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Ah so, I should have read the fine print in the offer.

Does the $75 include removal of the wheel from the bike? Here in Germany I know one shop that wants 150 euros to change a tire and that doesn't include removal of the wheel. Nice thing is that same shop took the old tire back for free. I wouldn't expect to pay more than around $35 at a shop. Although I think I have old school thinking or at least backyard mechanic.
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A Tree Hugger


Thereís a tree in my back yard that needs to be taken down. My next door neighbor told me it was hit by lightning a few years ago and I believe him. The trunk is pretty rotted on one side and it keeps dropping dead branches in the yard. The tree isnít dead, but itís in tough shape. So yesterday, I had a tree service come out and look at it. The quote I got was twice what I was expecting, so today, Iíll call a few more tree services and get a few more quotes.

Iím getting ready for the Lima Ĺ Mile on the 30th. I saw the race there on my way to Buellís 25th Anniversary in 2008. Itís a cushion crushed limestone track, so that means full lock slides all night long. Itís the second race thatís close enough to home that I can leave the camping gear undisturbed. The track is only two hours away. Once again, I expect the winner to be on an Indian; nevertheless, Iím hoping that somebody can beat Jared Mees. Weíll see.

Last night, I found an additional attraction to Lima from, of all places, MSN. They had one of those silly articles that they delight in called The Best Burgers In Each State. While I almost invariably disagree with their bestís when I know the area, this time, they say that the Kewpee Burger in Lima is the best in Ohio. So I think Iíll stop there for lunch before I hit the track. Itís convenient; itís located on the other side of Interstate 75 from the track at the same exit. Hopefully, Iíll agree with MSN for once. Whoever writes their ďBestsĒ articles usually has a severe case of rectal oculitis.

I miss the Traveling I was doing up to last year, when I bought the house. However, Iím enjoying making this house my home. With each little improvement, Iím feeling better about living here. I find that Iím enjoying doing chores like mowing the lawn or trimming overgrowth or planning what color paint I want to use in the bedroom. I am still planning to ride to Tuktoyaktuk, but Iím getting off on living here. Thatís pretty neat.

This Saturday is the Oklahoma City Mile. Iíll be in front of my laptop during the afternoon and evening watching Fans Choice TV. I bet an Indian wins, though Iíll be pulling for another first time winner; It would be nice if a Kawasaki or Yamaha could run up front or if Vance & Hines could get the XG 750 sorted.

I was a Flat Track fan during the mid 80s, when Honda had the bike to beat. H-D eventually found the Horsepower to run with and beat the RS 750s. Iím just waiting for history to repeat itself. So are a lot of other Flat Track fans.
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Remember when tire valve caps that were also valve core pullers were common? I've been trying to find them for a while now and I finally have had a bit of success. I have about 35 or 40 pairs left, so when you see me, say something and I'll give you a pair for the asking.

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I bought those from Amazon. The local bike shop wanted 1 euro each for them. I think I bought 8 for 2 euros, likely from China.
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Southern Ohio Heat


It’s hot. Since I have no tree services coming by today, I decided that it would be a good day for a ride. After looking at a map for a while, I worked out a route that took me along the Ohio River North and East. Then I went North and eventually turned West, making a circle of roughly 150 miles. That doesn’t seem like much, but it took me four hours to complete it, and the scenery was well worth it.

Some of the more noteworthy things I noticed were the Birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, a Tow Boat pushing a full 15 barge Tow upstream and Belterra Park & Casino. I didn’t stop for any of those attractions, though I was sorely tempted to. I don’t know a lot about U.S. Grant and I know I would learn quite a bit if I stopped, but it was hot and I didn’t want to feel even hotter by getting out of the wind. I would have stopped to watch the Tow Boat, but there was no safe place to do so for a few miles. I figure it was probably making less than 10 MPH pushing roughly 1,000 Tons against the current, so I’d have to wait for a long time in the heat. Once again, I didn’t want to sit and broil. As for Belterra Park, there was too much traffic. I went to the casino there for dinner with David and Jack a while back and I checked out the 1 Mile Horse Track then. I thought then and still think that it would be a good place to hold a National Flat Track Race. After going to the Red Mile down in Lexington, KY, I’m even more convinced. It’s a shame I don’t know the first thing about promoting a race, I bet it would be a successful money maker. The Red Mile had a sellout crowd; I think a Cincinnati Mile would also be a sellout.

There were a sh*tload of bikes out. I saw several hundred as least. Riding along a Scenic River Route must be a popular Sunday ride. There were cruisers, adventure bikes, tourers, standards, choppers, trikes, sport bikes, you name it. And all different brands, as well. That’s pretty neat.
I knew that I was hot, but it wasn’t until I passed a bank that showed 97*. The next bank I went by said 100*; I don’t think it was quite that hot, but a little while later I saw another bank that said 96*, so I think that first bank was right. Plus, Intellicast says that it’s 95* here in Cincinnati at present, with a heat index of 101* (I just looked).

In any event, I decided that a long lingering ride wasn’t the best thing I could be doing today, so I made my way back to Chez Crusty. I think I’m going to just kick back and enjoy my new Carrier Air Conditioner and maybe watch a movie.
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I didn't know Grant was born in Ohio, I might have to check that out. If you're ever over my way, General George Custer was born in New Rumley Ohio, they have a neat memorial, and it's a pretty nice ride from my place.

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Hey John, thought I would drop this here to share, an email I shared with my family. If you don't want these here just hollered at me and I'll delete it, no problems.

Testing the along came Bronson concept with my wife and I.

Tomorrow morning we leave for the Southwest corner of Germany. One town down there is BŁhl, Germany of course. The drive is 2 hours by Autobahn or 4 by back roads. I would prefer the back roads however Christel wants to just be there. So 2 hours by Autobahn it is. By the way, the Autobahn has speed limits in many places. And it is usually 3 lanes, right lane is for trucks and slow traffic (100 KMH / 67 MPH, middle lane is for normal drivers (120 KMH plus / 80 MPH), and the left lane is the suicide lane. In the suicide lane one driver was driving so fast (240 KMH / 160 MPH) that the speed cameras failed to catch him. They got him in the end. Anyway, I bought the Sportster so I could cruise in the middle lane if needed. I've test her up to 150 KMH / 100 MPH when I noticed a little instability. I think the front end was getting lite because of the air pressure on the wind screen.

From BŁhl we are close to the French border and the Swiss border. We hope to travel over to France. And hike to some waterfalls, northeast of BŁhl. And also maybe south to Switzerland. We may drive on if we arrive at BŁhl to early. We have no reservations for any campsites. I tried at one however they wouldn't take a reservation for less than a week stay. It isn't school holidays here yet so the campsites shouldn't be full.

We are camping from the Harley. It is packed to the top, two tools bags up front on the engine guard, one on each side, one tank bag, and two waterproof roll bags behind the back rest. Also saddlebags are stuffed. Campsite pictures will hopefully follow too. I'll post a picture tomorrow if I have the strength and WiFi. To expensive using mobile data or I am just to cheap to pop for a monthly plan. I prefer pay as you go which comes with a measly 500 MB per month, less than 10 Euros a month. I guess I am cheap however living on a fixed income forced realities on me.



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Sounds like an adventure! We LOVE adventures! I wish I could document some of mine but it doesn't come as easily to me as some.
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Thoughts From The Twilight Zone


Iím becoming mentally constipated; I need to dump all the crap building up in my head.

I have a busy few weeks ahead of me. I have a Tree Service coming to take down the tree in the back yard. I had to shop around, but I found one that was significantly cheaper than the original bid. I told the guy over the phone that any time after Monday was good. I get my Social Security on Monday, so Iíll have enough to pay him.

Next Saturday is the Lima Ĺ Mile. Thatís another race that will have me home and in my own bed that night. It really is nice to be living more toward the center of the country. The following week is the New York Short Track in Weedsport. Judging from the picture on the AFT site, the track is very much improved from the last time I was there; that was in 1997. I rode my BMW out from Massachusetts. I wasnít supposed to be riding as I had just had the cast taken off my leg, but I figured that if the doctor didnít know, it wouldnít hurt him. I remember that getting dressed in my tent was really difficult because I couldnít put much weight on my ankle.

After I get back from New York, Iíll be heading down to the Iron Horse Lodge for the Sportster Meet & Greet which is July 13 Ė 15. I guess Iíll just have to ride those roads around the Anus of the Dragon, or whatever itís called. From what Iíve heard, the campground is really nice. I donít know any of the people from the XL Forum who are going to be there, but, they seem like pretty good folks. Iím looking forward to it.

So basically, Iím emptying my savings account to pay Richey Tree Service, doing the Lima race as cheap as possible (I already bought the ticket last winter) and the Weedsport race will be another ďas cheap as possibleĒ run.

Iím a little concerned about the Meet & Greet, but Iím pretty sure Iíve got that covered.

In other news; if youíre cruising through Fleabay looking at gas caps, donít buy the $11.00 pop up cap. It doesnít screw all the way down into the tank and looks really ugly. Plus, itís a pain in the ass to get the ďPop UpĒ center to actually pop up. Chinesium at its finest. Or somethiní. Hey; it was only $11.00; Iíve spent more than that on bad Chinese food, so it didnít hurt me that bad.

Oh; speaking of The Twilight Zone, a friend in my e-mail joke circle sent me a link to the Top 50 TV shows from the 60s. As is usually the case, I liked some of the shows, and some I thought were real duds. However, The Twilight Zone wasnít in the list. As usual MSN has its head firmly planted where the sun donít shine. Oh, Well.
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To much to process, time for a ride.

The Twilight Zone was a winner.
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