Matt Edwards

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)....

Asheville, Day 1

First day of vacation!...

A Tour of Winston-Salem

Some favorite photos from the first two days of our adventure. Approaching our tiny home on the farm of Perch & Nest. Views of the tiny deck. Tiny kitchen! Really bring inside! A small taste of home away from home. That’s not a tree. Now, that’s a tree! Sunrise was really something! Breakfast the the Young Cardinal downtown....

Winston-Salem Breweries

Having tried most of them, the best would be…none of the locals. Oops! Dogwood Hops and Crops was the best, for their selection of NC beers and 30% discount on takeout can purchases. Runner up might be Incendiary Brewing, but it was quite the gap between Dogwood and them. The rest of the contenders in this town were just so-so. Shame! But they’ve got tough competition against the likes of Burial and others....

Feels Like Spring

Great day to be outdoors. Made a quick video of clips and photos I captured during the ride. ...

Biking on Thursday

From Weather NJ: Thursday (March 11) high temperatures should reach well into the 60s again away from the ocean. This day probably has the best chance for interior CNJ/SNJ to climb into the 70s. Places like Cape May and nearby surrounding coastlines could again hang in the 50s. Skies should be mostly sunny. Winds should be light out of the S/SW. Overnight lows should struggle to dip below 50 statewide....