Thursday, July 23, 2015

Catching UP

Dar did not have to kick me again to update my blog. Something must be wrong...

A Titanic Ride

Back in June, Dianne and I went to see the play, Titanic. We took the GO Transit bus. Round trip for seniors is $16.50 or so. The ride is great, and this time we sat up front. So, the 401 traffic 40 minutes out from downtown Toronto looks like this:

And then,

We went to a restaurant

Then, we went to the theatre

I took this before the play started, so it was legal. Any blur is because Dianne was kicking me for taking it.

A Walk Around the Pool

I have mentioned that the backyard took a lot of work. Well, it looked pretty good right after:

I did the deck sanding and staining, but the flowers are Dianne's work.

Our Gardena watering stick broke

But Gardena replaced it at no charge. They are located near the airport so I did have to battle traffic, but it cost $53 and looked like the glue failed. Remember, those of you who like adhesive for fastening, the old saying is "all glue joints fail". Have you bought a new car recently? Well, ... .

Now, I wonder, carbon fibre for airplanes,..  Better think of other things.

Did not ride today ... Battery

Well, John B says he thought my bike started funny a year ago, but I don't recall him saying anything at the time. Bob Leong mentioned it too when I was there a few days later. Today, it started great, I moved it out of the garage, left the ignition on for a while, and got click click noises. The battery tender went into storage mode after only 1.5 hours, and it started right up. Still, it's time.

But, the dealer is moving to a new building, so it will be next Tues or so...

East Trip To Start Soon!

Perhaps Aug 5 will be a good day to depart. Gaspe, NB, maybe PEI. Depends on how I feel.

Currently loading the bike. I'm going to take camping gear, but will spend some nights in motels. Better beds and showers.

Trying to figure out how to pack the bike. I need to keep weight low or I have trouble getting it upright off the sidestand if on any slope to the left. Added another layer of insoles to the boots too. Short legs need all the eighths of an inch available.

I should be able to show some pics of how I ended up packing the bike next week.

No firm itinerary. No reservations. No real plan. Should be perfect. Weather? Well, who knows.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Deerskin Gloves - Bob's Suggestion

Bob [Bobskoot] hosted me in Vancouver last year around this time. His birthday was July 9 and mine July 13.

Among our many discussions, I lamented that I could not operate my GoPro camera controls wearing my Joe Rocket waterproof gloves. He said I needed to wear Deerskin ones.

So here it is almost a year later and I just put on a new pair of Deerskin gloves. Tight, but they are stretching nicely. I have tried them with both the camera and the remote dongle which also gave me infinite frustration last year.

No problem!

Once again, Bob gave me great advice.

We exchanged gifts last year. He gave me a very small gas powered burner. Also we went to MEC where he showed me what pot to buy. Once home and playing with my new toys, I noticed the gas canister had a concave bottom. I put the cannister in the pot with the concave facing up/out. Then, I put in the burner and both fit nicely. This while Bob was saying it would not fit. When he saw it did fit, he admitted he had never thought about putting the gas in that way. This was about the only time I recall teaching Bob anything. Mostly it was the other way around. A lot.

Thanks again, Bob.

I am preparing for a bike trip "East". Not sure yet of exact route and timing. Might just leave it that way and see what happens.

70th Birthday Party: tomorrow. Until now, 70 was sort of expected, but kind of theoretical, if you know what I mean. Good thing 70 is the new 40, sort of, almost....

Hope you all have a nice day tomorrow. It's pretty much guaranteed that I will!