Friday, September 22, 2017

CCleaner Malware

Attention readers of this blog. I just found out about this and thought I would share in case you missed the latest news. If you use CCleaner, the free spyware scanner and removal tool, it has been hacked and infected with malware. I've been using it for years, and one of my computers was in fact infected, so it was quite a shock, just happy I caught it when I did.

From what I understand CCleaner is still a trustworthy utility, but you need to make sure you update to the latest version, and if you don't already have it download Malwarebytes to locate the trojan and remove it. It is important that you do this final step, because the CCleaner update in itself may not remove the malware.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Planning a Trip

What's been going on? Well not a whole lot. It's been hotter than hell the past four months and there doesn't appear to be any end in sight. Yet it will come, this I know, slowly but surely it will come, and when it does...

I've got big plans to do my first ever solo overnight bicycle tour, and I plan on documenting the progression here.

It's only been in the works for the past 15 years give or take. I bought my touring bicycle 13 years ago with big dreams of going on this epic across the country bicycle tour, but something always came up and it never happened. The problem is I was thinking too big. To me bicycle tour meant going on a long distance bicycle tour, and it never occurred to me that maybe I should try something more local, you know, longer than a day trip, packing like I'm going on a longer tour involving camping, but maybe just going overnight.

Well, the time has finally come. I've been a full-time bicycle commuter for about a year now, riding 50 miles a week to and from work as well as doing all my grocery shopping. I basically travel everywhere by bicycle, and feel I am physically prepared to go on my first overnight bicycle tour.

The only element needed for this recipe for adventure to work is cooler temperatures. Cooler but not cold, I'm thinking daily highs in the 70s to low 80s. You know normal summer temperatures in most parts of North America not in the desert Southwest. We get those kind of temps here in the fall and winter. Our summers are 100s from May to September. October is a transition month. So I'm thinking November. But we will see. Could be sooner, could be later, but it most certainly will be this year.

I've got a great destination in mind. Somewhere I've never been to but is only 25 miles away. I'm really looking forward to it. And am working on picking out my gear, figuring out the most ideal pack system, and will most certainly be posting a gear list with pictures and weights. Besides the ride I will most certainly be looking forward to the solitude of nature that has been missing from my life this past year. A solo camping trip is exactly what I need. I'm missing that at my current residence, didn't know how good I had it back when I first started this blog. Where I was living then was like a nature preserve compared to where I am now, and those early posts reflect that.

Being without trees and dark skies to see the stars, having too much noise and too much light, dims the spiritual sight. So this overnight bicycle tour will be much more than just an overnight bicycle tour, it will be a spiritual pilgrimage, surely with its share of trials and tribulations, it won't be easy, but it will be good.