Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
First it was deciding to stay in one place for the winter. It IS a nice place to spend the winter. Then the decision to return to the same place this winter. There are a lot of nice folks here and it IS a nice place to spend the winter.
It just made sense to have a small vehicle to use when I had errands to run or get groceries and it came in real handy when I had to move the 148 cement patio blocks that I am using to build my patio out back...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
9620 134th St Ct NW, Gig Harbor, WA
Well maintained 1 level home on .42 acre lot. Huge fenced backyard, 336 sq ft garage, vinyl windows, good roof, entertainment deck, mature landscaping. This affordable home is just a few minutes from Hiway 16. Three bedroom, big living room and kitchen/dining room, just painted inside, brand new carpet.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I have ordered screens for the outside of all of the windows on the coach. Others in the park have them, they offer some privacy with the curtains open and help keep the inside cool. They should be installed on Thursday. I washed the windows this morning in preparation for the installation.
I rode down Hiway 79 to Catalina for breakfast yesterday, then rode to Winkleman on 77, 177 to Superior (with a stop at Dairy Queen), then 60 back home.
Other park residents are trickling in. It's nice to see everyone again.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I've been to Las Vegas three times. The same construction project continues. The exit to 95 south off of 15 should be illegal.
The good news is that I am in Lake Havasu. Dave told me I should see it. When I told him where I was, he said I was on the wrong side of the lake. You just can't please some people.
Tomorrow should be a fairly easy drive of 270 miles or so to Apache Junction. I am back in shorts and sandals - as it should be.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I don't enjoy driving the rv as much as I used to prior to the "incident" in May. With every little bump my balls and my heart meet deep in the pit of my stomach. I stop often to check on the bike - no problems so far. I am glad I put nylock nuts on the fasteners. Everything else has been shaken loose.
I am spending the night in Filmore, Utah. Farther than I had planned to drive. I missed an exit in the construction zone, so missed the park I had planned to grace with my presence.
Dinner and a couple beers and I'm out.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Decided to leave this morning because there was no wind this morning and my furnace ran all night last night. Will have to disconnect the water hose tonight before bed, they had frost here last night.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm going to Everett on Sunday to have lunch with the kids and my Mom.
Happy birthday Thom!! (10/29)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
One reason I've not been blogging is that I never remember to either take or use my camera when I am out doing whatever it is that I am doing. We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Luckily for all concerned (you and me), I don't have a thousand words in my head.
Last weekend was spent in the Marysville area. I planned on visiting my Mom and my sister and attending my 40th high school reunion. The possibility of staying at the Tulalip Casino hotel was put asunder by the $240 per night room rate. I did visit with Mom and attended the reunion picnic, but was unable to visit with Tom and Mary. There was a mix up (on my part) regarding which day Mary would be returning from San Diego. Oh well, I'll see them in Arizona in the spring.
The reunion was the first I have attended since graduation. It was well organized and it was a lovely day on the lake. A few people were recognizable and a pleasure to see again. I rode by our old house and the location of the old high school, then left. I didn't forget anything for which I need to return.
I returned to a sorrowful house. Patti and Ross' 13 year old cat Reynolds passed away. They are both pretty upset. Reynolds was a feral cat that Ross rescued. He followed Patti around like a little shadow. He ran and hid from just about everyone else. I tricked him in to thinking I was Ross a couple times and got to pet him a little. It was a game I'll miss playing with him.
This weekend has been spent riding. One hundred- sixty miles on Friday on back roads in and around Yakima, many of which ended in gravel and necessitated U-turns.
Today's ride was to Wenatchee sticking mostly to well known highways. The run on I-90 to Ellensburg from George was in to a steady head wind of about 25 miles per hour. It was a tiring ride.
One of the purposes for both rides was to visit the local Harley Davidson shops. I look forward to returning to the Phoenix area and visiting large, fully stocked Harley shops again. I'm sure the limited riding season plays a part in the economics of operating a shop, but Sound Harley Davidson in Smokey Point seems to be able to make a go of it as a pure Harley shop. The people at Owens HD in Yakima are friendly and helpful, but their resources are limited. I was not impressed with the operation of Legends HD in Wenatchee and the prices on the displayed bikes seemed very high.
Okay Paige, that's what I've been doing.
Now I can get back to using my computer for it's real purpose - looking for a love life and parts for my Harley.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Some of you may remember a television show called "Northern Exposure" about a New York doctor working off his school loan in the small Alaskan town of Cicely.
Well, as far as I know, Cicely, Alaska is imaginary. The show used Roslyn for the outdoor shots and had a set in Bellevue or someplace for interior shots.
Attempts were made years ago to visit Roslyn during shootings, but without success. The "hot set" signs are no longer needed.
The large painted advertisement for the Roslyn Cafe was modified to "Roslyn's Cafe" for the show, but has been returned to it's original glory.
I got to town just after 2. That's important because that's when "Village Pizza" opens. She makes her own crust dough and sauces. Yummy.
Check out weenerbagotails to see Dave's new gas tank. Forrest painted it and Doug finished the design in gold leaf (the same guys that painted my bags). It's a replica of a tank design used on a 1933 Harley that Dave saw in the museum in Milwaukee.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Accommodations here are good - I have water, sewer and 30 amp electricity. Three things I didn't have at Ross and Patti's. HOWEVER - I don't have cable tv or internet access. Two things I did have at Ross and Patti's.
The weather is supposed to be acceptable on the wet side of the state for the next week or two. That will be just right. I'll head back to Thorp for most of September, then be on my way to Apache Junction.
I thought time would slow down when I retired, but the summer has flown by.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Rolling along the Beaverhead
Long straight ride to Dillon
Black storm cloud ahead
Lightning to the left
Lightning to the right
Forty-one leads us on
Wisdom and Bliss
Miles and miles to find them
We gained Wisdom in Montana,
Discovered Bliss in Idaho
It's easier on two wheels
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
What a ride.
Again, Dave will post pics I'm sure. He is still smiling. Steve, Rob and Pat enjoyed it so much they rode it twice.
We saw elk at the north entrance, a bear somewhere along the road and a bison walked down the road toward me just before we left the park.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Dave, however, did bring his computer and has uploaded images to it.
Visit weenerbago tales today - you'll be glad you did! Look for "Dave and Paige's blog" in the lower right corner of this page.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Now I'm off to the local waste water treatment plant to dump my tanks. Oh joy!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On Monday all five of us (in usual riding order: Steve, Rob, Pat, me and Dave) will make the 321 mile ride to Kalispell, MT via Hiways 2, 508, 37 and back on to 2 in to town..
Our Tuesday ride will again cover 321 miles running from Kalispell to Missoula. The first half of the ride will be a loop in to Glacier National Park and "Going to the Sun Road" over Logan Pass. The second half of the ride will take us along the west side of Flathead Lake on Hiway 93 to Missoula.
Wednesday will be Missoula to Missoula. That's not a typo. The day's ride will be over Lolo Pass - twice on Hiway 12. An easy day of 224 miles or so.
Thursday is Missoula to Bozeman - 274 miles on Hiways 200, 279, 12, 89 and 86 through the Helena National Forest.
Bozeman to Cody, WY on Friday, dipping in to Yellowstone National Park just enough to ride over Beartooth Pass on Hiway 212 to Red Lodge, MT and in to Cody on Hiway 72. A ride of 260 miles according to Steve's calculations.
Saturday's ride from Cody to Dillon, MT through Yellowstone National Park , a 289 mile day on Hiways 20, 87 and 287.
Day 7 runs us from Dillon to Ketchum, ID. Following a short run north on I-15, we'll turn west on 43, then south on 93 and 75 through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. A long day of 340 miles.
From Ketchum to Boise via Twin Falls completing the run south on 75/93, west on 30, then 78 in to the Boise area through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. 295 miles.
We'll head out of Boise on our 262 mile ride to Riggins on Hiway 21 going through Boise National Forest as far as Lowman, then turning west to catch 55and 95 north through Nez Pierce National Forest.
Our last day as a group is a 269 mile ride from Riggins returning to Couer d'Alene on 95 with a side trip to the Spiral Highway in Lewiston.
Here's hoping for fair weather and smooth roads.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Pictured, left to right: Steve, Pat, Rob and Dave.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
It is also inevitable that visits will be made to the storage unit.
Don't do it.
I walked through my past for a few minutes this morning. I was sure that there was stuff that I just had to have with me in my motorhome. There were a few things - silverware (now that I have drawers in my kitchen), my battery powered skill saw, some wood hangers and my back scratcher.
There were lots of things that I would love to have around me - my leather couch, big flat screen tv, my bed, tools, art, clothes that I used to wear.
I left the storage unit a little depressed. I wish my kids would use this stuff. Erica's little apartment is already overflowing and Thom is searching for a place of his own. There is still hope that he will take most of it.
A lot more stuff will be going to the Goodwill store before I leave for Arizona.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Where to Live After Retirement:
You can live in Phoenix , Arizona where.....
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6.. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
You can Live in California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
You can Live in New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan ..
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual..
5. You've worn out a car horn... that is, if you even have a car.
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
You can Live in Maine where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup , and Tabasco ..
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
You can Live in the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.
You can live in Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
You can live in the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
AND You can live in Florida where..
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I heard from my insurance adjuster - the check is in the mail. Upon hearing that, I made a run to Owens Cycles in Yakima and spent $1,000 on bits and pieces. The handlebars should be back on soon.
Found a couple small dents in the rear fender and the estimate was amended to reflect that. Forrest can fix the fender after the Spud Run.
New handlebars, chrome levers and Kuryakin grips are installed. Everything works! Started the bike. Bought a new windshield and ordered some other parts.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Snugly ensconced at my summer estate in Thorp. That would be Patti and Ross' place, parked along side their fence. Don't have full hook-ups, but I do have wifi and cable television.
Owens Cycles (the Yakima Harley dealer) was able to complete the repair estimate in less than two hours this morning. What a well organized shop. I had to pay for the estimate, but Safeco should reimburse me for it and I would have paid Durango Harley if it would have gotten them off their ass. The repair costs are just shy of $5,000. No structural or internal damage. Everything bolts on, so I'll be buying pieces and doing what I can myself.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
If the bike was operational I would have stopped at Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Moab is situated in a nice valley surrounded by red cliffs. The area north of Moab to Price looks like a gravel pit. The traffic through Salt Lake City was the pits but I just snuggled in between some Walmart trucks and bit my lip.
Dave suggested this RV park and a few more. Don't know if I'll be ready to stop in Nampa, Idaho - that's only 300 miles.
Had dinner at "Wingers". That should clog my arteries for a while. I had the 'Sizzling Steak' - strips of steak, mushrooms and onions floating in cheese, with fresh veggies and a baked potato for $10. I stepped out of the restaurant in to a thunderstorm. Seems they followed me from Durango.
If I did 450 miles each day, I would arrive in Yakima on Sunday - the Harley shop is closed on Sundays - so I'll cut it down to about 300 miles, spend tomorrow night in Nampa, ID and Sunday night in Prosser.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The trailer coupler has been replaced so it is safe to tow. I bought new tie down straps and have decided to just push the wreck back in the trailer and head north. I'll hope for better service from a dealer in Washington.
I'll park the RV at my brother's house and take the bike to Yakima.
The general manager from Owen Cycles (the Harley dealership in Yakima) called me today and said that they would complete the estimate on the same day that I deliver the bike to them.
That's how things are supposed to be done.