Friday, July 21, 2017

The Joy of Good Internet

I have been unable to post due to bad internet at the places I have stayed. Motel 6 is not the only place with poor "high speed internet".

So, I plan to try to go back a week and post some Rally pics and catch up a bit. 

Will be having a nice visit with John and Carol, so not likely doing a lot of blogging, but will try to do some.

Just thought I'd let you know.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 17 - July 17 Internet Access is Back!

People arrived in force last Wednesday and completely overwhelmed the WiFi nets provided by both the Fairpark and MOA. My Chairman had a private T-Mbile hotspot and it too was not reliable or fast. As a result, I have do catch up. which may take some days to get done.

I left the Utah State Fairpark Sunday Morning at 8 am an proceeded to Boise. I was prepared to stop earlier but there was no room at the inn (actually, no inns to speak of in that considerable distance, almost 600 miles). Could not have done it without the water-soaked evaporative vest. I did not pass a rest stop the whole way, unless it was just before or after a gas/meal stop. Even so, it was over 32 C the whole way. On arrival in Boise, I found a Motel 6, a restaurant I could walk to, and got to bed early. Slept better than I had in weeks, was likely exhausted.

Left there later than planned, 8 am this morning. The day started cool, but noon saw me soaking the vest with water. By the time I got to The Dalles, OR I was through. Got a lovely room at the Shilo Inns for less than a shop-worn Comfort Inn. Restaurant attached and guess where I will eat later?

Off to Anacortes WA tomorrow to sleep over and catch the ferry to Sydney, BC near Victoria.

Catchup


This may continue tomorrow.













I am going to publish this, don"t know what you will see of videos, may have to further edit.
"Motels dont offer high bandwith....

Now 7 PM, can't see my own videos, poor internet. will post a few pics and go to bed. Will have to await better wifi before I can polish this post.

No joy. Later.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 12 - July 12 More Hot Days at the Rally Edit 1

Last night was a pleasantly cool night. I used a sleeping bag liner without the sleeping bag for the first time. Very pleasant.


I added a flag to the tent so my fellow Canadians can say hello if they pass by.


These folks (to the right of my tent) arrived yesterday. Seem to be all part of a big group.


I suspect the field will be filling up today and especially tomorrow.

By afternoon, temperature was 34 C. Skipped breakfast and felt poorly until I had something to eat. Will not do that again. Too hot and too high up. I did drink a lot of water and that is wise. Volunteers get lots of free bottles of water, fortunately.

Edit 1:

My alarm went off, as planned, at 5:30 am this morning. It was in the tent pocket right beside me. I opened the cover and swiped to unlock. I could not swipe to stop the alarm because of advertisements! So I tried to power off. Nope. Those ads again. Eventually, the alarm timed out. After a run to the washroom to clean up, I found the setting to prevent advertisement personalization and now have a useful phone back. It was infuriating and I apologized to my neighbors. But, none of them heard it, they said.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 10 July 10 Rally Volunteer Work Begins

The BMW MOA rally in Salt Lake City won't officially begin until Wednesday. Yet, people arrived yesterday to set up their tents and begin doing volunteer labour to get things ready for their fellow members.

It takes a lot of volunteers.

Arriving early helps get nice shady places for the tent:


So, I'm here, in a great location.

More to come.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Day 8 July 8 Arrived at Salt Lake City

From Grand Junction CO to SLC UT is some ride!

The first bit is badlands. Then, there is more of that, with exits that say "no services". No gas, no place to pee, nothing. I had gassed up so no worries on my bike which is made for long rides and has a 500 km range.

I gassed again in Price UT, just to be sure I had more than more than enough. More than. Gas is almost as precious as peace of mind.

Right after, the highway is declared to be a Scenic Byway. Sure was, Something old Western movies would use as scenery. And twisty. Mile after mile of twisties. Beautiful and great riding but my right wrist is still sore. But, I loved it.

So, where is the movie? I started the GoPro and thought I let it run. Got 10 minutes of video not worth watching. Battery dieded? Don't know.

Eventually I got to Provo. From there, it is industrial development on both sides of a highway like the 401. And then, exit, a few turns and I arrived at the motel.

Tomorrow, to the rally site and setting up my tent.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Day 7 July 7 Grand Junction CO

Had a great ride today, let the GoPro run until the battery died and edited what was there for you:










The tunnel is the Eisenhower tunnel, opened in 1973 and 1.5 miles in length.

Road is I-70, starting from Idaho Springs. No pics of the run along the river or the western badlands, sorry.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day 5 - July 5 @Idaho Springs, CO







I am composing this post for the second time today. This morning I had one of those "the dog ate my homework" episodes. I was determined to master using the iPad app from Blogger that I paid for and it went somewhat ok until I tried to publish the draft. It looked like it worked, but did not and I could not recover the work. Loss of data is inexcusable.

So, here we are trying again.

The ride up route six was very interesting with a lovely curvy road and six tunnels. Eventually roadwork cause me to enjoy your at least a half an hour of stop and go traffic. Further, the road continued to curve and at each curve the camber was quite steep. Under stop and go conditions, it was very important to put the correct foot down when coming to a stop. Otherwise the bike would tip right over. In any event all went well and I arrived at Idaho Springs.

After checking into the hotel, I decided to take a walk in the town. I unloaded my Nikon D7200 and checked the battery condition. It was low, and I discovered I do not have the battery charger with me on my trip. I will have to obtain one down the road.

Before I take you on a tour, let me explain the above. A few days ago I went to a restaurant and found the prices on this bottle of wine to be rather intriguing. For 9 oz glass, $8, and for the bottle, $10! I asked if I could take the unfinished part away, and this was the result. Capped, receipt, sealed bag just in case police asked.





 
















There is an artisanal distillery here. Quite pricey, but decent enough as a conversation piece.

Kyle is a chem eng student at Colorado School of Mines.





























After checking into the hotel, I decided to take a walk the town. I unloaded my Nikon D7200 and checked the battery condition. It was low, and I discovered I do not have the battery charger with me on my trip. I will have to obtain one down the road.