Sunday, April 26, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I skipped the longevity awards ceremony at the university system office that was held yesterday afternoon. It was a choice between that and a board meeting. The board meeting won. Anyway, they dropped off my awards this afternoon. The first was this engraved plastic thing that is required somehow by the IRS and the second was a painting that I was allowed to choose. The painting is called "Wild Lake - Looking South" by Lynn Larson. Wild Lake is on the south side of the Brooks Range just outside of the boundary of Gates of the Arctic National Park. I've never been there but have always wanted to go hiking in the area.
I do wonder how thirty years could have gone by without being laid off, asked to leave or fired...
BTW, from the FrogzSkin installation on the air cleaner housing, the CHT are back down to left-350°F right-325°F right about where they should be. These are OAT corrected temperatures. Still waiting for rain or snow...
Monday, April 20, 2015
The first step is to thoroughly clean the air cleaner housing where the FrogzSkin will be attached. I used the solvent tank to remove the oil, grease and grime then rubbing alcohol on the surface where the FrogzSkin attaches. It hasn't been this clean in a long time.
Now I need some rain or snow...
Just to add some riding content, here is a short double speed video showing our wonderful Spring weather.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
I have a couple of trips to Anchorage in May and planning on going to the non-rally in Dawson City known as D2D (Dust 2 Dawson) on the Top of the World Hwy just before the Summer Solstice. I am thinking about just continuing to make my way slowly down towards Montana. We have a family reunion in Oregon in the middle of July and a wedding in northern California near the beginning of August. Other than that, no plans.
I had asked Chris from Everyday Riding and Dom from Redleg's Rides about my sanity in taking the Ural on a road trip. Chris' answer was
"I think it may be asking for trouble"and Dom's was
"do you want the rig to break down in the wilds of BC where there's not much for miles?"Both are excellent (confidence inspiring) statements and provoked a lot of thought over the last few months.
My original plan was to take the Beemer sans sidecar down and leave it in Oregon to be used on future road trips. But after the Ural lifter failure last January, I like the idea of having a spare sidecar rig in Fairbanks. Plus, there is only about four months left on the extended warranty and I'm thinking that I may want to put on as many miles as possible during that time. Plus, I don't have many time constraints on this trip.
I'll see how it goes on the trips in May. The second trip is down to Talkeetna over Memorial Day weekend for the United Sidecar Association campout.