Day Hike, Inside The Perimeter

Update: 3/1/2019

I wanted to retrace some of this trail today and it looks like the “cliff” section has been removed entirely. Take a look at the new trail map

Tuesday, I decided I needed an adventure so I threw together a little day hike. I have hiked the West Palisades Trail several times and decided to try the East Palisades Trail. The two trails wind through the east and west banks of the Chattahoochee river just inside Cobb County. The parks are within cycling distance of downtown.

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On the trail, freezing.
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New Domain, New Moves

Just a quick update. I finally have my own domain: tir38.com. This blog will now be available at that domain, however, the old http://jason.ithought.org will still direct you to all the correct pages. Chris Kelly is still providing all of my excellent hosting and has upgraded the ithought machine with a lot of new hardware that I don’t really understand (honestly, I pay him so that I don’t have to understand). If you need hosting service, I couldn’t recommend anyone better. He’s organized everything into an easy-to-manage front page. On another note, one of my proudest accomplishments of 2008 has to be a complete conversion over to Linux OS. I’m running Ubuntu 8.10 on my home machines. I’ll probably upgrade my work horse to a less “entry level” distro some time in the new year, but for now I’m enjoying being completely Windows free! I have a lot of projects nearing completion and some other awesome news that I’ll post about in the new year. Happy 2009!

Past Project: Input Shaper Testing

As part of my ME degree from Georgia Tech, I had to take a class called Experimental Engineering (ME 4055). It was a senior level class where students worked in teams to complete a project that mimicked the research cycle of a PhD student or professor. The team was required to design and conduct a set of experiments, evaluate the results, and then write a paper. For most students this was a rather bogus class. Students were limited to a small amount of hardware and research areas, and each semester’s reports looked all too similar to previous. I, however, had the very special chance of taking this class with Adam Reich during my semester abroad at Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL), which meant working with Dr. William Singhose and his PhD student, Jason Lawrence. They were at GTL to teach several other classes (another one I was also in, ME 6401 Linear Control Theory) and to continue/promote their research with a highly portable, miniature gantry crane.


The mini gantry crane setup at GTL.
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2008 Track Cycling Season

This year, I began cycling at the Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point. It has been some of the most intense and exciting racing ever. I have been participating in the Monday nights “Advanced Training” and then the weekly training races. All competitors are split into 4 groups: A, B, C, and D, each decreasing in average rider skill and experience. Each rider starts his/her career in the D group and moves up by scoring points in the weekly training races. The points do not hold any real value and are mostly in place to encourage people to participate regularly. A new racer needs to earn 50 points to advance to the C group, an additional 84 points to advance to the B group, and an additional 105 points to advance to the A group.

The D group has its training races on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, while the A, B, and C groups compete weekly on Wednesdays. The remaining 2nd and 4th Tuesdays host a Pursuit night where any rider can participate in individual pursuit, team pursuit, and team sprint events. The points earned during pursuit nights count toward a rider’s total when upgrading to a higher group.

Additionally, each rider is responsible for keeping an accurate resume of his/her points despite a master list compiled by the East Point Velodrome Association. My resume will be updated throughout the summer leading up to the 3rd Festival of Speed, a heavily spectated, tri-summer racing event boasting cash payouts!

My cycling resume at DLV for 2008:

Point Totals: 129 points
B-Group: 5 points
C-Group: 47 points
D-Group: 55 points
Pursuit Nights: 19 points
Friday Night Sprints: 3 points
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