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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Inertia........

8:23 am - Tuesday - August 14th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 65º F, 97% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the east.....overcast with a forecast high of 70º F. 

It's been a week since that fateful day when we ended our employment with SDC, and we've been basically vegetating......time to get out and do something physical, right?  How about a bike ride?  There are many miles of Carriage Roads we have yet to traverse, but we have done about all we can do out of the Eagle Lake trailhead, so we decided to get an early start and head over to Jordan Pond to see if we could snag a parking spot and ride some of the roads out of there.

We left home about 9:30 am, and arrived at Jordan Pond just before 10 am, and what do you know?  There were a dozen parking spots still available.....I guess the secret is getting there before 10 am!  We intended to ride south to Seal Harbor, and followed the signs in that direction, however after just 1/2 mile we came to signs advising no bikes where allowed beyond that point as the Carriage Roads were on private property and only pedestrians and horseback riders were allowed.......NO BIKES!  The road up to that point had been all downhill so we had to turn around and ride 1/2 mile back uphill......doh!


So, we reset our goal the to Day Mountain summit.....initially we believed it was 1.5 miles to the summit of Day Mountain, but it was actually that distance to the beginning of the 1.5 climb to the summit of Day Mountain, so that's another 3 miles round trip....TLE was not into adding an additional 3 miles, so we deferred Day Mountain for another day and just completed the 'Around Mountain' loop back to Jordan Pond......




......we came across a flock of turkeys in the middle of the road at one point, but as we approached they headed up a game trail leaving the road to us.......


....we were back to the car by 11:39 am.  During our ride we did get sprinkled upon several times, and I actually put on my rain jacket for a short stretch, but finished without actual rain.  In all we covered 6.75 miles, burned 473 calories, averaging 7.3 mph.....


.......we were home, after a quick stop at Southwest Liquor Locker, by 12:30 pm.

I've had a number of car improvement projects hanging fire all summer.  Around the time we arrived in Southwest Harbor I had ordered a kit from Amazon, made by Rustoleum, to restore our headlight lenses to a pristine clear appearance once again, but had never gotten around to using the kit......Monday seemed like a likely day to dive into this project.  I've used Rustoleum products for years, and knowing they had put their name behind this product gave me a lot of confidence in the outcome.   What do you think?



Another project hanging fire even longer (I bought the Krylon black gloss paint in South Lake Tahoe last May) was to repaint my windshield wiper arms, which where showing more metal than paint after 17 years.........



.....once again, they came out looking very nice.......


........I was feeling pretty good about myself by this time, and decided to wash the car.....it's been at least 6, or 7 weeks since I last did that.  Wow, I feel so productive!  I've got a few more projects I need to complete on the car, so now maybe, just maybe after two days of productivity I can overcome the mañana inertia and get more done in the next few weeks!

TLE had planned street tacos for dinner, so around 5:30 I lit the Sea-B-Que to grill the pollo asado she had purchased sometime ago.  Tony came out with his some Jack to grill some burgers over the firepit, so I helped him get the fire going.  We sat talking and laughing until almost 8 pm....what a great evening!  And, the food was not bad either.....lol!

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