Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Chasing Jefferson Davis Marathon Fitzgerald Georgia 5/16


WELL BELOVED READERS IT HAS BEEN AWHILE SINCE YOURS TRULY HAS DONE SOMETHING INTERESTING ENOUGH TO DESERVE A BLOG.  PULL UP A CHAIR AND ENJOY THE LATEST ADVENTURE. 

SOME CALENDAR SURFING ON THE MANIAC SITE REVEALED A LITTLE RACE A FEW HOURS AWAY IN GEORGIA COMMEMORATING THE SURRENDER OF JEFFERSON DAVIS.  THE SURRENDER ROUTE JUST HAPPENED TO BE 26.2 MILES.
THE FINE FOLKS IN ABBEVILLE GA PUT ON THE EVENT LAST YEAR TO REMEMBER THE 150 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVENT. 
THIS WAS YEAR 2 AND IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD EVENT.
TURNS OUT 2 OF OUR LOCAL LEGENDS CHRISTINE S AND MIKE K RAN IT LAST YEAR.  CHRISTINE HAD A STRAY DOG FOLLOW HER FOR 16 MILES AND MIKE ENJOYED THE HISTORY OF THE  RACE BUT DID  SKIP THE AFTER PARTY WITH A VISIT TO THE ER FOR FLUIDS.  THIS YEAR'S FORECAST LOOKED BETTER SO OFF I WENT TO EXPLORE SMALL TOWN CONFEDERATE TERRITORY.

ASHBURN GEORGIA KNOWS HOW TO ROCK THE WORLD WITH A BIG FESTIVAL AND IS THE HOME TO THE CHAMPION BBQ PITMASTERS -SERIOUS PRIZE MONEY $20,000 !!!

TRUTH BE TOLD SEEING THIS--THE WORLD'S LARGEST PEANUT UP CLOSE WAS A MAJOR MOTIVATION TO RUN 26 MILES. HISTORY BE DAMNED.


THIS IS THE VERY LOVELY COURTHOUSE BUILT IN 1903 FOR LOTS OF MONEY

WITH THE BELOW RIGHT NEXT DOOR. THIS IS NOT A BED AND BREAKFAST IT IS THE JAIL !!    IT WAS ACTUALLY USED UNTIL 1993. THE SHERIFF AND FAMILY LIVED ON THE BOTTOM FLOOR AND THE INMATES WERE ON THE SECOND WITH BIG WINDOW VIEWS AND BARS ON THE INSIDE OF THE GLASS.
MISS GERRY WAS CALLED FROM HER HOUSE TO GIVE ME THE TOUR. THIS IS THE JAIL KEY AND I ASKED HER TO PLEASE NOT LOCK ME IN.

IF THE JUDGE DECIDED THIS WAS YOUR DAY-  THE TRAP DOOR WOULD OPEN


AND THIS IS YOUR FATE.
NOTE THE BARS ON THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOWS


IF YOU ARE INTO PARANORMAL STUFF YOU CAN SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE JAIL AND EXPERIENCE THE GHOSTS.


HERE IS THE HISTORY OF THE SURRENDER- HALF OF THE CONFEDERATE GOLD THAT WAS WITH MR. DAVIS IS STILL MISSING AND MAY BE ON THE ROUTE.

WE STARTED AT THE SURRENDER SITE THAT HAD A LITTLE MUSEUM.




THIS IS A BLOODY UNIFORM FROM THE BATTLE OF ATLANTA WORN BY THE OWNER OF MISS GERRY'S HOUSE.




WE STARTED TO RUN AT 6 AM


SOUTHERN PRIDE ?
BRAVERY FOR BREAKING AWAY ?
NUF SAID

THE WATER STOPS WERE VERY PRECIOUS

THIS WAS STAR WARS THEMED WITH A DARTH MASK LOWER LEFT

AN ALMOST LIFE SIZE TOM HANKS PIC

THIS IS AN OLD ONE,
 I DO LOVE FLORIDA BUT MISS OLD  BARNS SO MUCH.




HERE WAS MY ONLY ENCOUNTER IN 5.5 HOURS OTHER THAN THE AID FOLKS
 MANIAC  DON FROM GEORGIA.
I AM A RACE YAKKER AND THIS WAS A LONG DAY WITH JUST MY THOUGHTS AND MY LITTLE CAMERA. IT SEEMED LIKE A 10 HOUR RACE. WHERE IS DAVE BELL WHEN YOU NEED HIM ?

CHRISTINE HAD HER DOG FOR 16 MILES I HAD THIS GREAT BIG TURTLE FOR 16 SECONDS-THIS IS LIFE IN THE BACK OF THE PACK.


I KEEP THINKING A CANNON OR RIFLE  WAS GOING TO FIRE AND THE TROOPS WOULD POP UP



FINALLY 26.2 MILES LATER THE BIG FINISH LINE IN ABBEVILLE.
THERE WERE LOTS OF NICE LOCAL FOLKS WITH LOTS OF GREAT FOOD.

THESE WERE THE SIZE OF VOLLEYBALLS. I WAS NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO INDULGE AND STUCK TO THE  PIZZA. WE TOOK A BUS BACK TO OUR CARS AT THE SURRENDER MONUMENT WHERE A NICE FELLOW FROM SAVANNAH TOOK MY PIC.
AN ADDED BONUS WAS THE MEDAL WAS A GOLD COIN COMMEMORATING THE SURRENDER.  
THIS AND $5 WILL BUY YOU A STARBUCKS.

NEXT UP FOR ME IS THE PIE EATING CONTEST -I MEAN BIKE TOUR IN WISCONSIN IN JUNE.
MY NEW FAVORITE QUOTE IS
DIE WITH MEMORIES 
NOT DREAMS.


DREAM BIG Y'ALL

AS ALWAYS GET OUT AND PLAY
LOVE TO ALL
NW



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SPACECOAST 2014

YOU MEAN THE BLOG IS TARDY IF IT IS ALMOST 1 YEAR LATE ?
ENJOY - CLEARLY IT HAS BEEN AN EVENTFUL YEAR.
 
CAPE CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE SIGHTING
ARMADILLO !!
 
MARATHON MANIACS AND FANATICS READY TO LAUNCH
  
 

BLACKPOINT DRIVE
MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE



WHEN IS THE NEXT LAUNCH ?
CAN I GO TO MARS  PLEASE ?


THIS WAS THE SECOND YEAR OF THE 3 OR 5 YEAR SPACE COAST MARATHON CHALLENGE. THERE IS SERIOUS BLING FOR COMPLETING  THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS OF THE RACE AND  KEEPING  A 3 OR 5 YEAR STREAK.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SPACE SHUTTLES.  GREAT GIVEAWAYS, BEAUTIFUL ROUTE  AND POST RACE CELEBRATION.  ADD OCEAN FRONT HOTELS FOR A BUDGET RIGHT AFTER THANKSGIVING  AND YOU HAVE A WINNER. YES THIS PUPPY FILLS UP SUPER FAST.






NAN AND MICHELE TEE IT UP FOR YEAR 2

MICHELE COMING DOWN THE  HOME STRETCH AGAIN
 
THANK YOU SPACE HEROES

 


MICHELE AND WINGMAN RODNEY READY TO OCCUPY BREAKFAST
 
FOR A REASON THAT SEEMS SILLY WRITING THIS ALMOST A YEAR LATER-(HEY WE HAVE HAD BOXES TO PACK AND UNPACK AND PACK AND UNPACK AND PACK  AND UNPACK......)
I DECIDED TO TRY TO BREAK 5 HOURS FOR THIS AFFAIR FOR OLD TIME'S SAKE.
50 STATES WERE FINISHED AND THERE WAS NO EXCUSE TO HOLD BACK  AND STAY INTACT FOR THE NEXT EVENT.
THIS INVOLVED STAYING WITH A PACE GROUP AND ACTUALLY THINKING ABOUT RUNNING.  NOT CHATTING, FINDING NEW FB FRIENDS, DRINKING BLUE MOON (GET IT  SPACE FANS ?) TAKING PICTURES FOR THE BLOG ETC ETC ETC
MY ONLY MEMORY OF THE DAY WAS LOOKING AT THE LITTLE PACE SIGN ON A STICK AND LISTENING FOR THE WALK BREAK COMMANDS.  THE POWER OF THE POSSE IS GREAT.  IF CONTACT IS LOST WITH THE GROUP JUST LIKE BIKE RACING YOU ARE OFF THE BACK, DROPPED AND PUTTING ON A SOLO SHOW AND LATE TO THE  TIME GOAL PARTY AT THE FINISH.  WHAT A SHAME TO MISS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, SPACE THEMED COSTUMES, NICE NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALL THE LEISURELY CHATS.   ALL FOR A SILLY TIME THAT STARTS WITH A 4.
 I DID BREAK 5 SO THAT IS DEFINITELY IT FOR  THAT FOR AWHILE.
BACK TO THE PARTY IN THE BACK FOR SURE.
 
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW I SAW THE ATLANTIS EXHIBIT AT THE SPACE CENTER AND BECAME MORE AMAZED WITH WHAT THE SPACE PROGRAM WAS.  I WISH WERE WE STILL GOING FULL SPEED AHEAD IN THIS AREA OF OUR COUNTRY.  SEEING A SHUTTLE UP CLOSE IS AMAZING AND THE LAUNCH SIMULATION EXPERIENCE IS QUITE FUN.
 
THERE  IS TONS OF GREAT NATURE, NATIONAL SEASHORE  VERY UNSPOILED  CLOSE BY. ACTUALLY -RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAUNCH PADS. 
 
THIS YEAR COMING UP IS YEAR THREE WITH SPECIAL BLING.  THE PAST YEAR HAS HAD LOTS OF GALACTIC COMMOTION FOR BOTH MICHELE AND MYSELF AND THE BELOVED DEBBIE.  WE  ALL LOOK FORWARD TO SITTING ON THE HOTEL BALCONY AFTER THE EVENT  LOOKING AT THE OCEAN AND  SIPPING AN ADULT BEVERAGE AND COUNTING LOTS OF  BLESSINGS FOR GETTING TO ANOTHER SPACE COAST FINISH. GOOD LORD WILLING AND THE CREEK DON'T RISE THIS WILL  OFFICIALLY  BE MARATHON  #100.  SINCE I HAD SOME RACES BACK IN DINOSAUR TIME, THEY DO NOT COUNT UNLESS THEY CAN BE COUNTED.  I ALWAYS SAID TUBE SOCKS, COTTON T SHIRTS WITH SLEEVES CUT OFF AND MULLETS WILL COME BACK.   HERE IS AN INSPIRING QUOTE ABOUT SPACE.
 
"THE SKY IS ONLY THE LIMIT FOR THOSE WHO AREN'T AFRAID TO FLY"
-BOB BELLO

 
Stay inspired and
Make it a great day
NW
 

 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

REMAIN CALM AND SAY YES-THE QUADZILLA

 
 
THE QUADZILLA 
 
THIS PAST LABOR DAY LOOKING FOR A LEGITIMATE EXCUSE TO ENJOY A GOOD WORKOUT AND BRUNCH, THE QUADZILLA WAS BORN.  SEEKING   SOME BRADENTON RUNNING CLUB SOCIAL TIME (IT HAD BEEN ALMOST 24 HOURS SINCE THE LAST GATHERING)  I CALLED A QUADZILLA FOR 7 AM AT THE BEACH. 
 
 THE PLAN WAS TO RUN FOR AWHILE, BIKE FOR AWHILE, SWIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND EAT AND TALK  FOR A LONG WHILE.  4 BRAVE SOULS SHOWED UP IN THE POURING RAIN.....
 
 
DEBBIE, MARTHA, NAN AND MEL
 


 
NO SNICKERING PLEASE- YES,  OUR AVERAGE AGE IS A FEW TICKS MORE THAN THE NUMBER OF  SECONDS IN A MINUTE.   YES -THE QUADZILLA WELCOMES ALL AGES, KICKSTANDS AND WALKERS. THE REAL REASON WE ARE SMILING SO MUCH IS THAT WE SURVIVED A TSUNAMI RAIN STORM, LIGHTNING AND  FEAR OF DANGEROUS MARINE LIFE  AND  SLOW RESTAURANT SERVICE.
 
 
WE LIVE IN THE BRADENTON BUBBLE AS MARTHA CALLS IT. IT IS  ALWAYS SUNNY AND THE RAIN IS ALWAYS OVER THERE SOMEWHERE.  NOT THIS DAY.  THE BUBBLE APPARENTLY GOT POPPED.   HOWEVER- YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE GRANNIES.
THE QUADZILLA WAS  ON.  IT IS SIGNIFICANT TO MENTION THAT DEBBIE BROUGHT A NOODLE FOR THE SWIM BUT WE PUT IT ON THE TRUNK OF THE CAR IN THE DARK AND IT BLEW AWAY WHILE DRIVING TO THE ISLAND.  DEBBIE DID SWIM ALL THE WAY TO THE BUOY MARKERS AND BACK WHILE KEEPING WATCH FOR DORSAL  FINS.  HER LIPSTICK AND EARRINGS STAYED PERFECT. THE  ALWAYS PERFECT HAIR  WAS  SADLY A BIT SOGGY AND NOT PERFECT. SHHHHH. SOME FORLORN FAMILIES HOPING TO EVENTUALLY PICNIC TOOK OUR PHOTO AND THE FASTEST MILES OF THE DAY WERE TO A WARM DRY RESTAURANT.
 
FINISHER CERTIFICATES WERE ISSUED ALONG WITH COMMEMERATIVE BANDANNAS.  THE LATEST SPORTS CRAZE WAS BORN. 
 
 A FEW WEEKS LATER ANOTHER VERSION OF THE QUADZILLA WAS PLANNED-BIKE-RUN-SWIM-EAT/BRAG.
 
6 NEW QUADZILLIANS SHOWED UP,  AN AB WORKOUT  ALSO HAPPENED FOR THE OVERACHIEVERS AND PHD'S IN THE GANG.
THE FANTASTIC CREW FROM QUADZILLA 2.0
MIKE, DEBBIE, KRISTIN, LINDSAY, MARTHA, ROBYN AND BETTY.
PLEASE NOTICE THE  VERY TIGHT ABS ALL AROUND
 
 
LOOKING FOR EVERY POSSIBLE CHANCE TO FEEL IMPORTANT THE ORIGINAL 4 WERE NAMED THE FOUNDING FOUR AND WE  ADDITIONALLY REQUEST THAT THE WORD ELITE BE USED AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.  YOURS TRULY IS THE CAPTAIN AND DEB, MARTHA AND MEL HAVE ADMIRAL STATUS. PLEASE SALUTE  OR BOW  WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER US ON THE STREET.
 
THIS PAST WEEKEND WE REPEATED THE FORMAT AND SPEEDY JOE TANNER RODE THE RED ROCKET FOR  THE 50 MINUTE BIKE SEGMENT AND MADE IT ALMOST TO ST ARMAND'S. CLEARLY THAT FAMILY HAS A HANDLE ON THE BIKE AS LINDSAY SMOKED THE ROAD AT THE PREVIOUS VERSION. LET THE RECORD REFLECT LINDSAY AND KRISTIN  WERE  TAPERING AT HOME FOR THE THIRD RENDITION AS THEY WERE PINNING ON A NUMBER FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL TRI THE NEXT DAY. BRAVO GIRLS. 
 
 CAPTAIN QUADZILLA  DETERMINED THAT SWAG MATTERS, SWAGGER MATTERS MORE AND  EGOS MUST REMAIN  SUPER INFLATED AT ALL TIMES.  BRAGGING  STICKERS WERE PROMPTLY  DISTRIBUTED.
 
 
SURELY YOU HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THIS TREND:
 





100 !!! DOROTHY WE ARE SURELY NOT IN KANSAS ANY MORE
 
 
AND JUST LOOK AT THIS POMPOUS SOUL.
OOOPS.... THAT IS MY CAR.
QUADZILLA  !!!!!    BRAG FOREVER
THE QUADZILLA STICKERS ARE  ROCKING  STREETS OF BRADENTON.
IF ANYONE IS LOOKING TO BUY A 4 AT HOME DEPOT -STOP BY.  I HAVE THEM ALL.
 
 
IT IS MY SAD DUTY TO REPORT THAT SINCE  THE WATER TEMP HAS DROPPED TO AN UNACCEPTABLE 74' AND THERE WAS  DURING THE LAST QUADZILLA : A STINGRAY SIGHTING  THE SIZE OF A BIKE -  SWIMMING POOLS OR A DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE ARE CLEARLY  UNDER CONSIDERATION. 
 
THERE ARE PERSISTENT RUMORS OF A FRIDAY THE 13TH QUADZILLA AT THE ROBINSON PRESERVE THAT WILL INVOLVE CLIMBING THE TOWER OF TERROR ALL 72 STEPS.
GET YOUR 4 ON FOLKS
   
 
 
THE ELITE SAY REMAIN CALM AND SAY YES
QUADZILLA
BRAG FOREVER
 
 
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY AND SENDING MUCH LOVE TO ALL
CAPTAIN QUADZILLA
NW