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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ready for new adventures

Sometimes you feel like 2 wheels. And sometimes you feel like 4. Especially when all four are pulling together. A pickup is nice but, as the old saying goes, "Everything in a pickup is either wet or stolen." The Taco plus a trailer seems to be the best compromise between comfort and carrying capacity.

On the way back to Tooele UT from the Bay Area with my new Taco.
I can't say Tahoe, it sounds too soccer-momish.
This is the stop on the way back that looks forward to returning to the salt flats and finally getting the Moriwaki into the record books.


I'll post pictures from Moab with the 4x4 engaged. I'm looking forward to Murphy's Hogback and Lathrop Canyon on the White Rim Trail.



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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pony Express Trail - 2017

I did the first section last year and then got distracted by home ownership. Who ever lets that happen?


Today was the day to take it a bit further.


One needs to be careful in this area. It's a long way between gas stations and there are very few vehicles on this road to lend a hand.


Rush hour. I can assure you that those sheep were in no big hurry to get wherever they were going. One of the shepherds asked me to wait which was no burden since I was taking my time to begin with.


Lookout Pass. It was amazing to see how the trail wound around the topography. Very relaxed and natural to follow the curves and rises of the hills. I imagine it was easier for the horse to run a little farther than to climb a steep grade.


Beautiful, and desolate.


This is the best I can do for the wild horses. I saw a herd that was near the road but they took off as soon as I got near. Amazing that they exist out here. Not everything is civilized and roped off yet.


I gave this road a miss since I had the wrong tires for really gnarly stuff. Maybe next time. It was tempting though ...


Heading north to get home before dark. I was surprised how many trails and roads there are out here. It definitely requires more of my attention.




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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This is from my friend Jenni. I believe she speaks truth to power. Go to her Facebook page and comment or, better yet, reprint and repost this everywhere you can.
I'm proud to have her for a friend.

Jenni Eiswerth
I am not a "disgrace to women" because I don't support the women's march. I do not feel I am a "second class citizen" because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is "not heard" because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I "don't have control of my body or choices" because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am " not respected or undermined" because I am a woman. 
I AM a woman. 
I can make my own choices. 
I can speak and be heard. 
I can VOTE. 
I can work if I want. 
I control my body. 
I can defend myself. 
I can defend my family. 
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF. 
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don't always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself. 
I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over, which is a personal choice. 
Quit blaming. 
Take responsibility. 
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men. 
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways. 
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not have the opportunity or means to have their voices heard. 
Saudi Arabia, women can't drive, no rights and must always be covered. 
China and India, infantcide of baby girls. 
Afghanistan, unequal education rights. 
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone. 
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation. 
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men's crime. 
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages.
And that's just a few examples. 
So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don't have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it's like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there..
This WOMAN does not support it.
Next...


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snow Day


This is the National Weather Service forecast:

A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 34. East wind around 11 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. (my emphasis)

This is the real world:


Today I will be playing my favorite game - Find the Miata


Tonight is the Utah British Bike Club annual Holiday Dinner. I'll have to get The Beast shoveled out if I go. I don't think the Bonneville or the Miata are appropriate for this trip.


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stranded

This is my rental car. It won't let me in no  matter how many times I press the unlock button. I'm getting a nice tan while I wait for the service truck. It always happens to me!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Amazing But True

My friends Kiran and Srikar called and asked if I wanted to go for a hike with them. As the alternative was mowing the lawn it wasn't a tough decision. We decided to try out the Deseret Peak Trail about 45 minutes west of my house.


The road was paved until it wasn't but they assured me that it was like many roads in India and was no problem. The top down on Kiran's Mustang made for an excellent view of the fall foliage.


The trip up through the canyon was tight with Flash Flood warnings in places but it wasn't a concern for us in the warm, dry weather.


The trail is a steady climb with an elevation change of ~2500'. We got a late start and decided that we would go as far as we could and then return before it got dark.


Autumn in the mountains is endlessly beautiful.


Everywhere we turned there was another sight to bring a smile to our faces.


My camera is a poor recorder of the magnificent palette nature had on offer.


A frozen waterfall of snow was a reminder of the cool temperatures at night. The sun had dropped behind the ridge so this is where we decided to head back to the car.

What was the "Amazing But True" part of this adventure? Simply the lack of drama. No injuries on the trail. No Search & Rescue team looking for us in the dark. Not even a Band-Aid required. Just a relaxed walk in the woods with friends. So much nicer!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Idle Time Around The House

"Idle hands are the devil's tools" so goes the old tale.

Before
This seems to be the case. I woke up on Saturday morning and decided that, 
"Today's the day!"

After
This is what it looked like when I got done. It was really a lot of fun, all the hacking and hewing.


This was my implement of mass destruction. Who said home remodeling is hard? The most fun was when I cut through the 110 volt line to the basement lights. Plenty of sparks but luckily the saw has a plastic case to protect me from a YouTube moment.


Other people collect art, but few are this much fun.


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