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2015 in Mileage

Posted in Honda Transalp XL600V (Kaiju), Repairs, Uncategorized, Yearly Mileage by cheesebot on 2016/01/01

I definitely didn’t ride as much this year as I had in previous years for various reasons but I’m not making any excuses and just here to post the facts as tradition dictates.  Pretty much all of this is from commuting and a couple of short day trips.

1971 BMW R75/5

1/1/15: 87,036
1/1/16:  87,543
Total miles for 2015:  507


1989 Honda Transalp

1/1/15:  47,853.6
1/1/16:  48,160.0
Total miles for 2015:  306.4


19xx Mystery Bike (more on this coming up)

10/4/15:  15,571.0
1/1/16:  15,689.7
Total miles for 2015:  118.7


My (cheesebot) mileage for the year: 932.1

Wow, I didn’t even break one thousand miles.  Now I’m angry – that’s pretty sad.  I promise to ride more this year.  I’m not going to beat myself up about it but, yeah, I am going to beat myself up about it.  This year went by very quickly and I did spend a lot of time in the garage.  It’s very therapeutic for me to be in there and fix things and there’s nothing more rewarding than hearing a bike roar to life after sitting for thirty years.  I was in there most weekends this summer instead of out riding.


24 Hour Party People

Posted in Uncategorized by cheesebot on 2015/09/18

I’m reposting this from my facebook page because I know not everyone who reads this blog is my facebook friend:

It’s been a while since I mentioned Siobhán’s Memorial Fund at Providence College. I’m bringing it up again because on Saturday, September 26th (3pm-5pm) we’re having a fundraiser in the downstairs pub at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence. For only $25 you will enjoy appetizers, a free Trinity beer, raffle prizes, and the pleasure of spending time with Siobhán’s friends and family.

Raffle prizes include a couple of gift certificates from Whole Foods and a bottle of Laphroaig single malt (Siobhan’s favorite) from Standard Liquors.

All proceeds will go towards the Siobhán Ross Memorial Fund at Providence College with the goal of providing aid to Providence College undergraduates from the city of Providence with financial need.

I will be selling tickets at the door for cash or checks so if you know you’ll be coming just pay at the door when you come.

If you can come – great! If you’re not sure you can make it please consider making a donation to the fund. You can print out this handy-dandy pdf invite (landscape format and fold over) and mail it back or, if it’s more convenient, you can donate with a credit card online at Select “other” in the contribution category and add Siobhán Ross Memorial Fund.

Thank you for your time and I hope to see you there.

Admiring the fire she made at Devil's Hopyard

Admiring the fire she made at Devil’s Hopyard


Posted in Uncategorized by cheesebot on 2014/12/13

At the services last Friday it was pointed out to me by one of sbahn’s coworkers that her last picture added to flickr was oddly coincidental.  I’d been so busy with everything else going on that I didn’t even realize.

Yeah, it’s a little spooky in retrospect but the explanation is that she went out looking to grab a tag on advrider.  She was unable to locate it but, as always, documented the search nevertheless.  For the record she was cremated (as per her wishes) and not buried in a cemetery.  I just remembered how we always pronounced the word “buried” very differently.  She pronounced the initial “bur” as in “burrow” but I said it like “berries”, as in “berried”.  She picked on me for it – she’s probably right.  I always let her win anyway.  We both have linguistics degrees so who can say.

The memorial service given by Providence College was way beyond anything I could have expected.  The outpouring of emotions and sympathy was overwhelming.  The chapel was standing room only and it was obvious how many people had been affected by this loss.  Personally, it was a whirlwind of emotions and activity and I am having trouble remembering it just a week later.

I rode Franz and enlisted our good friend tmlee to ride the new Husqvarna to the services.

I got permission to park the bikes on either side of the entrance to the reception following the memorial service.

I got the feeling that everyone appreciated this.  She was known on campus (and on this blog) for riding her bikes to work year round.  As soon as the service ended both bikes were surrounded by friends and family; touching, examining, remembering.

As I said, I can hardly remember much from that day.  We, the family, went out to Trinity for dinner the night before where they had introduced a new stout.

and I successfully exposed my much younger brother to the finer points of single malt Scotch whisky.

I just wish she were here to see all of this – I know it’s a cliché.  I hope she would say I was going a good job.

I cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words I’ve been given.  Whether in writing, in person, or over the telephone (I hate the phone) it’s evident how important she was to everyone.  Whether you know both of us, her and not me, me and not her, or neither of us personally (the internet is a funny thing) I hear and read your words.  I know there are various threads on several forums.  You have my thanks.

I don’t know where I’m headed or what the future holds for me.  I’m going to do my best to lead my life as she would have wanted.  I’m going to keep riding, finish the various unfinished ride reports (I know, right?) because I was usually there, and continue this blog as best I can.

On that note; my commute is a bit different than hers.  My job is twelve miles from home and since I usually have to hop on the highway for a bit I don’t ride as much as she did during the cold season.  I apologize in advance for this.  I did have to buy a new car and I’ll probably be using that for a little while but whenever I take a bike I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it.

Please be careful out there and give thanks for what you have, every day.