Got My House Painted

So, I finally broke down and painted my house. The colors that they used are (I believe):

SW 7037 Balanced Beige

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 7504...........................10/5/17
303-526-0628................................Order# 0066131

EXTERIOR......................................ARCHITECTURAL
DURATION....................................................LATEX
SATIN...................................................IFC 8012NP

.............................9174 Moth Wing
....................... SHER-COLOR FORMULA

CCE*COLORANT.......OZ...32......64.....128
W1-White................ -.....24.......-........-
B1-Black..................- ....45....... -........1
R2-Maroon...............- ......8.......1........1
Y3-Deep Gold.......... -......50.......-........-

One gallon....................................................DEEP
K33W00253..........................................650406317
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Also, they put a stain on my deck.

EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL
SUPERDECK SOLID COLOR STAIN
FLAT IFC8012NP

3072 MISSION BROWN
SHER-COLOR FORMULA

CCE*COLORANT OZ 32 64 128
W1-White - 26 1 1
B1-Black 2 54 1 -
R2-Maroon 2 35 - -
Y3-Deep Gold 2 11 1 -

One gallon ULTRADEEP
5D7T00154 650930787

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 17, 2017 at 3:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Potential Routes

So, it looks like it's about 5,362 miles from Denver to LA to La Paz to Mazatlan and down to Panama City, Panama. That's the first part of the trip.

Then, somehow, get across the Darien Gap. Let's say fly the bike to Bogata, Columbia.

Then, ride from Bogata down to Tierra Del Fuego. That's about 6,737 miles.

So, total mileage looks something like 12,000 miles to get to Tierra Del Fuego. Then, I'm not sure what to do at that point.

Through LA, Baja, and down the Pacific Coast to Panama City, Panama.

Then ride from Bogata to Tierra Del Fuego.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 13, 2017 at 12:01 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Copying Files off of the MacBook Air

So, I've filled up my Macbook Air with photos again. I think that what frustrates me is that when I copy them off, I basically lose them. I'd like to try a modified approach where I create a "Favorites" folder, and then keep those on the MacBook Air, while exporting most of them (90% or so) off onto the external drive.

So, let's see if we can do that this time.

So, I launch iPhoto and click on Favorites. Yeah...there's the photos I want to keep on here. Fair enough. October 24, 2016 - October 1, 2017. Good enough.
Let's copy these off first. That seems like the most obvious thing to do.

I have an external drive. So I create a folder on the external Seagate Drive called Favorites_10240216-10012017.

I checked and it's a 1 TB external drive, with 936 GB available. Fair enough.

Now, let's export our favorites into this folder we created:
Favorites_10240216-10012017

Select them all in iPhoto...2,689 items.
File - Export - Export 2,689 Items... or Export Unmodified Original for 2,689 items.

Hmmmm.

I'm not smart enough to comprehend the difference. I'm going with Unmodified Originals.
File Name: Use File Name
Subfolder Format: None
Export.

OK...I had to navigate to my external drive, and select the folder named Favorites_10242016-10012017.

Click Export Originals.

OK. The colored ball spins for about 3 seconds, then it's gone. Hmmmm.

OK. Now, I just navigated to my new folder Favorites_10242016-10012017.
And, I see now that the number of items in the folder is incrementing. 454....512....

Although, now it occurs to me that I should have preserved my folder structure underneath the new Favorites_10242016-10012017 folder. No...I think I like it this way actually.

So, I exported my Favorites.

Then, I went back and exported everything to a new folder: Photos_2016_10122017.

So, I have these 2 new folders on my Seagate external drive 1TB drive.
Favorites_10242016-10012017 This has 3,086 photos in it.
Photos_2016_10122017 This has 35,539 photos in it.

The external Seagate drive appears to have 541 Gig available. So, now the plan is to delete all photos, and just reimport the favorties.

Like...Photos (formerly iPhoto) sucks so bad there just aren't words. I can't even figure out how to delete the fucking photos. Lord God this application sucks donkey dicks.

"To delete photos from the Photos app in OS X, do the following: -Open the Photos application and select the photo(s) you wish to delete in the All Photos section. -Press command+delete on your keyboard to delete the photos. -Next, in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File > Show Recently Deleted.

I selected 35,424 items. Hit Command + Delete. Says "Moving to Recently Deleted".
Whirling beachball icon appears. 9:17 p.m.

Now, when I go into iPhotos, it shows 35,424 items recently deleted. OK. Brilliant. Now, how do I delete them for real.

I go into the Recently Deleted folder, select them all with Ctrl-A, and click Delete 35,424 items.

Now, they're gone. Now, to import the favorites:

File - import - Favorties_10242016-10012017. Selected all files. Click Review For Import.

3,074. Import All New Items.

It only brought in 2,720 files though. I think something about the mising metadata.

Now, I import the new photos from my CF card. (Wedding photos).

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 12, 2017 at 7:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

So Much To Do

It seems that there is just so much to do, that it's daunting. That I'll never be prepared to leave. How does one begin to prepare to drive across the planet?

I'm thinking now that, for the tires, I'll order them here and have them installed here before I leave on the trip. Riding the KTM out to Chapparal Motorsports in San Bernardino and then hoping that a) they have my tires and b) can put them on while I wait just seems like I'm accepting too much risk for too little gain. All it buys me is that I ride to CA on the stock tires that came on the bike.

But this doesn't really seem like a good trade off to me.

The better move is to order the new tires here, and have them installed before I start out. These will be the same tires that I rode on from Illinois to Panama to Tennessee to Colorado, so I know that they're good for at least that many miles (8,000).

The tires that I want to get are:

2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Front Tire: Scorpion A/T 90/90-21 M/C 54S Pirelli MT 90
2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Rear Tire: Scorpion A/T 150/70-R18 M/C 70V Pirelli MT 90

B&B $143.95 front
$228.00 rear.
1-1.5 hours labor
335,68
$350.79

Pirelli MT90 A/T 90/90-21 Front Tire $97.53
Pirelli MT90 A/T 150/70-18 Rear Tire $151.88
Total Cost: $249.41


Chaparral Motorsports San Bernardino, CA. (It's 1,000 miles from Denver to San Bernardino, CA.)

front: $133.88 (3 in stock)
rear: $132.88 (1 in stock)

If I buy their tires, $15 to put them on. $10 to balance. $25 mount and balance per wheel.

So, total cost to handle the tires at Chaparral Motorsports would be:

$266.76
$ 50.00
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$310.76

I need to confirm with them about 2 weeks before I leave that I will be there on what date and then they can hold my tires for me and be sure they're in stock when I get there.

Joe in Parts.
Al in Service.

B&B Sports Cycle
303-674-6600


OK. Now, I pulled the Givi case off the KTM, hoping to switch it over to the Honda AT. However, now that I put the Givi Monolock grid over the rear of the AT, I see that the holes don't line up. Doh!

Now it looks like I bought the Givi Monolock case from in August 2011 from Golden Gate Cycles.

This case is a Give Micro 2 case, which is discontinued. 26 liter capacity.
Hmmmm.

Givi in Nevada. (775) 359-0900.
What I need is the Monolock Plate ( M5M ) combined with Hardware (SR1144).
I can order this bike-specific hardware at Tourandride.com
This is specific for the Africa Twin, but it will work with any Givi monolock case.
OK. Prices are:
SR1144 = $63.00
M5M = $59.40
Total = $122.40

I ended up just sort of jury-rigging it on there with the existing hardware from the KTM.
I also moved the cruise control from the KTM to the Honda.

OK. Now, I've got to fly to Jackson in the morning. Let's start dealing with that situation.


Fix CC Filson handbag.
New laces for my boots.
Add funds to personal checking.
Check mail every day.
Replace wallet.
Get other GoPros working:
GoPro Hero 5
GoPro Hero 4
GoPro Hero 4
GoPro Hero 3

Put 12v dc adapter on Honda AT
.
$20 all-weather 12 v power outlet from an Auto store

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 12, 2017 at 10:57 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Corrected VIN on Progressive Motorcycle Ins Policy

Your Confirmation Number is 284INT525.

This change was requested by Robert A Kiser, Insured via the Internet on 10/11/2017 at 7:18 PM EDT. This change will not go into effect prior to the date and time it was requested.

Printable ConfirmationGet Proof Of Insurance

Summary of Changes

Changes Submitted: Update Vehicle Information
Policy Term: 10/20/2016 to 10/20/2017
Change Effective Date: 10/11/2017
Total Premium Change: $0.00

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 11, 2017 at 5:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Fix Title on Africa Twin

Somehow, the geniuses gave me the wrong MCO/MSO for the motorcycle, so the Title I got from the State of Colorado doesn't match the bike I have. Genius.

So now, i've got to return the title that I got from Colorado to them. Now, let's see if I can find it.

OK. So, the title I have from the state
.. of Colorado shows the VIN as: JH2SD04G1HK001007.

However, the VIN on the bike is: JH2SD04G4HK001017.

The ..new MCO/MSO has VIN as: JH2SD04G4HK001017.

So, I have compared the VIN on the new MCO/MSO to the VIN on the bike's frame, and they do, in fact, match.

Now, I'll return the paperwork that they sent me from the Honda shop in Russelville, Arkansas.

JH2SD04G1HK001007.
JH2SD04G4HK001017.

So, I went into the DMV in Evergreen and got this taken care of today 10/11/2017.
Now, I got a new registration for the vehicle. A new title should come in the mail in about 4 weeks. I put the new registration document in my wallet. They gave me new stickers for my license plate. I put them on also.

So, I'm all good now. The registration in my wallet matches the VIN on the bike for the first time ever.

I fed-exed the Title that I was issued by the state of Colorado for the wrong VIN, along with the other paperwork, back to what's her face at Honda in Russelville Arkansas. I messaged a screen shot of the FedEx Tracking number to Bill.

FedEx Tracking Number: 790719774819.

So, the new Title should show up in the mail in 4 weeks (I think that's what she said...or did she say 4-6 weeks?).
4 weeks would be November 8th.
However, I'm not clear that I need the title to the bike. All I need I think in insurance and registration for the bike, really.


PROGRESSIVE MOTORCYCLE INSURANCE
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Then, I went online and updated my Progressive Insurance Policy to reflect the correct VIN number for the 2017 Honda Africa Twin.

Your Confirmation Number is 284INT525.

This change was requested by Robert A Kiser, Insured via the Internet on 10/11/2017 at 7:18 PM EDT. This change will not go into effect prior to the date and time it was requested.

Printable ConfirmationGet Proof Of Insurance

Summary of Changes

Changes Submitted: Update Vehicle Information
Policy Term: 10/20/2016 to 10/20/2017
Change Effective Date: 10/11/2017
Total Premium Change: $0.00

So now, all I've got to do is print out an updated copy of my Motorcycle Insurance Policy.

OK. So, it fixed it on my insurance policy which ends in 9 days on 10/20/2017, but it didn't fix it on the new policy which runs from 10/20/2017 - 10/20/2018. Nice. So, I printed several sheets of paper only to realize that it didn't update the policy that starts in 9 days. Nice.

So, I called the idiots at Progressive and they said...yeah...that's sort of how it works. We have to go out there and manually update the new policy and it takes us about 24 hours to fix them. Great. Thanks for that.

So now, finally, I have the correct Colorado Registration and Insurance papers in my wallet. Man. This aint easy.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 11, 2017 at 1:54 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

New Gear

I need to get some new riding gear, including:
New Jacket
New Helmet
Some sort of audio recording device in helmet.

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone ­ Omnidirectional Mic with Easy Clip On System ­ Perfect for Recording Youtube / Interview / Video Conference / Podcast / Voice Dictation / iPhone

Order Number: 114-6057969-5701033
Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone ­ Omnidirectional Mic with Easy Clip On System ­ Perfect for Recording Youtube / Interview / Video Conference / Podcast / Voice Dictation / iPhone will be shipped to Robert Kiser by Amazon.com.
Guaranteed delivery: Oct. 14, 2017

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 11:52 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

New Tires for the 2017 Honda Africa Twin

I'm reading reviews for all of these different tires for the 2017 Honda AT, and then one guy mentions that he likes to run the same tires that were stock on the KTM 990 Adventure (Pirelli Scorpion MT90's). And I'm thinking...hey....yeah...why not run the same tires on both bikes? Seems to make sense to me.

2017 Honda 1000 Africa Twin: Front Tire: Dunlop Trailmax D610F
Front Tire: 90/90-R21 tube type
2017 Honda 1000 Africa Twin: Rear Tire: Dunlop Trailmax D610
Rear Tire: 150/70-R18 tube type

2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Front Tire: Scorpion A/T 90/90-21 M/C 54S Pirelli MT 90
2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Rear Tire: Scorpion A/T 150/70-R18 M/C 70V Pirelli MT 90

I'm guessing that I put these Scorpions on the KTM earlier this year at Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino, CA.

And now, I'm toying with the idea of riding the AT out to San Bernardino and having them put the same tires on the AT.


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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 9:43 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Freeing up some disk space

My home server has been ridiculously slow lately, so I'm finally cleaning up the local C and D drives. Now, it seems like it's performing much better.

Next, I have to clean up my MacBook Air. I can't go on the road with it completely full, and right now, that's where we are. I've got to get all of the photos/videos off of the MacBook Air before I hit the road.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 9:10 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Honda Africa Twin Owner's Manual

Here's a link to the Africa Twin Owner's Manual online. I think it's for a 2016, but it's probably pretty close to the 2017.

http://www.tyclyd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Africa-Twin-Owners-Manual-A4.pdf

http://www.tyclyd.com/2016/02/11/africa-twin-owners-manual/

It's interesting. Like, I've already put over 4,000 miles on the bike, and I never bothered to glance at the owner's manual. But, I decided to read it because the display is fairly complicated, and I knew I was missing some things. Primarily, I wanted to see if I could adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor, because it's hard to see in daylight. Does better at night.

And, lo and behold, you can, in fact, adjust the brightness on the LCD display. It's covered on page 22 of the owner's manual. I'll try to adjust it tomorrow.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

After-market Cigarette Lighter

So, the stupid Africa Twin doesn't come with a cigarette lighter, a USB port, or anything. But I'm going to need some juice to run my GPS, my cell phone, my GoPro's, etc. So, I'm going to try to retro-fit/jury-rig a cigarette lighter onto the stupid thing. This website explains roughly how to go about it.

http://www.africatwinforum.com/forum/177-engine-technical-discussion/6650-12v-power-socket-retrofit.html

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Canon Lens and Lens Caps

I lost my lens cap riding back from CA to CO. Huge issue on the AT because the lens bangs into the metal gas tank.


Estimated delivery Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
67mm For CANON Lens Cap Hood Cover Snap On Front 18-135mm 17-85mm with String
67mm For CANON Lens Cap Hood Cover Snap On Front 18-135mm 17-85mm with String
Item price $16.60
Quantity 4
Item number 251194543582
Shipping service USPS Parcel Select Ground


Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens with UV and Polarizer filters
$109.00
Qty: 1
Select a shipping service for Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens with UV and Polarizer filtersDelivery
By Sat, Oct 14

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 5:05 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Requested a New 52 Page Passport

So, today, I finally started getting prepared for my trip to South America. I got home from CA on the KTM on Monday last week (Monday 10/2/2017). Then, today, I finally forced myself to start getting ready for the trip. The first thing I need to do, I figured, was to get a 52 page passport. The reason is that my current passport has only 26 pages, and it's pretty much filled up. So, I ordered a new one with 52 pages.

I went and got my passport photos taken at Walmart in Evergreen for $7.50. Then, went back to the woman at the Post Office in Evergreen. She was very helpful. I filled out all of the paperwork and we sent it off. I paid extra to expedite the passport. I think the total cost was just under $200.

Now, I should mention here that some people now have the new passport cards, that are about the size of your driver's license. These are not valid in all countries. They're only recognized by Canada, Mexico, countries in the Caribbean, and Bermuda. So, I didn't go that route, obviously.

The new passport should arrive in the mail in 2-3 weeks. So, that's Oct 24-31, according to my calculations.

Also, I had another idea today. I thought that, on my way out of the country, since I'm going through the Los Angeles basin, it occurred to me that any last minute items I need to pick up, I could probably pick up at Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

GPS Tracks from 250 mile ride up Poudre Canyon today

Copying Files Off of the Garmin Montana 600

So, I'm thinking I'll copy the gpx files off of my Garmin Montana 600.

1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

So, now I see them in my EasyGPS app, but there's no topo map or anything. So, I save them off as s:\garmin\2017_10_07_Poudre_Canyon.gpx

Now, to upload them onto a map.

Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

Select your .gpx file.

Click Map It.
It says it will be available for viewing temporarily.
http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display/20171007211559-68052-map.html

Basically, it's a map that shows my run up through the Poudre Canyon today with Steve and friends.


Now, I want to delete my .gpx files from the Garmin Montana.

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Deleting Tracks from the Garmin Montana 600.
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Click on Up arrow at bottom center of screen on Garmin Montana 600.
Click on Track Manager.
Click on Archived Tracks.
Select the top track.
Click on Delete.
Click on Delete again.
Rinse. Repeat.

There. Now, I deleted all of the tracks off of my Garmin Montana 600.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 7, 2017 at 9:59 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Copying Files Off of the Garmin Montana 600

So, I'm thinking I'll copy the gpx files off of my Garmin Montana 600.

1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

So, now I see them in my EasyGPS app, but there's no topo map or anything. So, I save them off as s:\garmin\2017_10_02_CA_CO.gpx

Now, to upload them onto a map.

Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

Select your .gpx file.

Click Map It.
It says it will be available for viewing temporarily. But it also says I can download it, and I notice that my last GPS tracks that I uploaded are gone, and that was just a week or two ago. So, let me try to save it locally. So, I click the Download link on GPS Visualizer. It creates a local file named 20171006195032-68052-map.html in my download folder.

Basically, it's a map that shows me running around in Southern California, plus my one ride up the coast recently where I rode up the Pacific Coast Highway as far north as the Mud Creek Slide, one of the points where the Pacific Coast Highway was closed.

OK. Now, I create a new folder under the wwwroot folder called maps. wwwroot/maps:

http://www.peeniewallie.com/maps/20171006195032-68052-map.html

http://www.peeniewallie.com/maps/20170923182010-68052-map.html

However, I can't get these to load. It says "Oops! Something went wrong.
This page didn't load Google Maps correctly. See the JavaScript console for technical details."

Now, I want to delete my .gpx files from the Garmin Montana.

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Deleting Tracks from the Garmin Montana 600.
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Click on Up arrow at bottom center of screen on Garmin Montana 600.
Click on Track Manager.
Click on Archived Tracks.
Select the top track.
Click on Delete.
Click on Delete again.
Rinse. Repeat.

There. Now, I deleted all of the tracks off of my Garmin Montana 600.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Dimensions of the States

After riding across California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, it really struck me that I don't really have any grasp for how large the states are, and I don't think I'm alone in that. I've never seen a map that shows the dimensions of the states.

Colorado is 380 miles tall and 280 miles wide.

Utah is 350 miles tall and 270 miles wide. (The top right corner notch that is missing/lost to Wyoming is roughly 160 miles wide at notch?).

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 5, 2017 at 11:20 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Tioga Pass Closes Again

They have closed Tioga Pass for a 2nd time this fall. My guess is that it will reopen though, because it didn't look bad when I crossed over the pass on Friday. I should point out, for the record, that there is no sign at Tioga Pass that says "Tioga Pass". Now, I'm not saying you won't see signs that say "Tioga Pass", but there's nothing equivalent to the sign at Monarch Pass, for instance. So, you don't really know when you've crossed over the pass. My guess is that, at the top, it's fairly level at the actual pass, and they don't want people stopping and taking photos of the sign, etc.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tioga-Pass-closed-snow-Sierra-Yosemite-Highway-120-12252533.php

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink