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[11/26/11] — Documenting a visit to Fly Geyser at the edge of Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
[08/23/11] — Riding some forest roads in Hell's Canyon in the far northeast corner of Oregon on the OR/ID border.
[08/21/11] — Riding home from The Gather via NE Nevada and Oregon, on a fair bit of gravel roads.
[08/19/11] — I lead a ride to place a memorial stone for Ken Morton, along with some of his ashes, at the IBA Memorial on Guru Lane near Gerlach, NV just at the edge of the Black Rock Desert.
[08/15/11] — I rode to the 20th annual Great Pacific Dryside Gather with my friends Chris and Brett, routing down the center of Oregon on as many gravel/dirt roads as we could.
[05/07/11] — Bought a KTM 450EXC today. A street-legal dirt bike. Did it on the theory that you're only as old as you think you are. Plus I sold my R1200GS.info domain and Website and 2 other motorcycles so it was easy to rationalize!
In 1995 I put my own server on the 'net and named it MicaPeak.com (the real Mica Peak is a 5200' peak visible from our front yard). It blends my interest in programming, doing Webpage development, writing, communication and motorcycles (which is the focus of micapeak.com). I have my own LLC ( Software Ingenuity) — which includes a Website where I provide some of the simple software tools I've developed which you might find useful if you write your own HTML & CSS.
Another favorite activity (in the physical realm) is motorcycling, and I have another web page devoted to that. I recently trimmed my motorcycle stable, and a BMW F800GS is the one I now ride the most. In January of '06 I bought a Honda XR650L from a friend in Oregon which I've hacked on enough that it's now quite a good dirt-oriented dual sport. Even handles the pavement okay on knobbies.
My family bought me an iPod for my birthday in '06. I've discovered podcasts and spend most of my iPod time listening to them, mostly when driving somewhere in my truck. My favorite is Buzz Out Loud (a tech-news podcast of indeterminate length). I hardly even listen to the XM radio anymore. I'm definitely going to be an early adopter of the iPad, and may have one by the time you're reading this...
In early 2009 I replaced my netbook (a Lenovo S10) with a MacBook Pro 13" — what a sweet little laptop. Highly recommended. I'm running Parallels and have Windows 7 installed too, though I never use it.
Perhaps my very favorite thing to do these days is babysit our grandkids. We have seven: five boys and two girls, with ages from 1 to 10. They are the most fun thing there is. And the boys (and one girl) seem to be interested in motorcycles, too. Being a grampa rocks!
My wife Wanda is a 5th grade school teacher in Spokane Valley. She loves her kids and grandkids, computers, Mexican food and motorcycles. In 2003 she decided she prefers dirtbiking to street riding and for awhile rode a slightly modified Yamaha TT-R125L. In 2010 she got a killer deal on an '08 TW200 with 302 miles on the odometer. The TW200 is a dual-sport, and has a license and is insured. She's ridden it on the street and in the dirt (though only in the Winter so far) and prefers the dirt.
Wanda and I have five wonderful children, each of whom makes us incredibly proud. My extended family includes a bunch of wild and crazy cyberspace bikers over on WetLeather. Damn, but I love those people!
My Web sites
I've done quite a few Websites over the years, and recently have been doing some post-retirement consulting. I favor 'vi' and hand-coding the style sheet and the HTML by hand, or maybe with a little perl or PHP perhaps mixed in with some database stuff. Here are some I've done recently:
FJR1300.info (my own site)
R1200GS.info (I sold this site in early 2011)
Pasadena Zoning Code Santa Rosa Zoning Code Bella Dolce Salon & Spa
Sites I visit frequently...
Amazon — For Kindle2 books, gadgets, etc.
iTunes Store — Apps for my iPod and iPad.
R1200GS Forum — An online forum devoted to the BMW R1200GS and variants.
Google Maps — I loves me some maps!
xkcd — Geek humor...
In 1995 I discovered a family diary which was written in 1882 during a wagon train trip from Kansas to Washington Territory. If you have any McDowells in your family tree you might want to check it out! I've gotten a fair bit of email from distant relatives as a result of having this diary online, including a message from the woman who now has the original!
I like a lot of different things — talking with friends over dinner or via email, motorcycles, movies, reading, bird watching, ethnic resturants, net surfing and working on new stuff for my various Websites. Here are some links to stuff I've written about some of my favorite things:
Slide Shows & Photo Essays
|1997:|| My friend Phil documented our motorcycle ride to
Bella Coola, BC
|2001:|| A motorcycle vacation in
|2002:||My first long ride on the FJR1300|
|2003:|| I'm sure I went somewhere, and took some photos, but maybe
I was working pretty hard during this period...
A trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A motorcycle trip to Baja, Mexico
A motorcycle trip to Sheepranch, California
A trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A motorcycle trip to
Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
A motorcycle trip to the US MotoGP race, in Monterey, CA
A motorcycle trip to Mesa Verde, Colorado
A motorcycle trip to the Canyon Country of the southwestern USA
Riding Moab's famous Slickrock Trail
A trip to Arizona, with photos.
Riding the Apache Trail, in Arizona.
Riding the Oregon Outback on dual-sport bikes.
Riding to Ely, NV for the White Pine Fever rally.
Documenting the 5-day Spank Rally organized by my friend George Zelenz.
The 3rd annual
Dirt Gather, near Winthrop, WA (a motorcycle camping trip).
Riding some single-track trails near Wallace, Idaho.
motorcycle trip into Baja, this time via
dirtbikes, with two friends.
A non-motorcycle trip to Washington, D.C. to visit Jennie.
A trip to
southern British Columbia, on my new Aprilia
with my friend Phil.
Another version of The Dirt Gather, an extended weekend of dual-sporting & camping.
A non-motorcycle trip to Bogota, Colombia, with Jennie.
Lots of Flowers from the Colombia trip.
The Mongui part of the Colombia trip.
A motorcycle ride to visit one of the
Largest trees in North America.
A long solo motorcycle ride to Canada's Yukon and the Alaska border.
5 days to/from Gerlach, NV to hang out with motorcycling friends.
A motorcycle ride to Eagle Lake, California.
Placing a memorial stone for Ken Morton, along with some of his ashes, near the Black Rock Desert.
Eagle Lake, CA to La Grande, OR over 2 days and many gravel roads including the Steens Mt. Loop.
La Grande, OR to Spokane, WA via forest roads in Hell's Canyon.
A visit to Fly Geyser at the edge of the Black Rock Desert.
Here's my Grandmother's Welsh Cookie recipie