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It's been a week. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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skywhisperer
It's been a week.
The odometer says I put 97 miles on it this week. Not bad, considering I was out of town most of the weekend.

I got the plates today. $213 for sales tax, title transfer, and plates.

I'm amazed how much it reminds me of flying. For example:
  • Letting your speed bleed off in the middle of a turn is bad.
  • Like a busy airport, everyone is trying to kill you.
  • There's a lot of dividing of attention between "controlling the vehicle precisely" and "staying out of the way of the people trying to kill you".
Other things I've learnt this week:
  • It took a trip around 610 tonight at 70 to understand the importance of choosing a line in a curve and sticking to it.
  • Like a low-altitude stall, the fix for not holding a line in the turn is totally counter-intuitive - lean and add power, when what you really want to do is slow down to fix it.
  • I never imagined before how many places in the world there are for people to pull out of in front of you.
  • I need more horsepower. With me on it, no matter what gear I'm in, the Blast will not accellerate from 60 to 70 going uphill. I discovered this while trying to pass someone.
  • Riding on the freeway is actually easier then puttering down Westheimer. On the freeway, you find a position and stay in it. On local streets, the enviroment changes too much.
I'm sure there's more. But that's all I can think of tonight.

Tomorrow, I'm taking it to work, then up 290 to the airport. Saturday morning, I'm going out to the soaring club. The gravel road on the club property worries me, a lot, but I guess if I have to walk down it I can. I'm going to check the tire pressure when I get to the airport - I think the front tire is a hair low. I tow on Saturday, then Sunday I have to finish the oil change on the twin and work on the Tripacer annual a bit.

One of these days I'll learn to relax on the weekend - but not this one.

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