Sunday, May 21, 2017

22 Mph is too fast


Boosting to A&W for breakfast is never a bad idea.


'Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuge motherfucking clouds this week in Calgary



Went all the way down to an Ikea store. Had to steal power in order to get home as the board was at 33%. Pro mode uses too much power for such a small battery (99MaH). Next year I'll have the 200MaH battery and should be able to go twice the distance easily.


 Panorama.






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don't use the iphone bluetooth AND Boost at the same time.


SFP connectors to fiberoptics (multimode). Don't ask me what that fucking means.


Beauty is all around you. All you have to do is stop and look.


No boosting this afternoon. Depressing rain and cold. Out for a loooong walk.


Down the pathways of Memorial in DT Calgary. Perfect surface.


I call this the sketchy bridge. Close to the drop-in center so you meet some interesting people while crossing it.

7-11's new campaign - charity for slurpees or something.

Don't boost and use your iphone. If you do the remote will immediately disconnect and your board will stop dead in it's tracks. Took me 10 minutes to figure that goddamn problem out.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

400km, belt #2 snapped



This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs about trails being closed. You eventually get to a dead end and have to head back. I think they need 1 more sign to make the point.

Stumbled upon an inner-city gopher nest. Little cute gophers everywhere, destroying the ground and squeaking loud. Someone was feeding them because they were too busy fighting over bread than paying attention to me.


A weird squirrel sound when I sped up... two blocks later... .no power in one motor and the belt literally was shredded by the metal teeth. Good thing I had 3 spares. Down to 2 now. So much for off-roading.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Supercars?


A hellish rats nest of network cables. To the left is a mass so large I think it would require surgical intervention in order to see what ports are being used. Unbelievable.


You can boost down the bike path down heritage drive, all the way past blackfoot. Very smooth and the range is awesome. Stopped to take a blurry picture.


Blackfoot I believe. Rain clouds approaching fast, had to get the hell out of there.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The $35K Fiat


Fiat 124's are here. The Abarth is expensive and I would not buy one personally. Too much money. $35K ++.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Unlocking Pro Mode


The burned out sign is an accurate representation of life. There are no happy endings. All your heros have packed up and left town. The echoes of abandoned office spaces are everywhere.

Decay is interesting.  It reminds me of the ludicrous Detroit Commercial back in the 60's that proposed a great new city was ahead for them. Except someone forgot to turn the jobs back on.


No boosting today. The rain came down in the morning and the board is not waterproof. I should have known the weather would improve by lunchtime. I snapped a quick pic of a dude on a longboard heading into Safeway today. Cool.

I've unlocked the pro mode on the board, which means it'll go 22 mph up an incline of 25 degrees. Insanity. 35 km/hour is a bit fast. I don't know if I'll keep the board in this mode because it will rip through a full battery in 20 minutes. 2,000 watts goes quick on a 99AH battery. Too bad I coudnl't get a 60V lead acid battery... perhaps 1,200 Mah, that would get me 25 miles.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Downtown Nature


Tons of trails out of the downtown core. Headed out towards the zoo area, ride until the battery was down to 12% charge.


Dandylions are awesome.


They haven't sprayed them yet.


Some kind of flood gate control.


B20 storm water outfall. Scenic.

A small creek.

Inaccessible bridge.



 A perfect fishing spot.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ludicrous

Recapture that youth. Go after that rush of adrenaline you feel - like your first time heading out to the bar or club. When you travelled really fast on a motorcycle and was scared to death. Or you remember some spectacular fuck up, like designing and implementing a faulty powersupply and watching filter caps blast to pieces in the lab. That first kiss between you and that special someone. Where am I going with this? Not sure. Trying to get through a bottle of Coney Island Hard Root Beer.

The odds are I will either:

A) Puke my guts out

or

B) Feel really terrible

If I'm able to finish this son of a bitch. But I'm determined and a little hazy from the high alcohol content.

Hitting the boosted board pretty hard this week. I'm  determined to find some interesting areas to explore. Get out there and see your city or town.


I ran into a lady while at the post office who saw me ripping downtown. I demo'd the board but knew this lady thought I was out of my mind. There are zero old people running on skateboards, let alone overpowered motorized ones.

Thank God for that.