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Mid-Summer Thoughts


Today is August 6. Itís about as mid-summer as it gets. Iíve had a relatively laid back summer, so far; but I think itís about to get a good bit busier for the second half. The Tramp in me is awake and is wanting to stretch his legs. The trip up to New England woke him up and now, he doesnít want to go back to sleep.

Tomorrow, Iím riding up to Indianapolis to go to El Corcel and have a Burrito Loco for Dupper (or is it Linner?) with RD. Iím also going to borrow his bearing puller; that way I can change out the bearings in the rear wheel for the Cussedíem. I donít like the disc rear wheel that it came with and I have a cast spoked rear wheel for it. I just have to change out the bearings, which Iíve had for a few months. Iím also thinking about hitting the Swap Meet in Springfield (Ohio) in the morning. The catch is that Iím broke this month and even if I see some smokingí deals, I donít have the money to buy anything. Still; I like Swap Meets, even when Iím just looking and Iím curious about what a Waldeckís Swap Meet is like. They hold one in Springfield about 4 or 5 times a year, but thereís always been a reason I couldnít make it to one. Iíve been to a variety of Swap Meets in the Northeast (Mass., Conn, New Hampshire and New York), Colorado and even Florida during Bike Week. Iíd like to see what a Swap Meet in Ohio is like.

The WVBR is coming up in another week and a half. Thatís my favorite rally. Two Wheels of Suches is my favorite campground anywhere, but the WVBR is better in an ďOld TimeĒ kind of way. Itís purely a camping rally with truly varied but really good people. It has its own spirit and I always have fun there.

Iím really hoping that Dark Horse will have my engine done by then. They got the rods a week or so ago and are building the crankshaft. Andrew (the Customer Service Rep) is on vacation and wonít be back until next week, but he said heíll call me as soon as itís ready.

After that, thereís the Springfield Mile weekend. Theyíre holding Miles on both Saturday and Sunday and thatís something Iím really looking forward to.

After that; well; I have a flock of medical stuff to endure. Blood tests, visits with an Eye Specialist and my Primary Care Doctor, and even my Cardiologist.

I also have my Birthday in September. Iím going to do my usual - go to Aglamesis Bros. and have them make me my favorite sundae; sliced banana discs, strawberry ice cream, hot fudge and marshmallow toppings. Iíll grill a Rib Eye over Charcoal for dinner, then Iíll light off a few hundred little rockets. Since my birthday is on the Equinox, itís a great way to celebrate both the end of my favorite season and the day I entered this crazy world.

Tonight is the Half Mile from Sturgis. I think Iíll be watching it and hoping that Jeffrey Carver wins it. Heíll be on the only XR 750 in the field. That would really tickle me.

Since itís Saturday, I guess Iíll have Hot Dogs and Baked Beans for dinner. That sounds good to me.
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Nice again John, thanks for the post. Got back home, again, this afternoon having only spent one night in my own bed through the last month. Will start sorting wires and prepping for the WVBR, fingers crossed.
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Just Another Ride


Yesterday, I rode up to Indianapolis to have lunch with RD at El Corcel. I had a bit of confusion when I got off I-465 to go to his house. The road was closed and the bridge over the Interstate was being replaced. I took side streets until I was able to get on the south side of the highway, then eventually made my way to streets that I recognized and rode to his house.

RD was waiting when I arrived and showed me the latest improvements to the Good Guy (his Himalayan). I especially like the little boxes heís mounted to the engine crash bars. We talked for a few minutes, then rode over to the restaurant.

El Corcel is a Mexican/Peruvian restaurant and it must be really good, as once again, the place was full of people speaking Spanish, eating and enjoying themselves. It has to be both good and authentic to have business like that. Both RD and I ordered Burrito Locos. Itís a large flour tortilla filled with little strips of marinated beef, Chorizo, onions and I don't know what else, but it tastes really wonderful. There are no beans in it, which is different from what Iím used to, but itís a treat for my taste buds. I thought RD and I were the only people in the place that didnít learn English as a second language, but RD spotted three people I didnít see; a young couple and a cop. Everyone in there was friendly and the food was in a class of its own. Iíll be back for more.

We got back to RDs house and I strapped the bearing puller to the sissy bar. RD is lending it to me so I can change out the wheel bearings on the replacement rear wheel of the Cussedíem. Tracy (RDs wife) arrived home just before I was going to leave, so I stayed a little longer and we talked a bit before I set out for my adventure ride home.

I had done my usual planning for a Meet & Eat. I rode up the shortest and most direct route (Interstate), but planned a longer route home on secondary roads. I was doing fine until I saw a detour sign, then I went the way the sign said. That wound up putting me on I-69. I rode that south until the city of Martinsville, then I got off and rode east across some beautiful countryside. Google Maps calls it, Painted Hills, Indiana. The road was very lightly traveled and very twisty and it had good pavement.

I stopped and got gas in Trafalgar and asked to see a map at the gas station. I had been on State Route 252 East, but east is only a suggestion. I remember being at an intersection in Amarillo, Texas, once and saw I was on routes going east, south and north, all at the same time. The gas station didnít have a map, so I asked a lady who was going in if she was a local, and she gave me directions to US 31. That put me back on my original planned route and I took it to US Rt. 50 which brought me back to greater Cincinnati.

Along the way, I had passed several displays indicating the temperature was either 89 or 90ļ F (32ļ C). It was fairly warm (I was sweating constantly), but I guess Iím getting used to that. It will really suck when winter arrives; Iíll be freezing my butt off. And Iím planning to ride to the Arctic Ocean next Spring?

Anyhow; I made it back home. I drank a lot of water last night. I probably should have stopped more often and drank more during the ride.

But, I had a good time. A good lunch with a good friend and a good ride over beautiful roads.

That works for me.
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I was reading a series of very short stories written in the 1950s by Arthur C. Clarke. The general theme was the building of space stations around the earth. In one of them, there was a statement that weather was accurately forecast because of the ability to see how the clouds were moving.

We now have weather satellites that are pretty advanced; yet the forecast is only accurate a small part of the time. For example, the 10 day forecast for the Cincinnati area was for rain on 8 of those 10 days when I looked at it a couple of days ago and again, yesterday. In fact, yesterday was supposed to be very wet all day long. Instead; the only rain I saw was when I rode over to get gas and hit the supermarket. When I set out, it was sunny. Within a mile, it was completely overcast, and by the time I got to the gas pumps at Samís Club, a couple of miles later, it was pouring and I was soaked.

I rode from there to the supermarket, and the rain stopped and it was sunny again when I arrived. When I left with my groceries, it was sunny and remained sunny all the way home, but it was also raining on me almost the entire way. Once I was back home, it remained sunny for the rest of the day and everything dried out.

This morning, the 10 day forecast has changed. Now, itís supposed to be sunny for 8 of the next 10 days.

I checked the weather for the area around the WVBR, next week and it changed from rain every day to rain for only a couple of days. Weíll see.

Once again, if you believe the weather forecast; you deserve what you get.

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I replaced the stripped gear in my garage door opener. The new gear is going to be chewed up within a couple of months. Iíve decided that Iíve had enough. The manual lock that was available is a royal PITA to use, so when the present setup fails again, Iím just going to replace the opener. If I was more affluent, Iíd have a company like Overhead Door come in and replace the whole door, opener, etc and be done with it. Maybe in the future, but for now, just the motor head.

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I borrowed RDs bearing puller on Sunday. After I got the garage door opener working again on Monday, I decided to pull the old bearings out of the rear wheel thatís waiting to go on the Cussedíem. Ha!

The bearings wouldnít budge. I grabbed the propane torch and tried to heat the wheel hub. Still wouldnít budge. I walked away before I did something stupid. Yesterday, I sprayed some penetrating oil around the outer race of the one bearing. In a little while, Iíll go down to the basement and see if I can get the job done. Iím hoping that the PB Blaster, along with some heat will be enough.

At one company that I worked for, we used to heat aluminum parts at 350ļ F for 45 minutes and bearings would drop right in. I wonder how long it would take for the smell from a wheel to go away from the oven in my stove? Iíd hate it if my Shake & Bake pork chops tasted like an old wheel or PB Blaster. Itís an electric stove, so I could run the oven clean cycle for a few hours afterwards. I bet that would do the trick. Iíll keep that in the back of my mind if I have no success this morning.

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A vulture was on the sidewalk in front of my next door neighborís house eating a dead squirrel the other day. It was a big, ugly bird and it stood about two feet high. It was completely unconcerned that several of us humans were standing around watching it tear off pieces of rodent and swallowing them.

There are a lot of wild animals that are coming into cities, anymore. A few years ago, three deer walked up the middle of the street and stood watching kids playing in a yard a few houses up the hill. Then the deer walked down the sidewalk and went down the side street and out of my sight. When I lived in Massachusetts, a moose had walked into downtown Framingham and became panicked when it got to the end of an alley and it was surrounded by buildings. I also saw a coyote in Hudson, mass when I worked there. I wonít go into details about the various skunks, raccoons and rats the size of a small dog.

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The other day, I wrote that I was burning out on writing these Snippets. Since then, Iíve cranked out a few more. I guess it was just a temporary lapse. On maybe this spurt is the temporary condition. I donít know.

I know that I enjoy hacking them out and that there are some people who enjoy my babblings; I guess that Iíll continue until itís no longer fun.

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Joe, who gave me the lift, is having serious health problems. If you pray, please add him to your prayers. Heís a really good guy.

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Well; Itís time to function. Iíll either fix brunch, or go play with the wheel. I hope I donít have to use the oven to get the old bearings out.
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Well, at least you aren't married. Women tend to frown on MC parts in the oven.

I remember 10 or so years ago when the National Weather Service got their new super computers, a spokesman said they would be able to predict the weather a year in advance with "pinpoint accuracy."

Apparently no one told that to Mother Nature.
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I for one enjoy your snippets. A view of the world from someone else's eyes is enjoyable. And you don't paint things in a negative color.
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I for one enjoy your snippets. A view of the world from someone else's eyes is enjoyable. And you don't paint things in a negative color.
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Also, we need to follow the Arctic Circle trip!
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