Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Recovery week

Last week was a week to forget. Got a flat tire on the Bike X and crashed the Bike S. And in two consecutive days. This week I’m back on the Bike S riding easy, making sure my body and bike are OK. Today I rode the Bike X, making sure that my tire repair is holding. I even bought a new tire pump. So far the week is off to an OK start. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

First post-crash Bike S ride


Returning to the scene of the accident, I took my first outdoor ride since my crash exactly seven days ago. I rode the Porsche Bike S basically on the same route as I did when I flew over the handlebars. I figure it’s time to get back on the horse. I did take it easy and rode a few less miles. Everything felt pretty good though.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Porsche SUV off-road event a success

Today, I hosted an 80-minute Porsche SUV tour for PCA Chesapeake Region Cayenne and Macan members. 13 Porsche SUVs and 32 people met at the Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery and Distillery in Thurmont, Maryland and drove through some farm land to the Frederick Municipal Forest for a short 10-mile off-road drive. The dirt road was about a level 1-2 off road class road with some elevation changes, rocks and potholes, but in general considered a rather easy drive. The driving tour concluded back at the winery for food, drinks and the announcement of the "Pink Pig" award winner. The driver with the dirtiest Porsche SUV after the tour received my home-made Pink Pig trophy and a bottle of wine from the winery. It seems everyone enjoyed the day and didn't feel the drive was too difficult or caused any damage to their Porsche ... which was the goal. I'll let the dust settle and see if anyone would like to do something like this again someday. Some photos are mine, others from friends on the tour.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Porsche SUV off-road event prep

 

Arrived today at the Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery and Distillery in Thurmont, MD to prep for my off-road tour tomorrow. Checking out the parking … and drinks. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

First post-crash test ride

 

45 minutes on the “bike simulator” to see how my knees and body were recovering. Felt great!






Thursday, June 10, 2021

First Podium!

 

My first-ever podium finish! Albeit, this was a practice race to debut the new iRacing Porsche 911 GT3 R, but it sure was exciting and feels good to get my first 3rd place finish ... with a drag race to the finish too. This was a PCA Sim Racing event at Laguna Seca with both Sport and Challenge Class drivers. So, I was racing against drivers in a higher class too. What fun!

New GT3 R!

 

First drive of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R in the iRacing service. My first laps in this car and it seems easier to drive than the Cup and RSR, which makes sense as the GT3 specs provide traction control and ABS. Did a few laps around Laguna Seca before tonight's PCA Launch Party event. Love this new car!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Not-so-good sim race tonight

 

Nursing sore knees, shoulder and jaw from yesterday's bike crash, I tried to drive in tonight's PCA Sim Racing Challenge Class Road Atlanta race. I didn't do so good. An early off and inconsistent pace, left me with a P21 finish.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Crash

 

I guess it was bound to happen at some point. I have accumulated probably 4-5,000 miles on my Porsche Bikes … all without a serious crash. Today that streak ended. Riding the 1998 Bike S in my neighborhood, I rounded a corner at speed and noticed an approaching car. I applied the brakes too much locking them up and flew over the handlebars. I landed flat on my chest and head hitting the asphalt. Both knees, hands and shoulders got some road rash and left cheekbone hit pretty hard. I sat there for awhile and then rode home. I got beat up, but the Bike S didn’t look too bad and rode home fine. The seat did get scratched up. Might need to replace it. Hope to recover and get back on the horse quickly. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Hot ride ending with flat tire

A mile from my house my rear tire decided to give up the ghost. I thought it would be a good reason to test changing out a flat tire. The tire off, put the new tube in and proceeded to fail at pumping it back up. Apparently my little hand pump is no longer functional. So I had to walk a mile. Time for a new pump. Good news: I figured this out before the 340 mile ride!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

New BWI route

 

Mapped a new route to the Baltimore Washington International airport paved path today. This route avoided a couple busier roads. There was one sketchy area that I’ll have to see if I can avoid next time. Rode the 2004 Porsche Bike X 20 miles through swarms of cicadas early this morning before it got too hot. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Red Bike Red Box Run

 

Took the long way to drop off a movie at CVS. Got in a little heat training riding 10 miles in 90° sun on the 1998 Bike S. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Warm and cloudy 40 miler

Another 40 mile BWI loop to the Baltimore to Annapolis Rail Trail ride this morning on the 2004 Porsche Bike X. I got an early start since it was supposed to rain this afternoon. No rain yet, but it was definitely cooler in the morning. The Bike X is performing well and I feel it's ready for the 340-mile C&O/GAP ride later this fall. Now I just have to get myself ready!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Mosport Sim Racing

After starting P35, I finished P19 in round six of PCA Sim Racing Series 6 Challenge class race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park tonight. I got some great screen time again, even though I didn't finish particularly well. I did have a clean race minus one slight off cutting through the grass on a low speed corner.

Another neighborhood 14er

Busted out another lunchtime 14 mile ride on the 1998 Porsche Bike S. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Speed Hump

 

Lunch time 14-mile ride on the 1998 Porsche Bike S around my neighborhood. More good times.

Recovery week

Last week was a week to forget. Got a flat tire on the Bike X and crashed the Bike S. And in two consecutive days. This week I’m back on the...