Pioneer Days

I just really went out on a limb for something. It might have been the wrong decision, but I just know what I'd want others to do, and at least I can rest a little easier now. You know how sometimes you just *know* you have to do something? Like you don't have a choice? Like a higher force puts in on your mind so that there is nowhere you can hide from it until you take action? It's the same thing I felt about Invisible Children, and I felt it again, so I really didn't have much of a choice in the matter. It is like trying not to breathe. The sooner you give in, the sooner you can start moving on with things, and everything is usually a lot better for having done it. So that's all I'll say about that.

I really need to get back into a cycle of going to bed at decent times because I've forgotten what it is like to enjoy a nice Saturday morning. And enjoying one because you were up all night is Not That Good, but it was still amazing. Summer has passed and the weather I wait all year for is in the air. And with it comes an intense desire to go out and do something.

Every year the church affiliated with my old high school puts on a parade and community gathering called Pioneer Days. I haven't been around at all in the past six years thanks to my time at UCF, so I rode my bike down there to see what was happening. (kinda feels strange to ride my bike there instead of UCF). I totally missed the parade because I couldn't drag myself out in time. Anyway, I considered going into where they had everything set up, but I didn't want to risk paying admission, there wasn't a great spot for my bike, and I have an aversion to large crowds anyway. Especially when I probably didn't know anyone there. In hindsight, it wouldn't have mattered anyway because I forgot to bring my lock.

So I decided to keep riding. I rode past the school to explore an area I have never gone before, with only my phone's free Mobile GMaps GPS software to guide me. Seriously, if your phone has data access, check this out. No need to pay for your provider's "preferred" GPS software!

So basically just enjoying my own company on one of the nicest days I can remember in the last few months, I rode all the way through Belle Isle, up through Hoffner Ave, down S Conway Rd, and back in past Warren Park (David Martin goes to Warren park.. lol they named a park after me), and back in again through a pedestrian walkway between the Beach Line and the lake. Sopped at the park there for about twenty minutes just enjoying life. The trees, grass, wind, everything. I really need to do this more often. Here's a map.

I can't wait until our California camping trip in December. I need to do a lot more riding like this so that I have some stamina for the higher altitudes. Preferably at night, because our busy narrow roads are designed to kill cyclists.

In the mean time, I continue work on my website. I backed up the sent mail archived inside 1 email account. Yea, I'm lazy. This would be a lot easier if they provided an ssh account, preferably root. :)

Finally, I can't get music from The Shins out of my head. It's a nice variety of guitar and classical instruments, and most of their albums are listed as independent labels. Check them out.