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It is funny, now that you getting nice weather, here in FL we have had a whole days of pure rain and thunder. Not fun. My blackline has been under the covers for a long time now

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WTF??!?


I’m experiencing a bit of weird luck, lately. It’s not the first time it’s happened, but it is noticeable to me. I hope it doesn’t become a streak, but you never know.

My friend Don is going to come down from Buffalo bringing some tools that I don’t have; a chain saw, and electric pole saw and a hammer drill. The hammer drill is so that I can install some bolt anchors in my basement floor to hold the NoMar tire changer. The anchors require a 5/8” drill bit which Don doesn’t have, so I ordered one from Home Depot. On Thursday, I got an e-mail saying it was in at the local store. A couple of hours later, I got an e-mail saying that the shipment was delayed and I wouldn’t get it until a couple of weeks from now. I went to the store and it was at the service counter. I don’t know what that second e-mail was all about.

My bike has been making a loud clunk whenever I hit a pothole or bump in the road. I determined that it was the gas cap, so I bought one of those low profile pop up gas caps from fleaBay. It was supposed to arrive by Friday. This is what I see when I go to the USPS web site to track it:


May 19, 2018
In Transit to Next Facility
The item is currently in transit to the next facility as of May 19, 2018.
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May 18, 2018, 7:32 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
FAYETTEVILLE NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER ANNEX
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May 18, 2018, 5:30 pm
Departed USPS Regional Facility
RALEIGH NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
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May 18, 2018, 4:42 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
RALEIGH NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
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May 18, 2018, 2:42 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
GREENSBORO NC DISTRIBUTION CENTER
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May 18, 2018, 6:21 am
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CINCINNATI OH NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER
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May 17, 2018, 7:14 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
CINCINNATI OH NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER
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May 17, 2018, 5:59 pm
Accepted at USPS Origin Facility
WALTON, KY 41094


It originated about 20 miles south of here, just over the Ohio River. It was in Cincinnati, and now it’s taking a tour of North Carolina. By the time I get it, that gas cap will have a year’s worth of mileage on it.

I know that the USPS is a very efficient operation; I’ve had several worse experiences with both Fed EX and UPS. However, this one has me scratching my head. I’m wondering if maybe a loose piece of tape snagged my package and it’s stuck to something going somewhere else?

Well; whatever the reason, I hope it gets here soon. I’m heading for the Springfield Mile this coming weekend. It would be nice to have it on my bike then.
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Hey, make sure the fuel cap has a one way vent or it may burp fuel occasionally. I bought one and it burped so I returned it and ended up with the Harley one, works great.
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I have house guests, so I have to be brief. Dondi and Scott are visiting, on their way to Arizona. Dondiís moving there and Scottís helping her with the drive.

Iíve been living in my house for a year, now. I passed papers on the Friday before Memorial Day, last year. The actual date isnít until tomorrow, but itís been 52 weeks. Wow.

Dondi and Scott are leaving today. After they leave, I have to do a bit of house related work (laundry, mow the lawn and pack the bike), because tomorrow Iím heading out to Springfield to see The Mile.

I wonít be able to take back roads there, but I think I might just take them home from Springfield. I know a great campground on the banks of the Wabash River in Indiana thatís about three hours or so from Springfield. I could ride US Rt. 50.

My gas cap finally arrived. To go along with the rest of the Saga of its trip throughout the southeastern United States, it got delivered to the house next door along with the rest of yesterdayís mail (my NRA hat and my Handlebar Clock from China). My neighbor brought it over last night. I guess the Letter Carrier couldnít see the 3Ē numbers on the front of my house.

Well; people are waking up. Gotta go.
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Enjoy the company and I hope you have a great ride and time!
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Lunch Break


So far, itís been an interesting ride. I left Cheviot at 9:00 this morning. The police are out in force, so Iím being pretty watchful of my speed. About 30 miles before Indianapolis, I got caught in a downpour. By the time I got my rain gear on, I was soaked. Then, as soon as I got back on the road, the rain quit and the sun came back out. I kept the rain gear on and it held all the water in my clothing just beautifully. I stopped on the west side of Indy about an hour later and took the gear off. Iíve mostly dried off, but parts of me are still wet. Hopefully, by the time I get to Springfield, Iíll be dry. Hopefully.

Gas is expensive everywhere. Itís running between $2.90 and $3.00 a gallon for regular in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. When I filled up in Indiana, the station I stopped at only had a $0.50 difference between 87 and 92 octane. It only cost me $12.00 to fill the Roadster. Only.

I passed the two Harley Davidson Racing Team transporters a while ago. I gave them a thumbs up as I went by. While I donít expect it, Iím hoping that they can get the bikes sorted out enough to be competitive with the Indians. Iím tired of seeing Jared Mees winning every race. To be honest, Iím about 98% sure that Indian will sweep the podium tomorrow. Iíd like to see some other brands in the mix. The other marques are making it into the Main, but the Indians are dominating. JD Beach was fast on the Yamaha at Daytona and the Bauman brothers are fast on Kawasakis, but I donít know if anybody has anything for the Indians at Springfield. It would really tickle me if Vance & Hines got the XG 750 R sorted enough to run up front. It might happen (and monkeys might fly out of my butt).

Well; I stopped for lunch and to take a short break. Itís time to get back out there.


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Iím now in Springfield. I couldnít send out the above at the MacBarfuls I was at.
Itís hot here. The thermometer on the bike says itís 33.4 C (92 F) The last few miles, I was turning into a zombie so I decided to stop at a Starbucks and get a Flat White coffee and use better WiFi. Once I have my coffee and cool down a little, Iíll head over to the campground at the Fairgrounds and set up my tent. Tonight is the TT and it should be a good race. Itís streaming at www.fanschoiceTV.com if youíre bored and want to watch some good racing.

Tomorrow will be The Mile. Thatís consistently a great race; usually with a photo finish. Thatíll also be streamed live.
Later.
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Jealous, I am.
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I watched a replay of the Arizona mile on the tube earlier today. HD needs to get their stuff together. Even if Mees cheated HD is still too far behind. They need to quit trying to make a worked over stock bike run with the Indians. They need to build a dedicated racer just like Polaris has done. The MoCo needs to fix this pronto. This kind of racing has been in the.background in recent years but it sure has been moving into the foreground..

Enjoy your day tomorrow.. I wanted to go to the Sac Mile but I was required to be elsewhere that day.
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Iím sitting in a Maccaís in Springfield, Illinois. Where else can you get a breakfast sandwich and a bottomless cup of coffee for $2.04? But their WiFi has gone to crap and that annoys me considerably. Oh, well; itís an imperfect world.

Last night was the TT. As is usually the case, the track was a new and different design. This year, it was a lot longer. The AFT singles race was a good one Dan Bromley won after a bit of a battle with Jesse Janish. Third went to Oliver Brindley from the UK, and he had to work to earn it after a race long battle with Jay Newton. Brindley finally got past him with two or three laps to go. Thatís the good news.

The bad news is that it took until nearly Midnight to get to the Main event. I watched nearly 30 different heats, semis, and whatever before the Opening ceremonies, which didnít happen until something like 10:00.

You know; when I go to a Red Sox game, I go to see the top level teams in baseball. The promoter here thinks I should watch all the amateur classes before I get to see the experts. Itís like going to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox and having to watch a Little League game followed by slightly better players before I get to see the pros Iím there to watch. At one point, the announcer said that there were five more races before the opening Ceremonies. Five races later, he said the same thing. By the time the AFT Main rolled to the line, most of the stands were empty. I love Flat Track, but I really donít want or need to see something like 50 different races in one sitting. Especially when the temps were in the mid 90s and cooled all the way down to the high 80s. It could be worse; the temps could have been in the low 50s. Then I would have left early.

Anyhow, the racing was mostly good. I made my way back to my tent and got about 4 hours of sleep or so, then got up with the sunrise. I broke camp and came to the Golden Starches for a high priced and nutritional breakfast. In about an hour, Iíll head back to the Fairgrounds and watch The Mile. According to the announcer last night, itís scheduled to start early and end early. While I hope thatís true (so I can put on more miles before sunset), Iím not going to count on it.

One last thing; this new laptop is the bees knees! Itís great for traveling. Thanks ******!
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