Fake Mud Stained Jeans. Fake News.

I seen a story on fake mud stained jeans. I have no proof, other than it’s obvious bullshit. I won’t post a link to it because the link will soon be dead if not just links to horrific pop-up ads. These links are to major “news” sites too, but their ad systems are works than the year 2000.

The story goes something like this.  An exclusive retail chain is selling mud stained jeans for $400. (That part is probably true). The part they fail to discuss is the sales of them are probably next to nothing. There are articles about these articles too. “The wealthy are trying to look like they work”. It’s just divisive bullshit.

This article will run it’s course and people will probably buy enough for some money to be made. The real money is to made from the stories and advertisements from something so ridiculous.

Our media is so full of this type of thing if they are writing anything trustworthy of value, I can’t find it.

Back Alley Body Shop

Restoration In Progress At An Old Body Shop

Old car at an old body shop.
Antique Car At An Old Body Shop

Some great car restoration projects come out of these old back alley bodyshops. The mess is many times the sign of a genius at work.

Shops like these are fewer and fewer. I hope they make a return. There’s something inspiring about people that can learn a trade and turn that into a business in a garage. It’s rare these days.

Putnam Hill Park In Zanesville, Ohio

Putnam Hill Park In Zanesville, Ohio.

This is a short video showing the view from Putnam Hill Park. The history and unique Y-Bridge, the converging Licking River and Muskingum River, and Downtown Zanesville are the highlights of the view.

I would like to go back to shoot this again in the early morning. The light would be better and there would not be so many visitors. My street smarts told me that there were some things going on in this park that weren’t right, so keep this in mind if visiting in the late evening hours.

Osprey At Buckeye Lake And More Changes for 2017

Osprey At Buckeye Lake, Coffee On Motorcycles, And Spring

Osprey At Buckeye Lake In Ohio.

This past weekend was my first encounter with Osprey. They were at Fairfield Beach in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. They were so beautiful to watch as they circled the air and fished out of the lake. I had to look them up online to find out what type of bird they were.
I’m not sure if they are rare or if I just never seen them before. I found this information at the ODNR that tells more about the Ohio Osprey reintroduction program started in 1996.

Spring Feels Like It’s Here

Purple flowers.
Spring flowers at Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

April 8th was the first day I could say it really felt like Spring in Ohio. That’s not bad for timing. A little early actually. Some warmth, sunshine, and plants starting to come to life are my ideas of when Spring actually starts.

Coffee On Motorcycles Project

Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio
Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

For 2017 I have a new project in mind. It’s called Coffee On Motorcycles. I’ll be taking a thermos full of hot coffee or cold tea with me and stopping to photograph wherever I think a good place to stop and have a coffee break is.

I got the idea from stopping smoking. I used to love to stop and just take in the scenery while I had a smoke. Obviously, that’s bad for you so I quit in Spring of last year. Great, right? Well, not completely. I gained weight. I knew I would and while quitting, I didn’t care.

While stopping smoking has been great, it could be better. I won’t consider it in the green until the weight I gained is gone, and then some. To make that weight loss a reality, I can’t stop in bars for a beer very often while I’m out on the bike.

Now before all you nervous nellies e-mail me about the dangers of drinking on a bike, I say bullshit. You can have an occasional beer while out riding. One doesn’t make you drunk. It does make you fatter though, but that’s a long story to tell you about that science. You can have coffee at a bar too though!

This project should be a fun way to fill that void left by losing the smokes and bars. In this case, with the Osprey and the beach, it was great.

Pear Blossom

Pear Blossoms

Early April pear blossom.
Pear blossom in April.

The pear blossoms appeared, beautiful as ever. I wonder every year because the tree is in such bad shape.

My dogs will be happy to see them come again this year. They love to eat them.

How To Change Oil In A 2015 F6B Goldwing

Changing Oil In A 2015 F6B Goldwing

This video explains the process I use to change oil in my 2015 F6B Honda Goldwing. Currently, this includes us 4 quarts of Honda brand 10W-40 oil. This is not a requirement as any quality motorcycle 10W-40 oil is sufficient.

This will change at the next 12,000 mile change. I will switch to Mobil 1 10W-40 full synthetic motorcycle oil. I’ve used Mobil 1 in all of my other motorcycles and I enjoy the smooth shifting performance.

As always, refer to your dealer or manual if there is any questions. This video is for entertainment only and I am not responsible or liable for any damage done if you try this procedure.

I was happy to find the KN-204 filters that fit my 2006 Honda Shadow 750, 2012 Honda NC700X, and the 2015 Goldwing F6B on Amazon for far less than what I pay in the store.

Honey Run Waterfall Near Howard, Ohio.

Honey Run. Rained Out.

We took an evening motorcycle ride up to Honey Run. The plan was to video the falls, then hike. My wife’s phone blared out a storm warning and we had to leave early.

We dodged a serious hail and thunderstorm all the way home. That’s how it goes if you’re going to ride in April in Ohio. It made for an adventure, but the video could have been better. Still the best one to date. I’ll keep trying.

Escort For The Ohio National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

Escort For The Ohio National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

I joined with hundreds of other bikers today to escort the 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defence Artillery from the Ohio National Guard to their departure to the middle east.

It was sad to see them saying goodbyes to their loved ones. The outpouring from the many communities we passed was incredible. Fire trucks raised flags, workers left their factories to line the roads, people were standing in their driveways, families lined the streets, law enforcement groups saluted as we passed, and people waved from the overpasses.

These are great young men and women and I wish them the best as they carry out their duties.

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