May 29

Completed the Geocaching 81 Matrix!

I finally finished the 81 Matrix by finding a cache at an almost 800 year old castle and had to climb into the hole they used as a toilet back in the 13th century. Here is my log: http://coord.info/GLN4J0FT.

To complete this matrix you must find at least one cache for each Geocache Difficulty and Terrain rating which begins a 1 Difficulty / 1 Terrain and goes up by .5 to 5 Difficulty / 5 Terrain.  There is a total of 81 combinations.

Glad I have finally completed this as it was difficult to find caches that fit the last ten or so spots.  It only took me 7 years and 3145 caches!

Click here for some info on Burgruine Graefenstein.

 

May 28

Luxembourg American and German Cemeteries and Memorials

Today Sabine and I visited the American and German Cemeteries and Monuments to pay our respects to the American and German Soldiers who gave their lives in service to their countries.

The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is near Hamm which is a bit Northwest of Luxembourg City. The US Army 5th Armored Division liberated this site on 10 September 1944 and a temporary military burial ground was established on 29 December 1944. The Grand Ducal government of Luxembourg has provided this land to the US dead perpetually without charge or taxation.

This is the burial location of General George S. Patton and 5076 other American heroes including one female Army nurse.  The cemetery is located on 50.5 acres and contains 4958 cross,118 Stars of David, and 101 unknown Soldiers.  There are 22 sets of brothers buried side by side. The names of 371 Missing in Action are listed on the memorial. This cemetery was officially dedicated on 4 July 1960.

Contact info:

Luxembourg American Cemetery

50, Val du Scheid

L-2515 Luxembourg

Tel: +352 43.17.27

GPS N 49 36.771 E 6 11.157

Entrance to the Luxembourg American Cemetery

Entrance to the Luxembourg American Cemetery

22 Brothers Buried Side by Side

22 Brothers Buried Side by Side

WW I Vets Remembering

WW II Vets Remembering

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

Luxembourg American Cemetery Monument

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Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

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Grave of General George S. Patton

Grave of General George S. Patton


The German Soldier Cemetery is a few kilometers from the American Cemetery in Sandweiler. The bodies of German Soldiers who were Killed in Action were recovered, cared for, and buried by the American Military Burial Service.  A total of 10913 German Soldiers are buried here. 4829 are in a mass grave behind the cross of which 4014 are identified by name and 815 are unknown.  Additionally there are 5599 individual graves which also include many unknown Soldiers.  In 1952 an agreement was signed by the Grand Ducal of Luxembourg and Germany making this the first official German Soldier Cemetery built outside of Germany.

German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

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Entrance to German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

Entrance to German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

Entrance to German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

Entrance to German Soldiers Cemetery Sandweiler

German Soldier Killed in Action and Unknown German Soldier

German Soldier Killed in Action and Unknown German Soldier

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Gravestone for mass grave of 4829 German Soldiers - 815 unknown.

Gravestone for mass grave of 4829 German Soldiers – 815 unknown.

Gravestone for mass grave of 4829 German Soldiers - 815 unknown.

Gravestone for mass grave of 4829 German Soldiers – 815 unknown.

A solemn place.....not often visited.

A solemn place…..not often visited.

In My Heart You Live Again. Even the German Soldiers had loved ones.

In Our Hearts You Live Again. Even the German Soldiers had loved ones.

May 22

Bert’s 1999 DiamondBack Sorrento SE Bicycle

I would like to share today my 1999 DiamondBack Sorrento SE bicycle. I bought this bike back in 1999 at the US Army PX in Hanau Germany. It had been a long time since I had owned a good bike and I figured it was time to get one so I could ride.

The Sorrento SE is a hardtail Mountain Bike with front suspension. The original MSRP was $349.00 but I don’t remember what I paid for this one.  Probably the MSPR. This was also the last year for this DiamondBack model.

I think that for a 17 year old bike that it still rides very well!

Here are the specifications. SOURCE

Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Chromoly main triangle/hi-tensile steel rear stays
Fork Brand & Model SR Suntour M-7500, 1.95″ travel
Fork Material Aluminum/chromoly, triple-clamp crown
Rear Shock Not applicable

 

Components
Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Lee Chi ProMax linear-pull brakes, Lee Chi ProMax levers
Shift Levers Shimano Alivio RapidFire SL
Front Derailleur Shimano AceraX top-swing, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Crankset Shimano AceraX, 22/32/42 teeth
Pedals Wellgo LU-983D
Bottom Bracket Tien Hsin BB-7700, 110mm spindle
BB Shell Width 68mm English
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 – 30 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-IG51, 1/2 x 3/32″
Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust, 29.2mm diameter
Saddle Diamondback All-Terrain
Handlebar Lee Chi
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem JD aluminum
Headset 1 1/8″ threadless Aheadset STS

 

Wheels
Hubs Joy Tech aluminum, Q/R
Rims Alex VP-20F, 32-hole
Tires Front: 26 x 1.95″ Kenda K-877, Rear: 26 x 1.95″ Kenda K-887
Spoke Brand Shuhn Lih stainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Brass nipples

My bike is pretty much stock but I have replaced the Crank, Bottom Bracket, and the Front Shifter mechanism. Current crank is the Shimano FC-M311-L Alivio and the bottom bracket is the Shimano UN55 BB.

I have added a RACKTIME ADDIT rear rack, Vaude Karakorum Panniers, RAM Mount X Mount phone holder and Bike Planet Comfort Gel seat.

For lighting I have Bike Planet front and rear LEDs and See Sense ICON smart lights. The See Sense ICON lights are Bluetooth enabled and I can adjust the pattern and brightness on my smart phone. The rear light also detects when I am slowing down and acts like a brake light.  Additionally if I crash the lights will automatically send my location to another phone via a text message. I got the See Sense ICON light via a Kickstarter project.

For tires I am currently running Kenda Khan K-935 26 x 1.75

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May 21

Bert’s Hydroponic Garden Version 2016!

Well I started my hydroponic garden up. Started putting it together last weekend and now it is running pretty good. Have one more spicy pepper plant to add. No tomatoes this year since this probably our last summer here I didn’t want to go to the trouble of building up a tomato house.

May 19

Never Heard of Freeriding But I Like it!

Man I would have DEFINITELY done this back in my teens and 20’s when I thought I was invincible and would live forever. Probably wouldn’t do it today!

May 19

Comparative US Military Terms

When dealing with the various US Military services it is very important that you understand the specific lingo for the particular person you are talking to at the time.  This is especially true when dealing with the United States Air Force.

I have put together this handy reference list for everyone who might find themselves in need.

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NAVY / MARINES US ARMY US AIR FORCE
HEAD LATRINE POWDER ROOM
MESS DECK / CHOW HALL MESS HALL / MESS TENT DINING FACILITY / CAFE’
RACK BUNK SINGLE BED WITH RUFFLE & DUVET
“COOKIE” MESS COOK CONTRACT CHEF
COFFEE / MUD CUP OF JOE VANILLA LATTE’
BUG JUICE KOOL AID SHIRLEY TEMPLE
UTILITIES BATTLE DRESS UNIFORM (BDU) CASUAL WEAR
SEAMAN / PRIVATE PRIVATE BOBBY OR JIMMY
CHIEF / GUNNY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS BOB OR JIM
CAPTAIN / SKIPPER COLONEL ROBERT OR JAMES
CAPTAIN’S MAST ARTICLE 15 TIME OUT
BERTHING / BARRACKS BARRACKS APARTMENT
SKIVVIES / U-TRAU UNDERWEAR T-SHIRT & PANTIES
THROWN IN THE BRIG PUT IN CONFINEMENT GROUNDED
ZOOM BAG FLIGHT SUIT BUSINESS CASUAL
COVER BERET OPTIONAL
SHIP’S STORE / PX PX THE MALL
TAD TDY PCS WITH FAMILY
CRUISE / AFLOAT DEPLOY HUH?
GROUND GRABBERS ATHLETIC SHOES FLIP FLOPS
BOONDOCKERS JUMP BOOTS BIRKENSTOCKS
LOW QUARTERS LOW QUARTERS PATENT LEATHER PUMPS
SEAL / FORCE RECON SPECIAL FORCES LIBRARIAN
OOO-RAH! HOOO-AAH! UH-OH!
MRE MRE #3 WITH COKE
GRINDER DRILL FIELD WHAT?
GE-DUNK SNACK BAR CHUCKY CHEESE
MIDSHIPMAN CADET DEBUTANT
HARDCORE STRIKE WAY TOO SERIOUS

 

 

May 18

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Raw Food Diet

May 02

Hmmmm….Virtual Geocaching Trackable Discovering?

downloadOne of the parts of Geocaching that I like is collecting, releasing, picking up, dropping off, and discovering what is called “TRACKABLES”.  Trackables come in two flavors; Geocoins, and Travel Bugs.

Trackables are normally small items that have a unique tracking code on them that lets you track their travels from geocache to geocache. You sometimes find them in geocaches and when you do you can choose to pick it up (Retrieve), discover it, or just leave it alone. Part of the fun is seeing how many total trackables you find while searching geocaches. People also take them to geocaching events to swap and let other people discover them. Because the trackables are only put in geocaches and taken to geocaching events you can usually only get the code by seeing them in person.

What I am starting to find though is that many people are starting to post the codes online like on the website I found HERE. I have also found that many can be found on Pinterest like THIS board.

Personally I try to be very careful that the codes for the over 400 trackables I own never get online.  I want people to see them in person.

So…..what do you think?  Would you log discoveries on trackables that you got the code for online without seeing the actual item? There are no set rules far as I know. Many people log geocaches without ever actually finding them.  Would you consider this the same?

May 01

Mass Geocaching Trackable Logger

You all know how it is.  You go to a local Geocaching event or maybe even a MEGA or GIGA event and you come back with huge lists of trackables you need to log. This can take HOURS!

Well now there is a website that can make this all easier. LOGTHEMALL will automate your logging so that you no longer have to go through all the tedious work.  Just write down all the trackable numbers in a text file and then copy and paste the numbers into the provided field. Click SUBMIT and voila…all the trackables will be logged.  You will have to authorized them access to your account but this is as simple as clicking on Allow Access button when you are taken to the Geocaching.com page.

So GET OUT AND CACHE!!

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