So....I have been part of some of the ride reports here for a little while but with absolutely no effort on my part. I have been very fortunate that my dancing partner authors some wonderful reports and has been the one to document the trips we have taken together. A new spin takes place when my son decides that g®eg and I have made this riding thing look like a lot of fun and bought himself a graduation present....a 1983, Honda Nighthawk CB650SC. Due to someones decision to give it an alternate color in it's past, we have affectionately named it, Pikachu. (Okay, so maybe g®eg and I decided to call it that....Colton, not so much). Sorry Colt, incentive to make a new paint job your winter project. Honestly, though...the bike is in great condition, mechanicaly very solid and doesn't look bad for being almost 10 years older than he is. Runs like a champ and he is loving it, so it's a perfect fit. I followed up with my graduation present which was an MSF course and gear. The result?? Passed his course last Sunday, turned it into his license on Monday and mother and son left for their first ride together on the weekend! g®reg couldn't make this one and was very missed. He of course sent us on our way with the advice to "Take a lot of pics" and "Maybe it's time for you to write your first trip report". I don't always do as I'm told but he sometimes has some good ideas and this one seemed like it was. We got a late start the first day and couldn't hit the road until about 2 in the afternoon. Should be plenty of time to make it to the first stop in Warren, PA. [/IMG] [/IMG] Headed out Route 16, through Holland and continuing south. Gas stop, 25 minutes into it. Keep in mind that this is already 4 times further than Colton has gone on a ride so far. [/IMG] All gassed up and ready to go! Took 16 to 242...beautiful road that brought us on a very happy, mildly twistiness into Ellicottville, NY. Continued out and headed for 394 but happened to pass a soft serve ice cream sign. Colton is always up for soft serve. [/IMG] Because he took great notes over the years, he made a very wise choice to start the meal with dessert. . Did I mention how hot it was that day? No, probably not.....rush to get the ice cream down before it ended up all over. [/IMG] Followed by the main courses, (It always seems like there needs to be pics of food, so I think I've got that pre-req covered... [/IMG] [/IMG] Bikes still full, check.....stomachs' full, check.....beautiful sunny day with perfect roads ahead! Check! [/IMG] Heading down a small stretch of 394....Would recommend this one. Only stayed on it for a short time going this direction but managed to find more of it on the way home later. Turned onto 62 to take us into Warren, PA. Great scenery, rolling hills.... [/IMG] Local wildlife.... [/IMG] And Colton learning how to tear it up...... [/IMG] [/IMG] Pulled into our home for the next two nights...Gotta love Hampton Inns! (I know...I know....what happened to roughing it and camping???, next time, I promise). [/IMG] [/IMG] He's starting to get tired of the camera in my hands. Not a bad day....safe at the hotel...Applebees next door and 133 miles behind us today. Time to relax and get rested for tomorrow! [/IMG] Stay tuned...more coming.