Nice to see

Being able to ride home with just my hoodie at the end of September is real nice. Easily over 20 C at 9pm.

The Usual Hangout


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All of my riding is solo again. My riding buddies have drifted for one reason or another away and I dropped the riding club that I was part of. It wasn’t fun anymore, it wasn’t about riding anymore, it was about politics and that’s not why I ride a bike. I ride to get away from that shit and it was starting to feel like it was following me everywhere I went. So I dropped it, stepped out completely. I gotta say, it was a huge weight off my shoulders.

So now I ride solo, back to the way it used to be and I still enjoy every minute of it. I go where I want, stop when I want, leave when I want. No schedule, no ride route and no one else to worry about. I do like riding with buddies, but this is the way I learned to ride and this is the way I’ve rode for years.

Oh shit…

Well now, it's been a while and here we are in September. I've thought about posting, but I don't like using this space as a woe is me area. I’d rather just hide away for a while and deal with things on my own. Suffice to say a lot has been going on and not all of it was good.

This summer has been absolute crap and a lot of my biker buddies have run into problems or have found other things to do, so I haven't gotten a lot of riding done. I still ride to work pretty much all the time, but weekend rides got stymied due to personal problems.

On the plus side, I finally got something that may make winter a bit more tolerable. I picked up a second hand Jeep and did a few modifications to it. Now the snow storms won't be so much of an issue.

Here she is the day I brought her home

Garnet red 2003 Jeep Liberty

Yeah, there is still snow on the ground there. These pictures were taken a bit before summer and it’s when she was completely stock.

 Reasonably rugged looking.

So, little by little I added things like a lift.

Bit more clearance? Yes please.

Then tires.

Now we are talking.

New Jeepin by Al upper control arms.

Better spring clearance and tougher build.

And lastly (definitely not finally) a new paint job.

 Sahara tan from the 2011 Jeep Wrangler

Loving the bars on the hood.

Still need a rim and tire.

I’ve still got a few other things to do. I need a new spare rim and tire and I need new badges to put on her as well. Those plastic bits need to be painted black too. All in all, I’m quite pleased and she is very fun to drive. Winter may actually be tolerable this time around.

On that note, the bike isn’t away yet and I’ll be riding for as long as I bloody well can!