Monday, July 21, 2014

Kids and their kids on the family vacation......

My son Chris and DIL Melissa are on their annual trip to Colorado, but the first day was a bit dicey.....  Check them out and make their hit count go up a bit....


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Always fun when you loose a trailer tire as the day ends.......

Retired Rod

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The big ride..



As I mentioned the in the last post, we went on a bigger ride on Wednesday...  It was South out of KC to Joplin, Missouri and then onto Neosho...  This is a little town out in the rural part of the state...

But they have a factory that makes those little trailers like is attached to the back of Al's scooter...  The scooter is a 650 cc machine, so it has no trouble with the trailer...

Backing up some with the story, we have been researching a trailer for Al and his wife to take to Colorado next month and he decided to have this one built...  We ordered it from Hub Cycle in Independence about a month ago..  It was finished, so we road tripped to get it...

Neosho was 175 miles each way from our home here in Olathe, so I wasn't sure I could make that much as a round trip...  So we packed a small bag in case I needed to stay overnight...

And then I also discovered I had a Doctor's appointment on Wednesday morning as well.. That set us back until after noon for a departure...  But once we left, we made a very fast trip down there...

The trailer place turned out to be a very old warehouse cement block building that had more junk in it that actual factory...  And they only assembled the trailers there ordering most of the parts from other vendors..  But right in the doorway was Al's new little toy waiting patiently...

We hung around for a while as they showed us around and then we got the trailer connected...  I was holding my breath as I had wired the scooter without having the trailer to prove the lights worked as I did it...  But it all came on and worked correctly....

At about 4:30 we headed out for home...  I was feeling fine...  Sometimes my cancer surgery will get to causing me trouble on these longer trips, so I really never know which Rod will show up on what day...

We ate supper at a Subway in Nevada, Mo which was halfway back..  We discussed if we should get a room, but then thought heck lets go for it!!

It was twilight as we arrived back at Al's home with the new toy....  The lights on the back are newer style LEDs and they lit up like a Christmas tree...

Wow a 350 mile day, after a doctors visit in the morning...  I was done........

And for Biscuit fans, she was safely staying with the grandkids at Ben's home.. She was able to spend two nights there sleeping on their beds and playing ball in the back yard...  She didn't want to come home..

Retired Rod

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer slow down....

I haven't given up blogging, but we seem to go out on the motorcycles to yet another restaurant 40 miles away...  And I think you are tired of me reporting that all the time....

Biscuit had her hair cut and acted all goofy for several days, but now she is back to not remembering her longer hair...  And that is good because we have broken into the 90s for every day this last week....  Not that she stays outside very long, but at least it is a summer cut for her....

I have been again fighting with financial institutions as they learn of Loyce's passing....  They immediately shut my accounts down and make me go without a bank account....  The brokerage shut down one of my credit cards and the bill paying service right over the 4th of July.......  Grumble........ Grumble........

The local folks make a big deal of it, but the national people in their company could care less, if some little guy is without his money.....  It will get fixed when it gets fixed...................

So that gets me into a bad mood, and then I don't feel like writing, in case that attitude leaks out.....  Or pours out......  I don't like to write a rant...

We have a large motorcycle trip planned next week, so that should be fun.... But then when I went to look on the calendar, it is the same day as the trip to the doctor's office.......

Hope that goes well and I get out of there timely...   Need to be on the road before noon.....  I'll report how that one goes when the time comes.....

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer...

Retired Rod

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Why is it so hot in here?

Just a quick little story to let you know I am still alive and well.....  As you know, we rode the motorcycles down to the lake of the Ozarks...  It was a really nice day...

But of course on the way back it was raining all morning and then the storm split into two blobs on the radar and we rode right thru the middle of them.... Nary a drop...  But it was in the high 80s with both the humidity and the temps....  So it wasn't all that nice....

We rode on just like it was 65..  But in the process, it takes over three hours to make the trip... I was a tad dehydrated when we got home....

When Biscuit and I retired to our bedroom, it was hot up there.  We had turned up the AC while we were gone..  And even though we turned it back down, you know how two story houses never catch up in the upper story...

Well I have the portable AC that we often put in the motorhome...  In the bedroom, just to help out...  When we left, I opened the window and pulled in the hot air hose..  Then locked the window...

And of course last night in the dark, I forgot that fact...  Turned the unit on and went to bed...  I awoke at about 2:30 AM, only to find my room at about 130 degrees.....  Seems the hot air going out the exit hose is way more than the cool air coming thru the louvers...

So in the middle of the night, I am standing in the open window trying to center the hose and its window plugs and get the window back down on it just so....  In my underwear to boot...  Not sure anyone would have been watching at that dark hour...   But hey who knows.....?

It did cool off fairly quickly once the hot air was on the outside of the house.....  I guess that hot motorcycle ride effected me more than I originally thought.....  LOL

Retired Rod