Saturday, February 6, 2016


This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

6. Your age.

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One day when I was in Kindergarten, there was a visitor who had a special message for our class. He told us about the flight of Friendship 7 that had just launched and landed successfully that afternoon. I think much of the content was lost on his audience of 5 year olds but what did stick with me was his excitement of space exploration. I also liked his globe with the motorized capsule orbiting around the equator as I had never even considered the possibility of living away from the land. For me, this was the beginning of my fascination with science, engineering, astronomy and space flight which continues to this day.

I mention the flight of Friendship 7 was not only something very memorable to me but most people I run into these days weren't even born yet and is just some story from their history books.

Sunrise from our back deck
Since we are talking about age, specifically my age,  I've heard a number of reasons over the years explaining why school is much more difficult now than when I was their age. That would be way back in the ancient times. When I was in school:

  • There was no history, only current events
  • Numbers were only known up to 2
  • No written language yet
  • All knowledge could be covered in a week

I'm sure you can come up with a few more.

So, yes, I'm older than many other moto bloggers and my age is the 17th prime number.

Friday, February 5, 2016


This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

5. Name a place you want to visit this year. Why?

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My interpretation of this sentence is "Name a place that you would like to visit this year and have a high probability of actually making it there." After all, I would certainly like to visit the ISS or the South Pole but the probability of actually making it there is so close to zero that it would only register as a positive number by definition not in displayed digits.

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One place that I've been to a couple of times in the past and would like to visit again is Kennecott Mine. It is located at the end of a gravel road inside of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. It is located next to a glacier and the scenery enroute as well as at the mine site is spectacular. I haven't been out there since the advent of digital cameras so any pictures I have taken in the past are buried somewhere probably as slides.

To me, it sounds like a perfect Ural destination. Assuming it is running reliably by then. But then again, visiting the ISS would be incredible. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016


This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

4. Misused and/or mispronounced word or words that make you CRAZY.

Crazy is kind of a extreme emotion and I can't think of any mispronounced word or phrase used by anyone that would be so bothersome that I'd give it much thought at all. If I can figure out their intent, that's probably good enough for me. I can think of some derogatory or racial slurs that bother me but they are not in the misused or mispronounced category.

And now for my last PBC video, #53.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

3. Today

I guess this is going to be "A Day In the Life Of" type post. Anything more would require someone with an imagination.

8:30am: The status of PBC video #52 switches from "private" to "public" which enables the "Share" option. This was originally recorded on Monday evening.

8:45am: I get the shortened URL off of the YouTube site for the PBC #52 video. I log into the PolarBearChallenge website to add a new video. I copy part of the YouTube description, the shortened URL and submit the video. I then do the same thing on the website under the forum category "Rides". After all, I may as well get some additional mileage out of the video.

Usually, I then get ready to leave the house and ride for about 45 minutes or so to record the next PBC video but I think I'm done riding for a while. The Ural is not doing well and will be trailered down to the dealer in Delta Junction next Monday so Mickey can have a look and a listen. I heard a new sound from the engine yesterday and drained the oil and pulled the valve covers to have a look. I buttoned it back up so I can try and make a recording of the sound. I think it sounds like something rubbing while rotating. Pulling the clutch doesn't change the sound and though it could be my imagination, but I think I can hear a knock.

In the picture of the valve cover, you can see some of the aluminum shavings. By itself, I wouldn't be too concerned as there aren't chunks and there was very little steel on the drain plug magnet. It's the noise that has me concerned.

9:00 am: Outside in the garage rotating the engine by hand to check for anything unusual. I recorded the sound and spent a couple of minutes making this short video for your enjoyment. I added the still photos of the aluminum shavings in the oil drain pan and valve covers as YouTube doesn't seem to accept audio only files.

10:00 am: Headed for College Coffeehouse at the intersection of University Ave and College Rd. This has become a more regular thing since retiring. Before, I would stop by a couple of times per week.

Today, the others there were George, Sandra and Paul. Not too many of the "regulars".

12:00 pm: Today, being Wednesday, it's time for #MotoChat on Twitter. Today's topic is "Winter Motorcycle Dreams". If you have a Twitter account, feel free to join in. I kept on forgetting until I set a calendar reminder.

1:00 pm: Ran multiple errands (after I took off the plow). Then worked on this post.

2:20 pm: Peeled potatoes for a salad to take to a potluck dinner this evening.

2:30 pm: Walked the dogs.

2:45: Posted this blog post. I'll update later in case anything actually interesting happens.

Exciting day...