Back to blogging. I need to start somewhere, so I'll start with the last 24 hours.
I commuted to work for the first time in the two years I have been working at TCC. Thanks to the new massive Jordan Bridge, getting to Portsmouth from Norfolk is much easier. It also requires going over the Berkely Bridge. One story idea that Wes Cheney gave me a long time ago was themed "Gentrification of the Berkely Bridge." I still have that story on the burner, along with a new idea "Jordan Bridge: The Innovation of using feet to travel." The bridge has brought out critics who are horrified that a bridge should be built that allows people to walk and ride bikes over. "People will get robbed at the top," and "People are going to be jumping off" are some of the comments I have read on line. My commute is 13.5 miles one way and difficult to make in under an hour since there are so many lights. Glad to have my own office for drying the laundry.
Yesterday was a huge day in terms of mileage and boosting confidence for me. It started out with plans to do the annual Teeuwen memorial ride (24 miles). An additional 55 were added when Keith sent word that his group would leave from Hilltop to meet the ride. And then Mike Carhart thought it would be a good idea to add 19 by riding from Norfolk to Hilltop. I never got word about the additional 15 that were added to "complete the loop" as shown here. I did 98 with Mike and Mike Park completing 114.