Tuesday, August 28, 2012

September schedule posted

There it is, remember there will be a ride on the holiday Monday. Got a couple new places on the list this month. However, I can tell you that I will be in South Dakota on Sept. 16, and work is probably going to keep me from showing up on the 9th.

I'll leave you this morning with Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin stopping for a cup of coffee. See ya Sunday.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tour of Duty Ride 2012 - Phoenix segment

Scott Timmerman sends word with the schedule and route for next Thursday 8/16 when the Tour of Duty Ride 2012 passes through the Valley, just in case any ABC members want to ride along for awhile.

Here's the best guess of their schedule at this time, and a description of their route to New River.

  • 0630 riders arrive at Fire Station 1, 323 N 4th Ave.  Sunday Cycles will have an area set up for bike adjustments and other cycling assistance.
  • 0650 Breakfast with riders- Breakfast will be provided by Station 1, Local 493, the Emerald Society and very possibly CC's mesquite grill (breakfast burritos- waiting on confirmation).
  • 0730 Media interviews (Holly Harmon to handle local media) with Chief Khan, Vice Mayor Johnson, Paul Ritchie, and possibly a couple other VIP's
  • 0750 Organizing vehicles for departure, overview of safety points and traffic laws. Tour escorted by MCSO, Phoenix PD, AZ Army National Guard, Engine 935, and Community Involvement.
  • 0815 Departure from Station 1
  • 0830 Photos at Peace Officer Memorial and State Capital
  • 1045 DPS Ranger 41- North Phoenix, photographs from the air.
 The route from Station 1 will be as follows:
  • South on 4th Ave to Washington
  • West on Washington to 17th Ave to the Arizona Peace Officer Memorial site and Capital Mall (30 minutes at this site)
  • East on Jefferson to 3rd Ave
  • North on 3rd Ave to Osborn
  • East on Osborn to Central Ave
  • North on Central to Hatcher
  • East on Hatcher to 7th St
  • North on 7th St to Happy Valley
  • West on Happy Valley to Nortera Pkwy
  • North on Nortera Pkwy to Carefree Highway
  • West on Carefree Highway to North Valley Parkway
  • North to North Gavilan Pkwy
  • North to I-17 access road
  •  I-17 access road to New River road and the Roadrunner restaurant

This ride is approximately 40 miles or 60 kilometers which should put us in New River by 1200 hours. We will load the bikes at this location and trailer to Camp Verde.

UPDATE: Today's Arizona Republic has an article and photos of Scott and the rest of the Arizona group.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tour of Duty Ride 2012 episode 1

Our own Scott Timmerman will be leavng next weekend for his ride across the country from the USS Midway in San Diego, ending at the USS Intrepid in New York City on Sept. 10. .

Scott bailed out on our Sunday ride after climbing the Dreamy Draw, to go down to Channel 3 to do this interview with some of his co-riders.

He promised pictures from the road, I'll post anything I get from him as soon as I can.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mars is hard

Out of the 39 times we've blasted some sort of rocket ship to Mars, less than half (15) have been successful.
The latest attempt, the Mars Science Laboratory, is scheduled to deposit the Curiosity rover on the surface of the red planet Sunday night.

Here's what exactly has to happen tomorrow to avoid leaving another small heap of titanium and aluminum alloys on the surface. This is crazy, I hope they can pull it off.