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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Riff, Oct 7, 2010.
explain that one! someone searching high and low for the best v-strom and buys a goldwing
Yeah I got a kick out of that one too! Men our age have attained the privilege of changing our minds at will, when we deem it expedient, and necessary! In other words we just felt like it! Congrats on the new ride! Got a bigger picture of her?
In the opinion of thee, he has no age to determine appropriate level of decision.
Men in general will understand the level of consequence and just except the outcome. If your younger, the pecker control most of this rationale. As a middle age man the risk is greater
(wife, family, estate). And for you two : Get it when I can or not tonight I got a headache.
For someone with too much book lurnin you gettin a handle on it allrighty. Oh Yeah I just remembered a Rhodes Scholar in most other parts of the world means you can grow up to be President! In Appalachia you're unqualified with out the OJT degree, and three years of watchn "Red Green" for your AA, four Years for a BA [or BS depending how you look at it], and been watchin since u's a youngn for Ur PHD in HillBillyology! U gotter happin on both fronts my friend. We jess might wind up and vote you in as Mountain Mayor, the Highest Office in the Land [litterally] ! When the power grid fails you'll find me up in the "Mountains of the East"
How did things go up in PA?
You stole this one (Cumberland) from a puzzle box, right?
Hey you just gave me an idea for a potential moneymaker here!
I'm in St Louis for the last week, no mountains here
Been There Done That Did NOT get the hat or the key ring! What is going on next week?
Not sure what I have going on yet, home for a few days I hope.
The long dark night of winter ..... Winter? We had a Winter? This has been a very mild winter here around Cumberland, but still cool enough, and wet enough that there where not too many days that where optimal for a big sport touring machine [and an ol fart]. Instead of CC Rider, it was more like Sissy Rider! . I had Kira out on numerous occasions but nothing note worthy of a post!
That all changed Monday. A friend had called me a week before and said the forecast for Monday was supposed to be decent. And so we made plans. the week passed and Monday morning came. The forecast high was going to be into the mid to upper 60's. At 9:00 am it was 48 degrees, and the new forecast was downgraded into the mid to upper 50's. Common sense was seen leaving the building and machismo was sneaking in the back door. We pulled out heading for Covington VA 165 miles down route 220. 220 runs all the way to Covington. I have the Beemer, and my friend Fred Wolfe had this most excellent 2010 Triumph T100 Bonneville. Did I say any thing about the weather report being down graded? It was a sunny day, but the winds where gusting from 15 to 30 mph ... all day, and they did all day, all the way to and from. The air was so dry you could have created a new cooling process of dehydrating beef for jerky. :eek1 It was like zero percent humidity [exaggerating of course, but you get the picture]. As you will see in the pictures I had what I thought would be sufficient gear, and NO back up. I have some "Bon Body Armor". and my heavier coat, and my leather gauntlets [ I didn't think I would need]. yada, yada, yada! I think some of the wind gusts where more than 30mph. I could be riding along and either change lanes or be leaning [literally] into the wind like I was taking a big sweeper. This was Crazy! The roads couldn't have been better well paved [sorry dirt guys]. They where a great combination of straights and twisties up and down "The Mountains of the Appalachia's" all the way down to Covington. Did I say it was windy and chilly? We take our time and several stops along the way we pull into the "Hardees" in Covington I think it was around 3:00pm by now. We did not take long, because we needed to start heading back soon and Fred had picked a different route back. Our plan was to take interstate 64 west about 18 miles and get off at Lewisburg pick 219 north which would take us all the way back up to Western MD. As we pulled into the first gas station up on 219 a BP to gas up Fred noticed what my instrument panel had told me half way down 64. The dreaded "LampF" warning light was on!? Who in the world talks like that? That was the indicator for my low beam running light head light was burnt out! CRAP! :huh Can this day get any better? It is now around 6:00pm and in this part of the world the lights are turned off and the side walks are rolled up till 5:00am the next day! Don't even think about finding a Auto Parts store to get a bulb. Thank God I still have the high beam. Funny thing about this time of day too, the temperature is starting to drop and the last time I checked the weather service before we pulled out it was a calling for a freeze warning for ... late Monday night early Tuesday morning with the temperatures to dip into the upper 20's. Not Good! We are still about 2 and a half hours out! That's right we will be riding into the dark of right around dusk in some of the best "Whitetail Deer" country on the east coast, and the deer will be up and moving about! Gonna try to shorten this up here. We pull into "Parson WV" around 7:30, and the sky is still a little light, but the sun has has definitely set. We pull into to get some more gas, and the temperature has now dropped down to 48, and I'm shaking so much from being cold that I literally can not stop and Fred is laughing. He is cold too! He's got an extra sweat shirt packed away and I remembered I have a balaclava and my "Frog Togs". I don't care at this point if they will ad another layer of warmth I'll wear them. Gassed up through down a steaming hot cup of coffee, and dawned the "Frog Togs" [which where working by the way]. We started to travel every goat path we could find that was taking us on the right direction on the compass that we thought would get us down off these mountains and into the flat lands slicker than fish grease. My big a... butt monster caught every groove, and danced me all over the road like a dirt bike. The only problem was dancing with an almost 600 lb touring bike is no waltz. Around 8:30 we found a real road, with real tarmac and it was familiar to me! Civilization and the warmth of home was not .... a far off. We where on route 50 east just outside of Mount Storm [they named it that for a reason]. a nine mile decent at a posted 8 degree steep grade with some of the biggest twisties and switch backs in our area, and we where down in the low country again and it was warmer down there around 47 degrees now. HOOo Yaaahhhhaaa! I was only twenty six miles from home! Finally at 9:30, 12 1/2 hours and 407.8 miles later I had returned home! It took me close to twenty minutes to peel out of my clothes.
Like I said the day had enough issues, that though I had two cameras and three lens with me I only have a few pictures and this story, and Fred as my witness to verify this tale, to show for my efforts!
But the truth be known I wouldn't trade this ride for almost anything [that's ALMOST anything].
This is probably one of the best of the top five rides I have ever taken! I would probably not want to intentionally repeat it, yet I had one of the best times of my life!
Ok now if you are like me you would probably jump past all this blah, blah, blah by now and go straight to the pictures and that is ok. I feel better for sharing it. and for those incredibly hardy souls who can stand extended drivel, one who would have taken the time to read it and hopefully laugh your ...... self silly! I hope your enjoyed my story, and here are the only pics I have from this trip.
The first place we stop at and get a late breakfast was in Petersburg WV, that was a mom and pop diner with some of the best homemade food and great prices and the icing on the cake at the back of the dinning room is a one of those glass entry doors that goes right into the show room of a motorcycle dealership that sell Suzukis, Yamaha, and all kind of used bikes. like this monster complete with it's trailer in the background of the picture.
Rt 220 approximately 8 miles north of Covington on the mountain top
Fred Wolfe a great guy, and Vietnam Vet!
Fred's ride 2010 Triumph Bonneville T100! Very nice
Man and Machine!
about a mile down the road on the other side of the ridge.
The view from here!
The Mountains of the East
Across the Valley
like I said did not take many pictures this trip despite the fact I had both cameras, it was just too .... nice! And I could not wait to get back to ...
Looks like a place I need to sit awhile (were I there, I probably wouldnt stay long- but should)
Wondered where ya been. Thought I was going to have to hijack your thread again to bring you out of hiding.
Just start posting stuff up! This is not my thread this is our thread! It's all about our Mountains my friend! Yeah been a long Warm and Wet :huh Winter! While you where suffering down there in frozen Florida the rest of us been lolly gaggin up here sunning ourselves!
No mountains here, unless you count fake boobies on south beach.
I'll be home Easter weekend.
Taking the last week of May off. Got plans?
I Hear ya Sig.
Looking at the picture of the falls in the bottom right hand corner I noticed what looks like a cave that could probably use some exploring. I did not see that until I got home and saw the picture.
I'd like to make some! As long as you're on the Duke and not the LC4, and those dirt and gravel roads, then were a headn!
I hear tell that up state PA due north of me has something called the "Grand Canyon" of the east! Hopefully this is some place your haven't been yet! But I doubt it! . This looks like a day or even an over nighter! Think we could find some guy named Mar...ADVWolf ?
The Wolf is about as busy as I am. All work and no play tho....
Mebbe I can send up some smoke signals when I'm home and see if he answers.
Did someone send the smoke signal!!!! how is anyone supposed to make it in the world if we spend all day riding bikes and then reporting it on the internet. Pray for me sinners!
When you all getting together? Because I still think the preacher need a GS.
There you are Mr Wolf! Things in the "Matrix" pretty complex right now? I think I sense a little of "riding taking pictures envy" going on here! I love the irony in that it took "smoke signal" to get a message to you through all that technology!
The Preacher Man does need and wants a "GS" desperately, but he doesn't have the miracle he needs to own two yet!