My painter/handyman, Jaime Ibarra, said that he could fix my garage if I took everything out of it. One of the main supports was rotten and he had to replace it. When I got my stuff out of the garage I separated it into two piles; one to keep and the other to throw away. It is amazing how much junk you can accumulate over the years. I threw away old photo chemicals that I will never use again and old electronic parts that are no longer useful but I kept boxes of albums and books. Parts from bikes that I no longer own went out including a carbon fiber heat shield for Chuck’s old trials bike.
I took eveything out of the gareage
After we loaded up the junk in Jaime’s pick up truck I put the rest of it all back into my garage. Now it is a lot easier to find things and to work on my bikes without moving anything out of the way.
bikes back inside my garage
another view of my garage
Be there or be square. This is your chance to celebrate Carnegie with friends. Good times… Below are some photos from past Carnegie Appreciation Days.
Our enemies work unseen and undercover while we work in the open. We send letters and attend meetings where we express our views to the politicians who make the sausage (pass legislation). We have strong advocates to tell the truth to counter the lies spread by our enemies. Don Amador is one of the best and brightest. He spreads the word on his blog.
“Reauthorization of the CA OHV Program – OHV’s collective efforts over the last 7 months was acknowledged by legislative leads from State Parks and the Governor’s Office when they stated for the record that the administration could simply not support Senator Allen’s SB249 as written because it was too complex and had too many unachievable requirements. Instead they are using the current SB742 language as the basis for reauthorization and meeting with Senator Allen to review potential language that might address his concerns without destroying the program. We should see the results of this effort over the course of the next two weeks as the legislative sausage-making draws to a close for 2017.”
In the end the state legislature passed Senate Bill 159 that maintains funding for the California Off Highway Recreation Fund. This victory is a result of passionate off road enthusiasts who raised their voices making known their support of the state’s off highway recreation program. See: http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1709-ohv-victory-in-california/
Don Amador who is the Western representative of Blue Ribbon Coalition has worked tirelessly to make our dream come true. He isn’t alone and there are others that lend their voices to the debate. If we want to defeat our adversaries it is essential that we advocate for off highway recreation and support the people and organizations that represent us in Sacramento.
Please join the AMA, CORVA, Blue Ribbon and others who represent our interests in Sacramento. They can’t be as effective as they are without our support. Check out this link: http://www.corva.org/news/5267195
Our governor, Jerry Brown, signed Senate Bill 159 into law on September 2nd and we don’t have to worry about losing the Division of Off Highway Vehicle Recreation from now on. SB 159 is now the law and there is no more sunset provision to worry about. It doesn’t have to be reauthorized ever again.
Don Amador with his Honda
I went for a bicycle ride yesterday and ended up getting lost. Here are some pictures including the picture of the mountain side I climbed up with my bike by my side and a picture pf a church playing some beautiful blues music that I could hear from the outside. But mostly they are pictures of the Albany Bulb which is a thirty acre peninsular in the middle of nowhere. There used to be a homeless encampment there but the city of Albany agreed to pay $3,000 to 28 Bulb residents in exchange for vacating the area so it can be transformed into Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. It still looks like a dump but not from the homeless. It is full of rocks, construction debris, road building materials and stuff dumped there by the city or some other government agency. They never bothered to clean it up and some former residents and other local artists made it into the wonderland it is today.
Did I ever tell you that I am cautious? It comes with the territory.
At my age you have to make allowances and bravery is tempered by a little caution. I have noticed that I don’t heedlessly race around blind corners any more. Nor do I aim for the highest jumps or go up and down the steepest hills. Heck there are some trails I avoid altogether. It isn’t just a question of losing my rhythm. I have a lot less strength and less stamina, and in addition I am less limber, and have slower reflexes. Let’s not even talk about my failing eyesight. It all adds up to a complete klutz.
OK so I was at Carnegie the other day leading a friend through some familiar singe track trails. Then the unexpected happened: After threading my way along the creek bed, I looked up to where I was going and to my horror saw a deep crevice with huge ruts carved into the hillside.
I didn’t have time to find a better line and I just gave it a handful of throttle in second gear and headed towards the only fragment of trail I could find winding through the ruts. The only problem was that from the bottom I didn’t see the crevasse like opening I was racing towards. Again I gave it another handful and it floated over the ugly chasm. Then another and I was over top.
I was as proud as if I had won the Erzberg Rodeo on my little Yamaha WR-250F. I had made it and my friend was a little late. I didn’t want to go back and embarrass him so I waited at the top of the trail.
If I had looked at it first, I would have said to myself “no way” and turned around. But if I was trying to impress someone and had gotten up the courage to try it, I would have been too tentative with the throttle and I wouldn’t have made it to the top. That is how you are when you are cautious.
Funny thing about getting old….