September Long Weekend 2017: "Now it's good to be back It's good to be back in the saddle again It's good to be back It's good to be right back where I belong."- Prism My first excursion on two wheels in a month and a half now that I am healthy enough to ride. This was the test run for the 990 after my repairs and so far so good. I put about 800 kms on the bike and it sounded, felt and responded as good as it ever has which was a massive relief and the best thing for my recovery that I could have asked for. A friend of mine joined me for an impromptu Camp & Ride north of the Red Deer River in an area that still allows campfires even in wild camping spots as long as they are in a fire ring. It was on! I took it easy and stuck to back roads and mostly pavement since I was not 100% and a little rusty maybe? I had a camp-site in mind under the bridge on hiway 11 at Clive Creek. I was a bit surprised to see the Lake level so incredibly high, and with whitecaps on it. I actually got blown out of my lane at "Windy Point" in wind like I have never felt before. I hit the opposit shoulder quickly rather than try to fight my way back to my lane on the blind corner, not wanting to be a hood ornament on my first ride in a long time. Not long after that we arrived at Clive Creek and hit the steep rocky descent on the south side of the road and east side of the bridge. The construction is finished at the bridge in case anyone was wondering. We scouted the sites but being a long weekend we took one of the last two remaining spots. After setting up we hiked around including the west side of the bridge which has a lot of great sites in and along the trees, as well as out near the lake. Normally there is a huge amount of dry, rocky lake-bed to ride around on and test your arm strength, or your steering damper, but all of that was under the Aqua-blue water this time. The wind howled for a while but abated in time to get the fire pit going to cook dinner on. We just relaxed and enjoyed a very pleasant evening that stayed fairly warm through the night. Smoke from a nearby forest fire drifts across the lake. Our view from the campsite. Woke to the sound of light rain while it was still dark this morning and it persisted until about 9 am once we had finished breakfast and packing up. It has been so dry I won't complain, and the clouds made for some interesting pictures on the return trip. We stopped to check out the little road that goes out to the lake side of the rock cut at Windy Point, since it was much calmer, without fear of being blown away. We also took a short detour to see the Bighorn Dam that is why Lake Abraham exists. Windy Point, looking west Looking down from the Bighorn Dam. Tons of Campers and OHVs. It was a cool ride home but the best I have felt in quite some time. It's good to be back in the saddle again!