Month: July 2015

Deep Dreams

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So there is this neural net image processor backed by Google running some processes on uploaded images.  I am not getting into the full background.  Mainly because I don’t have time to read and fully understand it right now.  Short story, upload your photo and it spits back the LSD tripping version.  See below for a side-by-side.  Follow this link to create your own “Deep Dream: http://psychic-vr-lab.com/deepdream/

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Earplugs?!?

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nonoise1I have tried more earplugs than I can count anymore.  From the foam to the high-end shooting earplugs.  However, after reading a post on a website about a set that was specifically designed for motorcycling (well, the company designs them for all kinds of different activities) that I would give one more set a try.

Most of them end up being uncomfortable, or come out slightly when I put my helmet on.  This makes them something I just don’t want to use, when I even remember to put them in.  I realize it is bad for my hearing, and I do care.  I even tried using earphones and listening to music, but again, when I get my helmet on and in place, most of the time they work themselves loose, which ends up being very uncomfortable.

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Where is Raven? Spot Gen3 Tracking

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spotLast week I added what could be one of the more important pieces of safety gear to Raven.  A Spot Generation 3 Personal Locator.  I have been looking and thinking about it since I do a lot of solo rides.  I am careful, however I cannot control anyone else out on the roads with me, and if something happens, I want to be able to reach out and get help.  I believe the Spot Gen3 will help with that.  And, it gives the family piece of mind and a way to stalk me.

My Location Map: Where Is Raven

I picked it up and was able to get it set up and try it out this past weekend on the ride to Lawton and the mines.  It worked really well, reporting my position when it was set up.  The site will keep the track for up to 7 days, I believe, before it clears out.  That’s OK, it is really only needed while I am riding.  The things I like are I can set a custom message for when I arrive at a destination, a custom message for when I am in trouble as well as contacts, and the SOS that will contact emergency services with the current location.  I hope I never need that.  Check below the cut for an example of the map – it is from my ride to Lawton.

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Lawton Mushroom (Limestone) Mines – 07/18/2015

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IMG_3372So, at a bright and warming up 8:30AM, 2 of us (Landon from ADVRider was the other rider) set out for the small former town of Lawton, KY.  It is about 30 minutes east of Morehead, KY.  As we decided to run the scenic path, it took us about 3.5 hours to ride the 160+ miles from the park to the mines.  At 8:30 AM, it was already pushing to nearly 80 degrees.  Most of the roads out I had been on, as it seems there is a lot to do in the eastern part of the state.  So nothing new came up until we got to Winchester, where we went into unknown roads to me.  We zig-zagged around I-64 through small towns and back roads and found ourselves in Morehead.  At one of the larger parking lots, we saw a couple coaches getting set up for a MSF course.  As it was near 11am, and over 85, it was gonna be a hot one for them.  We continued on, and turned off US60 onto some other 4-numbered road.  Within 30 minutes and a u-turn we had found the mines.  You cannot miss them from the road, but you can miss the road.

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Abandoned Kentucky – Future Rides

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PackardSo I have the destinations for the Ghost Towns trip.  I was able to find all but 1 of the locations listed in the website where these were found.  I am looking to maybe hit one or two of these over the weekend, since I have nothing going on.  Here are all the links for the info and maps and routes.

LawtonMineI am actually planning on hitting up the Lawton Mushroom Mine (provided I can find the place) on Saturday, and take the camping gear, just in case it is needed for a sleep-over.  I do not have an exact location, which will make this a true hunt and seek adventure out in north eastern Kentucky.  I do have a good idea where it may be, or at least the road it is off of.  Here is the link to that map. https://trips.furkot.com/ts/ScncBq

AMAVMD Track Ride

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2015 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days#butch

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IMG_0424This year, due to some terrific timing with the Renfair, I was able to go up to the American Motorcycle Association Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Racetrack in Lexington, OH (#AMAVMD).  It was about a 5.5-6 hour drive up (and back) from Louisville.  We headed out early (about 7:45 or so) and arrived around 1:30 at the camp ground.  The AMA had Louisville Vintage Motor Works set up in the far back corner of the campgrounds, based on the legendary (if not before, they are now) parties we throw each night on site.  From the Beer-Can Slalom to burnouts, it is a great time after hours.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  I have attached a map of the site so that the scale can be seen on how big this place is, and the need for access to a pit bike.  Also, please note, I am attaching the photos after the write up in a gallery.

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