I Spoke er…Wrote Too Soon

I published then deleted a rant about using this site.  A bit of reflection reminded me that we can find anything on the web.   I went to DuckDuckGo and asked how to revert to classic editor in WordPress.  Turns out, it’s a one click fix, and I can indent all my paragraphs.

When you are on the editing screen, click on the ‘. . .’ settings icon in the upper right corner of the editing screen and click on Switch to Classic Editor option from the list. (See the screenshot below)

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Biking With Books.

Thor Thor he’s our man. If he can’t do it Loki can.

One of the enjoyment of bike riding is bringing along a good book. Often my rides take me to one of the local waterfront spots. Many of my boat photos are taken during my reading rides.

I just finished "The Sword Of Summer" by Rick Riordan. I found this in one of those little 
sidewalk libraries.

I never though about this subject, and am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this genre.

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble.
Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his
mother told him to run, he has lived
alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits,
staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to
track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about.

When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches.
Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been
lost for thousands of year.

Reading fables about different gods is so much fun. This one is the Norse gods. Odin, Thor, Loki etc. The people who made this stuff up had a much better, fun loving imagination than the authors of the Christian, Muslim and the Mormon types of fables.

My likes also include historical books like “The Rivers of America.” Science Fiction “The Silo Series”, and mystery and thriller genres. I don’t remember where I got the idea to order books by Mo Hayder, but by the end of the first chapter of “Skin”, I was hooked. I have another to read on my book shelf and also two more by Rick Riorden. Both are fables about the Greek gods.

I get tips on books from friends online, or reviews I see in newspapers. Also, there are authors who include books they like in their novels, either by quoting a passage or having the characters talk about a book or author. When I do like a book, I go to places online like Barnes and Noble. There I peruse reader comments who enjoyed it. I then look to see the other books they read. I’ll check out the comments there and often order that book. I always buy used naturally.

Wednesday Morning Bike Ride

Fort to Fort Ride

Meet at Fairhaven Activity Center adjacent to Stop and Shop.

8:30 AM wheels up

This will be a very casual pace around the peninsula of New Bedford and Fort Rodman. Mostly bike paths.   Also a visit to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. We will ride on both elevated bikeways. 

This is a great opportunity to bring your camera. The views are spectacular. An ice cream stop at Sugar Plum Sweets near the end of the ride is part of the tour. 

Old Friend, New Rider

My house painter Joe, called yesterday to see if I could help with his bike seat. He was a triathlete way back when, but his thriving business kept him off his bikes. He had a problem removing his seat post. It was frozen in place. To keep this short, we had to overload it with lubricant, blowtorch the frame holding the seat post to soften the material. We decided to let it sit overnight and get back to it after today’s ride.

Hiram joined us about halfway through the ride and offered to come by Joe’s place to help out. Hiram was a diesel mechanic at Northrup Grumman in Barstow CA. He says a good mechanic can figure out how to fix anything. He got the seat post free in about 30 minutes of hammering, oiling, and blowtorching the thing to oblivion.

We took Joe on his first ride in a few years. Now that he is retired and had taken one ride, he is hooked. AND…….. I got to use my new video camera.

Operation Pedal Melt: Ice Cream Social On Bicycles

The Ice Cream

Fantastic

The air was sultry as we met at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, MA. The wind conspired with light rain to keep some of the “going” riders home.

Our commander, Civatron, was having problems with his crankset and chain. He couldn’t get them to match up and keep the chain connected. With help from engineering, the crew was able to get his ship worthy enough for impulse power. The fleet flanked Civatron for the duration of the ride, matching his speed.

The ships made their way to our first stop, Sugar Plum Sweets, for ice cream cups, cones and Mochi Creams.

A short ride to Pier 3 brought us to our second ice cream stop. Acushnet Creamery. We then attempted warp speed to get to our third stop, Dairy Made at the beginning of the peninsula of the city.

Our fourth planned stop had to be canceled because of the late hour. We did take a tour of a WWII gun battery that protected the coast from German U-boats.

And of course: The Video

Operation Pedal Melt

As usual, I will be leaving Staples in Fairhaven parking lot at 5:30 ish. and bike to Buttonwood Park. It’s around four miles.

Saturday, August 15 at 6 PM

Buttonwood Park Swan Pond

1 Oneida St. New Bedford, MA

Join the Starchasers on a flight to the nebula for an ice cream social under the stars! As always this event is free, open to the public, and cosmically inclusive. Bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards, and all people-powered & assistive wheels are welcome!

The safety of our pilots and our community is always our top priority. We need your cooperation to help keep each other safe. Please, wear a mask, mind physical distancing, and follow all safety protocol. Thank you for doing your part to keep those around you healthy and safe!

Deleting Bikes

I began talking about selling off a couple of my bikes last year. After my Erie Canal bike tour in July of 2019, I decided that touring was no longer something I cared to do. I have done a few tours, both in groups, and with #3 son. Some are listed HERE.

I included the touring equipment in the offer.

Yesterday I listed the bike on Facebook Marketplace, I was about to close the page when I got a ding. Someone offered a price that was acceptable and today, we closed the deal.

Today, I listed my carbon fiber road bike. I am getting inquiries and am sure I got a couple of low ball test offers which I declined. I’m thinking these are not serious.

I have transformed from “slammed” handle bars, gradually raising them to a more upright position. Not that long ago, I rode the Blackstone Blvd. training rides with the Providence College bike team. Those were double paceline, head down 30 mile hammerfests, with twenty or so twenty something racers. Those rides were just around an hour in duration, give or take a couple of minutes. I have no desire to ever ride like that again.

One of my highlights on my road bike was a fifty mile ride with #3 son who is a pro racer in Austin. We were a group of four that day bopping along when Brandon decided to break away. I caught his wheel and was able to stay in his draft for a couple of miles. He later said that whenever he glanced back under his left armpit, he saw my front wheel. WTF was his reaction. When he had enough, he quickly moved left, I followed, he then moved right and as I drifted right, he moved left again. I lost his wheel, and within ten seconds, he was thirty yards ahead of me.

The two of us pulled over to regroup and shortly the third rider, David who was also in training, joined us. The fourth, Paul, was a friend who was out for what he thought was a casual ride. It was, until Brandon threw out the challenge. We waited for so long that Brandon decided to backtrack. When Paul finally joined up he was pissed. “I though you guy would already be fucking home. We mentioned that we don’t drop in our group. That’s why we waited for him. The final 17 or 18 miles we stayed with Paul. That was 2012. He hasn’t been on his bike since. For real. Now he tends his garden.

My stable will now be down to three bikes. One everyday bike. One winter beater and one electric assist that I use when I’m working an event, riding along with my cameras.

Finally, just to keep me riding. I am thinking about joining the air BnB as a bike tour guide in my area. I have been doing it for years leading local bike rides, giving historical commentary without compensation. I did a tour of Milan a couple of years ago and the guide suggested that option. I’m looking into it.