Monthly Archives: October 2018

Free Churro.

I’m kinda over this. But I guess I at least need to periodically add something here for the lookie-loos, or just so the rabid fanbase (and that’s a l’il joke) doesn’t think I finally stepped in front of a swifty-moving bus. So, here it is. Ta-f*cking-da.

floppyI guess what matters right now is a somewhat dramatic revamp to the Master Adventure Map. Because most of my recent adventuring has been far-flung, I had to significantly expand the adventure radius (more about those adventures below). This was a time-consuming, colossal pain in My Huge Fat Ass™. Additionally, I broke Photoshop. The map is now so huge, it exceeds Photoshop’s max file size, which is 2GB. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s about 3000 floppy disks. And if you’re keeping score at home, and you’re an annoying millennial, a floppy disk is what computers used to use to store stuff – imagine if someone 3D printed a “Save” icon. While I’m blowing your mind with the cutting edge tech, once upon a time, digital cameras used to use floppy disks. You could get 40 whole pictures on the Star Trek-like Sony Mavica, so, y’know, you wouldn’t be able to take an Instagram pic of every Chipotle burrito you ate.

Anyway, the map needed to be updated, and now it has been, Photoshop’s file size limitation be damned (pro tip: if you have a huge PSD file that exceeds the 2GB limit, create a plain blank layer in a single color and put on top of the other layers, then save – that will make the Bridge thumbnail a single color, which will cut the filesize almost in half. To work on the file, just make that layer invisible. You can also rasterize text and other smart objects, providing you don’t need to edit them in the future. Your welcome.).


So, adventures. Some cool stuff, I guess, although I’m not sure if any of it was particularly mind-blowing. Took the motorbike out for a pair of really long rides; 75ish miles up to the hang-gliding park (because I’m looking for a new adventure in the Department of Death-Defying) and 125 miles out to Hooterville, Bugtussle, and points north. No reason, just because I felt like it. Longest ride ever on this bike, and it did great. (Movescount data)

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I’m kinda digging these long motorbike rides. It’s not like being in the Jeep – it’s just me, the bike and the wind. No GPS, no radio, no nothing. It’s very…centering. Of course, it’s kinda cool to group up with a random rider here or there. I’m not big on these large group rides I read about – just like hiking or mountain biking or whatever, when you get more than 2 or 3 people together, there always seems to be issues. But having a rider roll roll up behind me for a few miles is cool. I’m already planning my ride for this weekend (Mother Nature permitting) – should be another good one.

In other adventuring, there was a long hike at Fall Creek Falls; my first ever, which was somewhat profound. Only about 90 minutes away, yet I had never been here before. More specifically, was never taken as a kid. 7 year old me would have loved it. Or 12 year old me. Or whatever. Nonetheless, it was good hiking (Movescount data), and I’m glad I finally went. There’s plenty more to see there, so I’m sure I’ll be back (and the park’s extreme location to the north was one of the main reasons I had to expand the Master Adventure Map; originally, the map only went as far north as Savage Gulf).


Some other hiking, as well. Long hikes at Foster Falls (Movescount data) and Hemlock Falls at Denny Cove (Movescount data), as well as a very challenging hike at Laurel-Snow. I had already done the Snow Falls segment (last year), so this time, it was Laurel Falls (Movescount data), and up and over the bluff face to the Bryan Overlook. One of the toughest hikes I’ve ever done. And, as usual, stupid, dangerous stuff I really shouldn’t be doing. Don’t care. Recent very heavy rains made the waterfalls particularly impressive and the trails incredibly slippery and technical. A couple of the off-trail excursions – well, let’s just say I shouldn’t do sh*t like that. Because *splat*. Hiking in the mountains has always been one of my favorite activities, but I can think of better places to be; I think I could adjust to flat terrain, especially if a beach was involved. Among other things.


Oh, and I also finally did the complete Enterprise South Equestrian Trail (Movescount data). You’ll recall that I did some of the trail a while back, but I went back and did the whole thing, to the tune of 16 miles. It wasn’t an especially compelling hike, but I’m glad I knocked it out; one less thing for the bucket list, which is good, because that sand is running out quickly.

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I’ve also been working on the Jeep, as usual. Replaced the chrome grille and hood badge with black ones, added front off-road lights, added bright-ass yellow brake caliper covers (which look amazing). I’ve got wheel spacers on order and a few other tricks up my sleeves. Awesome.

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I still haven’t made my run on the Dragon. The weather has been lousy, and when the weather’s been good, there has been other things in the way. That window is closing quickly – the motorcycle resort closes for the season in November. We’ll see. I did hear that another person was killed on the road there this past weekend (Update: make that two. Sigh.). Is the Universe trying to tell me something? Dunno. Don’t care. Plus, I need to get some cool Killboy photos while I’m up there. Probably not in a bikini – you’re welcome.

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There’s more. In the world of Fitbit, I’m over 53 million steps, and coming up on 35000 miles. I’m at 1045 consecutive days on my AppleWatch, and my 3-year AW anniversary is just about a month away. The leaves are falling, autumn is in the air, and another summer has come and gone, and – well – you know the rest of that. Doesn’t matter; it is what it is. Next summer will be different. One way or another.

Links:
Tree Toppers Flight Park Motorbike Ride Photo Album on Facebook
Fall Creek Falls Photo Album on Facebook
Foster Falls – Denny Cove – Hemlock Falls Photo Album on Facebook
Laurel Falls Photo Album on Facebook