It was 50 when I left, over 70 when I got home. Not a cloud in the sky for most of the day. Perfect weather to spend the day on the bike. Left a little after 9 am and got home just at dark. At first, a couple of us were going to make the ride, but after going over the route, the other rider decided he needed to stay closer to home as he had other responsibilities in the early afternoon, and the route would not let him get home in time. That’s all good, especially for those married folks who have to keep their S.O. happy in order to ride without question. I can forgive this one. As you can see on the left, the route was a fairly good one for a days worth of riding. As it was mapped, it was over 275 miles, but when all was said and done, the odometer went just over 300 miles. As with any good ride, routes are nice, but deviations are nicer. There isn’t much to say about the ride, so I will get into the photos. Just below the break I will put some links for the history and information on the trestle itself.
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.
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.
Well, not really, but with new heated gear, it will certainly feel that way. I finally picked up a heated jacket liner and gloves this past weekend. I didn’t really need the jacket liner, however it made it easy to wire in the gloves, as the sleeves already had attachments for the gloves wired in. No running wiring through sleeves of the jacket and them getting stuck or pulling while I was riding. Once I got everything set up and wired in, I took off on a ride to give it a good test. The temp wasn’t even 40 deg out yet, so it was going to be plenty chilly.
Any who read this blog will realize the updates have been slow lately. Mostly it is because I have been fairly busy on the weekends lately. Or, the weather has been rainy. I have been out a few times, however, with a nice 100+ mile trip last week to get some wine for Thanksgiving. Read the rest of this entry »
Came home this weekend from Indiana with a couple bruises and a pulled muscle. Raven needs an adjustment on a front turn signal and one helluva bath. She is more brown than black. My most excellent street tires did most excellently poor in the mud and left Raven and I on our sides 1/2 way up a muddy slope. There are many thanks that need to be given to those who helped me push her the rest of the way, nearly dropping her again a couple times because the tires just would not find purchase in the slick mud. Rained half the day, but the beginning was great, nice and cool and a lot of fun.
From October 7 thru October 11 I went to Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, NC. It is located in prime motorcycle riding country with 3 famous and major routes; Cherohala Skyway, Moonshine Run and Tail of the Dragon. This is a trip I have had planed for over 9 months, and one I have had the hardest time waiting to arrive. The trip down was going to be along US60, 127, 27, 95, 129 and 28. 129 is the Tail of the Dragon and 28 is Moonshine Run. So my route down, before the weekend even starts, includes the Tail of the Dragon and Moonshine Run. Two of the three off the bucket list already. Lets just say, hitting these roads fully loaded, was not exactly what I wanted to do, but hey, may as well go all the way.
This last Sunday was an event that is held around the world, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. This is my first year participating in it, but it was a blast. You sign up to ride, meet up dressed up “distinguished” and then ride about town hitting some locations, getting photos and riding for a good cause. I am not going to go over all the stuff, as it is better written on the supporting websites, which I will link below. Here, I just wanted to share some photos, with ride video coming later, once I get it processed. The one video I am including here is more of a test of my new iPhone than it was meant for this post, but it shows the bikes at the river. Next year, I will be more prepared and actually get officially signed up and spam FB for sponsorship.
So, after failing to pull the trigger and ride down on Saturday due to storms that were supposed to come in during the afternoon but never showed, I headed south Sunday morning. I went down to see some friends who live just outside of Bardstown on a farm. While I was kicking myself in the arse about not going Saturday, Sunday turned out to be 100% perfect for riding. It MAY have gotten to 65 degrees, and the sky was perfect blue and white with almost “Simpsons” like clouds.