Bike Vermont 2006

Four Engineers (Paul, Bret, David & John) ride the State of Vermont

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Update on Wed 8/2 at 6:20pm

Posted by thatwindguy on August 2, 2006

Just wrote a 20 minute post and the local pay-to-use internet service dropped my session! Gotta save more often. Will post more later this evening. Cell coverage is poor to zero. Hard to upload pictures from my cellphone. Where’s the Governor in helping get cell coverage in this state – AWOL I think. I will not talk about him and wind right now. We are fine, at Ascutney Mt. Resort after a 46 mile ride in the 95+F heat today. Arrived at 2pm and have been pigging out on food and drink.


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Mass border

Posted by thatwindguy on August 1, 2006

Mass border, originally uploaded by thatwindguy.


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ME ‘ s

Posted by thatwindguy on July 31, 2006

We are getting ready to ride AMTRAK on Tuesday morning to Brattleboro. The debate is how many bikes – 1,2 or 4? Being mechanical engineers, it would be most efficient on one bike but we would have no back-up if it failed. Looks like 4 bikes!

L to R: Paul Smith, Bret Benner, David Blittersdorf, John Miller


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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Visit

Posted by thatwindguy on July 28, 2006

Just had a nice chat with Rob Williams, Entergy spokesperson, on the possibility of us visiting the reactor for a tour.  Tel: 802-258-4181  The answer is no, only to “business people”, people like business groups, vendors, legislators, etc. The old “Energy Information Center” is gone. Nice guy – go visit the Vernon hydro site he said.

I toured the plant in the late 1970’s as an engineering student at UVM and stood on top of the reactor and stared into the spent fuel rod pools. The pools are only separated by a “tin” roof from an airplane. Also the area has no radar coverage for planes below about 2000′ so a plane (even a Cessna!) crash into the building could cause a major radiation release.

Maybe we will chain ourselves to the fence and spend our vacation at a federal resort (free food and rooms)!

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David in Kitty Hawk, NC

Posted by thatwindguy on July 26, 2006


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Ready, Fire, Aim – NRG Engineers bike VT

Posted by thatwindguy on July 25, 2006

Hi All,

Planning is in high gear and the hotels/resorts/lake house are all reserved. We are planning to bike the length of Vermont starting on August 1st. Taking the train down to Brattleboro to start at the MA border on Tuesday. Trains are very energy efficient!

This blog will be updated as we race our way northward to see Officer Friendly at the Canadian border on Sat.

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