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Random crap for Monday...

(updated: Apr 5, 2010)

No new videos...I haven't gone anywhere. This past weekend I caught a cold. Well, first I went riding Thurs after work at Blue Clay. My eyes ended up burning and my throat became swollen from all the pine pollen, then I got sick. So no Blue Clay for me on a beautiful and dry weekend.

But did I take it easy? No. I went to Topsail instead and rode more than half of it, all the way from Surf City to the north end of the island, a round trip of 26 miles. I was doing 17 - 18 mph on the sand, and hit a top speed of 24 mph. I was a maniac, and I paid for it the next two days.

One interesting thing I saw on my Topsail ride this weekend. This was a new house about 90% built next to an existing one.

Another jump I built across the street. So now I have two, one on either side of the street. Soon I'm going to build trails across the street because they're not building any more houses.

Dropping off of stuff with the Pugsley.

My wife on the green frankenbike I built. Maybe I should start a line of fat bikes.

Ok, what movie is this from and what location is this? I used to ride my bike up here a long time ago. It no longer looks like this today -- the lush green hills are now covered with houses and buildings.

Where is this? Hint: it's a dual slalom course in NC.

And finally, an article my wife ran across on Americans rebuild for the 'new urban century'. It features a city here in North Carolina. No it is not Wilmington. Here's an excerpt:

(CNN) -- In Charlotte, North Carolina, commuters zip along a sparkling new light rail system into a booming downtown district.

In Sacramento, California, construction workers hammer away at the next generation of green buildings.

And in New York City, rush-hour commuters pedal across popular bike paths that have spread like kudzu across the metropolis.

Those snapshots from cities across America offer a glimpse of the future. Americans are rebuilding their cities and communities to make people, not cars, the center of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, urban planners and transportation experts say.

"We're creating infrastructure for human beings, rather than automobiles," says Michael Smith, CEO of Center City Partners in Charlotte, a group of business leaders that has helped lead a revival of the city's downtown.

Creating a new infrastructure means new rules, experts say.

What's on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes.

What's now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts.

"As you look at the cities that are going to thrive in the next century, there's a belief that we're entering the urban century," Smith says. "There's a new urbanism that's not about cul-de-sacs or expressways. It's sidewalks, bike paths and parks."

So I was inspired and tried to find a way on the east side of Market St. from Porter's Neck down to Marsh Oaks, because from there I can get to Bayshore and then Middle Sound. I failed. I GPS'd my failure as shown below. It was probably pretty sad to see me fighting to get through brush and fences, and I may have been mistaken for a vagrant on a bike wandering through various properties instead of a professional dirt bum on a mission. Thank you NHC for the piss poor planning.


Filed Under: General Entries > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. B said...

Picture 1) Blood Simple, Austin, Texas

Picture 2) Lee's McRae College, Banner Elk, NC

Apr 6, 2010 @ 5:10 AM

2. SBA said...

You nailed it. That's Mt. Bonnell in Austin, overlooking the 360 bridge. 360 is filled with cyclists now. When I lived there nobody rode. It was the pre-Lance days.

Apr 6, 2010 @ 5:58 PM

3. B said...

How can you get from Bayshore to Middlsound?!?!!? I've looked for a cut through there forever

Apr 6, 2010 @ 7:33 PM

4. SBA said...

There is a way through...but here's the sad story in pictures. This is at the end of Thai's Trail off of Bayshore (Google Map).



Gotta love the NIMBY locals. But not to worry, our NHC Parks Dept is on the case. It is dedicated as a greenway, just needs to be funded and built (currently in the works).

Apr 6, 2010 @ 8:43 PM

5. goofy said...

wtf is wrong with people

Apr 7, 2010 @ 4:00 PM

6. B said...

That picture brings this to mind.....

Apr 12, 2010 @ 7:24 PM

7. SBA said...

Yeah that's a better method. I had to go through that and got my clothes torn. Might wake the neighbors though.

Apr 13, 2010 @ 5:00 AM

8. Lienhop said...

Do you live in Topsail?

Apr 13, 2010 @ 1:44 PM

9. SBA said...

No...but I go ride there a lot because it's a long island.

Apr 13, 2010 @ 8:21 PM


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