The Prodigal Cat

Today, Jen and I woke up and, for the first time in 3 days, it wasn't snowing or raining or anything stupid like that. Today, we woke up, and laid in bed for a bit.

Jen has been very sick. Earlier this week, she went to the doctor in Boulder, and got a prescription for something...a sinus infection? And she took her medicine, and slowly got better.

Today, as the weather was nice, I convinced her that we should go into the mountains.

"Let's drive up into the mountains. We can go to one of the mines in Idaho Springs or Georgetown. Eat lunch up there. Hit Guanella Pass. Let's just get out and do something. Too nice to lay in bed."

"But I don't feel good. I've been very sick this week." she complained.

"I know, but I'll drive. Let's just get out and do something and you'll feel better," I offered.

Like, I can't tell you what it's like to raise an only child, and then have her go away to college, but it's not good.

"OK. We'll leave in an hour. I should feel better then," she offers.

"Fair enough."

So, in an hour or so, I get a camera cobbled together so I can snap some pics if we run into anything, and we head out.

Now...Prince Tubby has been missing for roughly 10 days, and we both know this, but we don't talk about it. It's too traumatic to discuss. Prince Tubby, son of Wallie, is the largest cat we have, and the only one with long hair. A true royal prince. But he's gone now. Someone else in the neighborhood lost their cat, so I'm thinking either a coyote or a lion got him, but he's gone, and we don't talk about this. Too depressing to consider.

At some point in the afternoon, we climb into Jen's VW Tiguan and head off towards Idaho Springs.

At Idaho Springs, we stop for lunch. Always, I eat at Carl's Jr. Everyone there knows me by name, and welcomes me when I walk through the door. But today, Jennifer says we'll eat at Smokin' Yards BBQ, and so it is.

We go there for lunch, and it's delicious, and now we head out and I offer, "Let's go up to Georgetown and hit Guanella Pass. If we get lucky, we'll see some Bighorn Sheep."

"Sure," she says.

The Mount Evans Road WILL NOT OPEN for the season on Friday May 24, 2019 due weather conditions and snow removal. There is not an estimated opening date at this time.

Road to Maroon Bells opens Friday; Independence Pass gets closer as opening remains on hold.

Trail RIdge Road opening delayed.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 24, 2019 at 9:13 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Guanella Pass Open

Jen and I drove across Guanella Pass today (opening day) 5/24/2019 in her car.

Independence Pass - Not open yet.
Trail Ridge Road - Not opened yet. Delayed opening.
Mt Evans - The Mount Evans Road WILL NOT OPEN for the season on Friday May 24, 2019 due weather conditions and snow removal. There is not an estimated opening date at this time.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Tubby Lives!

Today, Friday May 24, Tubby returned to the house, after being missing since Wednesday last week. Not clear where he was, but we gave him Krystal cheeseburgers as a present, and he is wiped out, resting up on his cat perch. Jen and I are so glad to have him home again. :)


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 24, 2019 at 5:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

3DR Solo Drone Not Recording

I went and flew my drone at the lake today for the first time in forever, pretty much. I did OK flying it. I didn't put it in the lake. But, when I got it, back ,it hadn't recorded anything. Argh. Trying to figure out why this is.

OK. I put the GoPro app on the front page of the iphone. Let's start with that.

Now, when I launch the GoPro app, it says "PeenieWallie not found".

Here are my instructions for the last time I did this, 4 years ago.

I click "control your gopro".

The app says "make sure peeniewallie is on"

Press and hold the button on the side of your camera to activate wireless (the wireless icon should appear).

Connect to your camera's wifi.

1. Go to settings-wifi on your phone.
2. Select your gopro (peeniewallie) from the list and enter the password if prompted.
3. Once connected, return to the GoPro App.

OK. I think that, first of all, I have "Wireless" turned off on the Hero4.
I hit Mode the Mode button on the Hero4 and scroll through to Setup.
Then, I hit the top (select?) button on top of the camera.
Now, I'm in a wireless menu.
The first icon in the wireless menu says that Wireless is Off.

Hit the top select button on top of the Hero 4.
Now, my options are "OFF", "PAIR", and "BACK"

So, I'm guessing that this is my problem.

Now, I navigate so that the OFF is selected, and I hit the select button and now, it looks like I have turned on the WiFi. There is now a flashing blue light.

Now, I think that I need to go to the "PAIR" option.

Hit "MODE" twice to get down to "PAIR". Hit select button on top.

Now, my options are "GoPro APP" and "WI-FI RC".

So, I select WI-FI RC, and it says "you've got 3 minutes get going".

Now, in a panic, I turn on my iphone, Go to Settings - WIFI. Select "PeenieWallie". Put in the password.

Christ. It worked, I think.

Ooops. the GoPro says "pairing failed".


"Put RC in pairing mode".

WTF does that mean? That's what my camera is screaming at me.


OK. Lets see. I think i want to start over.

When i launch the 3DR Solo app on the iphone it says "new software

So, first, lets update the software on the iphone.

Ok. Did that. Now it says it wants to update the 3DR SOLO controller.
So, apparently the 3DR controller has a wifi network also.

So, I turned on the 3-DR solo controller and now it says 'waiting for solo'.


So I put the battery in the drone to see what happens.
Drone lights up. It has no camera in it.

Ok. Now If I go to WiFi on my iphone I do see another network now and it's called

So, it does appear that the drone is creating a wifi network named Sololink_33FC14.

So, i finally got the GoPro working. The trick is to make sure that thecamera is flashing red before you let it fly.

There are some final steps i had to do to get the drone to record before i let it fly. I think on the iphone app there were some steps right at the end to get it to sync to the network Sololink_33FC14.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 21, 2019 at 6:04 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Birthday Snow

Because it always seems like no one can remember when the last snow was, I want to point out that yesterday/today, May 20/21, 2019, we got 6" of snow.

It snowed every month this winter, for as far back as I can remember. It snowed like hell all winter long, and I wasn't able to even get my motorcycle out of my driveway until the end of April. And now, in May, it's snowing again, like a motherfucker.

I have lived in this house for 20 years (since 2000). I have never been through a winter like the one we just suffered through. Yes, there was the October Blizzard of 97. And the Spring Blizzard of 2003. That's true. But, we've never had consistently heavy snow through every single month, from October - May, like this past winter. Not in the 20 years I've lived here, anyway.

So, whoever thinks Global Warming is a thing is so stupid there aren't words.

I spent April and May riding my motorcycle into the hills around Idaho Springs and Georgetown, riding until the snow turned me back. Nothing is open. I still can't make it to Loch Lomond. Every trail around Idaho Springs leads to nothing but snow.

Now, we're coming up on Memorial Day weekend. This is when the State of Colorado will try to open a lot of passes, including the following:

  • Mt Evans
  • Trail Ridge Road
  • Guanella Pass
  • Independence Pass

None of these are currently open. It will be hilarious to see if they can get them open in time for Memorial Day (Monday May 27th).

In case you were wondering what the snow pack is like in Aspen, they're going to open Aspen Mountain for skiing on Memorial Day Weekend.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

PeenieWallie Lives!

I got up this morning, to discover that we lost internet access. And, this is the part I don't like. I don't like this part where my internet keeps going out on me, and PeenieWallie is down. This is where I feel like I should be in a home. But make no mistake. I don't want to go in a home like my dad did. I'd rather die in a horrible motorcycle accident, but for some reason, it never comes. I talk to other riders and they all tell these horror stories and I have nothing really. For some reason, I'm still here.

So I call Mountain Broadband. And they say everything looks fine from their end. She cycles everything and says to try again in 5 minutes. But 5 minutes later, I have no internet access. So, here we go.

Go into DOS:

Upstairs PC has 2 ethernet connections:


Destination host unreachable.

Cycle downstairs router (Turn router on/off).
Cycle downstairs thing that goes to dish.

now, Ping


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

Woohoo! I can ping my router now!


Windows IP Configuration

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Now, though, I want to go a little further and see:

1) what IP address is the one that is being used on my web server
2) verify port forwarding is correct in my local router.

So now, I go to my web browser and go to
(This is the address of my router downstairs).
Now, if I click on Virtual Servers, I see that inbound Port 80 requests are routed to on Port 80. So, this is my Peenie Wallie server. And, it's being routed to my upstairs laptop, on the new IP connection at

So...I just wanted to document this connection because I feel like I'm at the point where, if I don't document it, I won't be able to manage it.

So, it's working now. Check please.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 21, 2019 at 8:57 AM : Comments (1) | Permalink

Today has been OK


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 19, 2019 at 9:03 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Chasing the snow

Today, I tried to ride the AT up to Loch Lomond.'s the middle of May. You'd think that, at some point, the snow would start to melt. But apparently not. Every day is like Groundhog Day. I go out, ride until I get my tires in enough snow that it scares me, turn back, return home, wash rinse repeat. this point, no passes are open, really. Like....Guanella Pass (Closed), Trail Ridge Road (Closed), Independence Pass (Closed), Mt Evans (Closed), .Jones Pass (Closed).

Today, when I got up close to Loch Lomond, I found an SUV stuck in the snow, and eventually I got to where the road was snowed completely over. And, above 10,000', it was snowing pretty hard. I'm wearing ski gloves and my hands are so cold I think I'll lose them.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 18, 2019 at 10:11 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

How to set the Clock (Time) on the Africa Twin

Today, I noticed that the time on my motorcycle is different than the time on my iPhone. So, I figured maybe that daylight savings time had tripped me up. So, I went into the B & B motorcycle shop in Evergreen today and asked them if we had done daylight savings time recently.

Adam was like..."Dude...that was a long time ago."

I just checked and, the daylight savings time switch occurred on Sunday March 10th. So, over two months ago. Wow.

How to set the Clock (Time) on the Africa Twin

  • Press SET and hold down.
    Press SEL down button at the same time and hold until the hour flashes

  • Once the hour is flashing you can then adjust hours, up or down, via the SEL switch.

  • To move across to minutes click the SET button.

  • Once the minutes are flashing you can then adjust minutes, up or down, via the SEL switch.

  • When the time is correct you can hit the SET

  • Done!


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 17, 2019 at 10:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

PeenieWallie Lives!

I think that this time, the outtage was caused by my PC getting a new IP address, so the port forwarding defined in the router was no longer working.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 17, 2019 at 10:23 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink