BBQ and Bourbon

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KY607This weekend was a good riding weekend.  Nearly 400 miles when all was said and done.  Saturday started out kinda slow and chilly, but quickly warmed up to some of the best riding this year.  I left the house at about 9:30 AM Saturday morning, and headed up to New Castle, KY to meet up with a friend.  While running through Crestwood, picked up another rider from a different group and we ended up riding out together.  From there, we headed east and ended up on a tiny little country road, KY607.  It was a great little curvy road, and we were lucky enough to not run into any traffic along the route.  The image to the left is just of 607, not the whole route.  If you get time, find it and ride it.

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Southward Bound

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IMG_0482Headed out Saturday morning south of Bardstown, KY. The goal was to find an overlook I rode by last year on the Ice Breaker ride. As I was lucky enough to have gotten a photo there last year, I had the GPS info from that photo (what an awesome feature). I found it on the map, created a quick route and headed out. It overlooks a horseshoe bend in Rowan’s Creek from a road named Scott’s Ridge Road. I took my time getting there, and when I got there, some of the locals were hanging around and enjoying the day. And considering when I left home it was in the lower 50s, it was a perfect day. Chatted with one of the guys, and he was able to point out a few places in the distance and some landmarks. It was a nice conversation.

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First Overnight Camping Trip

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IMG_0449Since the weather was going to be so nice over the weekend, it was time to try out the kit again and tweak what I have.  I got everything packed up in the bags over the week, and put everything on the bike Saturday morning.  I had already packed up the pannier bags and the top box, leaving only my backpack and clothes roll to pack Saturday morning.  I didn’t set any alarms on Saturday to get up, considering the route was only to be about 140 miles, give or take.  I also had no set leave time.  I did finally leave some time around 11:30 AM.

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Weekend Camping Trip Planned

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mapLooks like this weekend will be another decently warm weekend for riding, and with an overnight low (Sat to Sun) of 41, I believe I will be making a trip somewhere to test out the kit for this year.  Made a few changes, so I want to make sure everything sits well and holds up to my expectations.  The two biggest will be the new sleeping bag and new top box.  So far, everything but my clothes and spare battery (phone and camera) and food.  I am packing as though I am heading out on a 3 or 4 night trip.

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Tulip Trellis, Indiana

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Tulip Trestle TripIt 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.

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Slow Down!

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This last weekends’ rides told me I needed to back up and take a new look at how I am doing my rides.  I need to get out of the “gotta get there” mentality and see my destinations as the turn-around point rather than the endpoint for my rides.  It is a subtle difference, but one that changes the entire point of the ride.

The whole point of a ride is the journey along the way.  The destination is just another place along that journey.

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Jefferson Proving Grounds

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IMG_0417Today, 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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Snowmageddon 2016

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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.