Today, it is off to Winter Garden, Florida…

…to ride the West Orange Trail and tour the Big Cat Factory.

Motionbased Data for today’s rides:

We begin by meeting in front of the Edgewater Hotel at 99 W. Plant Street. This year’s ride [20 miles] on the West Orange Trail starts at 9:00 a.m. in Winter Garden and goes to the East toward the Buddhist Temple and loops down to Lake Apopka before returning to the Winter Garden. Noon until 2:00 p.m. is open for lunch and CatChatting. The Big Cat Factory Tour at Big Cat HPV, LLC, 720 Business Park Blvd., Unit 22 begins at 2:30 p.m.


Today, it is off to Eva, Florida…

…to ride the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail [Review, w/Update by SoFlaKettwiesel, BROL mbr].

My pictures from today’s ride(s).

Motionbased Data for today’s rides:

And, you ask: Where is Eva, Florida???

We are to began riding at 10:00 a.m.

A very large turn out 49, heck 50 human riders and 2 canine rider. We all hade fun. Of course we now place more faces with names we know and make acqantances that will likely be lasting. Thanks to Jerry and Will [and any others who helped] for there work in setting up this ride. I had fun…

As did Tickle Pink’s pooch…

I’m in Ocoee, Florida

The drive was mostly uneventful, except for an accident just north of Savannah, Georgia where I was delayed about 30 minutes. Gas prices were relative expensive [compared to 4th quarter ’08] $1.89 [SC] & $2.09 [south of Jacksonville, FL] per gal for regular. I saw lower prices. I just needed fuel at the wrong locations. Speaking of Jacksonville, I took a few [no look] shots as I passed on Interstate 95 South. Ocoee is 4 mile east of Winter Garden [our assembly point for Saturday’s ride as well as the Catrike Factory tour]. Both are near Orlando. I’m staying at the Best Western Turnpike West-Orlando. Click on the map to link to the motel.  flickr set


Albeit, a delayed departure

I‘m heading out to the ’09 Catrike Rally [scroll down to article], hoping to arrive ~7:00 p.m. today.


… to my many readers for your many visits.

The blog stat counter just registered 10K hits and that’s since 11/30/2008. I appreciate your visits, your comments, and your participation in polls and surveys. I’ll do my best to keep this blog interesting. I hope to see you frequently. Again, thank you very much! –jim

Travel to Catrike Rally

travel-routeAlthough, I’m working to recover a Windows Vista Operating System for a customer [4-6 hrs to go], I’m trying to prepare for travel to Florida [rally info at bottom of link page], hoping to leave early tomorrow morning. Let’s hope…

STS-119 Update

I was excited about the possibility of seeing a Space Shuttle launch early Friday morning [02/27] only to learn of its postponement. That announcement said there could be a new launch date announced today [02/25]. Here is the latest from NASA.

NASA Removes Discovery’s Flow Control Valves – Plans Next Steps for Launch Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:56:18 AM EST

Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are removing space shuttle Discovery’s three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves today.

Managers continue to evaluate test data in an effort to gather enough information to finalize a plan setting a new target launch date for the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.

Though the plan has not yet been completed, technicians will install flow control valves that have flown fewer times than the ones currently in Discovery’s main propulsion system.

The plan is expected to be finalized today. Once senior managers are in agreement, a Flight Readiness Review meeting will be rescheduled to assess the readiness for launch and set a formal launch target date.

Meanwhile, Discovery’s astronauts are making a quick trip to Kennedy for the day to refresh their training and understanding of the hardware and flight equipment they’ll use during the mission.

I still want to see a shuttle launch before the program ends. I may have to make another cycling trip to Florida. I went twice last year…