Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ice is fun to photograph…

No driving required.  Got to trip the light ivy-dango around the house and take a couple interesting photos.  Play with the camera I haven’t touched in ages.  Hope you enjoy.  Only one icicle was harmed in the making of these photos.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

We Have Survived!!

I know you have probably been worried.  I mean the blizzard conditions threatening the south (Atlanta) have probably made global media.  Wanted to let you know that we have survived.  The storm has caused a huge run on the staples: milk, bread, and eggs.  Don’t even try going to the market, you’ll be forced to go for the egg white liquid or try the vinegar and baking soda option.  (I would not recommend trying to scramble that vinegar and backing soda solution…don’t ask me how I know.)  We are holed up with makings for chili, tacos, and lots of snacks.

Now I’m going to warn you that the pictures below may be a little disturbing.  They are filled with vicious amounts of ice and snow.  This literally stops Atlanta in its tracks.  I can finally say I am able to run with the big boys in Portland (both Maine and Oregon), Denver and Fairbanks.  Hey Richard, do you think I can qualify for the Polar Bear Club??

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Monday, January 2, 2017


Happy New Year!!

My wish for everyone is a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.  I fervently hope that 2017 will be full of food, friends, family, adventure, new sights, and new sounds.

So hear is a little catsup from me and Oilburner:

New Years weekend was spent camping.  We took the mini-bikes in hopes of getting out.  But the allure of the sofa or camp chair and a good book and knitting were overpowering.

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Christmas Day dawned beautiful, clear and WARM!  We were hitting the low 70’s in mid Georgia and just had to take advantage of it. We met up with a friend that recently acquired a 2015 GSW in Electric Blue.  Yum.  We met up in Senoia, GA.  For those of you Walking Dead fans this city was known as Woodbury. We didn’t have a destination so enjoyed a few miles through Pine Mountain park with some great overlooks.

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And I am teaching myself knitting.  I’ve knitted the cap and mitts.  Working on the scarf now.  It’s the garter stitch at this moment.  The book I bought has 12 projects that will teach me garter, stockinette, ribbing, and seed.  I’m ready to try something other than garter, but having fun seeing things completed. 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Testing new posting application


This is a test.

This is only a test.

If this were a real emergency you would be asked to get on your motorcycle and come save my ass.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

When Your Ride Needs Juice

Ecuador information will be forthcoming, but in the meantime...a teaser. 

The GS was laid up and half apart in an attempt to ready her for the Multiple Sclerosis ride.  So what to do when we want to ride?  Take out the R!

Since Oilburner hasn't ridden her to work this year, the R12R has been a little neglected.  Unfortunately she wasn't on a battery tender and had to be jumped. That didn't put a damper on our day, we merely packed the jumper cables and took off.  I had my hopes that the ride would put the juice back into her and things would be fine.

Hopes but not expectations. 

We didn't have a firm destination.  Thought we would head south to Monticello and see what restaurants remained. Taking tons of backroads that we had never seen, we meandered around and yimmed and yawed.  Hunger was taking over and we spotted a Firehouse Sub that would fill the void. 

Filled the voids in our tummies, but not the belly of my beast.  She wouldn't start. Barely turned over.  Time to get that cable out, but decided to perform that quick surgery on a level area, rather than the slope we were on.  I let her coast backwards.  Gave a couple bunny hops to start our way across the parking lot, and decided to try and bump start her.  A couple more mph and it might have worked.  There just wasn't enough oomph.  However, whatever the move did, it gave her enough of something that she fired up quickly.  Wasn't going to dare shut her down though.

But we needed fuel...  :(  The gas station next door was one of many that were suffering from the pipeline issues, and was out of fuel.  We'd get fuel elsewhere, but turned the bikes back north to hit the dealership and get a new battery. We calculated it out, and figured the battery had to be 6-7 years old. It had done us well.

Nothing exciting to report.  Good day, decent ride, new battery, saw the techs I hadn't seen in awhile.  Couple dollars poorer, but the R is worth it.  It was great riding her again. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Is this a better clue?

By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Looking forward to something

As (thankfully) you listened and put up with my last ruminations, we were trying to figure out how to take a vacation.  We desperately need time away to clear our heads and try to get ourselves back together.  We've tried to figure out a block of time that wouldn't inconvenience work.  (Why is work more important that my mental health?!?!)  We thought we had come up with a good 3 week period.  But then there was a shakeup at my work.  End of year separations, people not promoted that felt they deserved it, lost motivation, emergency family situations necessitating leaves of absence.  I wasn't sure I could pull it off.  Oilburner's boss was giving him a guilt trip.  Telling him he could have the time off in October...oh but'll be on an audit that won't work.  Sigh.

We considered our options.  Would we go back up to Maine and possibly hit Labrador this year?  Should we do something unexpected and go to the Pacific Northwest?  Rent some bikes and force ourselves on Trobairitz and  Troubadour?  Go visit Vancouver Island?  Or do something completely off script and go to Iceland?  New Zealand?  Ecuador?

Or were we going to give that up and just put our heads down and work and figure out the mental health thing later.

Trying to make the decision weighed heavily.  What to do, what to do.

Oilburner cut the guilt trip and pushed for a 2 week vacation.  I bit the bullet and solidified the dates at my job.  Now to decide what to do.  We decided we want to do something completely unexpected, force us out of our lives and do something that would shake everything up.  Since Rogey was out of the country, we could wait on New Zealand.  We did a search on a motorcycle tour we have been researching the past couple of months.  We sent an email request.  We got an answer back.  And suddenly we are leaving deposits and booking international flights and trying to figure out how to pack our riding gear and get out of dodge in 8 days.

Wanna know where we are going?  I'll give you a clue...

Now this...this we are finally excited about.