Bottle Gentian with grass and raindrops, top of Mont Tremblant

July 24, 2021. This is the gravel bike and tent (unstaked) test set-up. The bike is cleaned and oiled and the bags have been fitted into place and tested. The tend fits into the handlebar bag; I'll be putting heavy stuff into the frame bag, clothes, food and bedding in the rear panniers, and bicycle repair stuff in the saddle bag. On Monday we're headed for Tremblant and I'll take it for a test ride on the trail. We'll get back Friday and my bicycle trip will begin some time the following week.

Bought a Big Agnes tent and some bikepacking bags today... and now my upcoming two-week ride is getting that much more real.

A "podcast" behind a paywall is not a podcast.

A "podcast" that only one app can receive is not a podcast.

A "podcast" without a public feed that can be freely pulled into any podcast client or RSS reader is not a damn podcast, don't let people get away with calling it that.

2. Anyhow, a week or two ago I was thinking about it. What I've learned in our hikes over the last year is that she's a virtual encyclopedia of wildlife; she obviously spends a lot of time on it. So I went to the web page and found I could subscribe to it for $4 per month. Which I did - but I didn't tell her. It took her less than two days to discover it's working and she's back to watching it. Now, instead of feeling annoyed when it's on, I smile to myself, and it makes me happy.

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So there's this channel on cable TV called LoveNature, which is basically wilderness videos. It shows up as a preview for a few weeks every six months or so, and when it's on Andrea watches it non-stop. It doesn't really interest me for various reasons, but Andrea watches it almost non-stop, even through the re-runs. I found that vaguely annoying? How many times can you watch meerkats? I asked if she wanted me to subscribe to it but she said "no". So I left it at that. .../2

Feeling much better today. Too bad my vaccine was on a Friday, it cost me a Saturday.

Second vaccine side-effects: sore shoulder, headache, difficulty sleeping. Nothing major, but I was up at 5 a.m. on a Saturday and probably won't be out biking today.

Got my second vaccine today. Moderna again. :)

If it *still* hasn't saved the conversion (as you can tell, I'm testing as I offer advice), open the playlist, right-click on the file name, select 'save' and give it an output file name. (This actually does work and has been tested. :))

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If your conversion doesn't 'take', open the VLC window (it may have minimized) and click on 'Play' so VLC can convert as it plays.

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Note that you'll find numerous options for conversion. If you have trouble with the format I selected, use a different conversion option. Also note you can create MP3 recordings this way as well.

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