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2015/03/26 John's Private TH Trackday, 1:58 lap with the bypass
π 2015-03-26 00:00 in Cars
Thanks to Arnaud for introducing me and John for having both of us for a day of play at the track. Arnaud started easy in his 650S since it was his first day with it, but I egged him on enough that he got close to my speeds after a few sessions ;)

I was up early, so I did a nice night flight takeoff and got to watch sunrise from the sky:


new avionics in an old C182
new avionics in an old C182


I managed to scrape a 1:58 lap time (with the bypass) in the morning, but unfortunately, my times went downhill from there as my tires got worn, and apparently due to a lack of negative camber issue, once the sides of my tires were gone, so was the traction, and I lost up to 5 seconds on my laps at the end of the day.



this Z06 with the same tires than me was hella fast
this Z06 with the same tires than me was hella fast


Arnaud's track machine, nice leather
Arnaud's track machine, nice leather


This is a session where Arnaud and I were running together. Around 13:10, I stopped a bit to let him pass me and film him from behind:

For fun, I also filmed 2 laps from the rear of my car, showing the wing. Once narrow, and once wide:

On the flight back, I didn't stand much of a chance against Arnaud and his Cirrus flying back too, but I got to enjoy the views as usual:




2015/03/03 Awesome Snow day at Snowbird for Company Offsite
π 2015-03-03 00:00 in Snow

After a season of no snow, I got lucky enough to have a company ski trip at Snowbird, just as fresh snow was falling, totalling about 2 feet in 2 days (not unusal for Tahoe, but a big deal in Salt Lake City).

On the first day, it was snowing hard. The weather was tough and visibility poor:




Once I got up, fresh snow was to be had :)


I got cliffed out a few times, and had to get around rocks
I got cliffed out a few times, and had to get around rocks

one of the best view moments I had that day
one of the best view moments I had that day

Day 2 was a nice bluebird day:


nice day for heli skiing :)
nice day for heli skiing :)


I took the tunnel to the other side when it opened:





a bit of a line to get back up though
a bit of a line to get back up though

This was a very good second day :)

2015/03/02 Snow Day at Park City
π 2015-03-02 00:00 in Snow

Since I was about to have a company offsite in South Lake City where I had never been, I figured I'd use my Vail Season Pass and try Park City for a day. There was a bit of fresh snow, so things were decent, especially for my first snow day of 2015.







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2015/02/23 Barry's Private Track Day at TH
π 2015-02-23 00:00 in Cars
After a drive, Lyndon was nice enough to introduce me to Barry who was having a private track day, so I went. Unfortunately my front tires and brakes were somewhat used up, so I didn't get to finish up the day, but I still had a good time until my brakes and out :)





And as a bonus, Barry got Gotbluemilk to take some pictures of us:









The 12C driver was doing better than me, keeping up despite less power
The 12C driver was doing better than me, keeping up despite less power

I had to finish the day early because I ran out of tires and out of brakes about the same time. Thanks to John for getting my car there and back.

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2015/02/16 FC Drivers South San Jose Tour
π 2015-02-16 00:00 in Cars
It had been a while since my last FC drivers drive, but I made good on it.






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2015/02/12 New Zealand Trip Wrapup
π 2015-02-12 00:00 in Nz2015, Trips

First thought is: 34 days! (or really 29 days if you remove the 5 days I was at linux.conf.au). That was a lot of time, but at the same time, barely enough to see New Zealand.

Clearly, New Zealand has a lot to see, and we got highlights, but there are things left for another trip, or to see and try again. We owe a big thanks to Penny Voigt from boutique travel for designing the trip for us. As per my request, she limited the amount of distance we'd have to drive (prefering busses and planes where possible) and did a good job designing the itinerary for us.

If you'd like to work with her, you can reach her at penny @ boutiquetravel.net . Note that for our trip I asked her to find what made the most sense to us and offered to pay her for the time she spent on the trip (usually agents only get paid for booking you with hotels and attractions where they get a commission, which can be a conflict of interest of course, but more generally I don't like the idea of them only being paid for some limited things we'd be booked at vs just being paid for all the time she spent organizing the trip for us).

Also, thanks to my friends and coworkers who provided their own suggestions on what to go see.

As for my thoughts of New Zealand, obviously we liked the country and its culture. People are very layed back, and enjoying the great nature they live in, even if there is the price of earthquakes and the much less frequent but very deadly risk of volcano eruption.
I was also very happy to learn about the Mauri (Māori), and have grown much admiration for them. They are descendants of polynesian people who were crossing the oceans some thousand years ago, more than 500 years above westerners started to venture the oceans, and they used stars and migratory bird patterns for navigation.
What worked out well for them though is that they were organized and fierce enough to scare the British invaders and effectively forced the British Queen to give them mostly proper rights (it's a bit more complicated, see my Northland page). Even if they obviously adjusted to western culture and technology, they are still a proud people that presents about 15% of New Zealanders, and I say "good for them" !


Anyway, we had a great time in New Zealand, hope to go back one day.

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2015/02/11 New Zealand Day 34: Paragliding and Hang-gliding from Coronet Peak by Queenstown
π 2015-02-11 00:00 in Flying, Nz2015, Trips
For our last day and 34th day in New Zealand, we did Hydro Attack before going to Coronet Peak, and flying home afterwards.

We bought a combo of parasailing and handgliding which had been postponed twice for weather already, so this was our last shot. We went there early, and there was still a slight overcast, which made for an interesting flight, going through the clouds. Jennifer and I started with parasailing:






Pictures and video of Jennifer's flight:





After getting to the bottom, we got a ride back up to do it again in a handglider this time. We both got to fly it a bit. It was interesting for me when my pilot intentionally stalled the handglider to show me how it worked:




Jennifer also went at the same time:




the landing gear is your belly :)
the landing gear is your belly :)

This was definitely fun, and new for Jennifer. After this was over, we had to head back to the airport to fly home after 34 days in New Zealand.


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