Veterans Day 2013 – Battleship2Buffleheads

11 November, 2013    Veterans Day 2013 – Battleship2Buffleheads

The moment I put up my post yesterday I realized I’d left out a couple of nice pictures from Beach2Battleship. Then I was driving to Pony Pasture to go for a bike ride with my friend Ethan this afternoon and he looked out the window and spotted the first buffleheads of the winter. So why not a brief blog post with the missing shots from Beach2Battleship plus a few bufflehead pictures Ethan and I got this afternoon. Just as robins are a sign of spring, buffleheads are a sure sign of winter.

Since today is Veterans Day, this is a fitting picture to begin this post – Evie standing next to a WWII era 155 mm howitzer at a rest area on our way home:

The perfect Veterans Day image

The perfect Veterans Day image

This was the inscription:

Oldest Veteran's Day Celebration site

Oldest Veteran’s Day Celebration site

Ev took this picture of T1 an hour or so before the race started. It makes me shiver just looking at it:

If you don't think it was cold out there, guess again

If you don’t think it was cold out there, guess again

Speaking of cold, me about to get on the bus to the swim start:

Didn't warm up until I swam in the ocean at dawn. How is that for crazy?

Didn’t warm up until I swam in the ocean at dawn. How’s that for crazy?

Flash forward (“flash forward” – I’m totally cracking up – try “crawl forward”) sixteen hours to the finish:

The whole thing is my favorite part. All fifteen hours and fifty-eight minutes.

The whole thing is my favorite part. All fifteen hours and fifty-eight minutes.

Dazed and happy the next morning:

Been dazed and confused for so long...

Been dazed and confused for so long…

Flash forward again (to this afternoon at PP):

First buffleheads of the season

First buffleheads of the season

Just a quick post – hope you enjoyed.

And Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank all of you for your service, including my late father, his late father, my mother’s late father, and all the rest. All best,

Jay

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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3 Responses to Veterans Day 2013 – Battleship2Buffleheads

  1. Barbara Mann says:

    Jay– Love your blogs!! Congrats on ‘having a great time’ on the B2B! Sorry I missed your last call —hope we can talk soon!
    Barbara

  2. Hi Barbara!
    And thanks for the note! I’ve been meaning to give you a call back but rushing around. We’ll talk soon! And I’m glad you love my blogs – I love writing them and taking the pictures! Thanks again and have a great day,

    Jay

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