Bikes Grow On Trees

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I saw this bike while buzzing around Enid’s great new trail system. It looks to be an old kids sized bike. The owner painted the frame only. And the rest is a bit rusty. But that is ok. Because its great to see land owners welcome or greet folks as they pass by. It just shows how friendly you can be when you get out of your car and slow down a bit. With spring knocking on our door, I’m excited to see what other land owners have in store for their gardens along the trail. Have you see anything interesting while using the trails?

Dynamic Home Theater

An update to my home theater setup. Mine has become very dynamic. I started with a combination of Windows Media Center, Boxee and Hulu Desktop. But the built in applications of my Samsung television are quite good. There is Netflix, Hulu+, a Plex client, and much more. And as you probably know, Boxee has gone a different direction and no longer supports the Boxee Media Center software.

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So a while back I installed Plex Media Server on my Ubuntu server. PMS gives me DLNA support, media trans-coding, and fantastic media information scraping. Also I cleaned up my home theater PC. It still runs Windows Media Center as my DVR. I ditched the Boxee and Hulu Desktop. And installed the Plex Media Center. To extend the power of the Plex Media Server, I have installed clients on my mobile devices. This allows me to take my complete media collection where ever I go. No need to move files on and off before trips.

Plex also offers a service called MyPlex. It gives me a web interface to my server. I can manage and stream files from my browser anywhere. I can also add links to videos to my queue. If I see something while mobile that either I don’t have time or bandwidth for, I can add it to my queue and view it when I return home.

To wrap up, Plex gives me even more access to my large media collection. Windows Media Center is still the best DVR for me. And my Smart TV gives me access to all of the popular internet content.

But all of this said, I just got a Raspberry Pi. I have been messing around with RaspBMC and it’s incredible what a little $35 Arm based computer can do. More on that later…

Arches at Cleveland Bridge

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The Enid City Trail System is comming along. The major work on this initial phase is nearing completion. These arches were installed today on the bridge just east of Cleveland. They seem to be a gateway. There are plans in the works to add a trail head just east of this bridge. Room for parking and restrooms are all part of the rumors swirling around town. Even though it’s not officially open I bet we’ll see more and more users out there.

Enid’s New Trails Page

By way of the Route 60 Sentinel I found a link the the new City of Enid Master Trails Project.  Here you can find pictures and updates.

Lowering the new BridgePaved Trail - Parkway to Cheyenne

The City states the purpose of the trail system is for

recreation, transportation, and economic pursuits.

And it should

improve access to recreation resources and improve transportation efficiency.

The part I like is the focus on transportation. The ability to quickly get around town without the dangers of traffic is a huge relief.  I have been commuting to work and running errands by bike for years.  I have become comfortable on the city streets.  And even though these trails are not officially opened, I have noticed the pleasure of a car free environment while using them.

What can we expect next?  Once they complete the Railroad Pass Trail (Wheatridge to Parkway), they will start on the Channel Freeway Trail (Cheastnut to Meadowlake Park).  And step three will be the Quail’s Quad Trail.

Quail’s Quad Trail is a proposed trail in west Enid that begins at Chestnut Ave. and moves north along the drainage channel to Bunker Hill St. then east to Oakwood Road. Two additional segments branch off the trail connecting additional housing additions. Destinations served include numerous neighborhoods such as, Quail’s Creek Subdivision, Oakcrest addition, and Oakwood Estates as well as Glenwood Elementary School.

I hope you are enjoying the new trail system as much as we are.

Enid Trail System Installs New Bridge

The Trail System is slowly coming along.  Not fast enough for my liking but the building crew has been working on it steadily.  Still under current construction is the continuation of the existing Railroad Pass Trail.

The old city trail was well used but the surface has not aged well. Grass has grown over the edges of the asphalt and significantly narrowed it.  When first constructed, it could handle a bicycle going each way.  Now the area is barely a lane and a half wide.  This old portion spans about a mile from Parkway east to South Washington.

The new construction is very nice.  The paving is concrete; ten feet wide and smooth.  As I type, there is a continous stretch from Oakwood to Cleveland.  This includes a railroad crossing.  Also from Parkway to Cleveland, the trail is spotty and still in need of completion.  In the past I have ridden this section when it was dirt and it was fun.  But now, it’s even better; fast, smooth, and car-free.  You feel like you can travel without any effort and speed.  While it was a great workout previously, it now is a serious way to get to where you need to go.

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But the best treatment so far is the new bridge near Hayes School.  It spans the troublesome drainage channel.  There is a pedestrian only bridge just south that was used by people going to Hayes.  And I hope it remains.  But this new one may replace it.

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All and all, the Trail System will be a welcome addition to Enid.  My hope is they will quickly turn to a North/South route next.  It is greatly needed.  As I said before, North Cleveland is a dangerous road.  And South Cleveland is safest route to Vance Air Force Base.  Connecting the base with the north will be huge.