Been a busy bunch of weeks.
Vacation down to OBX was great. Rode bikes, played/relaxed on the beach, drank beer and wine, flew my kites, almost killed a few people with my BIG kite, ate some awesome food. J t-boned a car on a bike path at about 5-6 miles an hour (from 16). Bent the hell outa her bikes front wheel but a replacement and it was mostly good.
Food and Beer/Wine recommendations -
The Brine and Bottle - Wow try the Tuna Carpaccio if it's available and the other food is great also. Good wines and beer.
Trio - Wow, 15 taps of good to amazing beers, 1 on cask, amazing small plates, sandwiches, etc. Wish we had tried dinner here but probably would have needed a cab ride home.
The Full Moon Cafe and Brewery - Go to the brewery side. Great small pub feel. Solid beers, well done. Tiny brewery. Food's pretty good also, did lunch and really enjoyed it after a ride.
Plenty of good beer places if you look but not many offering DARK or Imperial IPA's. A LOT of Ambers/etc are available for a nice change.
There were 2 other places that were pretty good but I can't remember the names right now. However I did want to SLAM a few places.
OBX Brew Station - Beers were lame, food was a bit weird but well done. My wasabi mashed potatoes were HULK green. You don't need to add that much food coloring!
Ice Cream Stands (General) - Hersheys and Blue Bunny are not a big deal folks. How about some REAL store/home made icecream like I get at the northern beaches.
Biking - Pretty good and generally felt safe rode about 50 miles in 3 rides. Would have been 60 but the car incident. It was a badly/well hidden drive and the old lady just pulled right on out, J was going a bit fast and not considering the potential for pull outs.
Beaches - Love em, though the undertow/etc could be rough.
Jockey's Ridge State Park - Amazing place to watch sunset, fly smaller kites. My big 6 foot delta-v stunt kite almost killed a few people who wouldn't get out of the way. Way too much wind and too big of a kite to fly the night I tried. I wanna try hang gliding.
Kite Surfing - Expensive ass sport to learn/do. A one day class series runs 400-500 typically. Some schools have 2 day schools that run $600 and is the way to go. Next time maybe. Watched a ton of this from The school down near Rodanthe is pretty cool and has good beer. The food at the cafe is pretty lame though.
Got back from Vakay and started prepping for the Big Summer Picnic only to find - SURPRISE! It started raining Friday night and didn't really stop till Sunday AM. Postponed.
Now rescheduled for Rosaryville on Aug 12. Don't think we are going to get a huge turnout.
We've been averaging 25 rides over the summer since W@W started and that's up again from last year we were pulling maybe 20. Trying to get back into road also on the CX, my mileage really died in July due to the heat/etc. Going running tonight though.
Did a big bunch of bike maintenance this last week and it payed off, the MTB is riding nice and not making tons of creaking/etc.
Olympics have been pretty good so far, looking forward to MTB and BMX.