Monday, December 30, 2013

the ride home

for tonight's ride home ,on Jenny, the word cold doesn't really say it, even damn cold doesn't say be honest the only word that comes close would have to start with the letter F. and you shouldn't even have to add another word after it.

twas a Jenny weEkend

Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday and today were Jenny days. Each day had me out and about cruising on my little babe. The air was fresh and the smells wonderful. The idea was to get out and get as much fresh air as possible and try to destroy this cold that has had me in it's grips for a week. While the riding wasn't long distance and was just one short hop after another it did provide a lot of fresh air and absolute enjoyment. Of course it did nothing to get rid of my cold, if anything it gave it a tighter grip. 

      One of my stops was at a Dunkin, and there a conversation was over heard. As I walked in there was a distinct mumbling coming from a group of older people and when another older gentlemen sat down with them I heard, "No,no... they're not Outlaw, that's New London.  At a fuel stop in Mystic I was using the ATM when I heard someone exclaim, "It's not too cold for that guy, why aren't you on your bike". Some things just make you get that wry smile. 
Yesterday the air smelled great, the only draw back was when it started raining, luckily it wasn't snow. 

  This morning I backed her out and hit the road, when I got to the Walmart at the top of 184 I decided it was time for a stop. My face felt like it was on fire, literally radiating heat. After a few minutes of recoup I finished the ride to work. Running through the parking lot at work I found frost on the pavement, this gave me the chance to perform a Anime style power slide, totally unintended, the back of the bike came out and I just held the slide right into the parking spot. I was a shame there was no audience.

For the ride home tonight...I think...I'll borrow a balaclava off Charlene.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

You know Saint Nicholas...who is Krampus?

Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each year on December 6. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart known by many names across the continent — Knecht Ruprecht, Certa, Perchten, Black Peter, Schmutzli, Pelznickel, Klaubauf, and Krampus. Usually seen as a classic devil with horns, cloven hooves and monstrous tongue, but can also be spotted as a sinister gentleman dressed in black or a hairy man-beast. Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below. 

Krampus is celebrated on Krampusnacht, which takes place on the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day. In Austria, Northern Italy and other parts of Europe, party-goers masquerade as devils, wild-men, and witches to participate in Krampuslauf (Krampus Run). Intoxicated and bearing torches, costumed devils caper and carouse through the streets terrifying child and adult alike. Krampusnacht is increasingly being celebrated in other parts of Europe such as Finland and France, as well as in many American cities.

One of 2014's Rides

One of the rides we are taking this year with the club, (NLMC) is to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at 13515 Yarmouth Dr‎. in Pickerington Ohio, 43147. 

  • AMA Members: $5

  • Members of national motorcycle organizations: $9

  • Adults: $10

  • Students: (ages 12 to 17) $3

  • Seniors: $8

  • Family Rate: (parents and all single children under 18) $25

  • Children 11 and under: Free

There are a couple diffferent routes suggested, 
  1. I-70 through Allentown   651 miles, 10 hours 10 mins
  2. I-80 through Scranton    698 miles, 10 hours 40 mins
  3. I-78 Harrisburg, Maryland, West Virginia  715 miles, 11 hours 13 min.
III'm not sure what date the Club is going but an hour away is the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course and on the weekend of July 11-13 they hold the Vintage Motorcycle Days show.

for more on the museum and show visit.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bánh mì

    Bánh mì is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period.

    Damn yummy

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    Riding with wet feet

    It's not the wrinkles that bother you....

    ...It's the smell

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

    the weekend past

    I can honestly say that this weekend was not what I would rate as one of my favorites. First, I thought I had to work Saturday and I found out I didn't. Now while this was a good thing to find out, it also meant I had a day off with no plans, so it turned out to be pretty much a waste of a day.I did take Charlene out of the shed, dragging her backwards through 6" of mud and ice, and dropped her at work where I picked up Jenny. I figured that trying to maneuver 700lbs with a low center of gravity is a lot easier than dragging 900 awkward pounds.

    The rest of Saturday consisted of getting in the mail, and staring at the TV.

    The day was pretty much ruined by the previous day's mail, but I did get to Dunkin to meet Vincent, and while he was heading towards the Vernon area, I broke off in Norwich and headed east. The weather was fantastic as far as the temperature went, hovering around 60 degrees (15.56c). Unfortunately the roads were wet, so any vehicle in front of you meant you were riding in spray...salt spray. Then Mystic decided to add fog to the mix, my beard was stiff will salt.

    The day pretty much ended with a ride to The Slipper Lady to pick up my Jacket, then to dinner and a movie with a friend before heading home again.

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    two new tins for raffle

    I picked up two new Harley Tin's to raffle off, Both have girls, the first is a diner type tin, I don't remember the other one, Both are on display behind the E-board. $1 a ticket, 5 for $4.

    The Christmas Season is upon us

    Don't get me wrong Christmas is a wonderful thing, if you take Christmas for the Religious Holiday it is and not the total spend factory it has become. Now I have to say I did enjoy Christmas when I was a kid, but I don't remember my parents going totally crazy with presents, and back then the prices on gifts weren't that bad, I mean electronics didn't really exist, unless your family bought you a television. The only electronics you would receive back then for the most part were perhaps a transistor radio (remember those) and whatever toy took batteries. Designer clothes weren't heard of. But no matter what we received from that fat guy that looked like me but wore a red suit, we also got a good deal of the True meaning of Christmas, the religion part. We did the Advent calendars, the Nativity, setting up the pieces in the order they arrived with scripture reading along with it, Jesus was the last guy to show up. My family wasn't overly religious as in fanatical, sure they went to church every week, as did I, (Usually followed by standing in the corner when I got home, I can still smell that paint smell to this day). But they did believe that Christmas was about Christ's birth, The Santa aspect was always done as a lesson on the Spirit of giving.

    All that said, today, I have little use for the Holiday, the entire thing seems to revolve around getting what you can and as much as you can, and... I have a day off work. Of course, having no kids of my own does subtract a lot from the day. Seeing the wonderment on a child's face as they learn of the birth of Christ, or the joy of the gifts adds dimensions to the holiday. As a child I really liked the entire manger, birth of Christ celebration, as a child I could relate to all that, the rest of the story of his life was pretty much lost on me and to tell you the truth, the entire rest of the bible was never really written to entice children to read, (the begat's pretty much did it in for me, family trees that seem to go on forever).

    I guess what I'm saying is that people have to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas, otherwise it just becomes a lesson in Greed, what can I get, and what can I show my friends I got that 
    they didn't.

    I'm probably not the one to be preaching religion here though, I stood in the corner so many times that when I got to be ten I was allowed to stay home with my brother instead of going to church. My parents said that I understood what church was about and I was old enough to make my own decision. Of course it could have been they were tired of putting up with my antics.

    If it was an attempt at reverse psychology it failed royally and they didn't learn from it either. My parents told me later in life that if I was going to smoke then I would have to do it at home.....

    So I lit one up...

    They went Ballistic.


    red gator

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    put that under your hood


    time to upgrade your snow blower

    Honda Mclaren

    Ferrari Lancia D50

    Ferrari Lancia D50


    Toyota TF-101


    times they have a changed

    External Combustion engine parts

    Essex Connecticut

    Kent Connecticut

    Strausburg PA

    Hot weather riding tips...


    To help cool down the core, blood vessels enlarge to circulate more blood (and therefore body heat) towards the skin. If ambient air temperature is lower than body temperature, excess heat can be absorbed by the air. But if the air gets hotter than the skin, the increased blood flow simply soaks up more heat from the air and pumps it back to the core. 

    Ok so it's winter, I'm trying out a little positive thought.

    If you want to read more about hot weather riding check out the link below...

    what makes you Go

    1986 Ford Cosworth


    BRM H16


    FERRARI F360

    HONDA RA168E

    Ferrari 312 and 312B