Precious Tweets

Precious Tweets We interrupt our regular bloggish for a quick video that I’ve been meaning to make for a while. I’ve poked around a little on sites to see how people are reacting to Precious being an auto-tweeting awesome bike. I notice that there seems to be a little confusion around certain things, and I think some folks are over-thinking it. Then I saw a comment on Precious’s Twitter – from someone I also follow – saying that they didn’t believe his tweets were automatic. It upset me a little. I’ve since decided I don’t care what people think. It’s …

Fully Loaded Test Ride

50% FAILURE. 100% OVERALL SUCCESS Welcome to the hinky math ride report, alternate title “A comedy of awesome errors”. This past weekend, I decided to do a fully-loaded trial run out to Beaver Pond Campsite near Lake Welch. I chose this location for two reasons. 1. To get to it, I would get to take Precious (the bike) and Zimmerman (the trailer) up Seven Lakes Drive. 2. It would give me the opportunity to try out all my camping gear. 3. Beavers! (I knew there wouldn’t be any, but I just like saying it) What follows is a comedy or …

Tool Time with Toga

One of the nagging little voices in my head has been having a red-hot go lately at making me feel like I’m going to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken Precious and no idea what to do about it. “Shut up, nagging voice!” I say. Of course I can say that now, since last night I underwent a little one-on-one bike monkeying session with Will at Toga NYC. Will and I go way back. At least to, um, November last year. That’s far back in dog time. We originally met when I got my BG fit. …

Time to make the donuts

UGG UGG FIRE UGG UGG I’m a bit of a fire girl. And by that, I mean that while camping in my youth, I always exercised my dominance over fire and harnessed it inside a circle of rocks beaten smooth by a river. Or something. And over that fire, I would place a homemade cooking skillet that my Dad constructed by welding three legs onto a disc from a disc plow. Dang, my Dad is awesome! I call him MacGuyver. But that thing was heavy. And I think to throw a device like that on a Bob Trailer may push …

TransAmerica video: One for the Kipper

MY KINGDOM FOR A TENT I’m a little worried. Worried that I’m enjoying the accumulation of gear a little too much. That I find too much joy in researching camping materials and gnatty little moisture wicking technologies. That I squee too hard when I find something that weighs next to nothing to put in my pack. That I bore people to tear tsunamis when I excitedly explain the twiggy-like properties of a tent to them. I’m worried that I’ll look back on this time a year from now and say: “Well, that was the best part of the trip.” Because …

Maps are Epic – TransAmerica Update

I’m completely fascinated by maps. Actual physical maps. And atlases. When I was a kid, one of the things I loved about visiting my Grandparents was going into the cupboard and pulling out the old (1962) Readers Digest World Atlas – still in the box it was shipped in – and drooling over the sheer detail (photos below). Yes, I would dream about travel and seeing the world, but mostly I would just, well, look at it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google Earth and all that fly-by and tech stuff, but there’s just something great about laying a …