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Old 02-18-2013, 05:50 AM   #2371
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Hola, amigo.

Yeah, prolly a coupla months since my last joy ride, too. In past winters I've managed to dig out here and there and log some miles, but it's always such an effort, and the salt shite they use on the roads in this part of the world is brutal on the moto (my wheels are permanently etched from the rides depicted in the photo sequences above and below), so this winter I've chosen just to bide my time. I don't do "hurry up and wait" very well, though...

Hope to ride with you again soon. :-)




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Old 06-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #2372
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WOW!! I have read every word, and savoured over every photograph dreaming of the time I can visit that incredible place you call home. I feel privileged to have travelled with you on your numerous journeys. From one traveller to another, thankyou! Certainly made me smile during the coldest, wettest winter in Sydney Australia,
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:26 PM   #2373
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...'09-'10 was a tough one in these parts, a "fifty-year winter," the locals said. We believe them.

Portions of the Parkway were gated closed for months, and the riding opportunities were few and far between.



~ 70-mph wind gusts, snow drifts and glare ice ~
OK, I wont complain about our winters ever again!!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:23 PM   #2374
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Ferris hope all is well, your pictures where among the best on ADV. Missing my weekly great pics of bikes and trains.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:45 PM   #2375
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Can you PLEASE share some more photo,
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #2376
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Sorry, photos...more than one. My Engrish not so good!
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:55 PM   #2377
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Hey Robcig and Papadew, sorry for the slow reply, I haven't been monitoring ADV for awhile but I got a ping from my buddy JB2 this afternoon that said a couple of inmates were needing their RR fix. :)

I've ridden as much as possible this summer, between w*rk and the weather - we HAVE to be setting some sort of record for rainfall here in SW Virginia this summer. It's been wet and wild, to be sure.

Haven't taken many photos, just haven't been in the mood and I really don't know why. Lately, when I see a photo op, nine times out of ten I simply motor on. Could be laziness, I suppose, or shooter's block, or whatever. I'm still ultra-passionate about riding, but the camera has been kinda forgotten lately.

That said, I knocked out about 270 miles this past Saturday with my friend Carlos, who was up visiting from the Kinston, North Carolina area, and actually broke out the camera and documented some of our foolishness. It was raining cats and dogs and elephants when we headed out, with thick fog to deal with on the Parkway, as well.

We had been scanning the radar for an hour or so, and finally could see a hole opening up to the southwest of us. We had originally planned about a 500-mile day which would take us up into Kentucky, but between the late start and the weather we ended up scaling back our itinerary by about 50%.

The immediate goal was to get to Independence, Virginia, where we predicted we'd finally see a respite from the rain, but we had to go the "long" way via Sparta, North Carolina to try to come around and in behind the worst of it.

It all worked pretty much according to plan, and by the time we finished fueling up in Independence the rain had stopped, although the roads were still extremely wet, and we had to be careful for washouts, downed trees, and such.

We were finally able to shed our raingear in Damascus, Virginia, and rather amazingly never had to suit up again for the remainder of the day, but only because we were watching the radar on Carlos' cell phone like hawks, and choosing our routing accordingly. We had some very close calls weather-wise during the day, and I'd guess that 70% or 80% of the pavement we strafed during the day was at least damp, if not outright wet, but man we had a ball!

I'll post up some pix here in a minute. There are some from early in the day, and some from much later on, but nothing from the middle, as we were having too much fun to slow down. Carlos showed me a new road (which shall remain unnamed), nearish Tazewell, Virginia, that absolutely knocked my socks off. It deserves to be ridden on something much more sporting than a Road King, and preferably the pavement would be clean and dry, but it rocked nonetheless, and was one of many highlights on the day.

OK, enough blathering, on with the shoe. Thanks for keeping the flame lit, fellas - it's much appreciated.

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Carlos 'n me, fixin' to get our wet on!

Photo by DNutz, the hostest with the mostest.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #2379
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At least DNutz had the common sense to stay home and stay dry...
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Why is Carlos so happy? Because we're four thousand feet up in the mountains of southwest Virginia,
riding one of the twistiest roads around, and IT HAS STOPPED RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:32 PM   #2381
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Ferris B oh-so-happy, too, in part because very soon we'll be climbing out of our frikkin' rain gear.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #2382
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OK, so this is much later in the day...
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:38 PM   #2383
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...on a Road That FORMERLY Shall Not Be Named (now the dirty bastiches have named it, given it a sexy logo,
and built a website to promote it; pricks)...
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:39 PM   #2384
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...doing what we've been doing all day...
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #2385
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...trying to surgically dissect our way through the weather.

We're in Tazewell, aiming for Marion. See the cell parked over Hungry Mother State Park? We're betting that by the time we get there
we'll roll in behind that cell (and its smaller sibling to the west), but ahead (barely) of the cell sliding in on the far left of the screen.

Worked like a charm, and we did this All. Day. Long.
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