Catch up!

Blimey, I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit!!

So, I’ve been keeping busy, filming my commutes on the bike, and I have a few more videos on my .

I’ve done an oil and filter change on the motorbike, and then discovered the exhaust was leaking. That was temporarily patched up, but a visit to we decided that the exhaust was SO rusty that the only realistic long term solution was to replace it. That was Saturday 9th Feb.

Monday 11th they tried to order a new exhaust for it, I’ll spare you the saga, but basically it had to be sent from the factory as the dealer was out of stock, and the exhaust was the LAST one in the factory…

Tuesday 12th, no sign of the exhaust

Wednesday 13th, turns out the factory was overloaded with work, so exhaust only sent out today.

Thursday 14th, I hump all my bike gear into work in anticipation of collecting bike after work… exhaust finally arrives at 2:30pm, shop unable to promise it will be fitted as already half way through an engine rebuild. So I leave the gear tucked under my desk, and get the train home. 5:30pm I get a call from the shop – new exhaust fitted, BUT your radiator is badly corroded and in moving it to get the exhaust on, a lug on the lower edge if the radiator that was corroded through has broken off and now the radiator is leaking.

Friday 15th – Breakers offering used radiators are asking far too much for them – better order a new one for all the difference in price – ordered and dispatched, but the couriers don’t do Saturday deliveries, so looking like Monday at earliest.

As I’m off work the following Monday (school holiday and wife back at work) and there’s a chance that the bike might be ready, I hump my kit back up the hill and take it all home again (feel better about that anyway – it is worth rather a lot!) – and hope that A – the bike will be ready on Monday, and B, I can get across to collect it…. oh – and the weather will be ok to ride it home!!

Here we are on the Monday, the bike is still in the workshop, the radiator still hasn’t arrived, and even IF it can be fitted today, and there are no other problems, it doesn’t look like I’m likely to be able to get across to collect it before they close tonight…. Grrrrrrr!

In other news, I’ve had a week of peace and quiet with the family away on a skiing trip, so I used that time to do some brewing.

In a moment of stupidity, I was distracted during the sparge by a phone call, and critically had left the boiler on to maintain the heat of the sparge water, and when the water level dropped below the heating elements… well, they overheated and started to stink!

One of them died there and then, and although the other managed to make it through the rest of the brew, it was time to replace them both, which I promptly did, and then got another brew on after work mid way through the week.

So here we are today, on my day off work, and it’s a lovely sunny, but rather cold, day. I’ve got a few things to take care of around the house, and then hopefully I’ll get some time to start bottling and kegging the beer…. maybe!!