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Packing note

Put your clothes in the bag, put the bag in your travel bag, then run the vacuum. Makes packing much easier.

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Written by Ry Jones

3 July 2019 at 13:40

Posted in Life

Notes

  1. Getting chased by a herd of monkeys is not great
  2. Fresh cashew fruits are awesome
  3. Going from the longest day of the year in Seattle to the shortest in São Paulo was strange
  4. The sun being north was really weird
  1. Tokyo is nice
  2. I happened to be there for the start of the Reiwa era
  3. Public smoking is a thing
  4. Shinkansen are cool

It’s been a fun year.

Written by Ry Jones

3 July 2019 at 9:46

Posted in Life

Ups and downs

The day after the event in Hong Kong, I went with two attendees on an ill-planned hike of the Dragon Back trail. This is certainly not something I could have done two years ago. Looking at the pace, it was not a great effort:

The pace is not great

However, if you look at a recording, you’ll see why. Graveyards in Hong Kong are almost vertical – those sections of the hike were fairly challenging. The stairs are worn from centuries of use, covered in moss, and it was raining.

Sort of the Dragon’s Back

If you compare the track we took to the canonical trail, you’ll see we only really intersected it for the last little bit. There was a decision point right before the purple arrow starts where we decided to press on; that was right when we walked around the “trail closed” signs. Someone had bushwhacked a trail and marked it with strips of cloth; thanks! The purple part of the trail was literal hands-and-knees crawling up a muddy slope. Handholds were mostly tree roots at that point. When we got done with that, the end of the purple arrow to the light blue arrow was mostly uphill but it was in dense bamboo, so we made fairly good time.

When we intersected the trail, there was a sign that said 2km 1.5 hours in each direction. We went north because there was a bus stop at the bottom of the hill there; the sun was going to set in under 45 minutes at that point and a tropical storm had opened on us. The trail was fairly easy; we made it to the road with plenty of visibility from street lights.

All of the bus stops were closed due to relocation. We walked the down the road, realized we had passed the turn off into town a bit ago, and decided to cut through the cemetery again. The stairs and handrails were of recent construction and in good shape, so it was much easier and safer to go downhill.

On the way to the hike, I’d taken 8 350ml water bottles, a 2l water bottle, and happened to find a GNC where I bought two dozen protein bars. What I did not bring, and left safely at the hotel, was a headlamp.

It was nice to get a small walk in, though. Several days I hit 10 miles walking around Hong Kong. For all the hills, it’s very nice to walk around.

Thanks Peter and Vadim for a memorable hike!

Written by Ry Jones

9 March 2019 at 21:12

Posted in Life

Visits

Getting back to Terre Haute gave me the chance to stop by Frank’s grave.

His dad is a member of the church where we had lunch after the burial.

Little land mines everywhere.

Small world.

Written by Ry Jones

6 November 2018 at 4:30

Posted in Life

Iron Maiden

My grandmother Jones gave me Rush; my aunt Trudi gave me the LP of Iron Maiden’s Live After Death one Christmas. I had never heard it, but I knew the art looked cool and lots of people wore Iron Maiden patches.

It was the start of my metal phase, which has yet to end.

She also caught one of my friends asking for smokes outside the gas station one day. My friend said I was lucky to have an aunt cool enough to not only buy the cigarettes for him but not make a big deal if it.

Trudi passed away yesterday.

She will be missed.

Written by Ry Jones

24 October 2018 at 11:37

Posted in Life

Step functions

On 27 July 2014, I walked exactly one half mile downhill from my apartment and struggled one half mile uphill back. It took 28 minutes, 14 seconds. It nearly killed me. It was the day I decided I was going to work on not being so fat.

Recently, I was post-TSA at SeaTac a little early so I decided to start at the southwest corner of A and walk the exterior perimeter of A, B, C, and D concourses. I wasn’t quite hurdling or knocking people over, but I was able to knock out 2.12 miles in 41:40 while carrying my backpack and pulling my rollerbag.

While in Montreal, I walked 5.11 miles of Mount Royal’s trails in 1:57:02, which includes forgetting to pause the walk in a store and while guiding since lost Korean tourists.

I’m convinced that wearing an Apple Watch for the last couple of years has helped motivate me through boredom to keep walking

I’m looking forward to walking Basel soon.

Written by Ry Jones

13 October 2018 at 23:43

Posted in Life

Meagan Wright

Meagan, manager of Jack’s BBQ, passed away suddenly last week. We grew up in the same part of Indiana. Her memorial service is next week – details here.

The world is a worse place without her.

Written by Ry Jones

16 May 2018 at 7:00

Posted in Life