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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nebraska day 2

I spent day 2 in Omaha at the Henry Doorly Zoo and let me say it was pretty awesome.  I've been to a number of zoos but nothing really compares.  It was great.  I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

In addition I picked up my race packet for tomorrow so I'm all set.  More pics to come!

An early morning stroll through Old Market

Set for tomorrow

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nebraska day 1

Today was day one in Omaha and it included some pretty nice weather for exploring the city.  I took a walk downtown to the Old Market District before heading over to the Heartland of America Park and Fountain.  Afterwards I went over to the Lewis & Clark Landing and Riverfront Park before walking over the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

I ended the day at the Upstream Brewery Company sampling some local beers and having an Omaha steak for dinner.  It was pretty damn good.

Tomorrow I'll pick up my running packet before taking in some more sites.  More pics to come.

A stop in O'Hare before heading to Omaha

Downtown Omaha

Old Market District

Omaha River front

Time for an Omaha steak at Upstream Brewery Company

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vermont race weekend

It was a great weekend in Vermont with excellent friends, gorgeous weather, and a nice introduction to the Fall to come.  My road trip companions and cheering section were my good friends Colleen and Jon.  It was fun times and a memorable weekend with them both.

We arrived on Thursday after having traveled through the picturesque countryside and a few small New England towns.  We spent time in East Burke (where we stayed), Montpelier, Burlington, and even managed to squeeze in a trip over the border to Canada.

The weather for the race was cool in the upper 40s with plenty of sunshine.  A perfect day for a race.  And it was a small race.  The smallest I've done yet,  The half marathon runner count capped at 25.  I managed to finish in 1:43:16 with a course that was hilly ... very, very hilly.

I'm fairly certain I was able to do 1:43 with that many hills thanks in large part to the adrenaline boosts I got from the high fives and cheers from my cheering section.  They did great and found plenty of stops along the course to meet me.

After the race we headed to Burlington where we had brunch, walked the city, and enjoyed the beautiful views at Lake Champlain.

I'll let the pics do the rest of the talking.  A great weekend and now I look forward to Omaha, Nebraska next weekend.

A big thanks again to Jon and Colleen for taking the trip and making it a great weekend!

Made it!

The Bed & Breakfast for the weekend

Me with my good friend Colleen

En route to pick up my running bib

New England country roads

Fall is coming

The happy couple en route to Montpelier

Me with my good friend Jon

Vermont State Capitol

City of Magog in Quebec, Canada

Home sweet home

Race day morning

Finished! (1:43:16)

Time for the traditional post race Bloody Mary

Lake Champlain in Burlington

A great way to end the weekend