Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

Made in ….? — May 26, 2018
So you want to be a teacher — May 24, 2018
Philip Roth is dead — May 23, 2018
Cargo — May 20, 2018


On my daughters recommendation I watched this movie. Spectacular Australian scenery plus a very good movie. Recommended. Available of Netflix and other streaming services.

Royal wedding — May 19, 2018
More wisdom from a friend — May 16, 2018
45 billion $ to kill —
The perfect ride —

The perfect ride

Most of us who ride know the experience. The sun is shining, the temperature is around 20°, the bike is running perfectly, you are riding a road you enjoy, the bike responds exactly as you intend and you feel well physically and mentally.

I emphasized the last criteria because, in my opinion, it is a critical factor in riding safely. The other criteria can be absent, but the final factor must be present.

Yesterday was a perfect day and I planned a long ride in the afternoon. Due to some hard physical work the day before I was sore and tired. …but the day was perfect. Thus, despite a lack of enthusiasm I rode – because I did not want to miss a warm spring afternoon. I was not in the right mood and I was sore.

After 20 km I turned around and returned home. I felt clumsy and awkward and I was not a safe rider. I have a suspicion that many riders do not appreciate the importance of feeling right before they ride. Many of us will ride because the day is perfect or because riding companions are riding. We are forcing it and we should not.

All of this with a caveat of in my opinion.

Motörhead only — May 15, 2018

Motörhead only

This article is brilliant. My friends father, was the first automatic transmission mechanic in paradise. He is in his 80s and still working on these transmissions. I once watched him perform his magic and was astounded at the complexity of something we use almost every day.

One thing I learned from him is the need for absolute cleanliness in working with automatic transmissions. Even a speck of foreign material can cause the transmission to malfunction.

Yikes —