Tuesday, September 7, 2010

There has been a whirlwind of activity in my life for the past month. I promised to post some pics and stories about my trip to the UP of Michigan. (I haven't gotten that done yet.)

While I was in Michigan, my first grandson Noah was born 9 weeks early. (I've seen him a couple of times and he's doing so well, he may come home in a week or so.)

Then when I arrived home from Michigan I got a call from my support engineer relating some issues with my company's computer network. I decided to look into it the day of my return and worked on solving the problem for the next 10 days - 7 work days.

Turns out a memory leak in a program nearly brought the system down to its knees. Instead of having +50 users accessing their data, I could only sustain 10 users. For a static system that hadn't changed in a year, this was confusing.

It turns out an automatic update to a software package caused the needle-in-a-haystack problem and disabling the software was a quick and easy fix.

The solution came just in time for me to take off for the Labor Day weekend to eastern West Virginia. Seneca Rocks, WV.

I always thought that Southeastern Ohio had some great riding roads, and they do. For Ohio. But the roads in and around Seneca Rocks are the most incredible riding paths I've ridden to date.

The mountains are gorgeous, the highways are well maintained, and the curves and switchbacks are engineered perfectly.

My advice:

Ride US-250 between Elkins, WV and Monterey, VA
And ride route 72 between Hendricks and Harmon, WV

In fact, ride every paved road in the Monongahela National Forest.

Then turn around and ride it again. Slower this time, and let the bike navigate itself almost. It will be an almost spiritual experience.

Here's a slide show of some of the places we visited.

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