Thursday Things

I like to eat cornflakes with vanilla ice cream. It’s like an ice cream cone you eat with a spoon.

Daniel and I have a habit of quoting lyrics to songs whenever we hear certain words.
For example… Someone says, “stop” which is followed by one of us saying, “collaborate, and listen. Ice is back with my brand new invention…” 
Now that we have a baby, we sometimes quote lyrics to baby songs. In public. Not cool.
When I was in the fourth grade I wanted to be a truck driver when I grew up. When I was in Jr. High I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. In college I wanted join the Peace Corp and travel the world or go to China and teach English as a second language. What happened? I didn’t come even remotely close to doing any of those things.

I find chopping vegetables to be therapeutic. Grating cheese, not so therapeutic.

Lately I have really been wanting to go mountain biking. Not sure how to work that around having a baby. The closest places I know to go are in Chattanooga and Huntsville {somehow I thinking biking in wildlife management areas around here would be frowned upon}. Also there is the whole having to feed my child every couple of hours… I guess I will have to wait for now.

I have been trying to persuade Daniel to sign up for this year’s Muddy Buddy race in Nashville. He is not crazy about the idea of getting a bike really muddy!?!?!

Benadryl + Mountain Biking = Not So Good

Friday afternoon Daniel and I decided to head over to check out the single track at the TVA Pump Station at Raccoon Mountain.

I believe that this facility is one of a kind. According to the TVA web site: The plant works like a large storage battery. During periods of low demand, water is pumped from Nickajack Reservoir at the base of the mountain to the reservoir built at the top. It takes 28 hours to fill the upper reservoir. When demand is high, water is released via a tunnel drilled through the center of the mountain to drive generators in the mountain’s underground power plant.

Thanks to Sorba Chattanooga, there are well maintained single track trails that circle the TVA reservoir including beginner, intermediate and advanced trails.

We had originally planned on a Friday morning ride, but Daniel was suffering from bug bites on his feet and opted to take a couple Benadryl and a mid morning nap. After lunch, we decided we wanted to try out the trails – at the very least see what the beginner trails were like.


 
About half way into the ride, we stopped for a breather and Daniel told me that he was feeling weird. He felt light headed, a bit dizzy and generally wobbly on his bike. I told him that he must still be experiencing the Benadryl in his system. If you have ever ridden a bike, you know that feeling wobbly is a problem since balance is a key component to staying on the bike. In addition, riding down narrow single track in the woods is a very bad place to feel wobbly.


 

We decided to cut our ride short and go back to our car on the road that goes around the rim.


 

We ended up riding about 5 miles. The first part was mostly downhill on a sandy, rocky trail. What goes down must come up, so the end of our ride was uphill on a pretty steep grade on paved road. Enough to show me that I need to get back in shape.


 

We will be back to check out some of the more technical parts of the Raccoon Mountain trail system. Preferably when we are both feeling well and not suffering from Benadryl-induced drowsiness.


 

View of Nickajack Lake from the Visitor’s Center at TVA.