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Bike workout and shiny new toy

Finally got my ass out today on the bike. We've had so much rain here and more last night that all of the mountain bike trails were all closed this morning as they're all mud. So, I got the old bike out with the slicks and hit the American Tobacco Trail. There must have been 100+ people on it today. I was pushing it a bit hard, but was keeping up.

I got to the ballpark (half-way point, 5 miles and official end of trail) and started chatting with another biker who had some questions. After that I turned around and was getting ready to head back when I was overwhelmed with nausea. I ended up taking off my gear and sitting on the bench at the trailhead wondering if I was going to lose my breakfast in the middle of town. Head felt really hot too for a bit. After about 10-15 minutes, it slowly settled down and took it easy on the way back. Didn't have any more problems after that. Guessing I was just pushing it way too hard after almost ZERO physical activity in a solid week.

However, all of that was overshadowed by my giddiness with my new GPS! :) I was looking at a new one for several months now. The old one is slow, only holds 19MB (enough detailed maps for 1 large city) and only has a serial interface (takes 30 minutes to do a full transfer of maps). My friend Peter showed me his new GPS and I was pretty much hooked. Walmart had a the best price and I spent the money. This was a huge deal to be spending this money right now, but it was just one of those splurges I just had to get out of my system.

It's a Garmin nuvi 350 and it rocks! Nice screen, great interface, calculates routes in seconds, I can get a lock on multiple satellites while downstairs in a home, full voice responses including the street name--just an incredible unit. It has the detailed addresses for the entire US built-in. It has a mini-USB port and appears to the PC as a simple USB drive. Things thing stores like 2GB with 1.3GB containing it's core data leaving a nice chunk of space to load up more maps, options, MP3's and pictures. I'm really looking forward to using this and especially on my trip to Colorado in a few weeks here.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
You made the mistake that most of us make when starting, think you can go further then you can, no biggie we all do it.

Pacing is your friend
Jan. 7th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
I was just starting to ride the ATT when I moved - I wish there was something similar down here. Maybe I should bring my bike up there on some future Triangle-area trip & take it out on the trail.
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
What kind of bike riding do you do? Been on the southern end of the ATT? Umstead? Lots of hard surface trails around here.
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I have both a hybrid that an ex-bf gave me when he moved west & a road bike that I still have to get used to (as in the pedals), but it's been WAY too long since I've gone riding (no comment). I actually only learned to ride a bicycle in my mid-20s in Durham (& that was before I learned to drive).

Haven't been out to Umstead yet. I have done the stretch from the DBAP down towards Southpoint - I think down to Woodcroft Pkwy but am no longer sure.
Jan. 7th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, ATT still runs from the ballpark down to Hwy 54. They're still working to get the funds together to get the bridge over I40. It resumes again from Massey Chapel Road, another break at an old trestle bridge and keeps going from there on south of 64. Be great to have it all connected one of these years.
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