Sunday, April 27, 2008

And God said 'Let there be torrential rain.'

Since the start of my training, most of the rides I've been doing have been in the range of an hour, or about 15-20miles. Yesterday I decided to go for my first longer ride: at least two hours/30-35 miles.

The ride went well, and in course of it I covered most of Pittsburgh that I had ridden through before: Edgewood, Highland Park, Downtown. At the end of the ride, as I was coming back from Downtown along the jail trail, I hit a weird bump, getting a flat tire. My lesson was learned after last time, though, and I had all the tools, and most of the knowledge, necessary to change the flat.

So I pulled to the side, popped the wheel off, switched the tubes, and was in the process of pumping up the new tube when one of the flash thunderstorms that had warned me about decided to strike. It was a brief downpour, but enough to leave me feeling drenching wet, but also pretty hardcore.

In other news, despite a rocky start the fundraising party went well. I'll post once I figure out the grand total.

Friday, April 25, 2008

This is just a test...

This is just a test of the Jott system to post to the Blogger blog. listen

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ashleigh Brilliant

"I hope I never become so used to the world that it no longer seems wonderful."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Biking and Vikings

In an attempt to make some more headway into my fund-raising, this Saturday I am having a 'Biking and Vikings' fund-raising party. Other than rhyming, I know of no connection between these two things. Basing an entire party on something so flimsy may seem risky, but I think it's crazy enough to work.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I could've sworn that taking a left would lead me home.

I like to think that I have seen most of Pittsburgh within running distance (5-6 miles) of Carnegie Mellon. Every now and then, though, I stumble upon places I have never seen before.

This morning I went for a bike ride out east of where I normally go, encountering signs for such places as Edgewood, Swissvale, and Wilkinsburg, none of which I had ever visited before. It was a strange and unfamiliar Pittsburgh. I quickly became disoriented, and as I think the picture shows, did a lot of wandering before finding my way again.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Claire on a Bike

Claire, my friend from Virginia Tech who is also doing this trip, has a website at You should check it out because she's amazing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Website Moved

Since I'll be losing access to my web space at Carnegie Mellon after I graduate, I have moved everything over to this '' site. And unless my parents are filling out some paperwork that they're keeping me in the dark about, I will remain a part of the Carmody family, with access to this site, for at least some time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Just saw him speak.


$1400 more to go.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Affordable Housing Curriculum

One of the ways that the Bike and Build trip demonstrates its focus on the affordable housing cause (other than all the riders stopping occasionally and contributing to a build project) is through weekly meetings/discussions on the affordable housing issue. Each rider is responsible for researching a specific aspect of the issue, and each week a different theme will be covered. These meetings constitute a curriculum of sorts, educating the riders and better preparing them to discuss affordable housing with others.

I will be presenting in the second week of the trip, and that week's theme is 'History of Housing Practices in the United States', with my particular assignment being 'History from Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression'.

Additionally, each rider is assigned two towns along the route that they must research (mostly housing and wage statistics). My towns are Linville Falls and Asheville, both in North Carolina.

Eventually I will get this research done, and once I do I'll probably post my notes here.

Andrew Carnegie

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hope."

This one sent to me by my mom.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pirates game

Today's Lesson: Be Prepared

When I was younger I was a cub scout (and a boy scout for a couple of months), and the motto that they espoused was 'Be Prepared'. This can also be interpreted as 'Think about how things are going to get screwed up, and plan accordingly.'

Somewhere between then and now this message got lost. Why else would I go riding without a bike pump or any spare tubes? Then, when a flat happens, such as on this morning's ride, I am up a proverbial creek without a proverbial paddle.

I had thought enough ahead to bring a cell phone and my CMU ID with me. I was able to call my friend Gregg to come pick me up, my back-up plan being to catch a bus (one of the ones with a bike rack).

*This post has been dedicated to any Pittsburgher who has decided it's a good idea to leave broken beer bottles by the side of the road.*

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage."

Monday, April 7, 2008

G. K. Chesterton

"Can [we] hate [the world] enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing? Can [we] look up at its colossal good without at once feeling acquiescence? Can [we] look up at its colossal evil without at once feeling despair?"

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I've been trying to establish a rhythm with my training rides, and so far I've been doing about an hour every other day. Pittsburgh's a hilly place, so if anything, hopefully I'll be getting good at my climbing technique. At some point I'm also going to need to get more clothes than the one pair of shorts and my old running technical shirts.