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Hi All..!!  I decided to start a new post...  Today was one heck of a day... nice sunshine and all that... as perfect as perfect can be...   So we finally got our first practice lap in... but I will digress with a bit of a tease.   I have a new look... and I got a LOT of attention all day... many people took my picture but as of now, none are posted anywhere...  so sorry to tease you all, but it will happen soon..!!

So, all the Newcomers got their guided lap in first... then the first session.. then we were in the second session.   But there was a delay due to two oil spills... we were about 20 minutes late, which meant only one lap..  But we got in a good lap... my rider was pleased.  I have some work to do tomorrow, but all simple stuff... nice..!  And he said he enjoyed the ride.  Reports from pals around the course said my bike sounded spot on and that Mark was going well... :)

Once practice was over, all the guys were in the tent... the beer was flowing...!   Two bikes have some issues but should be fixable by tomorrow's practice.  All the guys had smiles and were even more excited.. Nice..!!

A good day for sure... makes it all worth while..!!  Tomorrow's practice is the first timed session... we will see how it goes...

Be Well All..!!

Ron ;)

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Annie

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Sounds like you had an awesome day! Yay you!!!!!!!!

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have a few beers for me ron........

eims x

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You know all this is worthless without pics, don't you?  Sounds like you are having a wonderful time!!  Keep it up!

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All this and a new look too? Hmmmmm. I'm thinking tattoo. Or maybe shaved your head? Tillie's right - where r the pictures?Glad you're having such a great, busy blast. Rock on!

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Glad the sun came out for you Ron! The weather has improved here too! It sounds like you are getting into the swing of things now, hope the timed session goes well for you today!

You haven't been at the hair dye have you? 

Djinnie x

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Yes, just like life... ups and downs..  yesterday we only made about 11 miles then it had an issue.. time for Dr Ron to perform some surgery.. well maybe just a good giant needle of gooo..   Heh..

All that.. I think I should clarify a coule of things.. for ME, I do not feel like Votriet failed me.  I had GREAT results on my Mets.  The lung mets mostly shrunk and some dissappeared.  My Adrenal Gland met was not seen on that last scan either.   So, even though I am no longer on the drug, it worked well in the "Met" department.

I also must add, that my fatigue is still with me, although lessened.. and exercize is allowing me to do more, but I feel like crap at the end of the day... no big deal..! Being on the IOM with my feet being my main transportation, I walk a LOT..  it is just over a mile UP to the Paddock.. yes up what is called Bray Hill.  I have walked it every year daily, and rarely had to stop to rest.  But yesterday, I had to stop about 4 times for a short rest.  True I was carrying items for the racer, but still, I was spent by the time I got there.. booo...  And I was dragging all day.  BUT, still not complaining, just giving info... I will take it..!!  If I can continue like this for many years, I will be a happy man..!

Off to fix the bike now....

Be Well All..!!!!

Ron

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Quite the "do," Ron. (I just caught the updated photo.) You are now an official Wacky American. They see you coming, they see you going. Not hitting the sauce too hard there now are you? Ha! Enjoy!

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Hi Ron, It is tough having to push yourself when your energy levels are so low. But you won't let a little thing like fatigue get in your way!  you look like you are having a blast. I had a feeling you had been at the hair dye, is this going to be a permanent feature for you Ron?

Djinnie x

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...red, white and blue 'do!

Annie

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Amazing what happens when you have a real conversation with people..  So, my rider's wife and I had not spoken much so far.  Not sure when it happened this morning.. but the word Cancer came up.. She was mentioning that she still did not know her fund raising "goal" for Cancer research...  so you all can imagine our dialogue from there..  And this Sunday there is a race of sorts for Cancer Survivors... guess you know where I will be Sunday..  Amazing to hear the stories.. just like here... but this is a very small island, not a large country..  Yes I gave a donation...

The rest of the day was pretty crappy... but still... I feel good about it all..!

OK so my racer got fixed, sort of.. or should I say partially fixed.. a new issue showed up as it was not running well, and  we did not get any laps in tonight.. only 1 more night to qualify..

Be Well All.!

Ron :)

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All my fingers and toes crossed for your qualifying Ron!  Anyway, come what may, you're having a blast and it certainly sounds as if none of your time over there is being wasted.  The very best of luck!!!

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lovin' the hair ron.....its very, very rainy here on the east coast of ireland today hope the weather is better on the rock for you.....

eims x

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Thanks..!! OK, I will cut to the chase, as it is late here..  we are IN..!!  It rained, so no practice tonight... but we got an exception..  so tomorrow is race day, weather permitting...  The race is supposed to start at 12:45 IOM time...  For those interested, Manx Radio will carry live coverage.. we are number 24 and Mark Parrott is my rider...  If only my little bike can now do 4 laps..!!!

Love ya all..!!

Ron

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So I've located Manx Radio! I can't tell if they stream their broadcasts on their webpage!

Hmmm!

 

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I think it is so exciting! Those of us that love motorcycles are in awe. So cool. Motorcycle racers have massive dents in their tanks to accomodate their manhoods. I don't even like the highway anymore. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

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Fox, now I understand why you competitive types cluster round to study each others' bikes!

Ron - the very best of luck for tomorrow - make us extra proud of you!

 

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Made me laugh!  Never knew hat that dent was for! LOL. Good luck, Ron!  May your bike run faster and longer than any of the others!

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hahahahahaha love it.....good luck today ron...dent or no dent Wink

eims x

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Hope the race went well for you today Ron! Looking forward to the update!

 

Djinne x

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Oh my, what a day..!!   Hard to know how much detail you all want..  Overall it was near perfect.. the weather was great..   I got the racer in line to be checked over at 9 AM, and it passed just like it always has... put the bike in Park Ferme and it can not be touched until noon.  My rider was glad that we get to race.. even though he only had one lap and we never sorted out the basics like gearing and suspension settings..  that did not deter us..!

Just after noon, I went up to the bike, took the cover off of it.. and started the last minute drill.. make sure the fuel tank was topped off, looked it over.. then fired it up to warm it up fully..  then shut it off..  At about 12:30 it was time to put the bikes in the street in the proper starting order.. being bike number 24 means we get to start early.. a bonus..!!!  I wait until the first bike is off then fire it up.. Baroombah..!!  Nice..!!  Mark takes over from there.. and off he goes..!  Mark got a great start.. no hesitation just accelleration..!  All my pals commented on how good it looked and sounded...

Here I must try to explain the time keeping board here...  they have this huge score board maybe 100 feet long.. or longer.. dunno for sure.. and it is all manual..!  They use the Boy Scouts to work the board, this gives them their hand in the racing... cool..!   So they manually move this little clock like device just above each rider's number.  The clock is divided in to 4 parts, for quarter lap.. and after each lap the rider's time is hand written below the number.  And the lap count is on paper tear offs... quite archaic yet cool at the same time..! 

So, I am watching that little clock.. and the hand moves to the first course section... nice..!  Then the half way mark... then the 3/4 mark..  Oh I forgot.. when they get close to the start line a light bulb gets turned on above the rider number to let the team know their rider is coming by... and the light went on. and here came Mark..!  His first lap was just over 23 minutes, and I know this is FAST..!   Oh I must also say we started in 24th spot, but by the end of the first lap we were up to 22...  then as lap two progressed, Mark kept passing riders.. by the end of lap two he was 17th... then on lap three he got down to 13th spot overall..!  

Down to that last lap... yes just 37 miles to go... the clock is moving... 1st section, then 2nd section... then... then.... then... nothing...  what..????   I go to the electronic info board and see a retirement at about the half lap spot.. booooo.....

I get back to Mark's pit area to find that we are going to pick up the bike.. a difficult task with closed roads, have to take the long coastal route to get there...

Turns out, we had a fuel issue... sort of like running out of gas, but there still was enough in the gas tank to finish..  Mark had no idea he was in 12th place, and he also did not know he could of finished at a slower pace...

BUT, we did get a 99+ MPH lap... I think that is a record for a BSA single...  I will check the record book later...  And Mark was very pleased with my bike.. with almost no practice we were faster than some of the Pro teams and the big money teams too..!   We did get noticed..!!

Mark asked me if we could go again next year... and of course I said yes..!  I do plan to be around next year... just like all of you...

Ron

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Good stuff Ron! Glad you're having a good time.

People think of me as a bicycle rider (which I am), but I grew up on motorcycles. I'm looking at road bikes now as I consider getting back in to motorcycling.

I just spent 3 days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway watching the MotoGP race. We also took in the Indy Mile on Saturday night. I've always wanted to see flat trackers on a dirt mile oval. Now I have!

Like you, all of the walking was tough but it was sure worth it. The big C does make you appreciate things!

David

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Whatever the record books say, you're a record-breaker in my book, Ron!!!   Great day and well-earned success.  So pleased that you and Mark will be a team to be reckoned with this time next year.  Thanks for the narrative and I would have gladly read more.  As you and David and Fox are currently demonstrating,  it's absolutely on to have a great life, even with our diagnoses (and, as David says above, "The big C does make you appreciate things!").

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Thanks guys..!  This is been a good year here overall..  wish all of you were here to celebrate with me..!   And yes, for others reading this.. please take the time to get away from the constant Cancer crap.. fill your head with something else you love, and life gets a lot better, even if only for a short period of time.   I get home to fresh scans and a new drug.. but that will be then..!

Be Well All..!!

Ron

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Way to go Ron!  It sounds like a spectqcular trip with a terrific finish!

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to find a live feed from Manx Radio!

Conratulations!

Michael

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What a great story/run.  That can-do survivor attitude shines through, way to go RON!!!  BTW, I think you should keep the hair permanently.

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New Pic Eims...  Eims got legs... Eims got legs..  Woo Hoo..!!!  :)

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hahahahaha yes i do ron...they may be short but they are definitely there!!!!!

eims x

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They can't be too short...they make it all the way to the ground Wink

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Gary!  I thought you were a man for evidence - from the new pic we can't actually see that they make it all the way to the ground!

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I "stand" corrected

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ah gary i am but a very short 5'1".....lol

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garym
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Good things come in small packages...

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you better believe it gary Kiss

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Thanks Eims.. and all the other women here... you make life a LOT better when we get to banter with you..!  Glad you are here.. sad you need to be here..!

Thanks..!

Ron :)

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sure whats they point if you cant have a bit of banter ron...now tell us how is that MASSIVE dent in your tank Wink

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