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Stung Again??? Third Time’s A Charm?

The afternoon storm had blown through and the streets were already dry when I headed out for my Thursday night ride. This would be my last ride before the Steelman Olympic Triathlon on Sunday and would be a nice steady high cadence ride for an hour and a half. The heat and humidity had relaxed a bit this week which made things so much nicer. The wind seemed minimal tonight as well, so the ride was looking to be a good one.

Just past the 10 mile point I heard a motor noise coming from a strange angle. Looking around I spotted a small helicopter going back-and-forth across the field making wide U-shaped runs. It had a large bubble-looking cockpit with a tail that resembled a horizontal radio tower. There was also a long pipe running out both sides of the bubble-shaped cockpit . It resembled a  large dragonfly. During its paces, it sprayed some foreign chemical liquid over the fields below. I thought I was far enough away but I could still smell the unnatural smell of the chemical in the air. It reminded me of one of the helicopters in Vietnam spraying Agent Orange. Seeing and smelling this was very unsettling. To think that this foreign chemical being sprayed on one of the most natural foods on earth which we ultimately ingest. No wonder there are so many health issues. The other disheartening thing this was that the farm just behind this field where had a big sign out stating they had “Organic Produce.” While they may not be selling the same produce that this thing is spraying, the chemical is obviously traveling farther than this field. I happened to take a little video of this which I thought I would share. Hopefully it will impact others as well.

Poison Farming

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2012-08-09 18.18.45Oh yeah I almost forgot about the sting! I made a loop down to Bowers, PA after the Pesti-copter incident. As I was just approaching the field where the helicopter was spraying from the opposite direction, what appeared as a large horse-fly landed directly on the middle of my right bicep. The sweat that had run down my sunglasses at this point  had distorted my peripheral vision so my identification of the insect was more of a hypothesis than a definite id.  I was doing around 20 MPH again and I had rolled up the longer than normal sleeves on my Spinervals cycling jersey. This gave Mr. Horse-fly and nice big, fat juicy arm to land on. Before I could react to his landing, he plunged his stinger deep into my skin. Ouch! The pain emerged stronger and stronger. I eventually got my left arm in a position to swat and kill the predatory insect. Just after I ended the killers’ life, I noticed those wooden drawer-looking beehives in the field that I had noticed the on Saturday during the ride where the bee had stung me. I started to second-guess the validity of my bug identification. Was it bee or a horse-fly? Hmmm…The iridescence of the creature was to typical of a Horse-fly, which solidified my decision.

The sting continued on for several minutes afterwards. I didn’t know if it was from the wind produced from my ride that was causing it to sting more or not, so I finally rolled down my sleeves Something I should have done from the beginning. What am I going to have to wear next? Pants and Burka? The sting produced a large red mark that spread out from the actual sting on my arm, but the sting subsided.

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Despite all this, the ride was quite nice and it was a gorgeous evening. There was another heavy storm cell on its way through, so I was lucky to squeeze my ride in between storms. Legs were feeling good and I am feeling race-ready for Steelman!

Ironman Lake Placid 2012 Trip Report-Last Day in LP

Our night of camping was accompanied by thunder, lightning and heavy downpours all night. I woke up several times because of it, but it wasn’t a horrible night sleep either. Fortunately the rain had subsided by morning and the wind picked up to dry out the tent and the ground. We never got wet during the night either. We ran up to Wilmington for some breakfast at the Country Bear Diner which was awesome. They have some special French Toast which my wife persuaded me to order. Glad I did cause it was outrageously good. Just stocking up on my B12! After breakfast I headed out for 1:30 of hill repeats. It worked out well cause we were right near Whiteface Memorial Drive which is a killer climb. I did three repeats from Wilmington to North Pole, NY which is around 15 minute climbs each and are rated at Category 3. You can only go so far anyway as the stop you at the gate not too much farther past that. The descent down to the bottom is pretty fast and only takes about 3-4 minutes. There were a couple guys coming up the mountain as I was coming down from my first repeat. I caught up to them and passed them and they made a comment about me doing it twice. The one guy asked how far to the gate and I said I wasn’t going that far. He said “how come?” I said “because I am doing it 3 times!”

After the ride we headed down the river from the Flume and I jumped in the water to clean up a bit. There was a family swimming and goofing around. We then packed up the tent and headed down to Keene Valley. We stopped at the ADK Café for lunch on our way out. The service today was awful! It wasn’t even that busy either. People came in after us and left before we did. We were having salads too. How long does it take to to make a salad? I think our waitress was the issue and I did tip her appropriately.

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The ride home was uneventful which is a good thing. We stopped at Karma Road in New Paltz, NY again for some organic goodness. I think this will be a regular stop for us now. It was a good weekend in Lake Placid but very busy. I think I was exhausted from the poor nights of sleep I had. It will be a weekend I won’t forget since it is the start of what should be an wild and crazy year. One I am looking so forward to though.