• bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-08-15 19:24:00

    Here's a picture

    of last year's riders and SAG crew. The riders are the ones with helmets, although a few do not have their helmets on. This picture was taken about 4 miles into the ride on Day 1. We have stopped here every year for a group picture.

    This is a great group.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-15 22:11:46

      @bob1623 this is awesome! How nice it is that you all get together for this. A nice photo to add to the memories.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-16 01:54:47

        @Andia Yes it is. And I will have another one tomorrow.

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        • Andia
          Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-16 01:55:57

          @bob1623 have a great ride! Looking forward to hearing about it.

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-16 01:59:55

            @Andia Thanks. We had an orientation meeting tonight to meet everyone, old and new riders and the SAG crew. It was great to see everyone again and meet some new people.

            Everyone is super excited about getting on the road.

            I'll post some details when I return.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-15 01:36:29

    Just about set

    For this epic 5 days of riding. I reached my fundraising goal yesterday, so that is a big relief. A bunch of friends came through with some nice donations. I am so grateful to have these generous people in my life.

    I just found out another exciting thing about the ride too. We will have a young first time rider participating this year. He is the son of the bike shop owner which helps sponsor the ride. The big thing is that he is 11 years old. He's a great kid and his family has been involved with the ride since he was a very young. He traveled with the riders every year I have been involved.

    He also needs someone to ride with him. After all he is 11. So me and a friend have volunteered to be his guardians on the ride. And I am excited to ride with this kid. He already is a strong rider. Last year, he road a few segments of the ride, one particularly hilly part and he was right behind me the whole way. And he was on a BMX bike wearing flip flops.

    So this will be cool. And a great experience.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-15 02:37:52

      @bob1623 this is lovely! I love when kids can be involved. My children I got involved on the centuries too and then they went on to do a 200 mile rides. One ran a marathon at 18. I think the best thing you can do is encourage kids in things like this. Again, lovely thing you are doing.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-15 12:38:11

        @Andia I'm looking forward to this new experience on this ride. I don't know if this young man will ride every mile, after all, he is only 11. There are some very challenging hills along the way. It will be interesting.

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    • spatz
      spatz 3 cheers 2017-08-15 06:50:10

      @bob1623 Great! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-08-07 13:17:06

    In about a week

    this 5 day, 400 mile trek around the Finger Lakes region of New York State will begin. I have done this ride a few times and it never fails to be an epic journey. Beautiful scenery, challenging hills and great companions all contribute to a glorious 5 days.

    Last year I had to SAG a small portion due to a blow out on my rear tire. Hopefully this year I can ride every mile. My bike has recently been tuned up and is performing very nicely. I do need a new rear tire and hope to get it replaced today.

    The only downer so far is that I am a bit behind in my fundraising. I need to beg a little more to family. I will make the goal. I just am not a good fundraiser like others who ride.

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    • Andia
      Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-08 09:10:11

      @bob1623 400 miles! Is this a 4 day ride? This is a huge success. I have done a 100 mile ride and then went hiking in the smokies afterward but that's not like riding that type of distance several days in a row. Mostly it's been a 100 mile ride and then maybe a 20 mile ride the next day. Are you camping or staying in a motel during the journey?

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-08 12:00:50

        @Andia It is a 5 day ride. So less than 100 miles a day. But there is a lot of climbing. We go from lake to lake and it is up and over to get from one to another.

        We camp at state parks which is nice. Camp fires in the evening where we talk about the day's ride, and other things going on. It is a good 5 days. Lot's of bonding too as it is a very diverse group.

        I love this ride because it shows what people can accomplish if they put their effort into it.

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        • Andia
          Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-08 17:51:09

          @bob1623 sounds like loads of fun! At some point I will have to share my first tour. It was full of observations, challenges and looking like a loon talking to myself. Lol

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-08 18:08:22

            @Andia Yes, do share. I would love to hear.

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            • Andia
              Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-09 00:18:09

              @bob1623 It kicked my butt and I didn't complete it. I rode 56 miles and felt like a had legs that were ready to drop me. I watched a lady pass me who looked to be in her 80's on a 50 year old bike, not only once but twice. This was after I was thinking, as pretty shiny bikes had been passing me, of course they are due to they have road bikes. I was on a hybrid. This was a kick to the ego.

              The next day I went riding and was out with another, we started coasting at the same time. Within seconds I had to start pedaling again and asked why is everyone else able to coast longer than me?

              Well.... my nice smooth disc back brake had been dragging the whole time. I never knew it I just thought I was that out of shape. Lol so I had bike 100's of miles prior to the event and then 56 miles of the event with the brake partially set.

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              • bob1623
                bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-09 15:54:37

                @Andia Oh god. Every cyclist's dread is to have a dragging brake. To do this for 56 miles, that is quite the workout. no wonder your legs gave out.

                How did it feel once you corrected the brakes? You must have took off like a shot!!

                I hope that never happens to you again

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                • Andia
                  Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-09 16:15:53

                  @bob1623 Haha I thought I could fly! It was a struggle to stay back then. I felt powerful. lol I teased the friend who got me into biking that year that she had put me on a quick training program and forgot to take me off.

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                  • bob1623
                    bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-09 20:28:45

                    @Andia I bet you still are powerful. I hope you get back on that bike soon. Just remember that of of riding. Don't you want to feel that again?

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 15 cheers 2017-07-11 16:53:02

    Had my surgery follow-up today

    with my surgeon. This was to review the pathology report on the junk they took out of me. Good results as everything is cancer free. She had indicated this to me previously, but it is good to get the official report.

    I am also healing well; no bloody messes, fever or other ill effects. Also very good.

    I asked if I had any restrictions going forward now.
    Can I swim? - Yes.
    Can I bike? - Yes,
    Can I run? - Yes.

    All good news!! I was tempted to ask if I could play the piano. but I resisted the temptation. I'm sure she has been asked that many times.

    So all is good. Life continues.....

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    bob1623 Doing 14 cheers 2017-07-03 16:05:53

    In recovery mode

    I have been lying low the last few days recovering from my surgery. Everything was successful and I am recovering fine. The first day home from the hospital I was tired, listless and had no appetite. There was never a lot of pain, so I was a bit concerned about my lack of energy.

    I was just being impatient. It was a surgery where I was knocked out and some mass was taken out of my body. I can't just bounce back from that in 24 hours and be my old self.

    It is 3 days post surgery now and I am feeling much better. Not 100%, but much better. Today I have some energy and feel like doing some things around the house, like mowing the lawn. (I just finished, by the way.)

    I should continue to take it easy the next several days. I also got a nice walk in the morning, so continuing that practice will be good. I hope I can be back biking and running soon. I'll ease my way into that too. No sense going to quickly on these activities. I'll get there.

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-03 16:46:40

      @bob1623 It takes a few days to recover, surely. I'm glad you're feeling better already.

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    • danita
      danita 1 cheers 2017-07-04 08:40:13

      @bob1623 I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well and you are now recovering. Take it easy, no need to rush into doing anything strenuous. I'm glad your back. :)

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    • gloriousnonconformist
      gloriousnonconformist 1 cheers 2017-07-04 14:01:15

      @bob1623 didn't know how have you been until i just read this now. I just thought of you and @saraband when i browsed through kiva loan page last night. I'm glad that everything is going well on your side. thank you for following my posts and your moral support. i'd like to visit u in hospital if i live nearby...

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-04 16:49:44

        @gloriousnonconformist Thank you for thinking of me. That means a lot to me. Everything is going well on my side; I hope things are going well for you. It is nice you want to visit me. We will have to settle for visiting on these web pages. They will bring us closer than the half a world away we really are.

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    • cia007
      cia007 Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-04 19:03:42

      @bob1623 if you mowed the lawn after all that is say you are doing good!! Just don't overdo it! I just mowed my lawn and am sweating like a pig- it's hard work!

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-04 22:27:42

        @cia007 Mowing my lawn is not that big an ordeal. I have a riding lawn mower so I am just sitting. A little bouncing, but it is not strenuous by any means.

        I did some other yard work today, cutting down an old dead bush. I might have over done it on that one. Nothing a nap could not take care of.

        But you are right, i do need to take it easy.

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    • tazzell
      tazzell 1 cheers 2017-07-05 00:07:34

      @bob1623 glad to hear you're on the mend

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 10 cheers 2017-06-23 15:08:48

    Or Stay Healthy

    I really want this goal to be "Stay Healthy", but the system changed it to "Be Healthy". I can understand keeping similar goals condensed, and these are similar. But in my mind, they are not the same thing. Just to make that clear.

    I start this goal as a result of my recent colonoscopy. They found some dark matter that needs to be removed. (The biopsy said it was benign). I consulted with a surgeon this past week and I have surgery scheduled for next week, Thursday. I want to get this done ASAP.

    The surgeon seemed very confident the procedure would go well. She talked confidently and I trust she knows her stuff. So I feel good about having her do this.

    With this done, I hope I can feel healthy once again. I have felt pretty good the past few years. My activity level is good and my body parts can tolerate the stresses I put them through. And I have avoided some conditions I have observed others going through lately.

    I know of three guys recently who had to have aortic stents put in due blockages. And then there are a host of drugs to be taken with these. I feel pretty good I have avoided this situation so far. Hopefully, continuing do to the things I do will keep me stent free. Heart attack free also. (My dad died of a massive heart attack at 62. So it is in the family.)

    I am not sure when I would call this goal complete. Let's see what the surgery results are, and I can go from there.

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-06 14:53:22

    Started another book

    It is "Warnings - Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes" by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy.

    Cassandra was a character in Greek mythology who could see disasters, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. The book discussed some recent disasters, those that predicted them (the Cassandras) and why they were ignored. It was given to me by my wife for my birthday. Somehow she thinks I like reading about disasters and the fruitless efforts of those trying to save mankind.

    So far it is kind of interesting. It reminds me of the countless disaster movies where some impending disaster is predicted, yet all ignore the predictions until it is too late. The recent movie San Andres comes to mind. There was a lot of destruction in that one.

    Somewhere in the book, a method to separate the true Cassandras from the crackpots will be presented. I'll keep you posted.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-03 19:40:22

    Ride in this morning

    concentrating on the west side of town. If you expand my map, you will see I missed a few streets in the area I was in. Having never traveled in this area before, I got a little confused as to which streets I did and which I didn't. I can catch them next time I am in the are to to the streets on the far west of town.

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    • Andia
      Andia 3 cheers 2017-08-04 00:46:38

      @bob1623thats very cool that you use an app that tracks this way. Getting to know the town one street at a time

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    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-06-22 17:22:47

    Riding in the village today

    Our town has a small village in the south part of town. I rode some of those streets today. I o not travel in the village much, so I was repeating streets a lot. At least it felt that way.

    I am making progress on this goal. I have the north east part of town done. I'll be working on the more populated areas now. These areas are father from my house, so I should take some time to figure out how to efficiently cover these areas. Or not, and just ride.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 14 cheers 2017-06-06 20:24:15

    New Biking Goal

    I have been thinking about this for some time. I wanted a biking goal with a little more to it than just riding a bunch of miles. I can up with this little acronym, Ride Every Road In Town.

    So, by the end of the year, I want to ride my bike on every road in town. I looked it up on the town highway page and my town has 128.3 miles of roads. Now that does not sound too difficult to do. I ride 128 miles in a week sometimes. The issue is my town has a lot of housing tracts and many are cul de sacs. So I will be repeating many roads just to get to cover all the winding roads of these tracts.

    Also, the town is fairly spread out, so I have to travel some to get to roads I need to ride on. But that is the fun part.

    And best of all, I can use Google Earth to track my progress. Attached is Ride 1.

    I'll get another ride or two in next week. It finally is suppose to get warm here.

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    • aenea
      aenea 2 cheers 2017-06-10 06:28:25

      @bob1623 This sounds like a really fun project! good luck!

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-10 10:35:57

        @aenea Yes, I'm hoping it is fun. I'm on my bike so it has to be fun. I should know my town much better as it progresses. Stay tuned.

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        • aenea
          aenea 0 cheers 2017-06-12 18:49:38

          @bob1623 how populous is the place you live? Just curious. Urban vs suburban vs rural riding would be quite different experiences, though I'd imagine you might be doing some of all three.

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-13 10:42:00

            @aenea It is mostly suburban, winding housing tracts. There is a village, kind of urban. A small rural section with small farms. that is disappearing though and being filled with housing tracts. The town's population is about 42,000. It is on the large size for this country.

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            • aenea
              aenea 1 cheers 2017-06-13 17:32:07

              @bob1623 sounds lovely. πŸ™‚ my town is about the same size, but more industrial than agricultural, and with many steep hills surrounding a big river valley. I feel like I know it pretty well having driven all over, but have found that riding a bike even in an area I know well gives me a different perspective. I often feel like I know the place better after exploring by bike, so I think this is a wonderful thing you're doing. Wish more people would take the time to do it. Might humanize us all a bit more.

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              • bob1623
                bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-14 01:08:49

                @aenea Your town sounds like my kind of place to bike. I like hills, steep hills too.

                I know the main roads in town, but not all the housing tracts, so this will give me a chance to explore roads I have never been on. Already I have seen a few places that were a bit surprising. And i agree, exploring by bike lets you see and absorb so much more.

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    • diamondlightfoot
      diamondlightfoot 2 cheers 2017-06-10 13:00:29

      @bob1623 Great challenge! Maybe you could use a city map and a red pen and track where you've been that way, too. Or set it up on a fitbit, I think, if you use one.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-12 01:04:39

        @diamondlightfoot I have a more techy method to keep track of the roads I travel on. I use a Gamin device which tracks my route via GPS. I can then download the route I travel to my computer and then bring it into Google Earth. I see all the roads I ride on and I can bring in all the rides at once. It gives a nice overall picture of what I have done.

        Here is what I have so far.

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        • diamondlightfoot
          diamondlightfoot 1 cheers 2017-06-12 12:32:46

          @bob1623 I love your techy method! You've been busy! I know the newer fitbits use a gps, but I'm not sure what else they link to. Your way goes much nicer!

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 12:51:18

            @diamondlightfoot Thanks. I get to use a lot of techy stuff for something really kind of simple. But that is the world we live in. I made the route tracing yellow now so it is easier to see.

            I've got a lot of roads to cover, so this will be interesting.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-29 12:25:14

    Cameroon is done

    I have checked Cameroon off the list now. The loan went to Constancie.

    Constancie is married, 51, and the mother of seven children between the ages of 21 and 35. She has had a cacao tree plantation in a village for eight years.

    She is asking for a loan to buy phytosanitary products in order to improve the quality of her crop and to better organize her harvest. She will save the income she makes. This income will allow her to realize her goal of building a house and meeting the needs of her family.

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-05-14 18:58:43

    Danger in the cyber world

    I have read some things on this new ransomware out there causing havoc for computer networks. It reminds me I should keep my computer backed up. Something I don't tend to do. I think it is just a matter of time before one hits me.

    My documents are easy to back up. Just copy and paste the folder to a thumb drive. Pictures and music are a different story. My music and pictures would not fit on a thumb drive so I need to back these up to a another hard drive I have. It will take a bit of time, but not as much as it would to try to recover these if lost.

    Documents are done. Easy.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-27 15:15:39

    Those words

    You say those words to me every so often when we talk on the phone. The first time you said them I almost fell over. No one has ever said them to me before, in my whole life.

    And you say them to me every so often. And I could never get tired of hearing them. (You said them yesterday when we talked on the phone)

    "So, when am I going to see you again."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-12 12:18:29

    From 43T V1

    I had this goal on the previous 43T. There were those moments and I did not want to lose them. They have been fewer of late, I guess because we don't see each other as much. But when we do, there is a big smile, and a big hug. Good hugs too. The ones you hold on to for those few extra seconds. The ones that mean a bit more. The ones you get lost in for that precious moment.

    And then there was last night.

    Come on over after the ride. I can give you that stuff. We can have a beer too.

    Sure, that will work out fine. A beer would be great.

    And when I get there.

    I hope you are hungry. I made dinner, Do you want some?

    Oh my god, this looks fabulous!! Of course I am hungry. You are the best!!

    So we have dinner, drink a beer, and talk. You could not plan it any better.

    And a hug as I leave to go home.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-07 18:21:09

    See what I can do today

    With the surgery behind me (good pun here) and I am coming off the 7 to 10 day DL, I figured today would be a good day to see what I can do on this goal. Have I lost any strength I had, or since I have been resting for almost a week, am I strong enough to step up and do this.

    Well, the results were exactly like the previous time documented here. I did 15 in one segment before my arms gave out, rested a bit, then did the remaining 10.

    So I am about the same. At least I have not lost anything.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-06 18:23:12

    Get going on this

    I have not even started this yet. I need to get going as it will help my upper body.

    Broke this into two segments. First was to do 15 pushups. Then, after a short rest; do the remaining 10.

    I did it, but not without struggling on the remaining 10. I'll work with this routine for sometime and then either go for the 25, or get another format.

    So far so good.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-25 16:01:07

    The xx - I See You

    I liked their first two albums a lot. They were a different sound, very minimalism. in this album they have expanded out and their music has grown.

    It is truly one of the best albums i have heard in a long time. When it came out, I was listening to it every day.

    Definitely check this out. It is worth it.

    In fact, I can't every describe how great this album is. You just have to listen to it.

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    • aenea
      aenea 2 cheers 2017-05-11 13:54:50

      @bob1623 I heard this in Barnes and Noble last month and had to Shazam it, it was so good. Glad to hear that the whole album is worth a listen. Will definitely give it a closer look.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-11 17:45:39

        @aenea It IS worth a listen. I am still playing this almost daily and I'm not tired of it.

        Let me know what you think. I like it so much I'm starting to wonder if I am just weird.

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    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-04-01 01:13:01

    Egg-less cake #1

    The first trial I used a Betty Crocker cake mix, Chocolate Fudge, and the standard egg replacement using flax seed meal. Using flax seed meal, one tbs of meal mixed with 3 tbs of water replaces one egg. The cake mix called for 3 eggs so I needed 3 tbs of flax seed meal mixed in 9 tbs of water. I mixed this up and let is sit for 10 minutes for the meal to absorb the water.

    Except for the egg part, everything else remained the same. I did add some chocolate chips to the batter, just because I like them in a cake.

    Results: The cake came out very good. I liked it and it did not last long before it was all eaten. It was moist and tasted very god. It was a bit crumbly. Maybe I need to bake it a bit longer. I'll try that next time.

    Now, I need a piece of cake. I need to bake another one.

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    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-03-25 17:41:00

    Since my grandson

    had a very bad allergic reaction to eggs, everything he eats must be egg-free. So I can do my part by making cakes without eggs. I have a few recipes for vegan cakes. I have made them and they have turned out OK. At least I like them and eat them.

    But I am experimenting with substituting various ingredients for the eggs in cake mixes. Cakes mixes are super easy to make, they come out moist, and taste good.

    I may end up eating the whole cake, but that is OK too. I like cake.

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      flowergirl 5 cheers 2017-04-15 08:29:46

      @bob1623 The Ms Cupcake recipe book is amazing and full of delicious recipes... Also the Hare Krishnas do not use eggs in their cooking so it is worth looking up some of their recipes, Kurma Das has a recipe for Carob cake but I use cocoa so turn it into a chocolate cake... I also veganise it as it uses dairy. This cake is much loved and has been baked for many, many birthdays... Vegan cooking/baking has changed massively, I make so many cakes/savouries that go down a treat and often people do not know they are vegan. I like telling them after they have eaten :-)

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-15 10:20:29

        @flowergirl Thanks for this info. I will check it out.

        I know these egg-less cake mix cakes are likely not vegan, but close enough now. Telling people they are just egg-less is fine. If I told them they were vegan, no one would eat it. They look at me as if there were poison in them.

        Oh well, someday they will learn.

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        • flowergirl
          flowergirl 4 cheers 2017-04-15 10:57:17

          @bob1623 I know what you mean... Immediately people know something is vegan, they turn up their nose and make a face... Never ceases to amaze me. I know if I did that to something with meat in it, I would be regarded as fanatical!!! You will be able to get some of those recipes online free, Isa chandra Moskowitz is another vegan cook with some brill recipes... Post punk kitchen is her blog... Happy baking

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-15 16:50:42

            @flowergirl I understand you completely. I run into the same thing. I am considered somewhat crazy for the way I eat. The thing is, the people giving me the most grief and the ones with the multiple health issues.

            Oh well. And hence today's inspiring quote. I just ran across it. It is kind of appropriate.

            And yes Isa. I have two of her cook books. Her recipes are amazing. I love them. And most are very easy. I just made Trumpet Mushrooms with asparagus last night. It was very good.

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            • ahorrasi
              ahorrasi 3 cheers 2017-04-19 20:11:12

              @bob1623 are you vegan completely?

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              • bob1623
                bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-20 01:06:33

                @ahorrasi No, not completely. When I cook, I cook vegan, but it mainly for myself. My family members all still eat meat and dairy. So, when we go out to eat, I make my best effort to eat vegan, but most places I have to settle for at least vegetarian. It is my social compromise.

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          ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-04-19 20:10:57

          @bob1623 lol some of the best things ive eaten were vegan, cupcakes, cookies, et all. I even made a mean pecan pie tart completely vegan in my day, i think used a lot of flax/coconut oil

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-20 01:09:06

            @ahorrasi I understand you completely. I have eaten some amazing vegan meals. I have a friend who is completely vegan. We go out to eat to a nice vegan restaurant near her house a lot. I think the food is amazing.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-17 18:55:17

    Post ride beer

    After a bike ride the other night, a friend invited me over for a beer. Sure!! Beers after biking are always a treat.

    She said she picked it up last week in Buffalo NY. It was good and hopefully I remember the name the next time I am in Buffalo.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-24 20:01:10

    The appropriate beer after last night's run

    It was good.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-03-24 02:15:17

    Dinner with a friend

    I got try a new ale. Arrogant Bastard Ale. A nice dark full bodied ale. It was good. The label on the bak of the bottle was interesting also.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-14 16:53:26

    My Winter Favorite

    I had one of the Genny Bock Beers the other night at a friend's house. It comes out in the winter for a limited time. It is usually sold out by April. For an inexpensive local beer, it is good.

    I was in the grocery store yesterday and walked by the display. Picked up a 12 pack. I should be good for the winter storm headed this way.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-13 15:09:42

    July - ADK Metric Century

    I realized I never had an "official" event for July. What with the surgery recovery at the beginning of July and vacation a few weeks later, I never was able to register for any races or rides.

    But during vacation, a friend came to visit and we went on a nice long ride. I call it the Adirondack Metric Century. We just followed route 28 to Blue Mountain Lake. It is about 25 miles from where we are staying. There is an epic hill there, about 1.2 mile long where the grade waffles between 8 and 12%. We traveled a bit farther so with the ride back we would be over 100 Km (62 miles).

    I will use this as my July event. It is a once in awhile activity, just like any other event I might take part in.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-14 23:08:55

      @bob1623 that had to be a hard, but beautiful ride.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-15 12:35:31

        @Andia I would say it was hard, but parts were challenging. This map makes it look like we rode through a forest, but we were on some decently paved roads. And we both have nice road bikes, which makes the riding much easier. But we did run into some nice steep hills.

        The scenery was beautiful as you mentioned. Looking out from the road over the lakes never gets old. I could ride this route every day.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-06-19 12:34:58

    June - 5K Time

    I had to make a some changes to my plans due to the pulled calf at the end of May. I skipped the trail races I originally had planned. They were long and one would have been grueling. I most likely would have done some serious damage running on gimpy legs.

    My DIL asked me to run a %K with her so that seemed reasonable. It is short and since she was just running for the cause, it would not tax me too much. We both did good this day, even with it being not and a hilly course.

    Yesterday, I got my sons and DIL to run the Father's Day 5K race in town. It benefits ALS and is a good race. We have all run it before, so we are keeping this tradition going. And best Of all, I got to push my grandson in the stroller for this race. He was good the whole distance and we had a nice time.

    So June is taken care of now. Not sure what will happen in July. I'll find some event.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-05-22 20:12:54

    May - It's Bike Month

    I had two great bike events in May. First was the 5 Boros Bike Ride in NYC in the beginning of the month. I had 5 great friends with me for the weekend trip. The ride itself was not that great as it rained and was cold, bu being with friends for the weekend was great. During the ride we did manage to find each other all day, which was amazing considering there were 30,000 plus riders on the streets.

    Just this past Friday was the annual Ride for Missing and Exploited Children. It is one of my favorite charity rides, this being my 12th year participating. Good people, good route and seeing all the kids at the schools make this an awesome day. The riders stay together with a police escort to cover the route. That means no stopping for red lights or stop signs. I saw many of my riding friends this day and even made a few new friends. And best of all, my DIL did the ride with me. She did great and completed the whole 100 miles having only done one 20 mile training ride leading up the this day. She amazed me. Great day and hopefully I can do this ride again next year.

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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-01 15:31:05

    April - Flower City Half Marathon

    The event for April was this half marathon, on the last day of the month. I have done this race before, the previous time being about 4 years ago. It has taken that long to get body parts working again to run this.

    This is a nice course through some scenic areas of the city. We run by Susan B. Anthony's house, up and down the hills of Highland Park, through Mt Hope Cemetery. Susan B. is buried there, but I don't think we run by her grave. There are a lot of others to take your mind off the run. Last through the river path of the U of R and then to the finish.

    It is a tough course with all the hill too. The weather did not cooperate much as it rained off and on. A couple times it was hard and some thunder and lightning was heard off in the distance. It was cold too and once finished, it took most of the day to warm back up.

    But I finished and had a decent time. The last mile was the fastest too. Mainly because I was freezing and just wanted to be done. I was so cold I could not even stay at the finish line to cheer on my friends finishing.

    They all finished and they can all be proud of running this race. Mother Nature threw us a little curve, just to make it a bit more challenging.

    So that is April. Next up the 5 Boros Ride in NYC this coming weekend.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-16 01:35:14

    Running Event for March

    This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to run in our local St. Patrick's Day race, Johnny's Runnin' of the Green. It is a 5 mile road race and the start of the local running season.

    It usually has a big field, but this year, the temp at run time was 15Β°F. This kept many people away.

    But the crowd there was excited, and I had a bunch of friends to run with. I also saw a few people I had not seen in some time. It was so good to see them. One in particular, a former work associate and an excellent runner. She finished third for the women. I saw her after the race to congratulate her on her great race. She was there with her new son, He looked about 8 months old. And his name is Chase. Great name for a runner.

    I did OK in the run. No records, or PRs. Just good to be out there and be with some friends.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-03-24 20:08:29

    Dinner after Tuesday run

    I have been meeting with a former work mate on Tuesday for a run and a meal. One of us usually cooks. Sometimes we go out.

    My friend P eats vegan, so it gives me a chance to have a great vegetarian meal without any compromises. She is a great cook too, so I am always excited when she offers to prepare a meal.

    Tuesday was a collaborative effort. P made an excellent black eyed bean dish and steamed broccoli. I made rice pilaf and candied sweet potatoes.

    We were both stuffed and there was even some left for lunch the next day.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-03 15:52:23

    from Bishop Richard Cumberland

    "It is better to wear out than to rust out."

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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-23 20:58:25

    from James Gordon

    "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-10 02:15:03

    From Randy K. Milholland

    One that is especially appropriate in light of recent events:

    "I guess that's how death works. It doesn't matter if we're ready or not. It just happens."

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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-05 14:25:08

    from Mitch Albom

    "But all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time."

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    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-06-02 11:24:04

    from Agnes de Mille

    "No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently."

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-12 13:12:02

    Perspective

    I had a colonoscopy last week. I guess this is kind of routine now, but mine found a couple things. The doctor pulled out one polyp, but found another "mass". He was quite concerned about this "mass"as it clearly was not right. So samples were sent for biopsy. He put a rush on these, that was his level of concern.

    I got the results a few days later and all were benign. I still have to have surgery to have this mass removed, but right now I look OK. I seem to have dodged a bullet?

    Thing is, it was not even an hour after getting these results that i got a text from a friend. Another mutual friend was driving, was rear ended by a truck, and killed instantly. She was young, 45, and a great person. A assistant professor of nursing, works with at-risk youth, and a nurse practitioner. She had many degrees and used them all. Married with 2 young kids. Athlete, runner and cyclist who completed a full Ironman a full years ago. It is so sad.

    Hearing this makes me feel a bit guilty. Why do I go on when someone so needed in this world is taken? What makes me dodge this bullet? I am no one special.

    I don't think I could ever fill Ellen's shoes, but I think I just have to be a decent person and keep trying to do good things. Maybe it is simply not be a jerk. But I have this sadness. The world is not fair.

    It is just not fair

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-06-12 17:20:11

      @bob1623 I'm sure you are someone special. I'm sorry you're hurting, and sorry for your loss.

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    • danita
      danita 1 cheers 2017-06-12 18:03:15

      @bob1623 I'm sorry to hear that you've been under some stress with regards to your health and the loss of a friend. I can't imagine what you must be feeling right now but my thoughts and prayers go out to you and I hope that you know that you are indeed someone special.

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      jadedforever 1 cheers 2017-06-12 21:03:32

      @bob1623

      sending you hugs.

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    • aloha50
      aloha50 Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-12 21:49:49

      @bob1623 so glad to read that they were benign. I know what you mean about feeling things are unfair. When I feel like things are unfair for me, I then feel guilty because I have so much compared to so many, how dare I feel deprived. Wishing you good health.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-12 20:27:40

    Busy days

    I have not been around here much the past few days. A few family issues. Thankfully most of this has pasted and life will be getting back to normal.

    First, my DIL ended up in the hospital Sat night with an intense migraine headache. Doctors at one point thought she had a stroke. That was not the case thankfully. She had some medication adjusted and should be back to normal soon.

    My grandson had his tonsils out yesterday, so there was another trip to the hospital. This was scheduled and he is doing fine. It is still a bit traumatic for a 1 year old.

    It has not been all worrisome family issues. I did get a great bike ride in with an old work buddy yesterday. He has just got into biking. He had a few questions for me. Hopefully I helped him with my answers. He is a fairly strong athletic type, so he just needs time in the saddle.

    Lots of family get togethers planned of the Easter weekend. Plus we all get to relax a bit and be thankful all the craziness of this past week will be done.

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    • ligemst
      ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-13 13:14:12

      @bob1623 Sorry about all the family issues. Glad your DIL is doing better and didn't have a stroke. Why did your grandson need his tonsils out so young? Had I known then what I know now, I would not have gotten my tonsils out at 30 yrs old. I would have left them in, but I didn't know then what I know now.

      Hope you have an awesome Easter weekend.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-26 14:37:15

    Sunday Ramblings

    It is a quiet Sunday here. Not much going on and I can escape to a quiet part of the house where the dim of the household noises is minimal. No TV noise here. Only the sound of the cardinals songs outside my window telling me spring is on the way.

    I realize March is my least favorite month. She teases us early in the month with some warm sunny days. "Hey everyone, spring is almost here!!" Then in the middle of the month she gives us the finger and hits us with a big snow storm. This year, not only did we get the big snow, but a few days previous, she hit us with a giant wind storm, knocking out power to thousands.

    This week is calling for warmer temps, alas with a lot of rain. But right now it is not raining, so maybe a bike ride can get fit in later. That would be nice. It will still be chilly, but at least I will telling March I'm not going to let her beat me. The out doors still belongs to me and I will do those things I like in spite of her.

    Still, I'll be glad when March is done and April comes around. April is a better friend.

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    • serenity
      serenity 1 cheers 2017-05-27 08:41:19

      @bob1623 Made me smile reading this, it reminds me of home {MI}
      Those "get your hopes up" warm days followed by " this is your reality bitch" blizzards​...
      I do miss home.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-07-13 22:58:20

    First run since surgery

    and it worked out great. No pain or discomfort. It was just over 3.5 miles, with one walk break up a short hill. Some music kept me company on a cool overcast day; a perfect day for running.

    I needed this run too. It felt good to work some anxiety off. Felt much calmer for the rest of the day.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-06-26 01:15:53

    Yesterday's run

    was the first time I have run with the running group in about 2 weeks. Getting over a minor injury and having other things going on got in the way over this time period.

    And yesterday's run was great!! It felt good to be back with everyone. We had great weather, a great route and lots of conversation and camaraderie between everyone. My legs felt good too. No problems running the 5 miles.

    It was great to be back, and hopefully I can continue running with the group.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-29 12:37:00

    Into a waiting time

    The past few weeks I had been doing very well, lots of activities and having fun doing them. There are two trail races coming up and I have been looking forward to running in them. Last Friday I even made up a training schedule for the next two weeks. The next day, Saturday, was a group run. It is an easy run and I get to see my running friends.

    Then, 2 miles in I felt a sharp pain in my left calf that shot all the up my leg. Rats!! I pulled the muscle. I was so pissed. It is not the pain. I can deal with that and it really is not painful. It is immediately I know I am done for the short term. It would be very difficult to run on it.

    I can do a few things to help it along, but I know what it really needs is rest. At least I can bike on it, but for the next few days there is a lot of rain in the forecast (it is actually raining now as I write this) so I may not be doing a lot of that either.

    Maybe making that training schedule was the wrong thing to do. I think I jinxed myself.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-05-02 00:02:15

    There are those who inspire

    This photo shows a runner from yesterday's half marathon. He goes by the name Darth Vader. He is something of a local hero. He had been running races in a gas mask and carrying an American flag.
    I don't know his story, but I think he is a vet.

    He has not been seen for awhile. I found out it was because he had to have his left leg amputated.

    But he made a promise to us here in Rochester that he would return for the race yesterday. And he did!!

    And after 5 hours and 13.1 miles, he crossed the finish line.

    I just think that is pretty cool. So if this guy can go out and run these races, then I guess I should also.

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-21 12:52:18

    10 Days from the half marathon

    Our group ran the hills portion of the half marathon route this past Tuesday. There are some tough hills here. Getting used to these climbs should help on race day.

    Yesterday I could not make the group run in the evening so I decided to do a short run from home. Starting out my glute pain was more intense than usual. I'm not sure why. And a smarter person would have quit and not risk injury. Not me. I continued and hoped the pain would go away in a mile or so as it usually does.

    And it did!! In about a mile it was just about gone and I was moving smoothly. I could even pick up the pace a bit. And I did not have to take any walk breaks.

    this was a very encouraging run and I felt good when done.

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