Looks like the Fourth of July holiday is coming up this weekend so I've started making plans on what to do. There's going to be fireworks displays just down the road at Chatfield state Park and another one about 4 miles away in the opposite direction. But after giving it a lot of thought I think I will fall back on my previous holiday plans which are, don't get out on the roads, stay away from crowds, and keep my head down until the holidays over.
I know that doesn't sound like much fun, or very exciting to most folks, and even I can remember when I was young enough that my current plans would sound like a terrible way to spend a long weekend. But I've gotten mature enough, not old just mature, to realize that dealing with heavy traffic and inebriated people is not a good way to spend my time anymore.
There was a time long long ago in a place far far away that I would've enjoyed being out there with everyone. But now I've become more hermit like and I'm much happier spending my time alone or with my family. I don't want to become a total recluse because I do enjoy being around people every now and then but being around large crowds of people I don't know holds no interest for me anymore.
A local beekeeper keeping some bees.
The South Platte River just down the road from here.
I did a little work on my bicycle the other day. The poor critter has been hanging on the back of the Arctic Fox totally exposed to the sun and the rain without getting much use lately.
Despite that it had been doing pretty good until I spent that month on Padre Island right on the beach and all the windblown sand and salt water really took its toll. The frame is made out of aluminum so it held up pretty well but all of the steel stuff, like wheels and spokes, handlebars, and sprockets were in definite need of some help. The chain suffered the most which is kind of weird because that had more lubricant on it than any other part of the bike but it rusted to the point that I will have to buy a new one first chance I get.
It hadn't been getting much use for several reasons the most important of which is, pedaling a bicycle is too darn hard, and my ape hanger handlebars didn't work very well on dirt trails. I'm not sure what to do about the first reason but it was pretty obvious some new handlebars would fix the second reason.
I spent little time on Amazon and found some aluminum handlebars that were smaller and substantially lighter than the previous steel bars. I'm not that thrilled about the silver color of the bars but I think one of these days I'll sand off the protective clearcoat and put some Birchwood Casey aluminum black on the bars which will make them match the rest of the bike and will protect them at least as good as paint if not better.
I thought carrying the bike on the motorcycle rack with the Yamaha WR450 would be a convenient way of toting the bike around, but in reality they both got in the way of each other. It was hard to get the bicycle off because of all the motorcycle tie downs in the way. And I couldn't get the motorcycle off without moving the bicycle first, it was a lose lose situation. And I figured out long time ago that if something is hard to do I will usually avoid doing it.
So my new plan is to try carrying the bicycle in the back seat of the truck. I gave it a try and found out that if I take off the front wheel it fits in their real nice. The front wheel is a tool free quick disconnect so it only takes a minute to get it on or off.
I figure I'll give the bike another year to be a part of my traveling family and if I still haven't used it much I will find a new home for it that hopefully will get more use out of it than I have.
My bicycle with the new handlebars. The ape hangers are in the background
I'm not really dead, in fact I have no desire whatsoever to assume room temperature. I had recently been thinking about a song by Warren Zevon called "Things to do in Denver when you're dead" and since I haven't been doing much lately I thought it kind of fit because not much has been going on for me the last few days.
The last couple of days have been in the low 90s which is too hot for me to be doing much of anything, and today it's been to chilly and rainy for me to get out and do anything, I guess I'm just hard to please.
There's been a few little projects I wanted to do but between the heat, the rain, and my laziness, I haven't been getting much of anything done. The weather is looking better for the next few days so I'm hoping I can do some things to the truck and the trailer. I'm planning on leaving here sometime soon after the Fourth of July holiday and heading up to Montana. But before I can go I've still got some things that I either need or want to accomplish before I leave.
I've also got to make at least one more trip back to the town where I used to live. It takes me about an hour and 45 minutes to drive from here to there most of which is on I- 25. But when I get to Colorado Springs I have to get on Highway 24 going up into the mountains and even though it's a four-lane highway it sometimes gets pretty crowded with all of the Summer tourist heading for the high country. But it's a pretty drive into beautiful country, so it always seems like my spirits rise along with the altitude and the higher I go the happier I feel.