The Long Kiss Goodnight; or, Not With a Bang But With A Whimper

So, yesterday was my 6-year Fitbit anniversary, and I’m officially done with it. After 6 years, I no longer feel compelled to count every step, every calorie, every everything. After 6 years, I have a good sense of how many steps I get in a day, what I should and shouldn’t eat, blah blah. Sadly, I wanted to go out big – really big, like a 100K day – but that didn’t happen. In fact, it was a below-average day. Oh, well – doesn’t matter now. The past is exactly where it belongs. Anyway, I’m not sure that ultimately it made much of a difference in my life – I mean, I guess I’m healthier and will live longer, but I’m not sure if that’s a plus or a minus (and it probably depends on who you ask). I’m sitting here exactly like I was 6 years ago. Literally, exactly the same – well, unless you count the weight loss, which I guess I should, not that dropping nearly 80 lbs has had any profound effect on my life. Unless you count the new clothes.

Nonetheless, let’s run down the final tally:

And there you have it. 60.5 million steps, 38600 miles, 9.1 million calories burned. there’s not really anything else to say about it – the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. I guess. Regardless, I’m done with the Fitbit. Now, I’m still streaking on the AppleWatch (today was 1296 consecutive days); when my 4-year anniversary comes up for that in November, I may re-evaluate.

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In other news of things coming to an end, I think I finally have Thing 1 where I want it. I replaced the aging Willie & Max saddlebags with much nicer Viking bags and Easy Brackets, which will allow me to easily detach the bags – in fact, they lift right off (once unlocked). The brackets are kinda pricey, but oh, so worth it. The bags lock, as well, so I can now not worry about carrying all the stuff I carry (which is another one of my many, many, many annoying habits). And with that, there’s really nothing else left to add. Oh, and that’s because I received and installed the Cobra Powrflo intake and Cobra Fi2000R EFI fuel processor. The bike is officially a rocket now – in fact, it’s so much faster, I kinda had to re-acclimate to it (since I almost ran off the road because I took a curve far too fast). After a couple of rides, though, we’ve bonded.


Well, there was something else I had considered doing to the bike, and still am, but only slightly. I wanted some audio capabilities. I wanted to be able to listen to music or Maron or whatever, but the Kuryakyn Road Thunder speaker was just too big – I’ve got too much on my handlebars already. Pricey, as well. Now, never say never – I may try to figure out something with it in the future, but to alleviate my desire for more noise, a new Torc helmet with built-in Bluetooth. So, I can listen to music from my phone, as well as make/receive calls (as if), and communicate with other riders on group rides (also, as if). I’ve always liked this helmet; just needed an excuse to buy it. For me, helmets are like clothes – fashionable. That’s why I have like 6 of them.

…and they’re all cool. Because of course they are. I’m in danger of treating helmets like I treat shoes – that is, far too many of them. At least if I get scraped up off the highway, I’ll look cool. It’s much better to look good than to feel good.

Honda Shadow Phantom

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And this got me thinking: I go a little nuts on the souping-up of the gear. I’ve added all sorts of stuff to Thing 1 (pictured for my motorbike peeps, because I get asked “What’s this, what’s that?” all the time). But it’s not just Thing 1 – on the BMW (Thing 2), I added driving lights, crash bars, skid plates, a luggage rack and tail bag, RAM mounts for my drone & phone and better tires. On the Adventure Buggy, I added new wheels and off-road tires, the roof basket and kayak rack, front and rear LED lighting, a ghetto-ass aftermarket trailer hitch and the wiring harness for the trailer lights, a much better OEM trailer hitch, front and rear Garmin dashcams, Weathertech mats, mudflaps, MGP caliper covers (super cool), new grille and badges, and a cargo area mat (you’re welcome, puppers). Point is – sheesh. As Sarah Lynn used to say, “That’s too much, man.” And that doesn’t even include three Joe Rocket jackets, Joe Rocket kevlar jeans, a Milwaukee leather jacket, leather chaps, off-road pants, Bates motorcycle boots and probably other stuff I’m forgetting. Oh, and the Kendon stand-up trailer, which I also customized with LED lighting and bed-liner textured paint on the ramps. Yeah, too much. I’ve even personalized my Kona Hei Hei mountain bike, and Pungo 120 kayak. Frick.

…and to that end, I finally got the newly-christened S.S. Paddle Me out for a spin to try out the Adventure Canopies Kayak Sun Shade I ordered. In a word, it’s awesome. Sweet, sweet shade while I’m paddling. The paddle itself – which I had intended to take on Saturday as part of my “So Long, Fitbit” would tour, but didn’t – wasn’t bad either. One of my Bucket List paddles, with the goal of circumnavigating Long Island, Alabama. To make a long, boring story short and boring, mission accomplished. Only 15.4 miles, which for me is pretty average, but a good paddle, nonetheless. Mostly.

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Link:
Long Island Paddle Photo Album on Facebook