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Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

oldsparkey

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Nice thing about living down here.
I use my trekking poles ( Black diamond carbon fiber ) to support the ends of the rain fly. I don't extend them all the way , keep them at 48 inches which makes a nice slope to the rain fly and offers vision and ventilation.
At times I have cut a palm frond ( Sable or common name , Cabbage Palm ) and use the stem portion of it to support the rain fly. I like to cut them so they are about 60 inches in height. When I have done that it's a single frond for the corner by the head of the hammock.
 

Kayak Jack

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With the Hennessey hammock, I can get by with just one pole, though 3 are more versatile. With my tent, if on the bike I prefer 4 poles. In the canoe, just 2 poles suffice, as my paddles double for poles then. If at all possible, I like everything to do either one, critical job, or several jobs.

Everything, that is, except me. I prefer to have no jobs other than to sit around looking elegant!
 

Kayak Jack

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A friend of mine is enjoying a resurgence of interest in biking. She’s exploring bikes, trikes, recumbent, folding, etc etc etc. Bikes have begun to creep back into the market place now. A lot of folks are reviving childhood fun this year. Biking is one of the fun things you can do with your clothes on.
 
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oldsparkey

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A friend of mine is enjoying a resurgence of interest in biking. She’s exploring bikes, trikes, recumbent, folding, etc etc etc. Bikes have begun to creep back into the market place now. A lot of folks are reviving childhood fun this year. Biking is one of the fun things you can do with your clothes on.
You wear clothes when Biking ? :eek: Silly me , I keep forgetting you live in a cold climate.:oops:
 

Kayak Jack

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So, you’re “streaking” now?

Reminds me of the story about the two, elderly ladies, sitting in rockers on their front porch. An old fellow was “streaking” past. He was naked, and shuffling as fast as he could.

“Gracie! Did you see that? What . . . .what was he wearing?”
“I don’t know what he was wearing, Mabel. But, it sure does need to be ironed!”
 

Kayak Jack

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Come spring weather, my first rides are going to have to be carefully done. After the knee surgery, it will be difficult the first few times in the saddle. Shorter trips, near home. Then, start stretching out again.

sigh
 

Kayak Jack

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Yeah, I know that. Got word yesterday of another college friend passing. My age. I don’t have survivor’s guilt, though. More like survivor’s pride. Plus some survivor’s obligation.

If their Life ended earlier, I figure that maybe some of the time they might have had, is now tacked onto my time? So, just in case that might be true, I owe it to them to do some of the crazy stuff they didn’t. (All the while, thinking to avoiding the stupid stuff that they did do that maybe contributed to an early demise.)

It’s a thready path.