Monthly Archives: May 2014


A bit sore and tired due to last night’s leg of the 2014 Tour De Rook. So, now I’m slowly working up the gumption to hop into the shower. Just not moving all that fast. Meanwhile the cats are all whiny and demanding. I guess they want food. It’s always something with them; food, water, attention. So damn demanding!

2014 Tour De Rook – Leg #3

To the stats!

  1. Temperature: 79°FTour_Rook
  2. Wind: calm
  3. Humidity: 37%
  4. Miles: 10.42
  5. Time: 00:42:59
  6. Max Speed: 18.2 mph
  7. Average Speed: 14.2 mph
  8. iPhone: Beethoven’s Symphonies; the rest of #6 in F, OP 68 “Pastoral” – 2. Andante Molto Mosso to the first half of #7 in A, Op. 92 – 5. Allegro Con Brio.
  9. Temperature: 79°F
  10. Wind: calm
  11. Humidity: 32%

Took it easy – no pushing myself. Nothing much really to say beyond that.

Repairs & Reconfigurations To The Castle

So, I’ve installed two window air conditioning units; an 8000 BTU in the kitchen/living room and a 5000 BTU in my bedroom. I actually bought the larger unit yesterday evening after I realized it was close to 95 degrees in the apartment. After getting the thing installed into the window, I tried to use a fan to blow the cold air from the kitchen into my bedroom. Unfortunately, that entitled the cats to come sleep with me.

Cinnamon I don’t mind – she just wants to be petted for a bit, then lays down next to me and sleeps. However, Kang wants to snuggle up close, kneed whatever limb (or face!) is closest, likes to climb up on top of me, then starts demanding I play with him. He kept me up all damn night. So, today I went and got the smaller one.

Anyway, those were the reconfigurations. The repair was my sink drain. The collar/drain that screws onto the through pipe cracked off. So I had to get a new one. I just finished installing that only minutes ago. It’s nice to have an operational sink in the bathroom again.

Next, I’m cutting up the cardboard from the air conditioning packaging to wedge into – and block the light from – the rest of the window in the bedroom.

2014 Tour De Rook – Leg #2

To the stats!

  1. Temperature: 73°FTour_Rook
  2. Wind: calm
  3. Humidity: 74%
  4. Miles: 14.92
  5. Time: 01:03:28
  6. Max Speed: 26.9 mph
  7. Average Speed: 14.1 mph
  8. iPhone: Beethoven’s Symphonies; from #3 3. Scherzo, through #4 and #5, and into #6 – halfway through 2. Andante Molto Mosso.
  9. Temperature: 79°F
  10. Wind: calm
  11. Humidity: 61%

So, yes, I’m insane. Another leg right after the first one. And I can definitely feel the burn in my thighs. But I needed the exercise and I want to build up my stamina. Like yesterday, I hit the 45 minute mark and lost all my energy. Actually, I worked a little harder today than yesterday because I headed south today instead of north. That meant the hills between Rutledge and Finlayson. As I’ve said before, they’re not the bluffs in Hastings along the Mississippi River, but they do still have moments of steep inclines. In fact, considering I hit the hills, I’m lucky I only lost 1 mph off my average speed.

Tour De Rook 2014 – Leg #1

To the stats!

  1. Temperature: 64°FTour_Rook
  2. Wind: S 3 mph
  3. Humidity: 64%
  4. Miles: 16.51
  5. Time: 01:05:41
  6. Max Speed: 20.1 mph
  7. Average Speed: 15.0 mph
  8. iPhone: Beethoven’s Symphonies #1, #2, and into #3 – through 2. Marci Fenebre.
  9. Temperature: 70°F
  10. Wind: S 7 mph
  11. Humidity: 60%

It would seem I left off right where I started with my average speed still at 15 mph! Not bad for the first leg of the 2014 Tour De Rook! Oh, and you’ll notice it now says iPhone, not iPod. It sure was nice to be listening to music and know that if a call came through I could answer it without missing a beat. No calls came in, but still.

So, More About The Bad Day

Yesterday was just not a good day. First, I discovered that someone had managed to get my debit card numbers and purchased a few things. I can consider myself lucky, they only managed one purchase that got through. Their attempt at a hotel room somewhere in Kentucky was too over the top and caused my card to get shut down. And the one that managed to get through is actually still on hold at my credit union, which I plan on calling first thing Monday morning.

Then, after returning from Duluth, I decided, it being such a wonderful day (weather wise) that it was time to start the 2014 Tour De Rook. Well, my previous post described that debacle. At least I had a pleasant walk back to my apartment.

However, all things considered, I did have quite a few positive and surprising experiences. My old Nokia (their first attempt at a smart phone), which never really worked all that well, showed signs of dying. As it was 3 years old, I decided to purchase an iPhone a few days ago. An iPhone 5s with 16 GB of memory. I loaded it with music and popped in the ear buds (which are better than I expected). The ear buds have a volume control and play/pause button that if you hold it down when the music is paused brings up Siri. Instead of having to fumble with the touch screen and keypad, I simply spoke “Call Tina, Mobile” and next thing you know, I’m talking to Tina Rife, my girlfriend.

Actually, I was looking at buying some Blue Tooth ear buds and an arm strap for holding the iPhone when I discovered the stolen debit card numbers. However, I listened to them and decided the sound was awful. Apple actually did a good job on the ear buds! The old ones that came with the iPods I bought in the past sucked. Glad to see they finally improved the quality. The only problem with the buds supplied with the iPhone is the cord is too short. It could use at least another 6 or 8 inches.

Anyway, despite some set backs, i.e., my debit card being cancelled and the flat tire, I did have some good things happen. To be honest, the 2.5 mile walk back was really enjoyable. So to was learning more about the capabilities of the iPhone, which I am seriously glad I bought.