.

What's new with y'all?

Peace :)

PS. I didn't keep the Nutcase Union Jack helmet. I bought the "Urban Caution" instead. I think this is a keeper :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Three Dishes for dinner!

We may have company tomorrow. In anticipation of that, I made three dishes tonight. Well, technically four if you count the Basmati Rice.

Here is what I cooked tonight!
  1. Paruppu Usili - Lentil Crumble with Green Beans
  2. Eggplant Podi Curry - Eggplant Curry with a special spice mix
  3. Drumstick* and Onion Sambar - This is a thick lentil dish that is used as a gravy for rice and other dishes
*Drumstick - Moringa oleifera

Here are the recipes:


Paruppu Usili
This dish can be prepared with Cabbage/Banana Flower instead of Green Beans.

Ingredients:
Channa Daal - Split Yellow Peas - 2 cups
Toor Daal - aka Daal - 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1 Tbsp
Curry Leaves - 10 (finely chopped)
Red Chilies - 8
Asafoetida - a pinch
Olive oil - 5 Tbsp
Grated coconut - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Cilantro - chopped - 1/4 cup


Preparation:
  1. Chop-up the green beans into 1 cm long pieces and cook them in water. Pay close attention so they don't become mushy. Drain the excess water and keep aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, soak the Channa Daal, Toor Daal and the chilies for about 30-45 minutes in hot tap water.


  3. Drain the water and grate the ingredients in a food processor or blender. The key is to grate/crumble and not make a fine paste of the lentils.


  4. In a large pan, heat up the oil. Splutter the mustard seeds and add the curry leaves and a pinch of the asafoetida to the hot oil. Turn down the heat.
  5. Add the lentil and chili mix to the hot oil and saute until golden brown.
  6. Add the cooked green beans and the grated coconut to the hot mix and saute for about 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  7. Add salt to taste and cilantro as garnish.
Drumstick and Onion Sambar
There are two common ways of preparing sambar: a) use ready-made sambar powder/mix b) make your own sambar wet-mix. I consider the latter the real McCoy and I personally like the taste of sambar prepared using the latter technique.
Ingredients:
Toor daal 2-3 cups
Tamarind paste - 1 Tsp
Drumsticks - about 10 1"-2" pieces
Onions - 2 cups - chopped
Coriander seeds - 1 Tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp
Red Chilies - 5-6
Fenugreek Seeds - 1 Tsp
Shredded Coconut - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Garnish: chopped curry leaves and cilantro
Preparation:
  1. Cook the lentils until soft in a pressure-cooker or in a conventional sauce pan.
  2. In a sauce pan, roast the coriander seeds, cumin, red chilies. You may use a drop or two of oil if you like to roast these. I dry toast them.
  3. Grind the the ingredients from step 2 and the grated coconut in a blender. Use little water (the mix should be moist/wet but not runny).
  4. In a large sauce pan, heat up about 4 cups of water. Once the water starts to boil, add the chopped onions, drumstick and the cooked daal to the water. Turn down the heat a notch or two. Add the tamarind paste, turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida. Stir the mix so the lentils don't stick to the bottom of the vessel.
  5. Cook until the vegetables are cooked thoroughly.
  6. Add salt to taste and garnish with cilantro and the chopped curry leaves.
Eggplant Podi Curry
There are several ways to prepare Eggplant curry. The one I have described here is something close to my own heart.

Ingredients:
Asian purple eggplant - 2 Lbs (chopped lengthwise into quarters - make 4 pieces out of each eggplant!)
Curry leaves - 5 - finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 Tbsp
Channa Daal - 1 Tbsp
Urad Daal - 1 Tsp
Olive oil - 1/4 cup
Red Chilies - 5


Preparation:
  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds, Channa daal and the red chilies. Grind them coarsely and keep ready.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed pan, heat up the oil.
  3. Splutter the mustard seeds in the oil. Turn down the heat.
  4. Throw in the curry leaves and urad daal.
  5. Add the eggplant. Cook until the eggplant is tender.
  6. Add the spice mix from step 1 to the pan, stir in evenly.
  7. Add salt to taste and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Remarks:
Traditionally in South India, the 3 dishes I have described in this post would be served with rice and Appalam (a lentil fritter) as pictured below:


Bon appetit' :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Video from my S24O!

Susan’s Lite Goddess Dressing!


Salad dressing recipe from FatFreeVegan!

Arkel Handlebar Bag Mounts --- Instalación en bicicleta el número dos!

The Arkel Handlebar Bag Mounts are easy to install and use. I am no techie and even I got'em done! Here is the finished product, setup on bike#2, my Cannondale T-800.
Here us how the handlebar bag was setup on Gikma, bike#1. Snug as a bug!


I did have some trouble making the Arkel Handlebar bag transfer from my setup in bike#1 to the newly setup Handlebar Mounts on bike#2 (pictured above). This was simply because I wasn't patient. Remember friends, Haste Makes Waste!

I got rid of my troubles by being patient and also by using some lube on the mounts, which made the bag move up and down them things like knife through butter, ever-so-smooth.

Here is how I did it:

  1. Read the instructions that came with the bag. If not, you can get a electronic copy from Arkel.
  2. I am assuming that many who buy these Handlebar Mounts alone are wanting a second pair of mounts for a 2nd bike, so they don't have to buy a second bag; simply transfer the bag from bike#1 to bike#2.
  3. If you are doing what's described in #2 above, then, a) make sure you have a working setup on bike#1. Follow the instructions to a tee. b) Install the Mounts on bike#2. Do NOT tighten the bolts completely, just yet. c) Lube the newly installed mounts. d) Slowly slide the bag onto the newly installed mounts. e) After getting the bag on the newly installed mounts, NOW, tighten those bolts so the mounts are secured.

You need to be patient installing these things. Brute force will only make you crabby, so let loose a bit and get back at it when you are relaxed. You will be happy you did and you will have a fantastic setup!

Peace :)

First S24O

On Sunday (5/30/2010), I drove to Fort Worth to join a group of 28 other cyclists in what would be my first ever S24O. This event was organized by Trinity Bicycles. Thanks, Bernie et al.

My original plan was to ride my loaded Thorn Nomad MK2 to Fort Worth. However, I changed my mind after riding to Fort Worth the day before. To reach my campsite from Trinity Bicycles, it was a 20 mile or so ride. It was simply too hot for me to ride 50 miles, in all (30+20). I will attempt these sorta rides when it is cooler.

There were some really cool bicycles there and some cool riders. People was hauling all types of stuff, including kids and dogs.

Here is Bernie checking last minute emails before hitting the road!
Peeps admiring a front carrier rack! This lady was nice enough to give me some ice when I needed it the most. Thank you, thank you!
We are on our way, we are on our way, way to the campsite... ... ..... ......!
We rode mostly nice and slow. There was some younguns who rode ahead of the rest of the old geezers such as myself :)
Fort Worth has some really nice trails. I enjoy riding in Fort Worth more than I enjoy riding in Dallas. Fort Worth has some really nice rustic quality to it.
One of the first few breaks on our way. I used this opportunity to cool off a bit. Did I mention the sun was blazing hot hot hot? This might have been pretty much where much of the shaded part of the trail ended.
On the trail again! It's hot, hot, hot. We are on the trail again!!
I always see a crane in one of these crossover parts along the Trinity. This must be a hot spot for you know what :) I saw a guy just like this one on my return trip as well.
One of the dad's on the ride attaching his kid's bike to his Kona Ute. The pannier bags on this bike were quite nice!
And then all of a sudden the trail was barricaded by pirates! One of them can be seen checking out his victims from behind the barricade. He looked just like a pirate, minus the eye-patch! Oh, Hi Bryan :)
Zoom in and you shall see the directions tell the bicyclists to obey the rules of the road! I feel nobody should be allowed to break the law, at least under ideal conditions!
McNair and I pulled over here to wait for the couple who was hauling a fully-loaded bike and two dogs in dog trailers. And, out of nowhere, the skies opened up and it poured like cats and dogs. I was thoroughly soaked from head to toe. I had my N900 in my shirt pocket, in a little Arkel Raincover pouch. I thought the rain might have damaged it, but luckily not. But soon the sun came out and things got better. My socks didn't dry and I had to air dry'em overnight. No biggie! I had a river shirt and ExOfficio shorts on. They both dried in no time. I didn't put on the pannier rain covers until the very last minute. The contents of the panniers were bone dry. YES!
On the road again! The trailer pictured did not have any tires on it. It made a bunch of noise but I suppose it did the job!
We finally made it to our campsite. Yippee!
I was in for a big surprise when I opened up my tent. I had forgotten to bring the tent poles. Rats! Luckily, one of the guys had enough string with him and I managed to find a pair of trees close enough to string my tent to. So, here is my tent. I lucked out. It was not windy that night and there was no rain :) Lesson learned: Do not remove the tent poles and stakes from the tent bag.
After setting up the tent, it was time to prepare my first-ever camp cooking experience. I have been camping once before but the host did all of the cooking and I didn't have to lift a finger. This time around, it was time for me to test my Trangia stove and my Clickstand Sawtooth kit. This nice feller happened by and then it was time to get cooking :) Oh, Hi Michael !
I took some pre-prepared Indian Vegetable curry with me. It was microwaveable food but I cooked it on the Trangia Stove. The stove was relatively easy to use, even though I didn't test it until I got to camp. The pots worked great. They were non-stick and very easy to wash with the little water I had in my water bottle.
The Trangia stove - posing for the photo. Atop the stove is the widget that controls the flame level; so, you can indeed put it on simmer. The magazine next to the stove is my most recent edition of Bicycle Quarterly, which unfortunately got drenched a bit. I kept it next to the campfire and soon the mag was hot off the press :)
Met my friend Lamar at the camp! It is a small world, indeed!!
I secured my bike to one of the poles at the pavilion; locked the frame to the pole using my Kryptonite U-Lock. I used a two other cable locks to secure the front and the rear wheels. While some might say it was overkill, I wasn't taking no chances.
McNair programming his geocaches!
The campgrounds also accomodated RVs. There were a bunch of them with Satellite dishes and all the jazz!
Bernie's Surly, all pink and really cool looking!
The next morning: Look closely and you shall see all of the S24O tents!
I wasn't quite sure what this bug was but he sure was an interesting one!
It was time to hit the road! Bernie giving his bike a once-over!
While I didn't venture out to the lake, some peeps did.
Last break before getting to Fort Worth and ...
Lunch at Papa Chang! Lots of vegetarian choices and choices for meat lovers as well!!
I had a blast on my first S24O and I can't wait to do one more, soon as it cools down a bit! I hope your long weekend was a fun one too.

Peace :)