Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Mandalorian..........

8:17 am - Saturday - November 30th - Ramona, CA - 36° F, 97% humidity, wind - CALM.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 55° F.....last day of November....how is that possible?  Twenty-five days until Christmas!  The view this morning.......↴



We slept in until after 7 am Friday.  When we went to bed Thursday evening there was a rainless window in the Ramona area from 11 am to 2 pm, so our Jello plan was to leave Ontario by 11 am.  When we awoke Friday that window had shifted to 10 am to 1 pm, so we changed our plan slightly to leave just before 10 am.  The estimated drive time given to us by Google Maps was 1 hour 45 minutes......far better than our drive on Wednesday.

Tim made breakfast burritos for us Friday morning....

We exchanged our 'until next times' with Tim, Laila and Crosby and were in the VW driving south by 9:45 am.  The traffic was very light the entire drive, and we were able to complete it non-stop back to RORVR arriving there before 11:30 am....what a difference two days makes!

Years ago when I was mountain biking at Mammoth Mountain near the end of the season I bought a lightly used Giant MTB for my son, Tim and brought it home as a surprise.  It was one of their rentals that summer, and at the end of each season they sell off their rental fleet for prices  approaching half of the original cost new.  In this case, I got this $1,000 bike (new) for $400.  Tim still has that bike, but it has been hanging in his garage unused for years.  I suggested I take the bike home with me to get it operational once again.  When I loaded the bike on my bike rack I noticed the hydraulic disc brakes were non-operational, both tires were flat, and the shifters were pretty much not working, however, it appeared the front shock was still holding air.

Within an hour of our arrival home I was walking the bike up to my trailer, and beginning to work on it.  It was about 12:30 pm when I opened up the trailer.  I immediately set up the Honda 2000i generator (outside, of course) to provide power for the lights, and XM Radio, and to run my small electric heater......it was about 40° F at the time, but with the high humidity felt like the mid 30's......BRRRR!  Within 20 minutes my little electric heater had taken the chill of the interior of the trailer.  By 3:45 pm I had both the Hayes hydraulic disc brakes working once again, had the Rockshox Psylo front shock working, and the front derailleur shifter operational once again.  I decided to call it a day just before 4 pm, and headed back to the Newell for the rest of the day.  

I haven't brought a bike back from oblivion in a long time, so working on Tim's full suspension Giant MTB was a real pleasure.  It will need a couple of new tubes, and a little more cleaning, but by Sunday it will be as good as new once again.

Since were have Verizon cell phone service, with UDP we found out we could subscribe to the Disney+ streaming channel for free for the first 12 months, so we signed up over the weekend mainly so we (I) could watch the new Star Wars original series called 'The Mandalorian'.  We watched the first three episodes at Tim's, and the fourth episode Friday evening at home.....it is very well done.  If you are a Star Wars aficionado I highly recommend this series

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