Monday, December 12, 2005
posted 12/12/2005 06:37:00 PM UTC+12, McMurdo Local Time

McMuddo update

So, the bike race was a blast, and I surprisingly managed not to take a single spill or get too sore from it! Didn't try to figure out exactly what place I came in, but it was somewhere right near the middle of the 22 contender field. We only had about a dozen working bikes, so the race was done in two heats with a Lemond style start for each. We lined up on foot, ran about a hundred feet to an orange cone and back, grabbed a random bike, set the seat, and took off! I'm really out of cycling shape, and with the unfamiliar bike and sometimes sketchy and often steep terrain, the race didn't go too terribly fast. Most of us were in costume (same one as Halloween for me,) and a good time was had by all! After the race, I ate and visited with friends, took a nap, then played a bit of frisbee golf before spending the rest of the evening at Gallagher's.

Did end up working out at Willy Field most of today (driving Scharen around fueling up the runway buildings and generator,) but unfortunately the LDB launch was cancelled again. The plan is for them to keep trying pretty much every day until they get ideal weather for the launch. Should be able to see the balloon from McMurdo since it's something like 800 feet tall, but I'd still like to see the launch from relatively closeup.

So, that's about all the news that's worth writing about here, so I'll finish with a couple pictures from the last few days:

Muddy road in McMurdo - I live in "Mammoth Mountain Inn" - the building with the blue signDan's amazing recovery (and costume!) after riding down the stairs in our cyclocross race
Melting in McMurdoDan's wheelie

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