Sunday, June 22, 2014

The First Day of Summer

This is our longest day of the year with sunrise at around 3am and sunset around 12:50am. I wasn't a very good "Alaskan" and didn't go to the Solstice Festival, run in the Midnight Sun Run or even attend the Midnight Sun baseball game. I've participated in the 10k run before and the starting cannon goes off at 10:00pm. I believe the baseball game starts at around 10:30pm and the street fair pretty much goes all night. I fell asleep around 9:30pm…

On Sunday, a small group of us rode once again to the Monderosa and I forgot, again, to photograph my jalapeƱo burger. So for not happening, it was very tasty. As far as I'm concerned, still one of the best hamburgers around. Quite an eclectic collection of bikes on this trip with my 1000cc '83 airhead the smallest, heaviest and most underpowered of the group. The 1900cc Yamaha being the newest and shiniest. A BMW R1200GS and 1400cc Suzuki cruiser rounding out our group. No issues at all going the speed limit. The bike cruised effortlessly up the hills this time. I think the new fuel filters may have resolved the loss of power problem I had on the last ride out to the Monderosa. Though no monkey on this trip.

Today was the first non-rainy day we've had since Tuesday with around 3" of rain in our area. Lots of mosquito breeding ponds now…

 

10 comments:

  1. Mad. 22 hours of sunlight. Alaskans must be weird to cope with these wild variations.

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    1. Just like anything else in your environment, you get used to the change if change happens slowly.

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  2. 3" of rain, ick blah. At least you had a sunny Sunday ride.

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    1. That was a lot of rain. Flooding everywhere including our utility room.

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  3. Hmmm, do the local towns spray for mosquitoes or is it too huge an effort?

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    1. No mosquito spraying. Too much effort and cost I think.

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  4. It's either winter or mosquito season for you ;-) What do you prefer (I bet it's the winter...)

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    1. Kind of a toss-up. But I think maybe cooler temperatures and no bugs are preferred. -40, not so much...

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  5. Richard:

    we haven't had much heavy rain lately, just the spitting refreshing kind with the sun coming out shortly after. Actually kind of nice not being too hot nor too cold

    Really like your long hours of daylight (but not the darkness tho)

    I don't think a Hack needs more power. It's not usable anyway with the handling characteristics and turning, except if you had a 2wd Ural, speaking of . . . it's past Friday . . .

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast



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    1. The long days are kind of nice. You can get a lot done if you feel so inclined. Kind of nice being able to cruise at 65 and still be able to accelerate if needed. Handling is just fine if you know what to expect and adapt.

      Yes, it's past Friday...

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