Last week I started a new tech blog – valleytechblog.com. Its a software blog to stash thoughts while I am working on X2Engine.com. If you are interested in open source software, web applications, business tech…it could be for you. -john
On Sunday’s Brent I usually go adventuring…usually on a sailboat. Being a sailor, motorboats are not my favorite water craft, as anyone can drive a motorboat. One thing motorboats are good at, because of their shallow draft is for studying the marine environment.
I have been a big fan of Zodiac boats because they are like jet-ski’s but are legal in all waters where PWC are usually not. They are also super fun to take to lakes and for buzzing the Santa Cruz waterfront on flat days.
Yesterday Brent and I attempted to explore Moss Landing, which is filled with California sealions, elephant seals, otters and tons of birds – egrets, blue herons and large pelicans. Unfortunagtely the motor did not cooperate, something about sitting in the rain all winter – need to service the fuel lines.
There was plenty of wind – wish we had sailboat.
This year I decided to plan a couple of camping trips. Though not as eager to hump a backpack up a mountain as in my youth. Car camping for a few days in Big Sur in the Spring is always delightful, even in the cold and rain.
A recent land slide took out Highway 1 just south of Carmel last month during the rains. The only way to get to Shell Beach was to drive south down 101 then left and through US Military Fort Hunter Ligget. It was a beautiful drive through the oak covered grasslands. It reminded me what Califonrnia must have looked like a few hundred years ago, minus the tanks.
Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than two beautiful track days with California Superbike School at Infineon Raceway. Although my RR is still undergoing custom modifications I was able to rent one of Keith’s for the two days of training. As usual the coaching was excellent and my fellow riders fun to ride with.
Below is a short video of riders being cleared on to the track to practice different riding skills. The instructors follow students around the track and debrief them after each session. I spent most of the two days refining my “two step” turn entry skill. At the end of day two John Groom my coach suggested I take turns 1 through 6 in second gear topping out around 11,000 RPM.
The suggestion worked great and I was able to take 6 seconds off my personal best lap time of 2:40:06 – which is still pretty slow. But improving…..