So for the second consecutive week I wound up getting my run in on Friday evening. Not only was the run different because it was on a Friday evening, I also got there in a unique way, on my EUC. I have thought several times in the past about riding my EUC to the track, running and then riding back but I never made it happen. I finally did. I wanted to test out how my 18L was going to act with the battery problem it has been having so I needed to get some miles on the wheel anyway.
Unlike last week where I did the run after 8PM, after eating dinner, this time I did it before eating, around 6 which is a better option. Running on a full stomach just doesn’t feel good. Luckily it was overcast which kept the temperatures down but the run still felt as miserable as always. The video I shot talks a lot about my mostly hate relationship with running and why I continue to do it anyway. The ride also revealed that my batteries in the new wheel are still not acting normal, which sucks.
So the big task I wanted to accomplish was mowing the grass, all of the grass. So on Saturday morning since my run was out of the way and Cindy did the weeding for me on Friday, I was out on the tractor early, around 8:30 AM. The standing water that was on the property during the week had receded so as I have said a million times, during wet season you have to mow when the opportunity arises, not when you feel like it.
With the new drive belt installed the tractor was appreciable faster, letting me mow at a faster clip than I have been accustomed to. After finishing the normal mowing I grabbed some water. Cindy thought I was done but I told her I still needed to mow the back half of the yard as well. A few laps into the task I noticed the clouds were starting to pile up. A few more laps and I saw the clouds turning gray and after several more I could see columns of rain starting to fall from them.
I was not happy at the sight but had already predetermined that I was finishing mowing, regardless of the conditions. Well that edict was definitely put to the test. About halfway into the task the rain started coming down, lightly for a short while. However the wind was gusting and I had to mow with one hand on the canopy to keep it from blowing backward. Then the torrential rain started, the driving, miserable, wind swept relentless rain that makes wet season here so frustrating. The canopy did little to keep anything on me dry other than perhaps the top third of my head. I didn’t care, I plowed ahead, wiping the rain from my sunglasses as necessary. I did accomplish my goal but I literally finished as the property was flooding once again. I looked like I just jumped into the pool fully clothed.
Thankfully later in the day the rain broke and the sun came back out. I took that opportunity to take my Meepo over to the school for my first real riding session. It didn’t take very long for me to abandon beginner mode which just felt too restrictive after 5-10 minutes. I bumped it up to Eco Mode which has a 15 mph top speed. This felt much faster and really made the riding experience more enjoyable. I had a ton of fun on the board and look forward to Cindy getting more comfortable on it (and the One Wheel) soon.
Saturday night we went to go see the latest Mission Impossible movie, I have always been a fan of the series. The movies have always had Tom Cruise performing unbelievable acts that most super heroes would be hard pressed to emulate. However this sequel seemed to be Mission Most Impossible, some of the stuff that went on was just utterly ridiculous but even so, I found myself utterly entertained the entire time. It is a non-stop roller coaster that has so much action that you don’t have time to focus on how silly it all is. B+
Sunday morning I wanted to do a more extensive test on my KingSong 18L so I decided to duplicate the ride from last week to Dunkin Donuts to see how the battery performed. It did not go well. I actually got significantly worse range than the week before, it was so bad that I had to call Cindy to come and pick me up at DD as I only had 36% battery left after 10 miles. This wheel should be able to go 35 miles on a full charge. I now have to figure out the best course of action to get this fixed with my dealer. As the wheel is now I no longer trust to ride it any appreciable distance.
When Cindy got me she brought the Meepo with. Before it started to rain, again, she got on the board for the first time and did some slow cruising around the back of a shopping center. She said she liked it and needs more time to get used to controlling speed via a hand control. I can’t wait until she gets as comfortable on the Meepo and One Wheel as I am.
So the rest of Sunday was basically a wash out with mostly continuous rain that left our property the worst it has been this year. It’s crazy that I was able to mow everything the day before. I spent the majority of the rest of the day indoors tending to little tasks here and there. With the addition of a new EUC and two skateboards to the fleet I need to think about some alternative storage options for the hobby room to keep everything organized.
It’s an oddball week where I am off Wednesday and have a fantasy football draft order pick Thursday. It will set me up for a very hectic following week. Can’t wait.