I walked out to my motorcycle this morning and went to walk it out from under the deck when I noticed that it was very difficult to roll. I was going to check the tire pressures anyway, so I put the tire gauge on the valve stem like always.
It didn’t move. It didn’t do anything
I looked at the tire and saw that it was nearly totally flat
I’ll not repeat the which went through my mind as I try to keep the profanity here down to a dull roar.
I put a small 12V compressor on it for 10 minutes and got 5 PSI. This is NOT good
The deal now is this – There’s enough rubber to last a couple more months if I didn’t have a flat tire and I was planning on replacing the tire (about $150 to $175 with a new inner tube and labor) in November when I should have the money. Just repairing it would probably be $60 to $75 and then I’d have to replace the tire in a couple months anyway.
I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do just yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to put some stuff up for sale online at the very least.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I do believe I’m going to sulk for a while while I contemplate the nasty fate known as Parked Motorcycle Syndrome which awaits me. Maybe I’ll load the other vehicle down with some guns and precious ammunition and go blow off some steam. I’m have to work today, so it will have to wait.
I think the best way to describe the way today has started is this:
We had some good sized storms build to the north yesterday. This is one of those days that makes living in The Kern County Desert worth it.
Well, that was a very tiring, but (mostly) fun day
I started Independence Day with the goal of playing with my daughter, going shooting, going for a ride, and playing with pyrotechnics. Somehow all of those goals were accomplished over the course of the day
Cindy, Ember, and I started the day by picking up Cindy’s mom and heading down to Huntington, UT for their celebration. We had a pretty good time and I took these pics while we were waiting for Cindy to get some Navajo tacos. It turns out there was only one guy in the cart making them and he was “slower than cold tar” according to Cindy who decided that she didn’t really want to wait that long in line. We left and found a different restaurant which had nearly as slow of service, but at least we were in air conditioning
After we’d gotten Cindy’s mom home and things settled down just a bit, I grabbed my guns and headed to an outdoor range for the first time in what seems like forever I still have six guns and a decent stock of ammo, but I hate to shoot what I can’t replace. Thankfully, I managed to find some affordable 9mm and .22 LR at Walmart not too long ago I’m a bit rusty, but not too bad and I had a blast
I only brought five guns this time – the ones you see above, my grandpa’s Marlin Model 60, and my Maverick 88 shotgun. I didn’t have too much time and didn’t want to go though too much ammo, so I left my other Marlin back at home.
After going home and dropping off my guns, ammo, and targets, I traded the car for the motorcycle and went to dinner with Cindy, Ember, Cindy’s mom, and her grandma. Dinner went well, but I realized that $15 was missing from my pocket. I decided to backtrack & didn’t find it, so I double checked up at the shooting range…
Yeah, I had the V-Star back out on the dirt again This is the road to the range and it’s the most rutted dirt I’ve ever tried to navigate on my motorcycle, but it went just fine I didn’t find my money, but I didn’t crash either
By the way, I have to send a special thanks out to Bill “Pinch” Paisley who did a great job making my last picture much better than it was! Be sure to head over to instapinch.com for some seriously cool photography
Independence day finished out with some cool fireworks in the street out in front of our house. I think Ember liked the pretty colors and lights
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be back soon with more pics of who knows what, but you can bet there will be more stuff about Ember!
Have a great day everyone
So, I’m trying to catch up on posting again. It’s been busy, so thanks for understanding!
We decided to have dinner out for a change and Ember had no objections She really enjoyed the tomato, soup, and all the rest of the food we gave her, but her favorite things are lemons and oranges Can someone tell me how Cindy & I got lucky enough to have a daughter this cute and happy?
Most of my riding lately has been from home to work or the store and back. I just haven’t had a big budget for fuel and all. I decided to go about 10 miles or so out of town on Wednesday, though, on account of the too awesome to pass up riding weather While I managed to get rained on a little bit, it really wasn’t as much as I’d hoped for. At least I managed to get a couple cool pics out of it
That’s all for now, but have a great day & I’ll be back soon
Friends, I am sincerely sorry to post this, but I want to contribute where I can to the preservation of the memory of brave Americans like these. Nineteen firefighters were lost down near Mom & Dad today. They were members of the Prescott & Granite Mountain Hot Shots and they were working to save the town of Yarnell, AZ.
Please keep the fallen, their families, and their friends in your thoughts and prayers.
It is getting really rather late, but I had a couple of things to post so I’m going to try to be quick about it.
Saturday was a good day with Ember
I’d stopped by Walmart a bit earlier in the day and saw that they’d had some neat stuff in the parking lot. I figured I’d return with Ember for a few pictures and saw this on the way back over there.
Yep – it’s a coal train Coal is how Carbon County got its name and we ship a bunch of it to China
Bikers Against Child Abuse looks to be a pretty cool organization I’ve seen them at quite a few events and I’m strongly considering joining soon! One of the guys let Ember sit on his Road King and gave her a couple of temporary tattoos and an American Flag
I don’t know who had more fun with this – Ember or the good ol’ boy biker
The Utah Highway Patrol, Price Fire Department, Price Police Department, Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, and a few other organizations were also there. I didn’t know until then that we now have a local air ambulance Yep, this A-Star will be parked at the hospital 24/7 soon (it’s there during the day and will be there at night once the perimeter fence gets built) and will drastically cut response times. The only thing the chopper company asks for keeping the machine ready to go at the hospital is that they’re the first call. I’m glad they’re here
That’s all for now – I’ve gotta go get some sleep. Have a good night
So, it’s been a while since my last post. Again. Between work, my beloved 10 month old daughter, and all the rest of the stuff that takes up my time, blogging has had to fall back a bit.
Yesterday saw Cindy, Ember, and myself out at the Outlaw Car Show in Helper, UT. That’s just a few miles up the road and I figured it would be as good this year as it was a few days after I moved up here last year We weren’t disappointed
One of the first things that caught my eye was this motorcycle & sidecar combination. It turns out that it’s a Chinese copy of a BMW motorcycle that was made by Russia back in WWII. You can get one for about $6,000 delivered and I must admit I’m tempted. The reason I’m not scheming to find a way to get one is that they only make about 24 HP from 750cc and have a top speed of about 45 MPH. But it’s still tempting for all the dirt back roads around here
For those who’d like more info, cj750.net has everything you need to know
The owner of that sidecar rig was also nice enough to let Ember sit on it to get a picture with her dad
I know it’s old and British, but I can’t help thinking this would be a cool daily ride
It may not be my cup of tea, but I can tell a lot of time and effort went into the superb craftsmanship that made this bike a rolling work of art
Wouldn’t it be fun to uncap those lake pipes & blast across the Bonneville Salt Flats?
OK, I’ll admit it. I want one. I want one with the 8.8 Liter engine and the glass T-Tops.
I also want the oil company I’d need to afford the gas
This was just too cool to leave out of the collection
Yes, I would love to get a pink & white 1963 Sting Ray split window coupe for my daughter if she wanted it
The story behind these two motorcycles is pretty cool. Both belong to a 17 year old girl! Sadly, her biological dad passed away, but he left them to her in his will. She’s turned down $40,000 offers on the Indian
Yes, I want one of each
I’ve always liked T Buckets like this one I told Cindy we should see about getting one for Ember’s first car and she gave me the same sort of look you’d expect if someone said I should have a nuclear reactor in the back yard
This little guy’s about the same size as Ziva and I could tell he wasn’t venomous. Several people were still massively freaked out as he slithered by, so one of the other people picked him up and I carried him up the hill so he could continue his efforts to control the rodent population
I can’t remember the year and all, but this car just has classic style
I’ve heard these old Fords aren’t all that expensive… I’ve thought it would be great fun to have one of these for quite a while. I could use it as a daily commuter and it would be great for trips out on the dirt roads of the San Rafael Swell, too. I figure it this way – They worked back then and local roads and dirt roads haven’t changed all that much since then so they should work these days It would be adventurous for a change
A hot rod with a V-8 engine and a sliding ragtop? Sign me up
These were just two of the many pristine Camaros in attendance
They may be bringing back some of the names and colors from this era, but they just don’t make cars like this 440 ‘Cuda in its Purple Haze paint job
I could go for something like this, too. It’s far from pristine, but that’s part of its appeal
Cindy & I have talked about getting some sort of an RV, trailer, etc. I think we could do a lot worse than something like this! I may just have to go around and see if anyone has an old trailer they don’t want that I could restore
You really don’t see too many of these on the road these days. And that’s sad because they are seriously cool cars
Sure, it’s impractical and expensive to drive. I don’t care! I can only imagine the fun of putting Ember & one of her friends in that rumble seat at some point in the future
I don’t know how much of this car is original, but I could still live with it if that 427 emblem on the fender relates to what’s actually under the hood
How many of you out there just started drooling? That was my reaction when I saw this yesterday
I recognized these bikes out in front of the show – they belong to a locksmith just around the corner from my house! I’ve sat on Road Kings, Softails, and Sportsters at dealers and I have to say that if I do ever get a Harley, it’s going to be a tough choice between the Softail and the Road King
So, after a day of looking at other people’s cool cars and motorcycles what did I have to come back to? Yep, I took my V-Star to the car show It wasn’t entered or anything, but I think it has a pretty cool classic look to it and it’s so much easier to park that it’s ridiculous
Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back with more soon
Have a great day, everyone
Rand Paul (Republican Senator from Kentucky) was on a tear in an opinion piece he wrote for Fox News!
From the article:
Click here to read the rest at foxnews.com
I agree with everything on there, but I’d go further.
That’s all for now, but I think it’s a good start. I can’t stand the way things work now
It had been a while since I’ve actually seen the moon as it’s risen and set earlier than my schedule really accommodates. I realized last night that it should still be up and out to the west, so I grabbed a camera and a tripod
I think it turned out pretty decent
Have a great day, everyone
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