Ride to Work

Monday, March 23, 2015

Short Rides

Sunday was cold but clear, temps did not get above 41 degrees and that wasn't until about 16:00.  But not being one to waste a clear day with good road conditions I layered up and took the Bullet out.  No plan for a long ride but I wanted to begin seriously testing the glove liners I bought last December.

I took the loop through the neighborhood to Sawmill Rd to 252 and out Newtown Street Rd to Waterloo and Church.  On Church I continued on to Darby Paoli for the right turn over the Darby Creek Bridge on Goshen.  I stopped at the turnout after the bridge for a set of quick pics with the iPhone.

After the pics I just continued up Goshen to Earles Lane and then home.  I did not keep track of mileage, got to get back into the swing of things, but I don't figure on more than 20 miles total.

The glove liners worked real well, they might to be ideal for a long ride but for a short commute to work they will definitely keep my hands warm.  The new boots are biting me below the right ankle.  The ankle support appears to crowd the foot when I walk not an issue while riding but very uncomfortable when taking more than five steps.

After I got home I rolled the MG out and took her for a spin as well.  The oil level was way lower than usual, not quite down a quart but lower than I've seen before.  Will need to keep an eye on that.  I took the loop to Darby Paoli and Church to St. Davids and once around the roundabout to Newtown Street Rd out to Waterloo and down Church again.  On Church I took a right onto Harrison and cut across that neighborhood to St. Davids and back to Church because there are some really nice hilly curves on Harrison and there is usually no traffic on that subdivision.  When I turned left on St. Davids from Harrison I saw black Tesla headed up St. Davids.  Another one for the tally.

After Charlene got home, we went back out and did the same loop just to get in another ride before the light and temps when down.  Soon the cold will be gone.

The exotic car tally now stands at 9 Ferraris, 5 Teslas, 2 Lambos, 3 Maseratis, 2 Cobras, 2 Unknowns, 1 Bentley, 1 DeLorean, and 1 Austin-Healey.

At Darby Creek Bridge

Darby Creek Bridge

Darby Creek

Darby Creek Bridge

Before the rides

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

First Day of Spring

The gods urinate on my head and call it snow.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Feast of St. Patrick

2675.1 miles at 13:00 on 16 May 2015
Yesterday the temps were not as high as expected in the morning, at 09:00 the hovered around the mid 30s, so there was no riding to work in the Bullet at that time.  However, by lunch time they had risen to the mid 50s so that was enough to take the first commute of the year. The odo before the ride read 2675.1 miles so that is the mileage that we accumulated in last year's season of riding since buying the Bullet in early April.  The photo shows the clock at the right time, I guess it payed off not change it last winter.  XD

This morning, on St. Patrick's Day, I rode the Bullet to work in low 60s temps.  I didn't have time to come home for lunch but I came home early from work to take the truck to the shop.  After we returned from that, my wife and I took a short spin on the MG to take advantage of the great weather.  We headed up Goshen to Sugartown and came back via Providence Rd to Goshen.  We stopped at The Institutes for a couple of shots; no pics, it didn't happen.  On the way out on Goshen, I saw a guy on his Austin-Healey roaring in the opposite direction, we exchanged waves, and I bet he was loving being out as much as we were.

At The Institutes

At The Institutes

The forecast for the next seven days is not good, maybe snow on Friday but I can't imagine it will be much.  by this time next week the temps are forecast to start climbing again to the mid 50s low 60s.  Soon, soon!

The exotic car tally now stands at 9 Ferraris, 4 Teslas, 2 Lambos, 3 Maseratis, 2 Cobras, 2 Unknowns, 1 Bentley, 1 DeLorean, and 1 Austin-Healey.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cave Idus Martias!

On the Ides of March we had two rides on the MG to celebrate the coming Death of Winter.  It was actually a little colder than ideal with temps in the low 40s, overcast, and very windy.

My wife and I took another quick loop around the neighborhood around 11:00  but it quickly turned more uncomfortable than we expected and we returned home.  At noon, I took a ride out 252 to the Paoli Shopping Center to take some film to be developed at Ritz Camera and fueled up at the Luke Oil on the corner of Leopard Rd. and 30.  I filled the tank all the way to the top since I had made a patch on it last December where I thought the spout was leaking.  It turns out that the leak is still there.  It may be from a bad cap, that will be the next step.  If changing the cap does not work, I will replace the tank.  On the way back I took the Sugartown Rd/Church Rd loop and stopped at The Willows for a photo from my phone.  No photos, it didn't happen so that was a necessary stop.  The pond at The Willows is still completely frozen over.

Speedo/odo with mileage at fill-up

Tomorrow the temps are forecast to go as high as the low sixties so I am thinking it's time to take the Enfield out.  We'll see.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winter is Dying!

It was a balmy 62 degrees today and all that snow was melting like there was no tomorrow.  I got home a little after 17:30, rolled the MG out of the garage and turned her over.  After a couple of false starts she caught on and began to purr.  So taking advantage of the good weather my wife and I went for our first ride of the year.  Not much of a ride and not very long, we just did a big loop around the neighborhood.  We got lots of waves and smiles from everyone we saw on the road and we really enjoyed having the car out.  First ride on the season under our belts and Spring is on her way!
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More on Musket V-Twin

From the Columbus Dispatch, an article and video on Aniket Vardhan and his Musket V-Twin.

Nothing really new but a good article none the less.  I hope he can make a living making these things because I for one would love to own a Musket.


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