Are Ya Bored With Cycling Posts Yet?

After several days of rain it finally warmed up a bit (48°) so I took a long ride to Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. Total of about 21 miles. There were some Kite Surfers in the cold waters on the bay side.

Bike Rides

So here is another ride. This is just too much fun.

Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas from Willow Street, Port Monmouth, New Jersey

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Drago is actually a very friendly boy who is trained well. In the photo above he was just responding to the “speak” command. He is passing along best wishes to everyone for the holiday season and new year.

Changed from Running to Cycling

Well, it happened. This year I discovered that my body just doesn’t handle the impact of running any longer. I’ve been using Runkeeper to track my running and walking activity since July of 2010. In that time I’ve tracked over 500 runs for a total of 980 miles. It was great fun and good exercise, both mentally and physically. But alas, I just can’t do it regularly any longer. This is yet another example of “If I knew I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself”. My knees just don’t like the rhythmic pounding.

So, what’s the solution? Biking of course! But you wouldn’t expect me to go out and buy just a regular bicycle would you? Nope. I did my research and got myself an e-bike. Yup, a big, honkin’ fat-tire, 72 pound monster that (hacked) can propel my fat ass along at 30 mph.

Himiway Cruiser Tech Specs

  • Motor: 750 W geared rear hub motor
  • Top speed: 45 km/h (28 mph) after unlocking
  • Range: 55-96 km (35-60 mi) depending on user input
  • Battery: 48 V 17.5 Ah (840 Wh)
  • Weight: 32.6 kg (72 lb)
  • Max load: 159 kg (350 lb)
  • Frame: 6061 aluminum
  • Brakes: Tektro Aires mechanical disc brakes on 180 mm rotors
  • Tires: 26″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires
  • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, front and rear LED lights with large headlight, bell in brake lever, 5 PAS speed settings, half-twist throttle, USB charging port, includes rear rack (wooden) and front/rear fenders.

 

 

Test ride along the Henry Hudson Trail with photos. Click the ⛶ to enlarge the video, see the photos, and enjoy the ride with me!

So now that I’m riding instead of running I spent some time changing the php code for the Runkeeper API widget on the right sidebar to show only cycling activities. It required creating a separate SQL database and lots of other changes. but it works. Unfortunately we had a blizzard of a snowstorm today so I’ll be postponing my rides until I can dig things out.

Sister Visit

A few weeks ago I visited my sister Diane in Maryland. She wanted to get a tattoo and since she was with me when I got my first, I was excited to accompany her. We had a great lunch with Cosmos and then headed for Flesh Tattoo in Fallston. She got a beautiful blue and purple dragonfly on her wrist as a tribute to her son Steve who passed a few years ago.

The following week I went back to Flesh Tattoo and started on my DNA-themed watercolor sibling tattoo on my right forearm. Pics coming soon.

Holy crap, what were they thinking?

Area transportation for seniors is a laudable goal and most communities seem to have implemented something. Some contract with a local bus company to help get seniors to their doctor appointments while others establish their own systems. When I lived in Meeker, CO they had their own, a cute little bus called the Meeker Streaker. Here in Monmouth county NJ they took a similar approach, but for the life of me I can’t imagine how they managed to settle on the name; SCAT. Yup, just the one word, no periods in between letters to indicate it is an acronym, and no mention of what that acronym might be anywhere on the busses.

I understand that as an intransitive verb it means to go away quickly, but ignoring the noun that means fecal droppings is a significant oversight IMHO. By the way, after searching the Monmouth County web site transportation section I finally discovered that SCAT is an acronym for Special Citizen Area Transportation. The entire committee must have been asleep when they approved that one.

All the time deal with it up!

This isn’t a busy site and there certainly isn’t any reason for anyone, including bots, to spam my posts with comments. It still happens. Fortunately the Askimet plugin catches 99% of them and they never even make it to me for review. Some of them do slip in and they are always a delight to read. Here is the latest example:

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Interesting eh? I love the last sentence: All the time deal with it up! We can all embrace this. It’s the spam way of saying get your shit together; put on your big girl panties; handle it; face it; suck it up; get real, shit happens.

So go about your day and All the time deal with it up! Thank you kind stranger edmundobrock.

Yearly Update

Just a bunch of pics to keep things updated.

Aardvark Topsites & PHP v7.2 Fix

Aardvark Topsites is a php script that was originally developed about 15 years ago, designed to present websites as a dynamic ordered list. A topsites list ranks a group of related sites by popularity. Webmasters join the topsites list and are given a button to put on their site and link back to the topsites list. Aardvark Topsites PHP is a free topsites script built on PHP and MySQL. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. The last official release was in 2009.

Aardvark has a number of issues but the most annoying for those running the script are the poor spam detection and the inability to run under recent releases of php. I have been running an Aardvark topsites script since 2005 (usaweatherfinder.com) and have managed to work around both of the most annoying problems mentioned above. Continue reading

Surgery for Carpal Tunnel

Over the past year I have noticed a steadily increasing numbness in my right hand, primarily affecting my thumb and middle finger. A trip to an orthopedist confirmed a carpal tunnel constriction diagnosis. In addition to the numbness the doctor pointed out a significant muscle atrophy of my Opponens muscle at the base of my thumb.

So, open release carpal tunnel surgery was completed a few weeks ago.  It was an easy procedure performed on an outpatient basis that took 15-20 minutes and kept me there for a few hours total. It was done under MAP (Managed Anesthesia Care), the same twilight sedation used for a colonoscopy. I missed two days of work and have been back doing modified light duties.

Recovery was straightforward; OTC pain meds for a day or so, then just a bandage until the 6 sutures were removed 12 days later.

After two weeks I notice little improvement, in fact the nerve pain seems more pronounced. My doctor says that the nerves will slowly begin to recover from being pinched, but may take 90 days or more, during which time they will cause some acute sharp pain as they come back online.

I guess this is what I get for using a keyboard and mouse for over 36 years.