Monthly Archives: March 2016

Step Two:

Knoxville, IA to Champaign, IL

Fairfield Mansion
There are some beautiful homes in Fairfield, Iowa, including this 1896 mansion.

A quick run across Illinois in the rain. The plan was to camp at Turkey Run State Park, just across the border in Indiana, but the non-stop rain forced a change of plans.

On the plus side, an earlier stop gave me time to catch some playoff hockey on ESPN.


Pavlov goes Red

Pavlof erupts Easter 2016
Photo credit: AVO/Colt Snapp

Pavlof Volcano out on the Aleutian Chain erupted on Easter Sunday, sending a plume of ash over 20,000 feet into the air. Pavlov is Alaska’s second most active volcano, erupting 40 times during recorded history.

A passenger on a PenAir flight out to Dutch Harbor caught the very cool image above.

The alert level for Pavlov now stands at “Red”.


Arundel Speedway

Arundel, Maine

Arundel Speedway - air
Arundel Speedway, as seen on google maps

While in Maine, the Frozen Foursome stopped by Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel last year. I really wanted to go out to the old speedway, but it is now located on private land. As luck would have it, we found a local who could take us over to the track.

Speedway "Grandstands"
The line where the grandstands once stood

Turn 1
Going into Turn One

Coming out of Turn 2
Coming out of Turn Two, the IH has taken the early lead

Turn 3
Hard into Turn Three

Home stretch
Home stretch

Refreshments
Refreshments

It was really cool to be able to walk around Arundel Speedway, and we all greatly appreciated the tour.

Arundel Poster
Arundel ’64 poster. Photo credit: wickedgoodracing

There is not a lot of information readily available on Arundel Speedway when it was in operation. The 1/3 oval, paved track opened in 1964 and closed by 1971, although some sites claim a few races were run up until 1974.

That lack of information is what caused the delay in posting, but as we come onto the year anniversary of our visit to the speedway, I figured I better get this post written.

OllieSilva_DonMcLaren_SuperAction_Arundel
Fans at Arundel Speedway were treated to some big names. HAMB photo.

Arundel racers
Photo source: Unknown

Arundel_Reunion
Action returns to Arundel. Photographer: Unknown

Some racing has returned to Arundel Speedway in recent years, as restored, vintage racers from local clubs get on its asphalt.
Walking the old track, I was surprised at how good of condition the pavement was.

Dick Berggren
Motorsports announcer Dick Berggren began his career at Arundel Speedway.

If you can’t get out to see the old track, Bentley’s Saloon, is still, well worth the trip to Arundel.


Step One:

300ZX Cruise Mode

 

A late run to Iowa last night through the rain.  A very nice drive none the less, and a huge mental relief. It’s good to be back on the road. Let’s hope the 300 keeps rolling along.

A surprise perk: I have had no cruise control since I acquired the car. It didn’t bother me too much, since I’ve only owned one vehicle with it. After all the recent work to the car, and the search for a infrequent gas supply issue, on a whim I decided to give the cruise another shot as I ventured down I-35. Lo & behold, the car had a working cruise control.

I suddenly know how an ex-smoker feels… Now that the cruise works, what do I do with the right foot? It’s not natural.


B1G Tournament

Back at The X,
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota Hockey

The Big Ten Hockey Tournament started on Thursday at The X in St Paul. Ohio State prevailed over Michigan State in OT, and Penn State beat Wisconsin 5-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Michigan vs PSU
Michigan takes on Penn State

In the Friday afternoon game, Michigan faced Penn State, and the Wolverines have lit the lamp against the Lions this season.
Michigan led 2-0 after one period on goals by Max Shuart and Alex Kile. In the third period, Kyle Connor scored three in a row for the pure hat trick. JT Compher assisted on all of Connor’s scores. Kevin Kerr finally put one behind Wolverine GT Steve Racine, which put the score at 5–1 after two.
Michigan would tally two more in the third, with one being from Connor, and PSU sandwiched a goal in there for a 7-2 Michigan win.

Kyle Connor, the B1G Freshman & Player of the Year, scored 4. Connor now leads the nation in scoring with 34 goals and 65 points.
Compher had 5 assists.

In their five games against PSU this season, Michigan has scored 33 goals, with ten of those being scored by the freshman Connor.

Minnesota and OSU during warm ups
Minnesota and Ohio State during warm ups

In game two, the Minnesota Gophers faced The Ohio State Buckeyes. Minnesota had great tempo in the first, but OSU did a good job of boxing the Gophers to the outside. Still, the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Kevin Miller.
The second period had some great defensive hockey, and the period was scoreless, although the natives were getting restless.
Tyler Sheehy opened the scoring for Minnesota on a great shot from the left circle to tie the game up, 1:36 into period three. Vinnie Lettieri, would score the go-ahead 4 minutes later and the small crowd at The X exploded. Taylor Cammarata would score two more for the Gophers, both assisted by Sheehy, and Minnesota would go on to win 4-2.

Minnesota had 45 SOG to OSU’s 29. Attendance was 5423.

Hockey hats
They gave away hats! Notice anything odd about them though?

Minnesota will face Michigan on Saturday night for the B1G Championship, and the Gophers will have their hands full. Michigan is already in the national tourney, but Minnesota needs the win to get the automatic bid. The teams split 2-2 during the regular season.

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Congrats to the Minnesota Gopher Women’s Team in their overtime win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Minnesota will now face Boston College for the National Championship. It will be the Gopher Women’s fifth straight appearance in the title game.


On the horizon 

“At length the Rocky Mountains came in sight like shining white clouds on the horizon, but we doubted what our guide said; but as we proceeded,
they rose in height, their immense masses of snow appeared above the 
clouds, and formed an impassable barrier, even to the Eagle.”

— David Thompson



“When food learns the truth…”

Probably NSFW:

By request, we bring you the trailer to “Sausage Party”, an upcoming animated adult adventure horror-comedy, R-rated film. A parody to the Disney & Pixar animated films, this is about as twisted as it gets. You’ll never look at a baby carrot the same way again.

Hitting theaters in August 2016.

#sausageparty #runfrankrun