Monday, May 7, 2018

Ride to Nenana

After church today, four of us rode to the Monderosa north of Nenana. A Harley Softtail, two R1200GS BMWs and the Ural. I was obviously the slowest one of the group but it didn't seem to matter. For a couple of guys, it was their first "real" ride of the season. From the clouds, you can see that it wasn't the most pleasant day but it didn't shower too much. The temperature for most of the trip was in the mid-40s (°F). The Monderosa is a favorite ride-to-eat destination as they have, IMHO, some of the best burgers in AK.

On the way back to town, I made a point of stopping at the Parks Hwy Monument. The view wasn't fantastic but there were some nice clouds and you could see the Alaska Range in the distance. I still haven't picked up some proper riding boots so my feet were kind of cold by the time I got home. They've developed a leak over the winter. I didn't expect much for $30 from Sam's Club.



A few months ago, I won a small door prize at the AARC (Arctic Amateur Radio Club) meeting. It was an LED voltmeter. I had a simple voltmeter with just red, yellow and green LED to indicate voltage. The new one was just the bare numeric display with a circuit board. I showed it to my son and he used his 3D printer to make me a nice holder for the circuit board. I mounted it to the top of the headlight with 3M outdoor double sided tape. It came out pretty good. Though the meter seems to read low. Probably since it is simply tied into the switched 12V that powers just about everything else on the bike.

12 comments:

  1. trying again.

    The holder looks nice for the voltmeter, got the same one I think on Scarlett, it uses very little power, which is a good thing since its on all the time.

    I still remember stopping at the Monderosa after you and Kyle came out to rescue me and Scarlett during our first attempt at reaching Talkeetna.

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    1. It's a pretty cheap voltmeter. Maybe I will just wire it up to be on all the time or I may have some unused circuits on the PDM60.

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  2. Any really good burger joint is worth a ride.

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  3. Priorty one. Ride to eat. ­čśë
    I never had real riding boots, just some keen boots. No protection, but they always kept my feet dry and warm. Not that Oregon cold is Alaska cold.

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    1. I had one pair of riding boots. The first pair of leather work boots lasted the longest. The riding boots were very convenient (easy on/off). The most recent pair were cheap boots from Sam’s Club and they lasted about a year.

      I like your priorities!

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  4. Yes, the weather Sunday was not particularly nice, in fact it would be better characterized as ugly. On the south side of the range it was a mix of snow then rain then sleet then snow then rain but dried up once north of the mountains. We were on the road too but didn't see your group. Glad I was in the truck.
    BTW, good riding boots have a lot of advantages: waterproof, protection, fit and long life. I managed over ten years out of the last pair of Sidi boots. (and got them on sale to boot!)

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    1. Just on the ride from Fairbanks to the Monderosa and back it was alright. Not too many showers though it was a bit windy and started to get cold on the way back. Maybe too soon to put away the heated liner.

      I was just looking at the Revzilla site and there are some good deals.

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  5. Nice to get out and ride, especially for a good burger! So what if those other bikes pass you! ­čśť I love the way you speed up the video, and provide running commentary.

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    1. It was a given. I left before they did so I wouldn’t slow them down too much.

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    2. I’ve thought about just adding in narration instead of typing but haven’t dived into that realm yet.

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  6. I like the subtitles but narration would be cool too.

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