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Thursday, August 26, 2010

When life gives you Lemons, pucker-up and squeeze real hard

Not long ago someone told me they watch my videos but they thought they were boring - "All we see is the road; you don't show any of the scenery." I think my videos are boring too. I've thought about not doing them any more but I have too much fun making them.

I bought a pair of new camera mounts for the motorcycle. They're real easy to put-on and talk-off. The mounts let me have a camera aimed off the side to record the passing scenery. Hopefully with this setup, and some better narration, I'll be able to make better videos.

I'm still a little upset about our ride back from the mountains a few days ago. One of the motorcyclists with us doesn't ride very often and is not a skilled rider. He's a great guy but I, and another rider that was with us, thought he put our lives in jeopardy a couple of times. Maybe he isn't aware how problematic and dangerous his lack of skill is. I have some good video of the ride and would like to find a way to use it, but I don't want to risk embarrassing him or hurting his feelings.


I had a bit of a let-down this week. A friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to go riding this weekend. Of course I said yes, but over the course of an hour he revised his plans several times. What started out as "Hey! You want to go riding this weekend?" turned into "I'm heading off to Los Vegas Saturday and won't be back for a month." During all the chaos he also canceled a trip we had planned for September. I don't think it was anything I said - I suspect he was exited about his vacation and might have had a couple of drinks. Never the less, I'm disappointed about canceling our trip in September, and I'm annoyed about being asked to go riding then getting revised off his schedule.

I've grown accustomed to let-downs. That might be why I'm so withdrawn and don't engage with people very often. It's my own fault. I expect too much of others. I'm always disappointed when I discover they are merely fallible mortal humans - just like me.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

lazy Sunday afternoon

I and two other motorcyclists rode our bikes to Breckenridge over the weekend; one of the riders has access to a condominium there. The weekend was cut short by one day because the condo wasn’t available until Saturday afternoon. We rode up on Saturday and came back on Monday. We had an easy ride from Denver to Breckenridge Saturday though the traffic on I-70 was awful - it was slow-n-go in many places.

We dropped our gear off at the condo then went to Dillon for a late lunch. We took Swan Mountain road over to US-6. The road has a few fun little twists and curves but is not particularly challenging. Dillon’s annual Barbecue festival was that weekend so we didn’t have any trouble finding a place to eat but we did have a little difficulty finding a place to park the bikes.

The removable touring pack I ordered for the Road King arrived earlier in the week so this was the first time I’ve used it. It worked great! We picked up groceries on the way back to the condo. I was able to carry all of the groceries and a 6-pack of beer on my bike with room left over.

We were joined by a fourth Saturday night and had a late supper. The original plan was to ride to Leadville on Sunday for their annual Boom Days, take a ride around Turquoise lake, then loop around through Red Cliff and Vail, but by Sunday the sky had turned gray with intermittent rain and the tops of the mountains were hidden in clouds. We all felt lazy and not interested in doing anything Sunday so we just hung out at the condo.

We fixed breakfast burritos Monday morning, did laundry and cleaned & vacuumed the condo, before heading back to Denver.

Friday, August 06, 2010