Month: May 2015
So, with doing some extra work on Wednesday and staying after hours, I was able to garner Friday off! This turned into a near perfect riding day. I started off around 9:30 AM after not setting an alarm (so nice) and head across the river to get Raven’s instrument panel replaced (recall). I showed up, and apparently the part was never ordered, even though I had set the appointment to bring it in that day to have it swapped. No biggie, the only thing wrong is the trip meter resets every time the bike is turned off and on.
Here we are, the day before I head out, 24 hours, to be exact. The bags are packed and the money spent. All that has to happen is to get on the bike and ride. I will be staying at Black Bear Resort in Hampton, TN from Wednesday night until Sunday morning. The ride in and out will be nearly 8 hours, 340+ miles, each way. While I am a bit nervous about the long trip solo, I am more excited. Raven is checked up and ready to go, so I need to make myself ready as well.
So, with a long trip coming up, and the bike turning over 4200 miles on Friday, I took it over to the dealer to get the service done on it. I figured it would be the normal oil change and fluid check/flush and all that. Being the DCT model, I verified the dealer had the DCT filter in stock as well, which they did. So I show up while they are still pulling bikes out to their lot and get checked into the service bay.
Coming up in 3 days (Wednesday) I leave out on my longest (time and distance) trip yet. This is something that I have been looking forward to for a long time now (pretty much since I got the bike). I have been going over what to pack and what to leave, and even with all the planning, I know I will find myself leaving something behind. But as excited as I am, I am also nervous. I will be traveling solo for over 7 hours (one way) which is a lot (over 350 miles). I did have Raven in for her 4000 mile service, so everything is adjusted, fluids swapped, critical systems checked and verified. Raven is ready, time for me to get ready.
Yep, we had a very old Mercedes convertible roll in last night for bike nite at Barrett Bar. We had the usual crowd of bikes as well. From the sport bikes to the cruisers to the bobbers to the vintage to the rats. Even a few enduros and adv bikes. Good times were had by all, and there was something for everyone. Yeah, I know. It’s a short entry, but that is OK. I really just wanted to show off the Mercedes. More photos below.
So I got home this past evening and decided to take a ride out into the near country. I was never more than 20 to 30 minutes or so from home. I ended up being up at the Ohio River in the small town of Westport, KY. There isn’t much to say about the town, it is barely a few blocks big, but it does have a huge waterfront area with boat docks and landings. However, there is a small road that juts off KY524 called Eighteenmile Creek Road. (Google Map) The road runs along, you guessed it, Eighteenmile Creek. There are homes and farms on both side, with the home opposite the creek having driveways going through the creek. No truck, no crossings, in some places. There were some neat places back there. I didn’t really stop, but for one place, just as I turned on the road. The remains of a bridge were on the right.
This past weekend was the (soon to be annual) Derby Escape ride down to Sky Bridge Station in Red River Gorge. We had riders from 3 different states join up; Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Yep, we had a guy ride up from Galviston, TX to ride around the Gorge and then head home. Retirement must be nice… Along on the ride were 4 NC700X’s, a Honda Rebel and a Suzuki SV650. There were more NCs there than I have seen in one place together since I got mine. It was great. Now, I also got video, but have not processed it yet. It will probably be short, as I have posted this particular ride before, but there are a couple neat features we had this time over last.
Friday after work I needed to run a few errands and stop by my parents’ house to pick up some paperwork. As they live in Prospect, I decided to take a different route home than I normally take and run down Wolf Pen Branch road. It is a zig-zag of a road in the north eastern part of Jefferson County on the outskirts of Louisville. There is a definite yin and yang of houses along this road as you head east. You can pass by a mufti-million dollar mansion and across from it will be barely a hovel. Well, I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye of a for sale sign and in the background this large white house in the middle of a field. Even from the road it looked abandoned. I turned around and turned in and decided to take a couple photos. Neat little find on the edge of a populated city.
There is another photo after the break.