Having arrived here at 4.30am this morning, I got a call at 9.30am that the bike will be with me by 12, a very, very long story.........
Sure enough the bike arrived and I set about trying to find the cause of the lack of compression. The symptoms were different to the bent valve issue before.
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Pic 1: I decided to triple check the valve clearance first off, in the vein hope that it might be a simple fix, unfortunately they were spot on
Pic 2: cylinder head off and valves were all good
Pic 3: my crusty looking piston and a hint of the damage on the bore
Pic 4: quite the gap round the left hand side of the piston
Pic 5: oh bugger
Pic 6: rings are stuck tight on one side, I don't think the marks on the piston are too bad, but I'll know more tomorrow when Pete gets back to confirm things for me
Pic 7: the extent of the bore damage, again I'll see what pete says about it tomorrow 🤞🏻
So that's it for today I'm afraid, I need to catch up on some sleep!
If Pete thinks the damage is not too severe, then I'll be getting some new rings, hopefully Tuesday, then I can set off again back up the most westerly point at Ardnamurchan, 311 miles from here, then back down the country, heading for home, via Bristol and the scene of the valve incident just outside of Exeter!
Sometimes I wonder why I do this! 😂
Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget our goals. A week in to my new program, life for hectic and I started to forget my goals. I was able to get back into my program with no problems. But last night when I got home I had a special package waiting for me. My shirt for being one of the ones who started the Shift Shop program! Seeing that shirt made me really focus on my goals. Realizing I can do this! And so can you!
In a way Chornobyl disaster is an analogy for all of humanity; of how often extreme stupidity of some people is met with extreme bravery of others. Make no mistake, it was a human error; a stupid, careless action of one man, the chief engineer Anatoly Stepanovich Dyatlov, who ignored all safety measures, disregarded the procedures and caused this terrible tragedy. It was never meant to happen and we were never meant to hear about this place.
Then these guys had to step in, the Liquidators, aka one of the greatest heroes ever that you probably never heard of. These people had to clear up the site and secure it. There was 500.000 of them in total, so many died prematurely.
One of the bravest of them all were the 400 to 10.000 Coal miners of Tula (and other regions), called up to dig a tunnel and secure the base of the reactor number 4.
Had the molten mass of the core melted through the floor of the reactor to the water table below it would have triggered a nuclear blast 10,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, making most of Europe uninhabitable for thousands of years. They worked 24hours a day, non-stop, to save us all. Each one of them was exposed to huge doses of radiation, many died within days, weeks... a quarter died before age of 40. Yet working in such terrible conditions they've never complained or ever think about quitting, as someone had to do it. Think of them whenever you hear someone don't want to do something as it's 'not my job'...
Thank you guys, you truly are heroes.
Everyone should watch a documentary called The Battle of Chernobyl (2006) available on YouTube - it tells the story of Liquidators.
I'm so proud of my husband @tank4president Thomas Johnson and kiddos Mallory & Thomas Jr. along with business partner and Dear Friend James Glover! Our company Unite Us Logistics teamed up with TN ministries to collect a Semi Truck load of supplies to deliver to #Houston for disaster relief 🖤 I'm so thankful that my children are able to receive a true understanding of #philanthropy done in a truly impactful way. As a family we have always spoke out loud on getting "Hand On" instead of just "showing up to make an appearance" with their platforms... This teaching early for them, and the continuations of this from my former NFL player husband and I will continue to fullfill every life chapters journey as a #Unit ! #Philanthropy is the love of humanity.. you shouldn't have to be asked to do it, Support for credit, participate for recognition.... You should do it because humanity needs you, as much as you need it. Giving and sharing is something that has always been a Priceless return for the #JohnsonUnit and that will always be, for our generations to come 🖤 #Love#Life#Journey#Community#Tennessee#Georgia#UniteUsLogistics#LetUsBeGreat#FamilyOfPhilanthropy#South#Houston#BigTrucks#BigHearts#ThisGoesOutToHouston#WithLove