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Bike Shop

(07/15/22)

This time out the dental delay is ongoing by show date as I wait for more gear and test run the training routes. Meanwhile I make a little progress on wiring the battery box...


The first thing I ordered, a tactical-style backpack spacer to reduce the amount of sweat you get while riding. Two weeks later it still hasn't shipped..


The 8-Mile Crissy Field Run, a bike training route on the least hilly streets from the SFMTA Recommended Routes map, although Polk St. is almost all hill...


The 10-mile Embarcadero Loop training route only has one obvious uphill section, from 3rd St. to 2nd St. up Folsom...


The 15-Mile Park-Highway Run has moderate uphills to and through the park...


More PowerPole connectors for the battery box...


On Sun. the 10th I rode the Embarcadero Loop. The loop part is down Howard St. to 11th, over to Folsom St. and back up. The big 'Cupid's Bow' sculpture marks the halfway point...


The Pacific Coast Bike Route section 4 map arrived with tons of info to pore through...


The alternative to adding grommets to one of the camo tarps is to use tarp clips like this alligator style...


EasyKlip Tarp Clips, Midi size, made in Sweden, designed to grip harder under load...


Easyklip Mini size. I bought a pack of these hoping to have less hassle rollig up the back to back camo tarps...


Instead of ordering and waiting for red and black zipcord, I got 16 gauge speaker wire for the battery box...


First round of wire prep for the battery box...


Alcatraz Island seen from Crissy Field on a cool foggy morning. The Crissy Field Run has a long gentle rise up Polk St. till it crosses Washington, then it's a sharp downhill to the Marina, meaning a hike back up on the return..



(07/25/22)

As dental season draws to a hopeful close, I expect vision season to stretch to Thanksgiving at the latest. Using that as a base date, I've reset my formal walkabout launch date to my birthday in October next year at the latest, giving me more than enough time to get in long touring shape, square away all my gear and get plenty of overnight and 2-3 day camping experiences under my belt...

Meanwhile, the bike shop was jam packed with almost daily activity...


The Xoss G GPS head unit arrived on the 15th, as expected. After setting it up and giving it a full charge, I mounted it to the handlebars...


For the second round of battery box wiring, the smaller float bettery has F1 blade terminals, making it difficult to connect the two sets of cables it needs. I found a clean non-soldering non-splicing solution using 16 gauge ring terminals, machine screws and nuts...


It took a couple hours, but the battery box wiring is done. The two house and one float batteries have input and output cables and relay cables to the control panel...


The relay cable connections to the control panel will get labels to make hook ups idiot-proof. Later on I'll double check everything and do a basic run test...


On the next Sunday I took a shakeout test of the head unit riding the Embarcardero Loop. The unit's app summarized the ride thusly...


The Easyklips Mini Tarp Clips came in and look great...


On a slightly overcast early Friday morning I went to Duboce Pk. to do the camo tarps...


The desert camo tarp pinned face down on the dewy grass...


The woodland camo tarp laid down face up. Yes I smoothed it out after taking the pic...


The corners zip tied. A second tie is obscured by the tent stake...


I brought one of the tarp clips but decided not to use it yet. The midpoint of the tarp's 10 ft. side didn't have grommets so folding was easier...


Second fold...


The finished roll was thicker than a single tarp condo roll, but it should still fit the front rack basket; if not, I gotta re-modify. This first time took about 20 minutes, so eventually rolling the double camo shouldn't take more than 10...

(08/04/22)

This time I have an actual Itinerary item to consider before or during a long bike tour - the weather, which includes the additional California seasons: Fire, Flood, Earthquakes and Drought. Here I'm looking at the one-two punch of Drought and Fire...


California 2022 spring precipitation map. Image: Western Regional Climate Center, NOAA, Bay Area News Group...


The closest wildfire to the Pacific Coast Bike Trail is the Anzar Fire, located E of Aromas in the Monterey Bay area. Image: Cal Fire...


Google Map detail showing Aromas in relation to he Google Bike Route, which doesn't adhere to the Pacific Coast Bike Trail...

Catching up from the last episode, in the shop I worked to complete the tent and sleeping gear logistics...


I partially unrolled the double camo tarp to wipe up any remaining dew within the folds, then rolled it back up reasonably tight. Turns out the roll was similar to the tarp condo roll...


The slightly tighter roll actually does fit in the front rack basket, sbut it's too tall, so it should go to the handlebar harness......


The replacement backpack spacer came in the mail late Monday the 25th...


The spacer installed onto the laptop bag. Finally I can pack the laptop and podcasting gear and produce an episode on location...


For a ground sheet I ordered a 6x8 ft heavy duty waterproof poly tarp...


Two days later the ground tarp arrived, ready for a rollup at the park...

Then I got waylaid by my first cold in 3 years, had a Covid freak out, then spent the next week tracking my symptoms, staying in bed and watching Netflix. By the time this episode went out, my symptoms have remained mild and beginning to fade. When the next updated booster comes out, I'm getting it for damn sure..

(08/15/22)

Considering the two most challenging situations and areas where a road closure would occur is the Central Coast, where parts of Hwy 1 hugs cliffs and mountain passes, where rock or mud slides (with accompanying CalTrans work crews) will cause detours, and the area around Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. If an earthquake caused the Plant to fail, the fallout would threaten almost 100 miles of coast and turn that section of Hwy 1 and 101 into a potential death trap...

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NRDC Google map showing the fallout pattern if a Fukushima-style disaster occured at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant on March 11-12 2011...


Fault lines near Diablo Canyon Plant, Image: USGS, Brian Cragin/California Watch...


CalTrans state district map. Districr 5 covers the central coast from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara, where I expect most road closures and detours to occur along Hwy 1...


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Meanwhile, dental season is pretty much done, just in time for me to come down with a cold that stopped everything for two weeks, but I've mostly recovered and getting back to the tasks in the bike shop..


A fresh batch of dollar store bungees for the shop...


Also, a cheap heavy duty silver/black tarp to make bags for the front cargo racks...


To give the front rack bags a dry bag look, I got two pairs of 1 inch side release buckles and a roll of 1 inch webbing strap. The 2 inch buckles are spares for future use...


Checking the case and switches to confirm that there is enough room to stack the A battery cut-off above the B switch...


On Mon 8/8 I took the ground tarp up to the park to roll it. On the grass, it makes a seemingly tiny tent floor...


The finished roll will easily fit in a front rack bag, but what else can go with it is the question...


The A battery cut-off switch stacked above the B switch, a bit off center to accomodate the terminals...

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The hole roughly scored for drilling. Those two terminals will be insulated with electrical tape...


After drilling the new hole, the A cut-off switch is installed...


Tne battery box case with both switches mounted between the batteries and the old hole double patched...

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