Monday, April 6, 2009

T minus 3 weeks....

So I stopped by my friend Sheffy's place the other day to drop off some Amish Friendship Bread and pick up some maps and books on the C&O Canal. Good stuff. I've been cooking up a storm in the kitchen these days: breads, quiches, cakes (including a fabulous chocolate zucchini cake, if I do say so myself), curries, and whatever-is-in-the-fridge concoctions that remain uncategorized but pretty tasty. I think as stress relief activities go, at least ones you can do solo, cooking is at the top of my list. What? I'm not procrastinating. At least I don't think I am. Everyone else is too busy munching to suggest as much, either. This is practice for when I am on the road.

No, but seriously, my departure date is drawing near. I'm a little nervous, to be honest -- hence the culinary whirlwind -- but really, really excited. I'm amazingly lucky to have such supportive friends and family. (BTW, speaking of support, Becky, don't think you slipped that little paypal donation under the radar -- thank you!) There is still a lot to work out, but I'm getting there....

Oh! And this just in: If you're in the DC area, come join Ollie and I for the official beginning of the Bikeable Feast. Here are the details (also posted on Facebook):

Mile Zero: The Bikeable Feast begins!
Come be a part of this semi-historic event at a legitimately historic place. We'll be setting off on the first few miles of A Bikeable Feast together, biking the first 15 miles along the historic C&O Canal before stopping at Great Falls for lunch.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: C&O Canal: Milemarker Zero (Georgetown)

Bring your own bikeable feast: a picnic, sunscreen, and lots of water. (I'd also throw in a few tire patches and a pump, just in case our luck rubs off on you.) I suspect the rest of the group will be heading back together after lunch as I continue toward Cumberland....

Come on, it'll be fun. (And dad, put in a request to the Big Guy for some sunshine, will you?)


  1. The paypal links in your old posts didn't work, but the one in your sidebar does. I was testing them out for you. I would have done it sooner, but I've been slammed at work and home. I'll stop slacking on my technical advisory work.

  2. Oh! Hmmm. Thanks for the heads up, Tysen. I wonder if that's why I haven't seen any donation activity from Oprah and the Gates Foundation. Could be.

  3. The bikeable feast sounds fantastic, wish I could be there! I love the pear addition to the cake, I never would've thought of that! Glad you enjoyed it, now get out and dance in those lovely cherry blossom petals.

  4. There have been a few folks writing in to tell me that they'd love to attend this if only they had a bike. While I'd love to drive more sales to the folks at CHB (they sell good bikes, what can I say?), I would also put out the suggestion of renting a bike for a day.

    I found this helpful link with rental places and a map for where they are in relation to some of the trails around town:

    And of course there are the new smart bikes: Ollie's met a few of them, and they seem like pretty friendly cycles.


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