Monday, April 9, 2018

The Masters, Alaska and other stuff.......

7:07 am - Monday - April 9th - SoCal - 63º F, 38% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the north....clear blue skies.......it is going to be hot today......forecast high is 93º F.....at least the humidity has gone down!

Sunday was all I hoped it would be.  The Masters final round was amazing, but I get ahead of myself.  From Thursday through Saturday evening TLE and I probably spent 20 hours watching The Masters.  Sunday we woke up to Masters coverage, but I thought it was time for a break so we tuned into a soccer match in the British Premier League......in fact, we watched two consecutive Premier League matches just for a change of pace!

Around 9:30 am I decided it was time for my 4th consecutive bike ride on the PET*.....it's been quite a while since I've ridden 4 consecutive days, and frankly my legs were beginning to feel a little 'wear and tear' as I began my ride.  Prior to Sunday I had covered 82 total miles riding on the PET*, and I was thinking maybe I could pound out another 18 and break 100, but it was not to be.  There was a little headwind as I rode west, and that quickly stifled any notions of riding 18+ miles.  By the time I returned home some 56 minutes and 35 seconds later I had covered 13.7 miles at an average speed of 14.6 mph and burned just over 800 caloric units.......



......and now my total mileage is at 95.7....it will be easy peasy to break the 100 mile mark on my next ride.......


......within 20 minutes of my return the live broadcast of The Masters was beginning, and I spent the rest of the day basically alternating between my recliner and my computer desk hanging on every drive, chip and putt.  The day saw Patrick Reed hang on to win by one stroke with a one under par 71 when everyone else seemed to be tearing up the course.  Jordan Spieth carded an 8 under par 64 to fall two strokes short of overtaking Reed, although at one time with three holes to go he was actually tied at 14 under par with him.  Rickie Fowler carded a a 5 under par to fall just one stroke short of Reed.  There were numerous other players who just knocked the cover off the ball Sunday, but all came up short as Reed made just enough putts to win including a 4 footer on the last whole to hold par and win.  Within an hour of the end of The Masters TLE and I decided to take a mile walk to kind of shake out the cobwebs which had accumulated from all that sitting over the last 4 days.

So, why was I at my computer desk part of the day?  Well, I got an email from our friends Forest and Cindy with whom we plan to travel to Alaska in the summer of 2019.  A little back history here.....we spent about a month traveling with Forest and Cindy in Alberta a few years ago and had a marvelous time caravanning with them.  At any rate, Forest was asking a few questions in his email about making plans and that got me to reading the blog (click this link to read about their journey) of very good friends Steven and Linda who spent the entire summer of 2016 in Alaska.  I remembered when I first read their blog post about their trip back in 2016 that I felt I should use their trip as a sort of blueprint for our planning when we make the journey.  They had a great experience and great weather almost the entire trip and found many amazing places to stay with the "IT" factor along the way.  Right now I am on sensory overload!

TLE made a nice Veggie Alfredo for dinner......OMG!  I look in the fridge and see nothing to eat....she looks in the fridge and whips up an amazing dinner out of seemingly nothing.  I am not worthy!

Thanks for stopping by!

*PET = Pacific Electric Trail


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