Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A huge chapter of my life has now closed. I graduated!
These last four and a half years of my life have been one of the greatest experiences of my life and one of biggest challenges.
It is bittersweet, I am so happy to be finished, but sad at the same time.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wow, how cool is this? I am blogging mobile. I have the Blogger app which allows me to write from my EVO phone. awesome!
It has been a while since I have written and much has changed since I almost died in the accident. Now that I can blog by phone I can write about it, and I will.
I guess I will never really stop being in recovery in one way or another.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Mother nature however, had other plans. A wicked rain along with snow was rolling in that Sunday morning. Like a retired farmer playing dominoes with the boys at the local feed store my tv had stayed on the weather channel full time. You tend to do that when you ride. I changed my plans and decided to leave late Saturday night after work to beat the storm.
As I hit highway 80 headed West towards Dallas I realized something strange. I had the whole road to myself. Except for the occasional car coming from the opposite direction, no one passed me, and no one was in front of me. It was incredible. My only concern was an animal running into my path. I rolled into Mineola and it was a ghost town.
Finally, about four am I rolled into Dallas and spent what was left of the night at a family friends house. I had hardly closed my eyes when I awoke to the sound of rain banging on the roof and the sound of my alarm going off at 7:30 am. Quickly and quietly I got dressed, threw on all my gear and stepped outside. Great, my first ride on a big city freeway system and it was pouring down rain.
It was cold and grey outside as I headed north. I had chosen a route that took me inside two national forests, the Sam Houston, and the Crockett. I hit Cleveland, snuck around to Cold Springs, and up to Trinity, East to Crockett, Alto, Henderson, and finally home to Longview. It got colder and colder the further north I went. There were some great empty logging roads along the way.
The temp stayed about 38 degrees until I crossed the Trinity River. It was here my arse was frozen off and left on the bridge. Once I left the shore and was on the bridge proper the temp dropped to about 25. Every bit of warmth on my body and captured by my layers was sucked into the atmosphere. I have never been colder. It was compounded by my mistake of not stopping for a break in Trinity. I pushed on through 32 more miles to Crockett. I was ten miles short of hypothermia when I pulled into a Pizza Hut for lunch and a warm up. I added two more layers to my gear and now I was looking like Ralphie's brother from a Christmas Story.
I turned onto Hwy 21 and pulled off at my only touristy stop. The historic marker of the Caddo Indian mounds just outside of Alto. I knew I would regret it if I did not stop and get a pic.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hopefully, with the assistance of my government class, I will have time to blog more often. I am super psyched that this is my final semester of school. I get to graduate in the spring! Praise God! This four year journey is coming to a close.
There has also been a new addition to our family. Grace, the ninjette. She's amazing. We have been sharing some awesome adventures, and I look forward to sharing some of them and shaking the dust off the blog.