Slow and Steady, bicycling

Bicycling is not only lots of fun, it’s great exercise. I’ve been adding miles to my routine over the past 6 months, gradually stretching those rides. Here’s a look at my Garmin GPS from a ride last week:

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Got to 40 miles. Took me quite a while, but was a steady ride with a few breaks. My goal is 75 miles in a single ride. Hope to get there by the end of this year. No matter what, I’ll shed some pounds in the process. Be safe riding.

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Published in: on June 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cruising in the Cirrus

Recently, I had the privilege of getting checked out in a different aircraft, namely the Cirrus G20. This is not your grandfather’s Cessna, but rather a completely different machine. In the first place, it is a composite airplane, made of fiberglass-like materials as opposed to aluminum. Secondly, this one is equipped with a “glass” avionics panel, meaning the instrumentation is presented on display screens as opposed to individual “gauges.” Take a look at the panel during my recent flight.

There’s plenty of eye candy there. The panel on the left is the primary flight display and gives the pilot all the essentials such as airspeed, altitude, heading, and so forth. On the right, is the multi-function display, through which can be accessed engine operational info, a moving map, and much, much more. It takes some practice to make the most of these panels, but once you are familiar, they prove invaluable in terms of situational awareness, ease of navigation, and generally enhance the flying experience. So, let’s take a look out the window.

You can see this is a low-wing aircraft. Beyond the leading edge, looking generally north, are the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania, which are quite nice to fly over during much of the year, especially in autumn. Naturally, I’m looking forward to continued improvement in my flying skills and stretching out my cross-country trips to new and farther destinations. The Cirrus makes that a more comfortable and enjoyable proposition.