Wednesday, January 4, 2012

RTP Signing Off

I started this blog on January 4th 2008. Four years and 399 posts later I have decided to put this blog out to pasture. I haven't had time to keep up with it and it doesn't look like things will change anytime in the near future. All the content will remain, I may even update the links as they seem to be very popular, but I will not be posting anything new. I appreciate everybody's comments, suggestions, and assistance over the years. I have enjoyed getting to know you guys. I will still be following your blogs and commenting. I'll still be riding although I may actually leave home without my camera (weird). It's been fun.

Take care


P.S.-I will not be changing my email address or anything like that so contact me if any of you guys are going to be in town.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Hobby Integration

There hasn't been much time for riding lately. The first series of photos is from a short ride I did about a week ago. The last couple of photos are from yesterdays ride.

For some reason every time I try to get out and fish this river, somebody cuts off the water flow. There's some construction taking place somewhere upstream.

I brought along a heavier two piece fishing rod this ride as opposed to the little telescoping rod I used last time.

I worked my way up and down the river but didn't catch anything.

Yesterday's ride

With evening approaching the cormorants returned to their homes in the trees on the south side of the river.

I did manage to catch this guy yesterday. I caught another one just like it a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty sure it's some kind of bass but it doesn't look too much like the large mouth bass I caught in an Arlington pond this weekend. The colors are really pale. BTW-I released him just after snapping this photo.

This is one of the large mouth bass I caught in Arlington. The colors are much darker and the jagged line marking is easily seen. Photographed and released.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hobby Integration

Hey guys, it's been a while. I've complained before about work taking up too much of my personal time, so I'll skip most of that. Lately, when I have had free time, I've been packing up my two youngest kids and hauling them to the closest body of water to partake in our newest family hobby-fishing. I'm a complete novice when it comes to fishing but with some internet research we've had overwhelming success with the minuscule panfish at a nearby pond and the slightly larger bluegills in Trinity River. Bluegills are about the only fish I can identify at this point. I have integrated my newest hobby, fishing, with my bike rides along the Trinity River.

Some little pond fish my son caught recently. I have no idea what it is.

We've caught about a million of these little guys. I've been crushing the barbs down on our hooks and releasing everything we catch.

I picked up this telescoping rod and reel combo at Bass Pro in Grapevine.

This easily fits in my pannier.

I had the day off yesterday and headed off down the Trinity Trails looking for a decent spot to fish.

My Trek 930 do-everything bike laying on the riverbank. All of my fishing gear was packed into the right side pannier.

The water level was really low in certain areas due to ongoing construction along the river. I fished a couple of areas today but didn't have much luck. No big deal.

I've made some changes to the Trek. I replaced the knobbie tires with a cheap pair of commuter tires from Performance and I swapped the flat bars for a set of back and neck friendly North Road bars.

I ditched the Grip Shift stuff for a set of inexpensive but highly effective thumb shifters. As of this evening I've replaced the cork grips for a more utilitarian set of black rubber lock-on grips. I plan to add one of those Wald Giant Delivery Baskets sometime in the near future.

The ride home. It looks like the leaves are finally changing color.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Ride 10-30-11

I've been busy so this post is a little late. I managed to get out and ride on an absolutely perfect Sunday afternoon. I love the fall.


I don't know if Colonel's is moving or opening a second location. I suspect that they're moving.

I think this is an excellent location, it's on Foch Street just north of Lancaster. It's just south of La Familia restaurant and only a couple of blocks from Fred's and the new So. 7th development. To reach the Trinity Trails you just ride up this road approx 1/4 of a mile.

I ran across a Halloween party on Crockett Street.

The ride home down some nice tree lined neighborhoods streets.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Ride 10-16-11

I wanted to take the Trek 930 out for a quick ride. It's not set up the way I want yet but it will do for now.

I took the rack off of my Takara and mounted it on the Trek. My old Wright's saddle was sitting around gathering dust so I mounted it as well. The knobby tires and Gripshift will be replaced sometime soon.

My camera bag seems to be right at home resting on top of the stem.

I've been meaning to check out this drainage canal.

I came across a hawk in this area. He would swoop down and glide in front of me at tire level and then head up into the trees. This happened several times. I initially thought he was upset that I was riding through his territory but then it looked more like he was waiting for me to flush out a meal for him.

There were a couple of pipes to hop over.

This was as far as I could go to the west.

The far wall dams off the water to a small lake in what I believe is a retirement community. I turned around and rode back east, passing the spot I entered the drainage canal.

This is as far as I could ride to the west. It's a pleasant spot despite the bits of trash that have washed into the creek after our recent, and desperately needed rain.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

New RTP Tumblr Blog

Following Jon's example I've set up a Tumblr blog as a companion to this blog. Actually it's going to be like that dresser drawer where you toss all the stuff that doesn't really go anywhere else. I've added some old photos just to have a little something to look at. There's a link to the new Rat Trap Press blog in the list at the bottom right side of this page.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Links

You may or may not have noticed the links at the far bottom right side of this blog. Originally those links were mostly craft related blogs of friends and acquaintances from way back when I was selling screen printed t shirts on Etsy. Many of those blogs are still there, some I had to delete because they were no longer active. I've decided to use that space for stuff that doesn't exactly fit into the bike blog category. I've added Jon Grinder's new Tumblr blog named So Many Voices in My Head. You'll also find a couple of great blogs that I visit very often such as The William Brown Project, Archival Clothing, and10 Engines. I've noticed that a lot of people visit my blog for the bike links, hopefully the miscellaneous links will prove popular as well. I'll be adding new links on a regular basis. If you have a blog that you'd like added let me know.