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Old 09-26-2010, 11:54 AM   #21
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I can't ride a DF bike anymore and have a recumbent that is a whole lot more comfortable on ride.
I know someone who did the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes on a motorized scooter in her early 90's (not all at once, but hey!). That's my ideal for an activity level after the body gives out.
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Ahhh, if people only would try a recumbent for a few rides a lot more people would switch to that kind of bike. Kind of strange at first, but if all you are doing is road riding it is a lot more comfortable. I used to ride nice bikes...then my butt went for some reason (just lost the ability to sit on a seat...tried all kinds..really kind of strange), then my neck went so I could ride for much more than an hour without increasing discomfort, then had a bike wreck in Okinawa that caused my left hand to go numb after riding for 20-30 minutes, now....many many calf/achilles pulls...nowhere near 90, only 53. Al is doing some things I hope to do.....but without the camping bit. I would love to ride the NW and stay in motels after doing 100-200miles a day.
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Three. Next time I think we'll take about six. It's great to just throw one away instead of cleaning it. Not very earth friendly, however.

A limiting factor for camping is making it through the night without having to get up and pee. If it's 40 degrees out and raining at 3 AM, I'd rather have my bladder explode than get up. So, no more hanging around the campfire having a few beers. Now it's no drinking after 6 PM.

The big Coleman air bed is as comfortable as our mattress at home, and the pump is fast and convenient. Comfort used to be the limiting factor.
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A limiting factor for camping is making it through the night without having to get up and pee. If it's 40 degrees out and raining at 3 AM, I'd rather have my bladder explode than get up. So, no more hanging around the campfire having a few beers. Now it's no drinking after 6 PM.
I'm surprised you are not considering a small RV - even a small Coleman pop up.
Is one in your future?
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I have a friend who hightailed it out of Houston with her two little kids and moved up to Couer d'Alene, because she loved the scenery; so, I really enjoyed seeing what it was like. Thanks much, Al!
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A limiting factor for camping is making it through the night without having to get up and pee. If it's 40 degrees out and raining at 3 AM, I'd rather have my bladder explode than get up. So, no more hanging around the campfire having a few beers. Now it's no drinking after 6 PM.
When we tent camp and are not backpacking we use a coffee can with a lid.
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I'm surprised you are not considering a small RV - even a small Coleman pop up.
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No, I don't want the extra bother of either trailing something or driving a big vehicle.
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Fabulous pictures Al thanks for sharing!!
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Really enjoyed your pictures. It looks like you both had a great trip.
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Great trip, Al. I've always wondered about the Nords ID area and Sandpoint (home of Backwoods Solar). Coeur D'Alene is close enough.

With all the riding and cold weather, have you and Lena ever estimated your calorie consumption? Any windburn/frostbite issues? Flats or problems finding parts?

Can we mail you our next macadamia harvest? All you'll have to do is crack them open!
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Great pictures Al. Those really inspire me for a trip out that way, some day. Nice of you to play at the nursing home.
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Yes it is.

One word of caution. For many years my dad was in a singing group that performed at nursing homes. We would often tease him that he needed to be sure all his papers were in order because one day they might not let him leave after a performance. Unfortunately that's pretty much how it worked out...
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Great trip, Al. I've always wondered about the Nords ID area and Sandpoint (home of Backwoods Solar). Coeur D'Alene is close enough.
We went up to Sandpoint also, but it was raining the whole time we were there (at the Howard Johnsons). It was pretty built up, kind of like Lake Tahoe.

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It was only cold at night so no problems with windburn while riding. I only had one flat, which was easily fixed.

They say about 30 calories per mile, or 1700 for a 57 mile ride. But I have come around to the opinion that exercise doesn't help much in losing weight or staying trim. It makes you hungrier, which compensates for the calories burned.

I used to think that staying trim was 50/50 diet/exercise. Now I'd say it's more like 90/10.

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Class, do you know why macadamia nuts are so expensive?


Is it because the trees yield little fruit? No, macadamia trees produce generously. Is it because they’re exotic — native to Australia but grown mostly in Hawaii, so transportation costs are exorbitant? Transportation costs are a factor, certainly, but many nuts are tropical and include transportation in a more modest retail price. Is it because of their high fat content? No, pecans have a very high fat content, too, at a more sensible price. Is it because they’re so tasty? Partly, but there are lots of tasty nuts out there that cost less.

Now class, repeat after me, "macadamia nuts are outrageously expensive because it is so hard to open the shells without smashing the nuts to oblivion."

Macadamias have always been known for their extreme difficulty in shelling, as the shells are the hardest in the nut family. It takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to crack the shell. Yes, macadamia nuts in the shell can be anywhere from 40% to 85% cheaper than shelled nuts, but because they’re so hard to open, they are seldom available in the shell.

Sadly, we at Ochef once had a very embarrassing scene involving the attempted cracking of macadamia nuts outside in the dark of night that, well, we’d rather keep to ourselves. Suffice it to say that we’re not sure to this day where some of those nuts wound up.

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Thanks, I was wondering about the diet & exercise. It's not as fun as "Younger Next Year" makes it sound...

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Now class, repeat after me, "macadamia nuts are outrageously expensive because it is so hard to open the shells without smashing the nuts to oblivion."
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Yes it is.

One word of caution. For many years my dad was in a singing group that performed at nursing homes. We would often tease him that he needed to be sure all his papers were in order because one day they might not let him leave after a performance. Unfortunately that's pretty much how it worked out...
Awww that's too bad. My aunt only lived in one for 3 months before she passed. Initially I was pretty depressed about her going in one, but she took it like a trooper. Didn't seem to bother her. But, when your not completely on your game.....maybe you have a different perspective.
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