More Riding on Spring Creek Greenway

Spring Creek Greenway has become my favorite place to ride my bike recently. I found it about 6 or 7 months ago and since then I’ve put in a thousand or so miles on it. I do have to drive there to ride as it’s not feasible to ride there directly (due to the hazards of Houston traffic). Having the additional time requirement is a downside, but it’s worth it to me to not have to constantly fear for my life on the street.

As mentioned in my previous post about it, it’s located along the Spring Creek and connects three separate parks (Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center, Pundt Park and Dennis Johnston Park). The county has recently added a southern segment that stretches down to I-96 and are currently working on a northern segment that goes just north of 99 Loop and Hardy Toll Road. A round trip is around 28-29 miles (depending on optional sections). It will probably be 30 miles when the new section is finished. I see a lot of people taking advantage of the trail so obviously people are getting out to enjoy it.

So far this year, I’ve been able to ride about 250 miles (most of which were on the trail). This is far behind my mileage that I rode back in Baton Rouge, but I feel it is enough to stay in shape. To put it in perspective, that’s still 12.5 hours spent riding my bike. Not bad for little over a month. I’ve been mixing in some running as well, but that’s not really my specialty. I’d like to set a goal to ride 2k miles this year. It’s doable, but I had better not get behind as those miles don’t come easy. Regarding my running, I think anywhere over 300 miles would be nice. I’m definitely not feeling as strong as I did in years past, but I suspect that is part of aging. I have been able to push the 20 mph average for most of my rides, so that is good.

Migrated From WHS 2011 to QNAP TS-451+

I’ve been using Windows Home Server for ten years now and this month was my last. It wasn’t because I didn’t find WHS to be a good product as I think it definitely was when it was released. The problem is that it has been orphaned by Microsoft and after another hard drive failed and took down the OS partition, I decided to move to something that would be easier to manage.

The Windows Home Server performed the following functions for me:

  • Place to store files to serve as backups and for general access from any computer
  • Backup of local home computers (full hard drive image)
  • Plex Media server

With the QNAP TS-451+, I’m able to do all of those (although client backup will need to be done either by the OS or 3rd party software). The Plex Media will also be able to use some of the transcoding features of the quad core Celeron processor (for sending video to mobile clients). With 4 drive bays, I can have 32 TBs of storage. Right now I only have 11.5 TB and even a good chunk of that is used for mirroring of drives and system related functions.

I have a couple 4 TB drives in a mirrored setup and then a 2 TB and 1.5 TB drive that are not mirrored and serve as general space. On top of this, I have an external 4TB drive that I used for a periodic secondary backup of all important files (all files at the moment). I may move to a completely redundant setup in the future, but for now this will suffice.

My Plex server run well on the QNAP. I haven’t had any issues with it. I have a lifetime Plex pass, so I downloaded the latest version of the server (later than what is available from QNAP) and manually installed it.

So far I’m pleasantly surprised. I think management will be easier and hopefully it will be more compatible with other OSs. We’ll see.

General Sentiment on Politics

This is my general sentiment these days regarding politics:

“if Americans increasingly find it intolerable that their political opponents control the government, that’s because government controls too much.” – Glenn Reynolds

The elected and unelected people that make up the government aren’t perfect regardless of the capitalized letter after their name. Time to rediscover the joys of a constitutionally limited government.

President Trump Takes Office

It still feels pretty weird to say “President Trump”. I’m not really a fan of his, but I definitely liked some of his cabinet selections. Whether they are confirmed is another question all together. Regardless of those matters, today Donald Trump will be sworn in as the President of the United States.

It’s a new day and depending on your political views that could be a good thing or a bad thing to you. To me it’s sort of interesting to not have either a positive or negative view on it and to be sort of excited to see what will happen. I have friends on both sides of “the fence” and I can only observe their actions and listen to their words and they seem to be watching two totally different events unfold. It’s strange how they could be so far apart in their perspective. By making some fundamental political choices early on about which world view they support, the subsequent choices follow which lead them down different paths. It’s interesting to observe and sort of postulate about.

We are definitely a divided country (as we have been my whole life). I can remember the major media outlets, political groups and Hollywood crowd talking about how Reagan would usher in WWIII with the Russians. They literally talked about this and composed songs & shows about it. Thankfully that didn’t happen (quite the opposite really). I heard how the country as we knew it was going to be destroyed by Clinton. It was assumed we could never recover from his administration. Seems that we didn’t do that bad. Definitely wasn’t the end of the country. I also heard all of the same people say that Bush was Hitler and would have people in camps. Didn’t see that either. Obama was going to be the end of the US as we know it. I wouldn’t consider that to be that case. So forgive me if I scoff at what is being said about Trump. Other than the Clinton years, I’ve never seen the federal deficit reduced. That’s something I’d like to see again.

So enjoy the festivities and shrug off the crazies that are screaming at everyone. We’ll be okay. Sure things will change a little, but doubtfully they will change much.

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