What a great year to spend time outdoors! The NOA blog had 500 posts in just over 9 months! And 7,095 unique hits since the end of March. I've had a great time sharing my adventures with you and hope you've made an effort to spend more time outdoors.
You've seen our family have a ton of fun outside and watched me mature as a cyclist. I started riding in 2008 and put on 2,000 miles. During 2009 I racked up an additional 4,681.78 miles on the bike and blog readers have followed me on the following outdoor adventures:
91 round trip commutes to work and back (aprox 20 miles)
10 one way work commutes (aprox 10 miles)
Our 11 yr olds purchase of a new Felt MTB from Bike Pedalers
My first endo at Wilderness Park
Shooting at Lincoln's Izzak Walton
Bike riding on York's trail
Phil Keoghan's Coast to Coast book signing
4-wheeler riding with our 17 yr old at Halsey Forest
My Hunter Education Class
Bike riding on Columbus' trail system
The Ride of Silence
Airboating on the Loup River
Biking to Southpoint's Friday Nights Live Concert
Biketacular & the return of the Capital City Criterium cycling races
Riding to Beatrice
The Haymarket Farmers Market
The GPBC Slow & Go ride
The 5-day Tour De Nebraska
Seward's Firecracker Ride
Larry the Cable Guy's 4th of July Show at Memorial Stadium
Riding to the Uncle Sam Jam fireworks show
Riding the Prairie Spirit Trail in KS once from Ottawa to Richmond and once Garnett to Iola
Two rides to Bennet
My first fixie ride
The Cairo Cornstalk Festival
Many canoe rides at Holmes Lake
The Cornhusker State Games Century Tour and Opening Ceremonies
The Wilbur Czech Festival ride
The BBC Rollin' To The River ride
3 Taco Rides in Iowa
The GPTN Discovery Ride
The Heatstroke 100 ride
My first century followed by two more later in the summer
Bass Fishing in North Central KS
The State Fair
The Bike Swap
CROPS walk bike ride
LPD bike auction
Several bike rides to Cortland
23 Tuesday night Nacho Rides
Our 11 yr old's 2 turkeys in one shot
Biking to my first Husker football game and 1st Stars hockey game
The purchase of my new Felt Z-70 road bike from Bike Pedalers
Bike Pedalers grand-opening party and Race Across the Sky after party
Loup Valley's annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet
The 350.org ride
3 Critical Mass rides
A ride to Raymond
2 rides to Ceresco
Riding to church
Riding on Grand Island's trails
Our 11 yr olds first buck and my buck during this year's rifle season
2 of Pepe's Free Bike Commuter Breakfasts
2 Tuesday night rides with the hipsters to Pepe's
3 alley cat races
Snowmobiling and sledding on Christmas-eve.
I'm not bragging, just wanted to see a tally, but it's not about the numbers, it's about the fun I've had. And I'm so thankful for all the great people I've met and spent time and miles with during 2009.
I'm healthier, happier, greener, more responsible, fun and social than I've ever been. I'm looking forward to building on the time we've spent outdoors and making 2010 the best year yet.
My big cycling/blog goals for next year:
10,000 unique hits on the NOA blog during 2010.
25 NOA followers and 500 facebook friends by the end of 2010.
Another year with no serious wrecks.
6,000 miles on the bike during 2010.
5 Centuries during 2010.
125 round trip work commutes during 2010.
And another tour during 2010.
Hope to see you spending time with friends and family outdoors in the year to come!!!