Matt Edwards

The New Canal Path Bridge

For the past two weeks I have been passing by the Delaware & Raritan Canal tow path, at the point where it runs underneath Route 29 northbound on the New Jersey side of the river, and noticing the pedestrian footbridge was nearing completion. Earlier in the week a few souls had been wandering along it. As a small part of the project to replace the entire Scudder’s Falls bridge, a pedestrian footbridge was constructed on the upstream span....

Hiking the Appalachian Trail near High Point, NJ

On our way to visit my aunt’s for the holiday’s, we took advantage of being in northern New Jersey to hike along the Appalachian Trail leading to High Point, NJ. It was a chilly yet beautiful day to be outside. Starting off around 9am the temperature was 35 F. By the time we finished and arrived back at the car it had improved to 44 F. The clear skies and warm sun meant that for the hike back down we could lose the gloves and unzip our jackets....

Camping along Skyline Drive

A key part of visiting Skyline Drive earlier this month was the plan to camp out for two of the three nights on the trip. I’ve always enjoyed camping out in the woods (except in the snow…never again) and over recent years I’ve acquired lots of camping gear that packs up small and light for use on a road bike. Camping off the back of a motorcycle is pretty much the same thing, right?...

Inline Image Grid With MacOS Monterey Shortcuts

macOS Monterey was released yesterday and it brought Shortcuts (formerly Workflow) from iOS to macOS for the first time. Shortcuts is a powerful yet simple to use automation framework, and along with the Day 1 release of Monterey my image editor of choice Pixelmator Pro introduced 28 new Shortcut actions. Time to have some fun! Since introducing the photo lightbox component of this website a few weeks ago, I have explored ways to layout the photos inline to a post without a disjointed layout....

Cruising Skyline Drive

Getting There, and Skyline Drive About a week ago, I checked the weather forecast for Front Royal, Virginia. Since passing the basic rider course and acquiring a motorcycle last month I had been anticipating an opportunity to take it on a single trip this year. My first inclination was Vermont to enjoy the fall foliage and cruise some winding back roads, but the predicted weather in Virginia made the decision for me....

New New Bike Day

There’s a saying in the cycling world: n+1. Having loved math in college, I immediately recognize the meaning of n+1 to mean “current plus one more” and for cycling it means you will always need/want/desire one more bicycle than you currently have. And it’s true! I would love to own, and have room to store, an electric gravel bike, a mountain bike, a cargo bike, etc. The latest iteration of n+1 is a bit…different....

Riding the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail

The spot we choose to embark on the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail starts just outside of Jim Thorpe, PA. It splits Carbon and Luzerne counties as it winds along the Lehigh River south to north, tracing a not-so-old railway which still operates to this day. (Although perhaps just for the tourists.) The Jim Thorpe area is a popular tourist-y destination and the proximity to Lehigh Gorge only augments the allure (great for family activities or bringing a pet)....

Camping in the Pine Barrens

Went camping last weekend! Location was Timberline Campground out in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The Pine Barrens has been a favorite spot this summer since we picked up a few low-end Pelican kayaks, because the rivers in that region are a lot of fun to float down. Our friends enjoy stand up paddleboarding, so we all converged on the campsite with kayaks and boards in tow. The initial expectation was to put them out on the “lake” at the campsite…but it turned out to be a bit more of a tiny pond than a real lake....

Deploying This Site Using GitHub Actions

This post is my first published using GitHub Actions. It was remarkably easy to setup, and now the instant I write a new post and push to main, I’ll be seeing it on here within 30 seconds. Below I’ll explain how I got this working. Laying the Groundwork The first step is ensuring the hugo site can be deployed somewhere. In my case, it’s a home server and the stack is:...

A New Look

Welcome! This is a new cut of mattedwards.org, built using the static site generator hugo. I had been experimenting with static site generation on-and-off for the past eight months; and I finally set aside the time to put this new site together. Static site generation has been on my mind since the Stacktrace podcast introduced it to me via John Sundell’s Publish, which is built using Swift. The simplicity of a website built using nothing but HTML and CSS is awesome (plus a tiny bit of Javascript which is baked into the theme but which I plan to remove)....