When the clocks strike 12 tonight, it will bring a close to a very interesting year. I had planned 2018 to be a low profile kind of year, but it turned out to be pretty busy. I did a fair amount of traveling and had to deal with a couple of Major Expenses on the home front. I made a few new friends and saw a few new places. I had a few joys and a few disappointments. All in all, it wasít boring.
Now, itís New Yearís Eve and Iím looking ahead to this coming Summer. Iím going to try to get a fairly large group to go to the Springfield Mile on Memorial Day weekend. Iím a Flat Track freak and Iím constantly surprised at how many people who live within a dayís ride of Springfield, Illinois have never gone to see the Mile. I think that if most of those folks went, theyíd enjoy it. So Iím going to push to get people from both Badweb and the XL Forum to do a group race attendance. The tickets are supposed to become available ďafter the New YearĒ. I think we could all get seats in the same section. I talked with the promoter and he seemed agreeable to the idea.
On the XL forum, the dates and location for the Meet and Greet are almost set. Itís going to happen in central West Virginia at the end of June. If itís even half as good as last yearís event, itíll be a lot of fun. And in August, Thereís the West Virginia Buell Rally. Thatís another Great one.
I wonít be riding to Tuktoyaktuk this year. I have too much to get sorted out. Iím hoping to do it next year. Back in the í70s, I wanted to ride to Alaska, but something always came up to stop me. Now that itís possible to ride all the way to the Arctic Ocean, that desire has come back and intensified. Itís going to happen.
Iím sure there will be other rides besides the three I mentioned. Iím trying to not over plan. I want to leave room for spontaneity. I think that Life will happen whether or not Iíve made plans. It should be fun.
Camping at Springfield is not in the infield. There is a real campground in the fairgrounds, complete with showers, electricity and hookups for Rudabegos. It will be packed because of all the amateurs who come out to race on the TT course on Saturday. (There are hundreds who come for that). It's not a bad campground and the price is fair; $15.00 / night for a tent w/o electric. I'll write more in the next day or two about camping and motels and what to expect. In fact; I think I should start a thread about it.
A couple of years ago, I discovered Twisted Blackberry Powerade and I immediately fell in love with it. I had to look for it when I went grocery shopping; it wasnít stocked all the time and it wasnít in all the stores. However, I got away from it over the past couple of years; I learned that it was made with high fructose corn syrup and I try to avoid that. Instead, I started guzzling orange Gatorade, which is made with cane sugar. Drinking either one is like changing deck chairs on the Titanic, as far as my weight is concerned, but I feel a little better about Gatorade.
Anyhow; I did a major grocery shop on Wednesday, and I grabbed a bottle of Twisted Blackberry Powerade and threw it in the cart. Last night, I tried to drink it and only got halfway through the bottle. Iíve lost my taste for it. Iíll probably finish it off over the next couple of days, but only because I hate to waste food. I doubt Iíll buy it again.
Yesterday, I had a miserable headache. It wasnít a Migraine, but it was with me all day and just got worse as the day went on. Migraine Strength Excedrin (actually the store brand) helped ease it, even though it doesnít do squat against a real Migraine. The headache was bad enough to stop me from doing a few things I had planned. I was going to swing by the quarter car wash and wash the road phlegm off the Roadster as well as hit the Post Office to mail a package and a few more errands, but I wasnít up for it. Thatís one of the nice parts about being retired; if I was still working, I would have gone to work and been miserable all day.
As I said, I did a major shop on Wednesday, and I had a few food items that needed attention. The ground sausage and ground beef needed to be pressed into patties and put in the freezer, spaghetti sauce needed to be made, portioned into containers and frozen. Also, the slab of beef needed to be cut up along with onion, potatoes, and carrots and mixed with ďMagic DustĒ and water and put in the crock pot.
I got the sauce made and the sausage pressed into patties, bagged and frozen, but that was all I could tolerate. When I went to bed, my headache was almost as bad as a Migraine.
When I woke up this morning, the headache was gone. Whatís even nicer is that there was no ďhangoverĒ lingering pain which is usual with a Migraine. I had gone to bed early, so I woke up early. Since I was up early, I did all the prep work for the stew and started the crock pot. Itíll be ready for dinner tonight. I also pressed the hamburg (85% Ground Angus! Ė Hoot, mon!) into patties and got them into the freezer. Once the stew is done and portioned out, Iíll have enough entrees for a month in the freezer.
Iím really trying to get a large group of people fired up to go the Memorial Day weekend Springfield Mile. Iím having a bit of success on Badweb, but only a couple of folks on the XL Forum are showing interest. I need to figure out how to get more folks there interested. I know a few folks on both forums now, and theyíre all really good people. I think theyíll all get along well and new friendships will be built because of the race. I also think theyíll enjoy the race itself. Iím doing what I can to build enthusiasm for the race, even though most of the people who are going have never been to the Mile. I think theyíll love it.
In the meantime, Iím wondering when the Tickets are going on sale. I talked with the promoter back in November, and he said early January, right after the New Year. The ideal is to get everybody to sit together as a group. I figure if we all order our tickets early, weíll all be able to sit together and that should just add to the experience.
I too suffer from headaches and migraines. Two different beasts. High fructose corn syrup can bring on a headache if I consume too much. Something that took me forever to understand and narrow down (the DR. gave me a clue about it). Maybe something to think about.
If I was closer, I would consider the races. Sounds like fun, but a little far for me to attend. I would love to meet my fellow badwebbers in person.
I'm with you Crusty, the high fructose corn syrup is not natural and from what I've read your body just doesn't know what to do with it.
On a talk show last week a guy was extolling the reason sugar is in everything. According to him, back in the early 60's the sugar companies got a group of "scientist" to claim that fat was bad for you and it should be taken out of food. Well without the fat the food didn't taste so good. Enter the sugar manufacturers. Now we have sugar in everything and our bodies use the sugar for energy but it's not a good source, fat is much better. So the body takes excess sugar and stores it as fat in case we need it later. But when you cut out the sugar in the diet and eat more fat, ie. bacon grease, you're body gets used to using fat for energy and will start burning the fat we have stored since there's no sugar. Even though it wasn't mentioned it sounded a lot like the guys promoting the Keto diet. Anyway, I thought it made some sense and since I enjoy butter and bacon grease and my Great Grandfather ate everything cooked in lard and lived to 103, how bad could it be?!
Low Carb diet Atkins diet Keto diet All I see is die,die,die and the three crosses. I need to go for a walk around the block tomorrow! I plan on getting a bicycle too. I have no clue on how to proselytize the uninitiated non-flat-trackers short of chartering a bus for them. I am open to meeting new motorcycle enthusiasts.
I think there's going to be a fair sized turnout. So far, all the people who say they're going are good people. Then again, I haven't met any real jackasses on either forum. I think we'll all have a good time.
Corn syrup is of course natural, same as any refined natural sugar or syrup product. It's what makes sweet corn taste so good/sweet. As with anything, moderation is best.
Imagine if we started calling table sugar "high sucrose cane sugar".
Have your heard of Jordan Peterson, PhD clinical psychologist? He's been in the news lately very effectively opposing the authoritarian feminazi's and SJW's trying to destroy western society, but he has a very interesting side story concerning he and his daughter and their shared health issues. They both suffered migraines and debilitating joint pain and gastro-intestinal issues.
Their "cure" was to eat nothing but red meat. Seems crazy, and he absolutely hates it, but it works for him. Maybe yours is similar or even opposite, who knows? There must be a cause.
Is there a migraine forum out there where people share their progress in finding what causes theirs?
Ever try ditching the Gatorade and all other sugary foods and beverages, yeah that includes beer, wine, and booze in general too.
I'd like to see the Mile. Probably not in the cards this year. Dirt track racing is always fun to watch. You get to see all the action, all the time, quite different from a road race at most tracks where your view is usually limited to a small section or two of the track.
I don't want to high jack Crusty's thread but I'll just put this out there and you can read it or not. It explains why corn sugar is different and why it's not good for you. I just put in High Fructose Corn syrup and health and there were many hits including this one:
I tend to go with the low starch diets and reducing my dinner plate size. I have to put a rear view mirror on my Craigslist quad rowbike so I can tell when I'm about to be run over by a car. I paid way too much for it, $350, but I'm hoping it's my ticket to eating whatever I want!
I enjoy getting hit in the face with little clods of dirt trackside, and the characters are interesting to watch, but I not so fond of all the lines to everything.
According to him, back in the early 60's the sugar companies got a group of "scientist" to claim that fat was bad for you and it should be taken out of food....
If you want to go down the wormhole, there are many who believe that the government-endorsed "Food pyramid" was designed to make people fat and unhealthy and reliant upon government and healthcare. I tend to believe it. Low fat, low protein, mostly carbs and vegetables. NOT what your body actually needs, especially if you're not burning a lot of calories via running/hiking/cycling/cardio/etc.
FWIW, there's also a healthy amount of research indicating that time in the gym pumping iron is as good for you as cardio.
I'm hoping it's my ticket to eating whatever I want! I have a nice roadbike, I sometimes get the bug and ride 2-3 hours, 3-4 days per week. I generally eat everything I can and still lose weight during those times.
I generally eat everything I can and still lose weight That's great to hear! I did not think about how the width of this quad roadbike thing would dangerously hog a lane. I managed to find the screws in the deraileur and fixed its shifting so maybe I could trade it for its much slimmer rowbike brother. That might be way more practical and actually get used. The calorie equation is simple in theory but profoundly difficult in practice!
Today, the weather was beautiful. The sky was mostly sunny and the temperature was in the low 50s (roughly 12 C). Anyhow, I wanted to get outside, but I had some real trouble getting motivated. I couldnít come up with a destination. I didnít want to ride to Rabbit Hash again and the places that Iíd been thinking of riding to were all farther away than I wanted to ride.
I finally remembered a suggestion to go check out the antenna of radio station WLW in Mason, Ohio. In 1934, WLW was granted an experimental license to broadcast using 500,000 watts. It was known as Americaís Radio Station, and its signal was strong enough to reach all the way to the Atlantic Coast. The Transmitter was built by a joint venture between General Electric, Westinghouse and RCA.
Anyway, itís located a little over 26 miles away, so the Roadster and I headed north to find it. The Roadster needed to run more than just a couple of miles. Sheís been getting little exercise just running errands close to home. Today, she ran with the choke off for long enough to clean out some of the carbon buildup that winter riding induces.
We took the Interstate up to Mason and found the tower. Itís pretty freakiní big and itís easy to spot. Thereís a Historical Marker on the fence and it stated that when the tower was broadcasting at 500k, the station could be heard on nearby barbed wire fences and radiators and it used as much electricity as a city of 100,000. The experimental license was killed in 1939 and the station was limited to 50,000 watts.
So I looked at the Blaw-Knox tower (itís an elongated Diamond shape with several guy wires running to its mid-point), then I decided to take Rt. 42 back into Cincinnati.
I never got far enough away from the city that I was in the country, but it was still a pleasant ride back. I was able to ride comfortably without having to put on all my cold weather gear and that made the ride even nicer. I even saw a couple of other bikes. One was a Kawasaki standard with a white paint job, the other was a Japanese Harley clone. The sun was in my eyes, so I couldnít tell which flavor it was. Both of the riders waved back at me. In the winter, everybody waves, regardless of make, model or style of bike.
It wasnít much traveling; my odometer said less than 100 miles by the time I was back in my garage, but it sure felt good.
When I went to school in Atlanta and drove down from CT it was either WLS or WOWO to get something good to listen to on the way. AM radio with one speaker in the middle of the dash, those were the days.
We are gonna make the Mile this year again Crusty! We have been 3 or 4 times and the last time we went we saw...........YOU! We have made it our goal to do more with the bikes and the toyhauler this year. We will look forward to seeing you. Jerry has had his bike out several times this winter already since itís been mild here so far.