Monday, May 29, 2017

AVantgare test

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No left turns?

How do your route your trip and plan your exits/turns? Interesting article here about why UPS trucks make left turns only 10% of their travels. We all have our thoughts about making our travels safe. I avoid cities, drive 1 MPH faster tan the traffic and take back roads (or even side streets) as often as possible. Check the stats in this article:

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter trip, 2017 - TX Gulf

This trip is the result of last winter travels, and wanting to spend a month where it's warm. don't travel every day, and diacover an area in depth, or at least the pubs.

Donna hashad Padre Island on her mind since mid summer.  We looked around Vacation Rent by ( and decided to stay around North Padre Island for three+ weeks.  We split the weeks up into three different apartments and are now working on places to see and things to do.

Here's a link to our (growing) road map.  Will be spotting in potential destinations oer the next few weeks.  Jan 27th is our launch date, with three road days planned to get there.  At this point we're planning on takig the car and leaving the bike home.  Potential solo bike trip in the works for spring.

Bird sanctuary photography (new 2X lens!)
Local road trips.

Signed up for TX newsletters and are hitting up the vacation bureaus for ideas.  I like having lots of targets and then we have options based on weather conditions, energy levels and generally poking around.

Will keep you posted.

Nearby top fav restaurnats:
1. Ceviche Ceviche (South Padre Island)
2. Snoopy's Pier (Corpus Christi)
3. The Spot (Galveston)
4. Boiling Pot (Rockport)
5. Moby Dick's (Port Aransas)
6. Joe's Oyster Bar (Port Isabel)
7. Tookie's (Seabrook)
8. Louie's Backyard (South Padre)
9. Doc's Seafood and Steaks (Corpus Christi)
10. Gaido's (Galveston)
11. Irie's Island Food (Port Aransas)

Road trips

Year end message

Here I go again... at a loss to explain why I haven't posted in weeeks... months.   Just too much travel and not taking time to blog.   Although it has been fun.

5 weeks on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in Sept and Oct was great fun.  learned much about those towns, growing weed and western USA mother nature.  We now have a (soong to be) Giant Sequoia growing in a planter in the living room...  Details in 200 years.

I'll come back and work on this topic as time permits.  I've been through the photo files one time and need to go back to find the second tier of good shots.

If you ever get the chance, this is a great way to spend a month (or two).


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

30 minute job in two hours.

Good Grief!!
Almost a month ago I had taken the rear end of my bike apart, cleaned up the caliper, replaced the disk and put that much back together.
Finally this afternoon I figured I'd finish the job and bleed the brakes... but first... let's take the caliper off again and make sure I got grease inside the slides.   What could go wrong???
Reassembled the caliper and started putting things back in place... but the wheel/rotor/sprocket-side(which is floating on the axel... won't go up between the disk nor up into the swing arm.
After some cursing I found that the pad on the left was stuck not quite in place.  take it apaat and reassemble.  same problem... then I see the other pad had slipped down out of its holder.  It actually looks like there is a wide spot in the center of the caliper where you could install new pads without removing the caliper... fat chance...
Reset everything and kept my pinky stuck between the pads to hole them in place and insure first blood.   Then it all went back quickly.
I have the bike hanging from the rafters and was able to adjust the ratchet strap hangers so everything was at the same level and the axel slid right in.
Now I'm back to where I have been for a month and will try the bleed (oil, not human) tomorrow.
Happy day!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Travel Planning, Fall 2016

And now for something completely different... again.

Having been invited to the BMW Riders of Central California rally to speak in September, we decided, on the spot, to make a month of it.  This time no bike.   Train and auto experience.

If we drive out we'd be three or four days on the road each way.  That takes more than a week out of our vacation, along with being behind the wheel for about 30 hours both ways.  Donna had a great trip to Chicago this summer in Business Class on Amtrak.  Our spring train to New Orleans went well, given the sleeper for overnight.  This trip will be 48 hours on the train, each way, with meals included.  Then we pick up a rental car from Enterprise in LA and spend 4 weeks exploring as much of the Left Coast as we can manage.
Westbound Schedule

I'll add info along the way.  Will be just shy of 6,000 miles total from Sept 11 thru Oct 15th.  We are meeting up with friends all along the way, including great college friend Tony B between here and and Chicago on our way to Amtrak Launch.

The pre-launch evenings in the Chicago suburbs will give us a chance to see my sisters, Donna's niece, and make my 50th St Viator H.S. Reunion in Arlington Heights.   Great first few days!

Side note on technology:  My Google Maps is a complete map builder for creating turn-by-turn routes in multiple layers.  Both of the above maps were created on Google maps.  All you need is a FREE google acount.  You can have up to 10 layers.  The basic layers are typical driving segments with up to ten destinatons on each layer.  The time labels you see on the above map were added using a separate program called Snagit.  The RED pins you see on the top map, above, mark specfic points of interest that may or may not be in the driving directions.  Once you create a map you can open it from your cell phone and it will show your position on the live map.  Pretty slick!  At any time you can zoom into a specific area and do a live search for anything, ie: National Pars, Citgo, motel...

More to follow as events unroll.