So I'm out on my motorcycle riding around, my first ride in almost a year, since I didn't renew my plate sticker in February, as I don't usually plan to do a lot of riding in Ottawa, in February. Then Covid. Then everything closed down. Then Service Ontario was open 2 days a week, with an approximately 9 hour wait time to do anything..
So I'm on a mission from gawd, err, I mean a mission to find a replacement alternator for a 2013 Toyota Sienna, which are apparently rarer than RVR rear windows. But that's another rant (stand by!).
I'm on my motorcycle, because my car currently looks like this:
while I am in the process of repairing the cracks in the front bumper, the same cracks that have been there for 18 months.
My only problem with driving it around like this is that I had to "make it unfit" in order for the insurance company to pay me anything (see other rants), so my understanding is that this makes the car unplated, and possibly uninsured, and I suspect I would get pulled over by the police if they saw me driving it around looking like that (still investigating to work out if I need to put all the crappy plastic back on anyway..)
While I was getting the car made unfit, figuring it would be a torturous 9 hour process, I figured that I might as well get something useful out of it, so I finally got around to renewing the plate sticker for the bike that's been expired since February..
Get to the point already, would you?!
This is what my motorcycling around looked like for the day:
|I blurred out my buddy's address, I presume he doesn't want me advertising it on the internet, unlike me, who doesn't care if you know where I live.|
Google timeline/location says I rode:
|After taking nearly half an hour to get 10km, I had to stop off at crappy tyre, because my cool looking thin leather Kawasaki branded motorcycle gloves just weren't working. First I couldn't feel my fingers, then they were hurting, and burning (frostbite?). It was 6C and raining.. So I spent $60 on a pair of snowmobile gloves. I was briefly tempted to buy some electric/heated gloves, but they only had mitts when I got there, so that helped with that decision.|
|This was a bust. The alternator had already been salvaged. I thought I found it, dumped inside the car, but it was the wrong model, for the wrong year, and was only 100A instead of 150A, and it was seized.|
|I thought I had some minor luck here. While the right year was gone, there was another one that was close, and I thought I could make it work. Wrong. I spent over an hour pulling it out anyway..|
|No, I have never been that hungry.|
in some stupid place in the middle of Michigan (somewhere like "Climax?") which was located next door to the motel I stayed in, when I was on my way to Council Bluffs, Iowa (we're all entitled to make some stupid decisions in life aren't we?), via Kalamazoo, had closed their "dining room" for the evening, and were only allowing drive through service.