Month: January 2016
Today, with the temperatures over 60 degrees (for the end of January!) it was a must ride kinda day. I left the house at 10 am so I could have enough daylight to go where I wanted and have time explore and still get home before it got dark. The plan was to head slightly north into Madison, IN, meet up with a couple other riders for lunch and then head up to the JPG, a closed Army base responsible for storing and testing ordinance of all kinds. I will include some links for more information on it further down.
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So, as we are under a blanket of white crap, I decided to drive and see just how the roads are doing. Surprising (not really) enough, the roads were fairly good, outside my own neighborhood. Yes, this video is a little long, so watch/skip what you want. Just sharing thoughts as I am itching to ride… Thought waiting through this last year was bad, it is infinitely worse after having had a riding year like last one.
For anyone who lives in the same area as I do know we are finally into Winter. Last ride I took was last Thursday (Jan 14) and it has been inclement ever since. Either too cold, too wet, or too dangerous with the amounts of ice and snow. Hell, if you take a look out, the ground is covered in snow and the roads are barely passable even for cars. And it looks like that is staying around for a while.
And thus, we enter the Winter Doldrums. It was the same last year.
Last year, I went on a lot of trips. 12,000 miles worth. It is amazing where all I ended up going. I have gone through nearly every state that touches Kentucky, as you can see in the map to the right. This year, I already have a number of trips planned, some even paid for.
So, using some left over money I had been saving up I purchased a new top box that fits on my existing rear rack. It is a Givi E470 Mono-Key top box. 47 liter capacity. I can put all kinds of stuff in there, but it will be most useful for commuting and putting my laptop bag in and allowing it to be locked if I want to do something right after work. Now, I don’t have to go home to drop off the laptop before heading out. Besides, I can carry my rain gear in case I am not wearing my Klim stuff for some reason and my air compressor and tire repair kit as well. And, if I dont want to have it on, it comes off in a snap with the turn of the key.