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July 4th Road Bike Ride

I had a fun ride on this steamy July 4th. This pilot was visiting with someone near a farmhouse and he started taxiing down the grass runway while I was on the road parallel. It was kind of cool to watch. It was some sort of vintage Navy plane I think because I saw the word “NAVY” with some numbers after it.

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Hilton Head Sunrise

Sunrise from Hilton Head Beach
Hilton Head Island knows how to do sunrises.
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Marquette vs Georgetown

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What an exhilarating hoops game. This dude named Matt Carlino went crazy for Marquette and almost singlehandedly won the game for them against a considerably better Georgetown team. He started the game out with four straight three pointers then hit a shot with one second left to tie it up. Then he gets a steal at the 0.9 second mark and almost wins it for them. In the end Georgetown won, but it was a great game. There were 15,300 people at the BMO Harris Bradley CenterĀ and it got pretty loud. Milwaukee is a great city and the Marquette campus is near everything. The Iron Horse Hotel rocked it, as did the Smoke Shack, Holey Moley Doughnuts, and Anodyne Coffee(and liquor). Great town.

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Bears vs Buccaneers

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I was lucky enough to catch a Bears victory. It looked bleak during the first half when the Bears were down 10-0 and completely immobilized by a mediocre Tampa Bay team, but things got better in the second half. They punched in 21 points in the third quarter mostly by forcing some turnovers. It got close, but they ended up winning 21-13.

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GORUCK Challenge 1146

GRChallenge1146I still struggle to explain what this was and why I did it. It’s pretty singular in it’s nature and scope. It was GORUCK Challenge class 1146 and it lasted about 12.5 hours. It began on a humid summer Friday night at 9pm at the Bean and ended at the same place the following morning at 9:30am (my birthday). We traveled about 22 miles through/in/over Chicago beaches, lakes, streets, parks, and mud puddles. Cadre Mickey and Cadre Brian kicked our asses a few times over but we survived. WE!

It was exhilarating and exhausting. I came away with a lot of confidence in my fitness methodology (thanks XT), a new appreciation for urban hiking, some insights into the ethos of the OCR (obstacle course race) crowd, and great(er) respect for the American military. Oh yeah, GORUCK backpacks kick major ass. I’ll do another Challenge next summer, probably.

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Lez Zeppelin

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This is an all-female Led Zeppelin cover band that Gail and I saw at the North Halsted Market Days Street Fest. These women rocked it.

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The Willcox, Maybe the Coolest Hotel I’ve Ever Stayed In

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I figured Gail would like The Willcox, but she loved it, and it exceeded my expectations. We had a great room and great service. It comes with an awesome pool, killer lobby, and exceptional food – all at a very reasonable price. It’s a pretty special place in a very cool horse town.

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Frontera in T3 is Becoming a Tradition

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Nothing says vacation for the Steffens like a visit to Frontera in the American terminal. We had the eggs and rajas sandwich and yogurt with honey and granola.

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Two Weeks, Two Small Daypacks

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I’ll be doing a lot of in-vacation laundry as I travel with only 24 liters of capacity for two weeks in the American South.

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Cubs vs Padres

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The Cubs aren’t good and I can’t recall how this game ended. It was a beautiful night though and we were with good friends and we had good food. That’s all you can ask for this year with the Cubs.