Larry Myers

mostly cycling and technology

Daily Note

April 6, 2024

After a cold and rainy week that felt like early March instead of April, we finally got a day of blue skies and warmer weather here in Chicago. On the weekend that means the return of long bike rides. Spending a Saturday morning heading all the way up Sheridan Road to Fort Sheridan is one of the simple delights of living in Chicago. You get lake views the entire way up, and on mornings like this the views are spectacular. It’s easy to forget you are in the Midwest when you essentially have ocean views.

Hopefully we’re finally out the cold weather and into 6 months of perfect cycling weather.

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Creating a Markdown plugin for the the Astro framework is great way to make it easier to author content for a static website. This tutorial will show to how to create a basic plugin.

How to Run Your Own Minecraft Server

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About Me

I'm a [Dad, Technologist, Cyclist] living in Chicago with my wife, kids, and cats. There are some ghost shrimp in a fishtank too, but I'm not sure I count them as members of the household.

When I'm not getting paid to code I'm usually playing outside and exploring the city.

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Cycling Weather Forecast

weather.larrymyers.com

There's plenty of weather forecasts out there, but none did a good job of answering the question: "When should I go biking tomorrow?"

So I built one for myself. It's an extremely lightweight traditional webapp with a Go powered backend.

Metra Train Tracker

metra.larrymyers.com

Metra has never had a good train tracker, I doubt they ever will. This is a React app with a Go backend that is geared towards people who want to know when the next train is coming with just a quick glance to their phone.

Wordle Solver

wordle.larrymyers.com

Some days you just don't want to spend the time staring at your 3rd guess trying to figure out a word that fits. I built this wordle solver to allow me to spend more time analyzing guesses and less time trying to think of words.

Chicago by Bike

Palos MTB Trails for New Riders

When you are new to mountain biking Palos can be both awesome and intimidating. With the right approach it's a great place to learn.

The Lake Michigan Ferry Tour

A self supported 5 day bike tour around the lower half of Lake Michigan.

Illinois Prairie Path / Fox River Trail

Endless miles of mixed surface trails through the western suburbs.

Sheridan Road

Ten miles on one of the best cycling roads through the North Shore.

2024 Ride Stats

Year to Date 531 mi
Week of Apr 8 57 mi
Week of Apr 1 63 mi
Week of Mar 25 31 mi
Week of Mar 18 38 mi
Week of Mar 11 56 mi
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