Well, I'm finally back on track and ready to start blogging, after a very nice week long break in Western Pennsylvania. It was nice to step away from things here for a little while, though it does normally mean twice as much to catch up on, upon return to "Regular Life". But what else is new? :-)
Lance's 5th & Le Tour Thoughts
I was highly tempted to post some tidbits here last week when Lance Armstrong won his 5th Tour de France, but decided that many others would cover that event like a blanket. One of my favorite blog posts on Lance's 5th was at Matt Henderson's weblog and a great article on Lance himself was found over at Frank Steele's Tour de France 2003 Blog.
I was very pleased with this year's Tour, which was wilder and closer than any I've ever seen. It was great to be on pins and needles right down to the individual time trial in the 19th stage. While Lance wasn't in the same form as his previous 4 Tours, I was actually more impressed with this 5th win, because of his smart tactical moves, cool head, bike handling in clutch situations and tenacity in the face of many problems.
I admire Jan Ullrich for keeping things close and his sportsmanship, but it appeared to me he pushed a little too hard in the last time trial. His crash was due to his aggressive riding in bad conditions, combined with his watching a video of the day's course in his hotel, rather than doing a recon ride like Lance did that morning.
Finally my highest regard goes to Tyler Hamilton, who, with a fractured collarbone snagged 4th place overall. I was pleased that Lance got his 5th, but was blown away by Tyler's dedication and drive, especially in his stage win and 2nd place finish in the individual time trial. Lance had better look out for Tyler in 2004...
On the Palm front, I've recently received a Tungsten C to test out here on the Wi-Fi network and I'm very impressed with the device so far. Well, mostly anyway... reception here in my house is not the greatest on the Tungsten C, but my Netgear Wi-Fi router is in the basement and we have a 2.4 GHz phone system working here too. I need to do some fiddling with the setup. I also want to test the T|C at a friend's place and a coffee shop.
Anyway, I will be posting tidbits about the T|C here as I think of them now, which seems like a nice connection to all off my recent posts on the device a few months back. :-)
I'm reading a new book about Canada's and Alaska's Inside Passage, called Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban. I'll get into a review once I've completed the book, but I can report that It's an excellent read, particularly if you enjoy sailing and travel writing.
Alright, time to get back to catching up...