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…new post on my other blog… December 24, 2007

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…lots of stuff… June 26, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, Equipment, HAM, Hawaii, Radio, Websites.
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So, I had a GREAT Father’s Day. Absolutely wonderful and relaxing.

This last Sunday, I went for a long overdue bike ride. Not a long one, but a short little 20 miler around the harbor. I really slacked off since my tour around the island. You can see the Pearl Harbor bike path route [HERE]. It’s not too bad. Just used and worn enough that you can’t go flying around on it at 20mph, so it makes for an easy training ride.

Speaking of rides and tours, the SuperFerry is in Pacific waters and will be out here very soon. I hear they are “show-boating” her around the West coast of the mainland. I called today to see if they are taking reservations yet, and they stated that they will start in a few days. I can’t wait. I’ll be reserving my tickets to take my bike over to Maui and tour around.

Hopefully, by then I’ll have my battery issue figured out. If you keep up on my HAM blog, you’ll know that I’ve decided to take the FT-7800R dual band radio I bought for my Jeep, and put it on my bike. I’ll be getting the FTM-10R for my Jeep. The only thing I have to figure out is the battery. I have a rough idea of what I want (the PowerSonic SLA, probably a 2.5 to 4.0 Ah), I just need to find someplace that doesn’t charge $55 to ship a $20 battery no bigger than a box of checks. Absolutely stupid. I wonder if they check to see what their shipping prices are, or if they are automated and they are sitting around wondering why they aren’t selling anything.

Anyway, that was a post better left on my HAM blog. As far as biking goes, I had a great ride in to work this morning. This was my first morning where I averaged over 16.0 mph. In fact, it was 16.3 mph. That was AVERAGE speed – which includes all the sub 16mph’s going from light to light and stop to stop and up the small hill and overpass. I was cranking out a pretty steady 18-18.5 mph most of the way in. Oh, and max speed was only 22.4, so don’t think that I went bombing down some crazy hill at 35+ to kick up the average. Anyway, I’m pretty proud of myself. Of course, my legs were shot all day, I didn’t eat enough after the ride or during the day, so I was pretty spent on the ride home. Too much coffee and not enough water didn’t help either.

That’s ok, I’ll recover tomorrow. I will be helping a friend with some brakes on his mini-van, so I’ll take my wife’s Jeep in to work and leave from there. Then I’ll hit the commute hard again tomorrow.

Enough for tonight, I’ve got homework to catch up on…

…back on the bike… June 12, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, Camping, Equipment, HAM, Hawaii, Radio, Touring, Travel, Websites.
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Had some work done on my bike. It’s back and running smoother than ever. It desperately needed the overhaul after the Solo Oahu Tour. The guys at The Bike Shop did an excellent job as always. Replaced both shifter cables and the chain, along with a complete inspection and overhaul.

(switching subjects)… While on my little tour, the item I received the most comments about was my Hennessy Hammock. Everyone that saw it had questions about it. How do you get in? What if there are no trees? Is it comfortable? and on and on.

I must say, that if you haven’t tried one, you should. Answering those questions simply don’t do the hammock tent justice. You really need to try it to understand how easy it is to set up and use, how comfortable it is, and how portable it is. If you haven’t read my review, check it out. If you haven’t visited the Hennessy Hammock site, check it out.

When not at camp, such as while commuting to and from work, the item I get questioned about is my seat. A Brooks B.17 leather saddle. I have not finished my review of it, but (spoiler) I love it. I’m over 200 miles into the break-in, so watch for the review soon. And if you haven’t been to the Brooks site, check it out.

(switching subjects)… And in other news, check out my new-new site. I was inspired to start a blog to log my HAM radio contacts. Of course, I haven’t dedicated very much time to it yet, but it will eventually be informative and useful. http://wh7da.wordpress.com. If nothing else, the About Me page is worth about three seconds of entertainment…

And that’s it for tonight.

…in case you didn’t know… June 10, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, Camping, Equipment, HAM, Hawaii, Radio, Sites, Touring, Websites.
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You can subscribe to this blog “feed” on bloglines.com with this url:

I’ve taken to reading more of the forums and blogs I frequent through bloglines.

In other news, I’ve added a couple more reviews:
Canon SD700IS Digital Camera
CrankBros Smarty Pedals
Sea to Summit 10L Kitchen Sink

I’ve also added a couple new links, and separated my link list into three categories. You can browse through them on the right. If you have a cool and informative bicycle touring related website, feel free to leave me a comment with the url, I’ll check it out and may link to it. Some of these sites I’ve linked to make my Tour of Oahu seem silly and small. Maybe one day I’ll be joining the international touring scene…

In more personal information, I’ve started my second-to-last class for my degree, Chemistry. After that, my last class will be Calculus II. Then I’ll have my Bachelor of Science in Associated Science Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology. I wrote that all out just because it looks and sounds so cool. In reality, it’s mostly a distance learning and work experience degree through Thomas Edison State College. But it will be finished, and better to have than have not.

I’ve also signed up for flight lessons. I start in July. I’m 36 and have wanted to do this since I was 8. I’ve waited too long to do it already and am finally at a place in my Navy career where I have the time to do it. So, I’ll be plenty busy over the next several months, but it will be fun.

Today, I’m updating reviews and the Tour of Oahu information, monitoring the 443.550 repeater (it is an IRLP repeater if any HAM’s want to chat. 3217). Click [HERE] for more info.