Zen Moments

Slow Down!

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This last weekends’ rides told me I needed to back up and take a new look at how I am doing my rides.  I need to get out of the “gotta get there” mentality and see my destinations as the turn-around point rather than the endpoint for my rides.  It is a subtle difference, but one that changes the entire point of the ride.

The whole point of a ride is the journey along the way.  The destination is just another place along that journey.

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Looking Back

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narrowshotI took my first ride way back in January.  January 2nd, actually.  It was a 10 minute ride around a parking lot and to the Home Depot.  It was cold, damp and miserable out.  But I loved every shivery second of it.  I had been wanting a motorcycle for a long time, and never thought I would actually get one.  I always had a reason not to get one.  This year, to hell with it, I decided to finally pull the trigger.  It has been a ride ever since – pun intended.

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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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Excited and Nervous

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Coming up in 3 days (Wednesday) I leave out on my longest (time and distance) trip yet.  This is something that I have been looking forward to for a long time now (pretty much since I got the bike).  I have been going over what to pack and what to leave, and even with all the planning, I know I will find myself leaving something behind.  But as excited as I am, I am also nervous.  I will be traveling solo for over 7 hours (one way) which is a lot (over 350 miles).  I did have Raven in for her 4000 mile service, so everything is adjusted, fluids swapped, critical systems checked and verified.  Raven is ready, time for me to get ready.

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