Monthly Archives: September 2017

Disney (part 2)


Its Friday at 3pm eastern time and I am done. All four parks in 5 days. Today we returned to Magic Kindom for a second visit. Im already back the the hotel, everyone else is still there. Since we talked last thing took a turn for the worse. I guess it was the heat that beat me down. Around 95 everyday, Thats close to 100 in the parks. 

Its like riding a mountain stage for 6 days with only one rest day. Everyday just wore me down a bit more. We would get back from the parks around 9ish and I was straight to bed. Only to get up around 8 and head out the door for another day fighting the heat. Relentless.

Ironically, if it was not for the heat I would of had a pretty good time of it. The knees held out. I wore knee braces the first day but took them off the rest of the week. I was pleasantly surprised with how my knees handled all the walking.

So as I type this I am done with the parks. Time to relax the rest of the day. Flying home late tomorrow. Still have most of the day to deal with tomorrow. Flight at 6pm.

I am looking forward to coming home. Looking forward to not sweating. That would be nice. Also looking forward to getting back to bike stuff.

But all in all it was a nice time with the Fam. I wouldn’t do it again anytime soon but glad I did heat and all.

Have a good weekend.




Its Tuesday and Im taking the day off today. After doing Magic Kingdom on Sunday and Hollywood Studios yesterday Im letting the Fam head over to Disney Springs while Im taking the day to relax at the hotel.

This will be a short post, just a update. First off, my knees are fine. They are holding up well. What I did not see coming was the heat. Its hot here even for Florida. I have not stopped sweating since we landed in Saturday. On Sunday, at the Magic Kingdom I had to pull the plug at 530pm and come back to the hotel solo while the rest closed the place down. That day, besides the heat I felt the 21 hour day the day before.

Travel day Saturday started at 3am back at home and I did not hit the sheets close to midnight. We flew out way too early and we had to sit in a food court for two hours before our rooms were ready. After settling in we went out to eat. Home way too late. Long day. So Sunday was a disaster waiting to happen due to the day before.

Monday at the Hollywood Studios was way better. I was better prepared for the heat and was better slept and better hydrated. Yesterday I lasted all day. Out the door at 9am and not back until 1030pm. A good day.

But today they were not going to a park but Disney Springs which is a shopping\eating spot which I can skip so I have the day to rest up for another park tomorrow.

The heat is nuts. 90+ everyday this week. Way hotter in the all concrete parks. Its over 10 degrees hotter than average even down here. I am suffering. At $3 per bottle our water expense here is unthinkable.

Physically Im doing fine. The bad knees are holding out. Im walking more than pretty much all summer and my legs feel it. Using muscles differently than on the bike. There is no doubt I will get home weighing less. And thats a good thing. Maybe this is the push I need to keep thing rolling in the respect.

Not sure when I will post again. We will be in parks Wed, Thurs and Fri. Fly home Saturday. But one of those park days will be a afternoon arrival so maybe that morning.

Today I’ll just hang around. Its too hot to even sit outside by the pool unless Im in shade. So Im off to look for said shade.


Im Out.


I had the bike loaded up on my car for a ride this morn but huge storms overnight had me rethinking. I would like to get one small ride in the woods before I leave for FL and it looks like its got to be tomorrow along with the 200 other things I need to get done that day. Work ahead in the store, pack, cut the grass, do all laundry. And get to bed by 9pm for a 3am wake up. Not looking forward to that.

I guess all in all Im not looking forward to this trip, and I say that now, but when Im there Im sure I will have a good time. Looks like temps near 90 most of next week Yikes, thats going to leave a mark.

Here’s what the storm looked like on my home from work last nite. It didnt hit for another couple hours.

So yesterday we put in a Long Ride Wednesday. 6 of us for 50 miles. And of course I did not eat or drink and bonked pretty hard at mile 40. It was near 80 degrees at finish and I have been getting used to 60 degree riding of late. That said, I did bring water but not enough. I was dehydrated the rest of the day. To where I was feeling sick. Im recovered this morning but it was a tough rest of the day in the store for me yesterday. And I just had a yogurt before the ride. Not enough food for those miles.

Its crazy how I over eat and drink off the bike and under eat and drink on it. That’s just wrong and I know it. I’ve always been super bad at that stuff.

So no ride today but Im going to leave the bike on the car for tomorrow morn. Maybe a easy hour in the woods before work to clam me down.  I have help coming in the store at noon so I’ll show up to get things rolling here than bug out early. Over an hour to cut the grass. I might do that and come back to the store for another hour just to go over stuff with everybody. Since I opened the store 10 years ago I was never gone a full week. So Im nervous. Its should be fine tho.. Im sure I will be in and out all day…

Im pretty sure I will not post tomorrow so this will be it for awhile. I will have a laptop with me but not sure if I will blog or just post on Facebook. It looks like we might see the edge of the hurricane Saturday into Sunday. 50% rain forecasted those days but the big storm will be pretty for to the east. But even on the edge will be enough to say I was in or near a category 4.

So the next time you hear from me will be from the Magic Kingdom, or Epcot or  something. Trying my best to keep up to 4 kids ages 4 to 9. I have my work cut out for me.

Have a great weekend. Get outside. Talk soon.



Just a quick one today. Nice visit to my happy place this morn. Enjoyed some solitude before work. And to top it off today was a good coffee day. Some days its just OK but some days its amazing. Today is one of the amazing days.

I got to work way too early today since Im alone here all day. Not sure what is up with that but maybe its just making sure I get stuff done before I leave.

As I mentioned before Saturday I leave for 8 days in Florida. Disney with the kids and grand kids. Some of you who know me may have heard me talking negative about this. And I  just want to say dont get me wrong. Im sure this time with the Fam will be great. I took my kids to Disneyworld about 10 times in a 12 year span. Sometime twice in the same month, But.. the kids grew up and the last time I was there was 16 years ago.

My daughter booked everything for us so I can’t complain and I won’t out loud. But at my age and the status of my knees have me thinking 8 days is a bit too long. With my weight at an all time high Im not sure how much walking I can do with these two bum knees. I have braces I can wear to help and I will for sure bring them along. That along with lots of Ibuprofen.

I guess Im fearing for the worst but hoping for the best. Pace myself. But no way Im going to keep up to a pair of 9 year olds, a 5 and a 4 year old in the Magic Kingdom. I’ll do my best and Im sure I will have a good time. I’ll be gone from the 23rd to the 30th.

My next and final post for the week will most likely come Thursday morn. I hope to ride some tomorrow morning. Pending chance of rain. And might be my race road ride of the summer. I’ll still ride on the road but with my cross bike with the cross tires back on. I have road tires on right now but big 32m tires. Its a smooth ride. But back on will go the 40c tires and back to the road\woods riding I love so much. Once it hits Oct here the road bikes get hung up pretty quick and the MTB rides start. Or cross bike rides….. My favorite time of the year.

Friday will be a crazy day both at the store and at home. We actually leave for the airport at 3am (with a strong protest from me) so thats really Friday nite to me. i will try and get to bed by 9pm which is not that hard for me to do as I already do that now. Friday at the store will be nuts for me too. Making sure all the ducks are in a row for a week of absence. Kinda stressful.

That’s about it today.