Welcome to G-Ville

So the first week of full time employment is finally complete. Don’t be too alarmed though, my first week tasks consisted of mostly setting up my email account and mapping network drives. I’m already off to a good start as I tied the record for fastest setup of an email account (3 days!). The norm is something on the order of one or two weeks to finally get access to your own email. I suppose it might have something to do with proprietary export controlled data. That was my second “action item”, to read a bunch of documents about what an “export” actually is. By the way if you’re not in the corporate world, difficult terms like “action items” seem like a foreign language at first (it means an item you take action on…to do). Anyway you wouldn’t believe the kind of stifling restrictions that are placed on the content of my work. Not only cant I discuss gas turbine engines with foreign countries like Iran, but if I travel abroad I’m expected to keep my work laptop within my control at all times. They’ve obviously made a terrible mistake in hiring me, I’m not James Bond here, and I don’t know if I can handle this kind of Top Secret operation here.

Anyways I got moved into my apartment for the most part, I don’t have a TV, a couch, any chairs, or table. But I have a bed and a washer and dryer, so I’m pretty set now. I even got internet yesterday, so the apt is pretty deluxe.

The complex has a pool and hot tub.
Just sayin’

When I first got here and started riding I was pretty let down. It seemed like all the roads I was riding were really heavily trafficked and hard to follow (name and direction changes are very frequent on local roads).

Turns out my entire riding philosophy has to be adjusted to Upstate Carolina. Back in Wild West of Tucson, there were a total of about 4 roads you could ride on, all of which were shit. Before that in Lafayette you literally couldn’t get lost on the infinite grid of farm roads.

Since all the roads twist and turn all over the place, and frequently T into other cross roads, you need to take on a totally new method of riding in Greenville. Fortunately the result is awesome. The method is going wherever the hell you feel like going and you will 99.9% end up on a road that is awesome. As long as you know which direction you’re going and which direction you need to go (thank you Garmin GPS), you can take any road you see that doesn’t have a dead end sign and it’ll twist, turn, swoop around until it ends, then you take another awesome road. Every road is literally smooth as butter and absolutely beautiful, especially out towards the mountains.

This past Sunday I even skipped a race to just go riding, I drove up towards Table Top Rock and road the local big climb in the area Caesars Head. I started off towards the climb on a pretty main road just north of Pumpkinville (look it up it real), then decided it was slightly too busy, and took off on some totally random side road. The random side road was perfect blacktop with a canopy of trees that twisted through the forest following a river.

It’s cheesy but I’m pretty sure I was a little caught up in the whole “training” thing in Tucson and forgot how much fun riding bikes could be. Trust me I can go on, the entire ride I was thinking about one-liners I could throw up on the blog or twitter to show my enthusiasm for the riding here. The only people I know here so far, my co-workers, don’t really appreciate my tangents about the riding here and I’m pretty sure have learned to stop asking me how I like it here.

This Saturday I rode my bike out to the US Pro TT course to check out some of the action. I gotta say I was pretty disappointed about the lame-ness of the course, which went on some business roads behind a bunch of hotels. They had to do like 4 laps or something like that, which included about 5 trips through round abouts per lap. It is a TT and people like their TT’s boring I guess. None the less, it was cool to go and check out the atmosphere and hear David Towel get super excited about a race I wasn’t in. There were actually a ton of spectators around the start finishing area, and probably enough digital SLR cameras to out value the bikes present at the race. I snapped a few pictures with my own fancy camera…which I can submerge in water, take that digital SLR’s.



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