Well, it’s amazing how time flies. The 2010 Southern Tandem Rally in Florence, Alabama, has snuck up on us… right along with the cooler Fall weather.
We’ll make the 4.5 hr drive over tomorrow morning and catch the 1pm Friday ride, as check-in time at the Mariott Shoals Resort isn’t until 4pm and because the weather should be idea. Speaking of weather, I also warned Debbie to pack her snuggies for the weekend. The current weather outlook is calling for overnight lows ar0und 38F and highs in the low to mid 70’s. So, we can expect that our Saturday morning ride start will be “brisk”, as will any evenings spent sight-seeing and dining in Florence.
We’re looking forward to seeing many of our friends and perhaps making some new ones. On the down side, I’m still struggling with a cold of some sort and have felt like doo doo for nearly a week, which merely adds to my woes from not riding enough over the summer: good grief, I’m starting to sound like our friend Smith by making excuses for being puny on the bike before we even start to ride!!! Oh well, we’ll have fun on and off the bike regardless of how well or pooly we ride. However, I do predict that we’ll ride Friday and Saturday, but bail on Sunday’s ride so we can arrive home shortly after noon. Debbie has also had a tough week and is dragging, so we’ll definitely need some down time at home on Sunday before heading back to work on Monday.
For those who are following the Beta testing of the alternative belt-drive, I decided to leave well enough alone from Sunday’s re-installation of the eccentric. I’d considered taking the eccentric back out and re-coating it with FSA’s dynamic paste vs. the Phil Wood grease, but ultimately decided that the re-tensioned belt and re-torqued eccentric “should” be more than adequate, and chalked up last Sunday’s belt slip to just not having enough torque on the eccentric’s fixing bolt.
So, tonight the truck gets packed and we’ll be off and on our way early tomorrow. The kids will be minding the house for us and, if nothing else, it will be nice to spend the first weekend in about six NOT working on the house. The builder’s electrician did his thing with the porch ceiling fans on Tuesday so I was able to get all of my ground-level security system IR sensors and lighting re-installed over the past two nights. It’s amazing how spoiled you can get when you never need to think about switching on any outdoor lighting. However, during the two weeks that our breezeway between the house and garage was undergoing renovation we not only lost our IR / motion activated lighting, we lost even the ability to have any light. Given that I head to work before 6am, it made finding the key hole in the side entry doors a bit of a challenge.