Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Human Peepshow That Is My Life.

As is becoming the norm, lots going on, but really, I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. That whole, “Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt” mentality (paraphrasing Twain; being told you’re stupid your entire life will pull the Twain out of you). Besides, when I open my donut hole, I always get myself in trouble, especially if actual donuts are involved. Nonetheless, if you care, which you don’t, here’s the highlights:

November 2017…

Shadow Phantom Motorcycle

…and now – same bike, lotsa new stuff. Click for larger.

I finally got some new motorbike pics. It had been awhile since I had good photos taken, and the bike is dramatically different now – new pipes, saddlebags, headlight, floorboards, saddle, crashbars, yadda, yadda. So, for posterity or something: Motorcycle Photoshoot Photo Album on Facebook

Kestrel Bicycle

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Because I’m just never satisfied (evidently) and because the Silver Comet Trail tried to murder me to death a few weeks ago, I bought a new bike. A Kestrel Airfoil Pro racing bike. All carbon fiber, stupidly fast and light. Right around 1/3 the weight of my fully-laden swallow Kona Hei Hei mountain bike. It’s going to take some getting used to – the geometry is completely different than my MTB, and the aerobars – the secondary handlebars that are designed to be leaned on – are completely alien to me, but so far, I dig it. Kestrel Road Bike Photo Album on Facebook

Burgess Falls

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There were some adventures, as well. A kayak/hiking trip to majestic Burgess Falls; one of my few remaining bucket list items. This was an amazing adventure; one for the books. Burgess Falls Photo Album on FacebookBurgess Falls Paddle Movescount DataBurgess Falls Hike Movescount Data

Twin Falls at Rock Island

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Also, a three-hike day at Rock Island. Lots of waterfalls, easy trails, hard trails, and everything in between. This wasn’t really a bucket list item, because I wasn’t really aware of the area; just peripherally. So, I guess this qualifies more as a “hidden gem”. Whatever, I’ll take it.
Rock Island Photo Album on FacebookRock Island I Movescount DataRock Island II Movescount DataRock Island III Movescount Data

Next, I think a road trip…

Buckets and Lists

I know I said I was done here, and I still am. However, I also said if there was anything significant to report, I would. And there have been a number of significant bucket list items scratched off – basically, I’ve been on the go, non-stop. Like I have anything better to do? I don’t have the time or inclination to go into everything; just go look at the pretty pictures (or video) or whatever.

And with that said, here’s what I’ve done:

Tail of the Dragon (OK, in the Jeep, not the motorbike): Dragon Photo AlbumProfessional Drive-By Dragon Photo AlbumTail of the Dragon Video 1Tail of the Dragon Video 2Movescount Data [Inbound]Movescount Data [Outbound]

Bat Cave Paddle: Bat Cave Photo AlbumBat Cave VideoMovescount Data

Submerged Cemetery Paddle: Mullins Cove Submerged Cemetery Photo AlbumMovescount Data

Buggytop Cave Crawl-Through: Buggytop Cave Photo AlbumMovescount Data

Solomon’s Temple (mind the rattlesnake): Solomon’s Temple Cave Photo AlbumMovescount Data

Fiery Gizzard Through-Hike: Fiery Gizzard Photo AlbumMovescount Data

Silver Comet Bike Ride: Silver Comet Photo AlbumSilver Comet Trail VideoMovescount Data

Market Street Bridge Opening Paddle: Market Street Bridge Opening Photo AlbumMarket Street Bridge VideoMovescount Data

Whew. But I’m not done – I’m going to return to finish up the Silver Comet, I’m still planning on taking the motorbike to the Dragon, and I have a couple of other adventures lined up. Life is short, y’know, and time is running out.

As always, the Master Adventure Map has been updated – check it out, see how awesome I am.