October 19, 2013
Grass Drags 2013
Last Sunday I had a first experience, going to the Grass Drags. Those are snowmobile races on the grass, held in a farmer's pasture. WS has always gone with Jimmy, and I didn't want to intrude on their "buddy time", so I had never been before.
I went by myself and found a lot to see. There were grass drags, water drags, and exhibition jumping:
There were helicopter rides, which I wanted to go on, but you had to have at least 2 people in your party. They weren't placing seperate parties together, so I just stood and watched the two helicopters do their thing for a while:
Then there was a sign that you don't see very often - at first I thought it was a No Guns Allowed sign, but then I saw I was mistaken and had to smile at the sentiment - so of course I had to go into the establishment:
I had a great time, just wish I could have seen the drag final. Unfortunately I had to get home to take care of Prince, who much appreciated being taken for a walk and being fed, so that was okay with me.
September 15, 2013
How Much Wood . . .
Can Bogie chuck. . .
Okay, stack. In the last two weekends, I stacked the comlete right bank, and started the middle bank of wood. The left side is left from last year. WS has to come and split wood, then bring it down to the landing before I have more to stack.
He may or may not do so today - he is coming over to fix the driveway that was washed out from the rains on Thursday (made it interesting getting up the driveway on the bike - but the challenge was overcome.
Jeep is Good to Go!
I went to a local guy to replace the ball joints and front brakes in the Jeep for a lot cheaper than the dealer quoted me. Hey, bonus, he found the REAL leak in my tire, which 2 places had failed to diagnose correctly - so that is fixed too. Dropped the vehicle off Wednesday night (WS picked me up and brought me back home). I obviously had to ride the bike to work Thursday and of course that was the day of so much rain that there was flooding as well as flash flood warnings.
The ride home wasn't as bad as I feared it would be (didn't actually hit rain until New Boston - about 18 miles from home), although I had to dodge the ponding on the road; which is tough when you can hardly see thru the rain. But, once again other drivers were wicked nice to this biker, and I got home safely, so all went well. WS picked me up and took me to get it that night, so I had the Jeep for the rainy drive into work on Friday.
Yesterday morning I went to VIP for a front end alignment, so the Jeep should be good to go for a while.
September 08, 2013
Riding in the Rain
Coming home from the Cape, I had a dry ride all the way thru MA (did hit wet roads though) then when I got to the NH rest area, the skies let loose. I waited out the first bout of rain, took off, and about 2 miles down the raod ran into another deluge.
Even the cars ahead of me slowed down to 45 MPH (on the highway, where we had been going 75-80) and put on their flashers. It even hailed a little (teeny, tiny hail). The most amazing thins is that other drivers were extremely curteous and kind to this biker - they stayed well back from me, if they passed, they did so at the far left side of their lane and pulled well ahead before pulling in front of me. I am so used to other drivers trying to kill me (hey, that's the way you have to ride) that I was almost stunned by the change in driver behafiour.
I did finally hit drier air and made it home safely.
The time with SIL was exactly what I needed. even though it was cool, dark and damp, we had a great time. We did a lot of walking, window shopping (and a bit of clothes shopping), eating (ice cream - lots of ice cream), and working out. The time share had a great gym so we could work off a few of the calories we injested. We also played a round of mini golf (I need lessons from HH because I lost badly).
even with the weather, we had a great time and I really appreciated being able to get away and forget everything for a while. Even the ride in the rain was good!
August 31, 2013
WS left Thursday morning on the bike - heading for Kansas and his family reunion. That night he spent the night in PA. Last night he had made it to St. Louis for the night. Should make it to the Kansas clan and shindig today.
I am heading out with SIL (she driving and me riding) and we are headed for The Cape. She was gracious enough to invite me for a little fun, sun, relaxation (and forgetting that today is technically WS and my 28th anniversary) - and just plain time away from everything at a time share she has for the week. Work has been a bear too, so I really need this outing. It is only for the weekend (for me), but I will try to make the most of it.
So, no more posting this weekend - I'll catch you on the flip side.
August 26, 2013
Farmers' Almanac Predicts 'Piercing Cold' Winter
As long as there is lots of snow so I can make use of the snowmobile, I'm okay with this. Of course, if there is little snow, I can snuggle by the woodstove and read, which is fine by me also.
August 24, 2013
I got in a couple of hours riding last weekend so am sharing just a couple pictures:
Just below Mount Sunapee - about a little more than an hour into my ride (Mt Sunapee is behind me as I'm taking the picture).
June 30, 2013
Bike Week 2013
We had a faily cold and rainy June. A lot of days in the 50's and 60's (and 40's) and even in the middle of June I was contemplating turning on the heat because we had no sun to help warm up the house.
Bike Week started the weekend before Father's Day and as usual it rained for most of it. I road to work 3 times that week and everytime at least one of the trips (to or from) was in the rain. Friday I got so wet in the morning, that I had to hang everything out to dry in the sun when I got home that evening.
From left to right: Chaps (both legs opened up and spread out), neck bandana, jacket, vest, jacket liner. My boots were the only things that stayed fairly dry.
However, we did have some nice days - and those days coincided with the last weekend of Bike Week. WS stayed at the pig roast Friday night thru Sunday, while I made trips up there both Saturday and Sunday. We spent about 2 hours at Weirs Beach,and we parked off the boulevard in a back lot.
We spent some time riding around the lakes region and over by Plymouthand enjoying the scenery and at a gas stop found they had put in a wind farm since the last time we had been in the area.
June 22, 2013
Home Trip on the Cool Tool
Just to get a feel for how it works on longer trips, I activated my new app before riding home from work last night.
Pretty cool, they also give a video showing exact roads wheree htey use a "pin" to trace the route - so if you were in unfamiliar territory, and wanted to know your exact route, you can just look at your "video". (I am unsure if you will be able to access the video, thru the link, please let me know either way).
Not too shabby a tool for only FREE!
June 20, 2013
Cool Tool For the Phone
Thru the HDForums, I found a cool tool (app) for my phone that will track your travels by almost any imaginable transportation (walking, bus, bike etc). Then it gives you a rough map, time, distance and other stats. These you can share with anyone, some people or no one.
I thought it would be a cool thing to use on bike trips. I downloaded CheckMyTour a couple of days ago thru GooglePlay store (it is also available for iPhones) and decided to test it out during my walk at lunch. Now that walk isn't bery long - just around the parking lots of the building I work at, but I figured that would give me an idea of what it could do. so here are a couple of screenshots of my stats:
Check out the max speed of 4 mph, but my average was only 3.055. That is because I stopped at my bike and removed the engine guard chaps and stowed them away in the saddlebags. I also had my chaps and a sweatshirt that I had used for riding into work, which I stowed in another saddlebag. All-in-all, I probably spent 3-4 minutes at the bike before continuing on my walk. I could have hit "pause" and it wouldn't have counted that time, but I didn't want to bother. And truthfully, I had no idea what stats it was keeping, so didn't see a need to pause the recording.
Obviously it uses GPS to track where you are and I find it funny that it could track me so precisely that it shows how un-straight my walking line is! And, I was unsure what the picture would show inside my circular route - but obviously it knows the building is there, so I would guess that it works off of some type of mapping program (although it cannot give you pre-made maps).
I could also have taken notes of pictures and uploaded them to the site for use later (or sharing), but there wasn't much use of that during my test.
I think I will find use for this, if I remember to start it up before any of my travels.