Mon, 08 Jun 2015

Rail Trails #14

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Rode the Northport Rail Trail (0.5mi) and Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail (1.5mi).

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been an eleven-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Sat Jun 6 15:53:07 2015

5.27 km 17303.36 feet 3.28 mi 1273.00 seconds 21.22 minutes 0.35 hours 9.27 mi/hr

The Kings Park Bike-Hike Trail is the former Kings Park psychitric hospital branch off the Port Jefferson branch. Used to deliver supplies to the hospital warehouse and coal to the hospital's central steam heat. Found a chunk of rails south of the warehouse still in the road. The trail leaves the railbed to avoid a portion of the hospital near the steam plant and warehouse. Comes back to the railbed, though, a bit north.

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Ride starting Sat Jun 6 15:21:01 2015

2.61 km 8548.23 feet 1.62 mi 1047.00 seconds 17.45 minutes 0.29 hours 5.57 mi/hr

Rode the Northport Rail Trail on Saturday. It's pretty rough. No signage, concealed entrance on the north, overhanging brush, sandy portions, glass on the trail. On the other hand, people are using it, so maybe they'll improve it.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015

Ride starting Sun Mar 22 12:32:54 2015

2.78 km 9110.09 feet 1.73 mi 3727.00 seconds 62.12 minutes 1.04 hours 1.67 mi/hr

Walked the Andes Rail Trail on a snowy March 22nd. Didn't plan to bicycle it, which was a good thing, because they explicitly only allow foot traffic. I suspect that's because when the trail reaches the end of the railroad portion, it turns and head up the side of the hill. Not good for bicycling. I've seen pictures of it without the snow and the ties seem to still be in place. That makes for pretty awful bicycling.

Uploaded some pictures to Flickr

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015

How to lose weight

A lot of people want to lose weight, but struggle with it. I think I know why. Everybody's felt "hunger pangs", even if only a little bit. Well, I speculate that is because your gut bacteria are starting to die off. If you just eat fewer calories, your bacteria are going to start complaining that you're kill them, and you'll "feel like" eating more food.

That's why calorie-restriction diets don't work -- because you're *always* killing off your bacteria. But how can you lose weight unless you restrict calories? As dieticians are happy to tell you, "calories in - calories out = weight gain". But we're finding out that that's not true. It's when you spike your blood sugar that fat gets stored. If you eat the same amount of calories, but spread out over time (lots of small meals), or more conveniently, meals that include only foods that don't spike your blood sugar, then that energy will always be available to you for use, and none for storage.

But here's the problem: as long as you're eating any high-glycemic index foods, the bacteria that digest them will stay alive. And if you try to stop, they'll complain, and you'll always feel hungry. The key is to eat only low-glycemic index foods. That will kill off, once and for all, those bacteria that demand high-glycemic index foods.

So when you switch to a low-glycemic index foods (low carb, high fat, or LCHF), you'll still have the bacteria that love carbs, and they'll create gastic distress, hunger pangs, and loose motions. You need to presevere through this time. It's tolerable because it's just a few days. Once you kill them off (and it takes about five days to do that), you'll feel ordinary hunger pangs when you don't eat enough LCHF. And you'll start to lose weight.

There are two exceptions to eating high glycemic index foods. First, is that when you rip muscle tissue, your body will consume (rather than store) blood sugar to repair them. You can feel when you're doing this through your exercise. Not all exercise will do that. Sprinting usually will, or lifting more weights, or walking up more stairs. Second, binge day. Once a week you can binge on carbs. As long as it's just for one day, the carb-loving bacteria won't have a chance to start infesting your gut.

Note: I've gone through this transition several times, so I think I'm right. I don't know, however, of any studies that show that one type of bacteria thrives on carbs, while another type thrives on fat. Neither have I gone looking for any.

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Wed, 31 Dec 2014

Less Desirable Workers

Yay! The minimum wage is going up in many states! Now employers won't have to pay a premium to get desirable workers, and they can dismiss the undesirable workers at no cost to themselves!

You see, every worker is desirable to one extent to another. Some workers are more productive, some are simply more fun to work with, some are attractive, some are tall, some are male, some are white, etc. (I happen to be all six of these, natch.) Other workers not so much. When you put a floor on the lowest wage, the less desirable workers have no way to compete with the more desirable workers. So if the minimum wage is set low enough, hey, no problem, the less desirable workers can just charge less, and they'll still have a job. But when you raise it high enough that you have all these workers competing for the same wage, which ones are you going to choose? You're not stupid, you're going to choose the more desirable workers.

Being one of the more desirable workers, of course, I don't care if you raise the minimum wage. Go ahead! I don't care! Because I'm selfish!

But if you care about the less desirable workers, then you will be upset about having ANY minimum wage law. Justice demands that it be abolished.

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Sat, 08 Nov 2014

Rail Trails #13

I have a goal of riding every named Rail-Trail in New York State. There are many more railbeds not used for trains anymore which are also ridable. They are usually unnamed, unsigned, and unpublished. I speculate that this is because the owner is either indifferent or away. I've ridden some of these but I'm more interested in getting the named trails ridden first. I'm uploading them to OpenStreetMap as I go.

Rode three more trails: Charlie Major, Harlem Valley Hillsdale, and Harlem Valley Copake Falls northern extension. It's snowing right now, so I think the rest of these are going to have to wait for next year.

The first trail ride for which I have a date is June of 2004. So this has been a ten-year project for me. Given that I'm not done yet, and they're continually making new trails, it looks like I've got another set of trails to ride.

Trails I've ridden:

Trails I haven't (yet) ridden:

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Ride starting Sat Oct 18 13:00:55 2014

2.45 km 8046.76 feet 1.52 mi 1240.00 seconds 20.67 minutes 0.34 hours 4.42 mi/hr

The Charlie Major Nature Trail is not a terribly long rail-trail, but it has plenty of history (ruins) to be appreciated, along with three railroad bridges, several dams, and a pretty creek.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:55:04 2014

6.91 km 22677.91 feet 4.30 mi 2018.00 seconds 33.63 minutes 0.56 hours 7.66 mi/hr

Rode a brand-new section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. So new, in fact, that the construction workers had to pause to let me through. :-) They were very nice, and I was trying to be as polite as I could about interrupting them. But I got to ride it!

It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. It extends from Copake Falls to Orphan Farm Road, where there is a nice trailhead being developed.

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Ride starting Thu Nov 6 08:08:39 2014

5.82 km 19108.49 feet 3.62 mi 2054.00 seconds 34.23 minutes 0.57 hours 6.34 mi/hr

Rode an undeveloped section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. It's open to the public but not paved (yet). It's a portion of the railbed between Copake Falls to Fado Road, Hillsdale. I was able to ride from Ford Lane in Hillsdale south to just shy of NY-22. Unfortunately, the railroad bridge was removed, and Black Grocery Road's bridge was also removed, so there is currently no way across the Roeliff Jansen Kill.

Philip Glick says on Facebook's Abandoned Rails group: "...All I can tell you is the following... The southern abutment and bridge was removed under a NYSDOT project in the early 1990's The three things were low bridge clearance, narrow lanes passing under and poor sight distance around the Northbound NY-22 curve. The bridge that was removed was a Deck girder bridge that was silver in color and the dirt fill was cut back also.

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