Saturday, May 16, 2009

THMMC Covered Bridge Run

The Pisgah Covered Bridge invaded by Minis

After making it one year attending Mini events, I figured it was time to step up and take on some rally master duties.  Actually, I suppose this was decided quite a while ago, but the timing worked out well.  And I did help a small group get from Mt. Mitchell to the Asheville hotel during last year's Blue Ridge Parkway Tour.  This event will (I hope) help me as I think I may be leading some during the Not A Bar Harbor Invasion Invasion.

The event was the Tar Heel MINI Motoring Club Covered Bridge Run held on April 18th.  The idea started with a posting by Twister asking whether anyone wanted to help organize a covered bridge run and a link to a page full of covered bridge locations in NC.  Using that I did a bunch of Google mapping and research to eventually figure out that the bridges on the list were mainly grouped down west of Asheville, a smaller group in the Boone area, and some in the central part of the state.  I decided to concentrate on the central part of the state for this first attempt since I could spend some time scouting out the bridges.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Record? 302

Last summer I wrote about my server at home making it 283 days without a reboot. At the time, I only had to take it down to get some work on our air conditioner done, which required cutting power to the house.
Well, a power issue did me in again. Last weekend some bad storms rolled in to the area. Almost immediately our power went out. It was kind of interesting as it blinked on and off several times. Then, looking at some lights, I could tell a little juice was getting through as the bulbs were burning dimly.
At that point I decided to go ahead and proceed with taking the server and other computers down. Interestingly, my desktop PC was running fine on the UPS. But for some reason, the server had entered a restart loop (which means it had crashed - not sure how that happened with the UPS). Before I could get that sorted out, the UPS ran out of battery power.
So the power was out for about 10 hours. Next morning I rebooted the server and the clock is running once again.
The good news is my ol' server made it 302 days without a reboot or any problems.  I can live with that.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

THMMC Bullfrog Run

Gathering point.

Back at the beginning of April, the Tar Heel MINI Motoring Club held the Second Annual Bullfrog Run.  The Bullfrog Run was created in honor of one of the early members of the THMMC who went by the screen name Bullfrog.  By all accounts, he was one of those individuals that you find who is always helping people and that help make things grow through their enthusiasm for life.  Anyway, I understand he passed away some time prior to my getting a Mini or joining the THMMC.

The route itself follows Hwy. 66 up and around the Hanging Rock State Park area, kind of northwest of Winston-Salem.  There are some excellent roads in that area and the route was a favorite of Bullfrog to lead a run on.  As you'll note later (if you read far enough), I didn't really get aggressive this year.  But I remember from last year that it is one of the more technical roads I've been on in my Mini, with a good number of switchbacks, s-curves, etc.  So, I'm going to go ahead and give it 4 out of 5 howls.  May have to re-run it sometime on my own and see if it might be worthy of a 4.5.

Bullfrog Run

The run also marked a milestone for me.  In 2008, the First Annual Bullfrog Run was the first Mini event I attended with the THMMC (or anyone else for that matter).  I had the Mini for about a month and a half at that point.  So, it marked my one year anniversary of actually motoring with the THMMC.