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Road trip 2019: Motorcycle pilgrimage to the Harley Davidson Museum

Getting out on my bike has become less of a common thing the last couple of years.  The reasons are not terribly interesting: disruptions in health, work pressures, depression.  But I still build up a need for two wheel therapy, probably even more so than when I was riding every weekend.  And so I’ve focused on ‘long form’ road trips to get my motorcycle fix, and this year was a biggun’: a ride to take my 2011 Road Glide ‘back home’ to where she was born: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Map (rough) of 2019 route

Not the exact route I took, but close enough…

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I CPAP, U CPAP, we all CPAP…

I have had an interesting year or so for me in terms of health.  Strange pains and fear of tumours culminating in discovery of damage from a couple ’silent strokes’, tiredness and increased depression leading to a finding of extremely low testosterone: aging sucks.

My testosterone treatments have been helping a lot with my low energy, but when my doctor asked I had to admit to still feeling exhausted most days.  This led to a sleep apnea test, and discovery that I have a rather severe problem with, well, breathing rather poorly while I sleep.

Bane: he has some breathing problems too

Bane: he has some breathing problems too

 

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Developer Ubisoft
Type Action RPG
Platform(s) XBox One, PS4, PC (reviewed on XBox)
Kelly Score ™

80/ 100

 

 

I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for a few weeks now.  I think I can form a personal opinion: it is good, excellent in parts, but struggles somewhat under a weight of grinding which seems clearly in service of micro transactions.  Overall, I’m definitely enjoying the game, but I also feel a little bit ‘dirty’… and not because of all the murder.

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My strange medical journey continues: ‘Roids, statins, and brain holes

I have holes in my brain.  As I discussed in my previous post on this topic, the next diagnostic planned was a CT scan with contrast, and the analysis is back in.

brain hole: not exactly as illustrated

Brain hole: not exactly as illustrated…

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A Series of Unexpected Events: My Strange Medical Journey

First it was a sore nipple…

It all started with a sore nipple and a lump that I noticed in May of 2018.  Why do men have nipples anyway?  It is the very definition of ‘useless’, starring in phrases such as ‘like tits on a boar’.  But we guys have them, and sometimes things go haywire as they did with me.  But the nipple wasn’t the real problem… therein lies a tale.

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2018’s motorcycle road trip- Saskatchewan and back

In the ‘better later than never’ category, I present- the motorcycle road trip I took for 2018:

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Motorcycle road trip 2017: Selkirk International Loop

My brother Colin and I have started to make going on a motorcycle road trip to gather into an annual ‘tradition’.  This year, our trip was close to home: the Selkirk International Loop.

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Recovering ‘lost’ pre-WordPress blog content from PHPNuke

I upgraded this site from PHPNuke to WordPress in 2005.  The cut over was rather abrupt and poorly thought out by yours truly.  At the time, I believed I had successfully migrated all of my old content to the new environment.  But several years later (!!), I realized the migration had left any article from my old site with a ‘read more’ tag without more to read in my WordPress configuration.  This bothered me, and today I decided to see what I could do to ‘fix’ it.

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A gentleman’s pocket knife…

Many years ago, in my late 20s, I briefly had the habit of carrying a pocket knife.  It wasn’t a very good knife to be honest: I’m not sure where I got it from.  But I liked having it- it was handy, particularly given the fact that I was living a somewhat ‘rural’ life at the time.  But I got out of the habit, and misplaced the knife.

Several instances recently convinced me that it would be good to start carrying a pocket knife again.  This time, though, I did some research.  I probably bought more knife than I really need: say hello to the DPx HEAT/F Titanium.

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Road Glide: fast idle with ‘fly by wire’ throttle

My 2011 Road Glide is my ‘baby’, and when something starts behaving a bit odd I generally notice it fairly quickly.  Twice now, once last fall and again just this past week, my bike has suddenly started idling at over 2,200 RPM.  The  normal idle is about 1,200 RPM, and the high idle revs make the things I normally do like using engine braking a bit challenging.  Interestingly, if I ‘force rolloff’ the throttle (i.e.: roll it ‘down’ below its neutral point) the idle will drop.  And frustratingly, the problem seems to magically ‘fix’ itself after a while, which has meant getting the service folks to investigate it has been challenging.

I think I have found the cause, as well as a temporary (?) fix.

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