2018 Highlands Bike Fest

In usual fashion I was a little forgetful and forgotten that the bike fest was 2 days instead of 3. I was early did a beautiful 40 miler on “friendly Fridays” club ride with The Highland Peddlers. 


I was treated like a VIP. The club could not have been nicer and supportive. The Highland Peddlers are the reason that there is a twice yearly bike weekends in Sebring and they are naturally proud and rightfully so of the beautiful bike routes. 

Big group on Saturday. 


I rode a metric century with Mike and Clare Powers, long time SMBC riders. It was beautiful day. 


Mike is one of the most amazing riders. He is a force of nature. It was great to be hanging with them both. 


Christmas lights in the circle. Thai food. 


A threat of rain but with a lazy rollout the Smiths had a great family values ride out to Highlands Hammock State Park. The littlest freewheeler. 


Orchid blooming. 



Peace out Tres dog

Commissioner Mariella Smith’s Investiture Ceremony-November 20, 2018

There was a reception prior to the ceremony where the commissioners were getting pictures taken. 



The group picture. 


The office. 

A friend the fire dept honor guard, Tony. 

The ceremony requires the newly elected commissioner to take an oath. I was the fortunate one who was allowed to read the oath to my great wife. Her sister was next to her. See featured image. She used her late father’s West Point Military Academy bible. Her father, Mr. Howard Oliver Johns, class of 1951 and her late mother Marisol Grimal Johns were extremely proud today. Mariella’s sister, Marcia Pontenberg, was next to me. The new commissioners were all excited about the ceremony. 



The commish. 


A reception after the ceremony was held. 

1st Texas Hold em Wheelchair Rugby Tournament-Downtown Las Vegas at the Chuck Mincker Sports Complex

Early flight out with a little downtown Fremont St. action. Referees staying at the Plaza Hotel. 




41 Lincoln at the El Cortez. 


I reffed a friendly between Team USA and Team Australia. It was fun. TJ and Andy had Australia and a composite US team the day after friendlies.


One gym with a 4 refs. I got a chance to see Carlos Santana at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. 


The maestro. 



Good last day with Team Australia, their Paralympic team, playing 2018 US National Champions, University of Arizona. Hang on to your hats. Should be streaming live. Peace out Tres

Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith

An early morning recon of south Hillsborough County showed the signs and the candidate working the polls.






An amazing upset in local politics. After an exhaustive and yearlong grass roots campaign has yielded the best local candidate, my incredible wife Mariella Smith, to come along in many years to defeat a 26 year incumbent candidate, Victor Crist. He was and is at the whim of special interests and not the majority of the local constituency. Mariella Smith, however, was and is not at the whim of a small but powerful group of special interests and will genuinely and honestly represent all the people of Hillsborough County. 


Her sense of fairness, decency, knowledge of the issues has made her the obvious choice in this election where the people had decided who was the best candidate. 




It is with such great joy that I post this blog tonight. 



Mariella WON. 

Katy Trail-Day 5-Dutzow to St. Charles-36 miles

It was to be a cold and rainy finale to the ride and my 2 local riding partners from Owensville were recommending a early roll out from Dutzow to keep the weather and mileage at more tolerable distance and manageability. 


Everything on and away we went. It was not raining when we started. High 30’s to low 40’s got this Floridian’s attention. 


Trail stops along the way were very nice. Augusta it began to sprinkle. 


We went to Defiance and the Katy Bike Rental. They are huge concessionaire for the Katy Trail and were in BAM this week. Killer bike shop with a complete electric assist in the wheel called a Copenhagen wheel.



Real wet slog to Weldon Springs and beyond. 

The rain did lighten some on the way to Greens Bottom Road. Chrysa catching a little shelter. 


It was 6 miles or so to St. Charles and lunch.


It was a great week with my wonderful friends Rich and Chrysa, Jim Hilly and local rider Lolli. Peace out. Tres

Katy Trail-Day 4-North Jefferson to Herman-48 miles

We took a shuttle into downtown Jefferson City last night for dinner. Great meal. The capital building and the Governor’s Mansion. 



It was to drop to 40 degrees last night and we were lucky and had a North Jefferson rec building to stay in. Great big sleep. It meant a wrapped up layered day but with no rain.

The trail was grand with a lot of water from the creeks and the Missouri River. Like the featured image of the church in Rhineland. More great pics. 








Into downtown Herman for brats and traditional German food. 


Did I say it was cold today? Last day tomorrow with more unsure weather. Peace out Tres