Filed under: Travel — Artflux at 9:30 pm on Saturday, May 28, 2005

peacock1, originally uploaded by kd2he.


Filed under: Travel — Artflux at 9:07 am on Saturday, May 28, 2005

IMG_0037, originally uploaded by kd2he.

This really reminds me of Peru. It’s an import here in Pennsylvania on the farm.

Garden of the Gods

Filed under: Travel — Artflux at 5:10 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2005

Click here to see the complete Garden of the Gods Gallery.

Olympic Training Center

Filed under: Travel — Artflux at 10:43 pm on Monday, May 16, 2005

Vail Pass Ride

Filed under: Cycling — Artflux at 2:25 am on Monday, May 16, 2005

Here’s some photos

Friday the 13th

Filed under: Cycling — Artflux at 6:58 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2005

All was fine until everyone started connoting that because this was supposed to be an unlucky day that chances were that something bad was supposed to happen. First thing I moved from the room to better digs. In the process there was a major panic attack when I wasn’t able to find my cameras. I inadvertently had placed them under the covers somehow so what a relief that was. I falsely alerted the management that they had been stolen… But things like that just don’t happen here.

Later that afternoon I went to visit Mountain Chalet where I was to pick up a slide projector for my presentation at Pikes Peak DX association. Assuming by the date that something was likely to go wrong I tested the bulb to make sure that it was in working order. Jane in the meantime showed me around the store. It’s a lot like EMS in NY. I ended up buying some biking stuff for the early morning rides when the temperature tends to be somewhat low. I bought a wind stopper that Jane recommended and a wicked t shirt. After leaving I headed back to the motel realizing that I had left my camera which checking out the equipment. Another panic attack. I rushed back and sure enough it was there safe and sound.

Me on a rest stop. I love
the yellow bike

Alan and I did a bike ride around the Garden of the Gods earlier. That was the was the most spectacular ride I ever had. Riding down hills at 35 MPH is an incredible rush. I had to let out a primal scream on the descends. The views were spectacular as well. Jane lent me here road bike that fit perfectly after adjusting the seat. It’s bright yellow with a skull and cross bone logo on the frame.

The North American Aerospace
Defense Command’s is in
Cheyenne Mountain

Later I headed down to the Pikes Peak DX Association meeting. There was a field day prep power point presentation that I don’t remember everyone that I met. They were all char actors. It was kinda like a town meeting. My slide show and on Mellish Reef, Willis Island expeditions on the coral see went last. I enjoyed chatting with Bob North KE0UI who recently relocated to the area from Minneapolis MN and was in the process of building a new house up on a ridge. Then W9WNV and K0EX… There was an IT discussion by Joe. What a bright group of guys. This will be the 20th year of their field day. They have been consistently winning the 3A categoy.Terry W0TD was there as well. I would love to do some portraits of some of the people at some point. We shared a bottle of Australian wine… talked until about midnight when returned to get a good nights sleep…

The altitude is not turning out to be a problem.

Trip to Colorado Springs

Filed under: Travel — Artflux at 6:41 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2005

Airport security at JFK was intense. This was my first flight since 9-11 so I was prepared for the new heightened alert security. Especially in the wake the new code orange nervousness. Overall the lines were long but not overly annoying.

The flight was good though. Jetblue rocks. I ended up with a window seat in the front so took lots of pics out the window with my cell phone and camera as we arrived over Colorado.

Finding my way around Colorado Springs is not too easy. The highways are often unmarked making for lots or wrong turns and guessing. I touched base with Alan Higbie K0AV here in Colorado Springs after checking into the Silver Saddle Motel in Manitou Springs located a few hundred yards of Garden of the Gods. So the plan is to do to ride there tomorrow morning if the weather holds out. Shifting to Mountain time should make an early morning ride easy.