Today’s City Views

What a beautiful day! Sunshine and 85 wonderful degrees, perfect for a quick joyride and some grocery shopping. I hope that it’s as nice where you are today. That fresh pot of chili is cooking, gonna be so good!

Photos From Different Years

I am fully out of new material to upload today, so here are some nice older photos for you this morning for post number two of the day. I upload no more than five times per day now, it used to be much more often. Mostly sunny and 100 degrees are forecast for today, it’s currently 93 very toasty degrees outside.

Drainage Channels and Parkway Views

Here are a few more iPhone photos from today. I suppose that drainage channels aren’t very interesting, but there are miles and miles of them here to control any flooding that comes down from the mountains during our monsoon season. The road photos are of Summerlin Parkway which is an east/west connector between the 215 freeway and the 95 freeway. It’s always super busy, and getting onto the 95 from the parkway can be tricky. The drivers in Las Vegas can be very aggressive and not always willing to merge which is illegal.

Blowout Repaired

The bike’s rear tire is fully repaired and ready to ride! Unfortunately, the current windstorm is going to last until 8 PM tomorrow night which means it’s going to be at least a 2-day storm this time instead of three. I just don’t dig riding in strong winds and having to bundle up to avoid the wind chill factor.

I grabbed some nice landscape photos along the way but they aren’t as good as the Nikon can do. I would love to have a bike stand like they have at the shop to raise and lower the bike, but they are a bit too large and rather expensive too. The bike had all of its components adjusted including the brakes and a check on the brake pads.

I asked how long the brake pads should last, the tech said about 1200 miles, depending on how you use the brakes. This is the same thing as car brakes but very much simplified. My brake pads are about three-quarters through their service life with 800 miles now on the bike.

I told the guy what I heard when the tire popped and that I was able to complete a 14-mile ride and made it home before the tire fully deflated. He was amazed that I got to 800 miles before blowing a tire. Apparently, most people have a blowout well before my 800 miles! Why do they blow so easily?

The tire itself isn’t very thick which of course makes them more easily popped. To compensate, I had the tech put a liner (not sure of the actual name) inside the tire that goes between the tire and tube. This makes it much more difficult for things like glass to penetrate the tire and tube.

I told him what I found stuck in the tire and didn’t believe that it could have blown the tube out. He said oh yes it can! All it was was a very tiny thorn-like piece you see on a rose bush. Really?! That’s ridiculous, hence the liners were installed. So, that’s my Sunday fun day and excitement!

Serpentine

This serpent shows up every year it seems in Downtown Summerlin, it’s kind of cute I guess but the water is always super clear. The waterfall was turned off so no video of that with its shimmering in the sun and relaxing sound. The Las Vegas forecast for today is full sunshine and 73 lovely degrees, yes! Another fine day for a bike ride. What will it be like riding in 110F weather this summer? I’ll tell you when the summer heat returns.

Downtown Summerlin Architecture

These photos were taken this morning before my bike ride, the One Summerlin building has nice lines, the wavy gold photo is part of a much longer sign, I photographed just the right side of it. And, the guy’s face is a complete accident. I was standing on the very corner of a building, framed the shot and took. Just then, this guy walks in front of the lends, oops! He didn’t even stop, possibly because I  have the audible click sound turned off. Sorry, whoever you are! I did a thirteen-mile ride today, such a beautiful day but just a bit too windy for my bike liking…