FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    041920_6.jpg Along those lines, today I just kind of said f-it. I had not seen my daughter in over a month and the prospect of a 45 minute drive to meet in the middle in one of my favorite towns left me thinking that one of my problems has always been living for tomorrow. So after losing my job and 2 weeks of staring at wall I decided to live for today. Quality over quantity, selfishness, who knows but today I grabbed the wheel and met my daughter and her boyfriend in Floyd. Got some take out in Willis Va. at Dinos and had a nice day. I saw a lot of bikes on the road which was actually inspirational. I'll drag mine out next week if the weather holds. Dino said he was struggling so if you happen by Willis Va. he could use your business. He has not given up yet and actually had the smoker going. It smelled great waiting outside for the takeout.

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  2. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Well done, amigo! Inspirational, indeed. Great pix, thanks for posting. You can't fake the warmth of those smiles. :)
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  3. MYUMPH

    MYUMPH 'Ol Timer Supporter

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    Agreed. Good on you for getting out for some "essential" activity.
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  4. Fast Ferris

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    I rode the Heritage to our local mom 'n pop auto shop this afternoon for it's state-mandated annual safety inspection, and took the long way home, to the tune of about 110 miles when it was all said and done.

    Weather-wise, it's been one of *those* days here in southwest Virginia, crisp, clear and intoxicating, the kind of stuff for which wordsmiths better than I pen endearing odes and sonnets. Here's a visual that better explains what a sweet southern peach today has been:

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    That's the Blue Ridge looming in the background, Squirrel Spur to be precise, and here's a shot from "up there" looking "down here":

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    That's Pilot Mountain, North Carolina in the distance, and if you can spot the brown splash of freshly-tilled farmland, you can see precisely where I took the first photo.

    I passed an oncoming Beemer rider on the Parkway. We gave each other long, heartfelt waves, and for a brief moment in time, the universe seemed almost normal...

    I'm thankful that despite our state being on lockdown, up here in the mountains we can still get out and be human without causing much commotion. Other than last weekend's 200-foot ride from garage to garage, this is the first time I've been in the wind since last July, and it felt so good. The Heritage was a little grumpy at first - Sta-Bil notwithstanding, it's still nine-month-old gas in the tank - but after a fill-up with fresh hi-test she settled into a contented cadence, as happy as I was to be alive and motorvating again.
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  5. Fireman1000

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    Regarding your wordsmith statement.

    "After the recent storms came through and blew the pollen away, doused our area with inches of rain, our trees and grass are vibrantly green and shimmering in the slight breeze under a favorable and delightful sun".


    -Ernbo6
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  6. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Nice. :)
  7. Sonny S.

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    Great to see that Heritage out and about. If I can manage to get down that way again after lock down I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee .....after a ride of course ! Been following along here. Looking good !!
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  8. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Coffee sounds good! Blowing Rock again? :)

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    You guys doing ok?
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  9. Mtneer

    Mtneer Been here awhile

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    FBAD, the picture of highway is great, it just captures the essence of riding, beautiful sunny sky, clean stretch of road, let’s ride, and leave the worries of the world behind.
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  10. Sonny S.

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    Man after this whole Covid-19 things let's me roam again I don't care where it's at lol.
    Yeah we're doing good. Not much has changed. Both still have jobs and are healthy . Really can't complain all things considered .
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  11. Fast Ferris

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    Thank you!
  12. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    I'm glad to hear you're both well. Our income has taken a big hit, but so far we're asymptomatic. Crazy times, amigo.
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  13. Sonny S.

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    Sorry to here about the hit to income. I'm a little on edge waiting to see if I take a pay cut. That happened in 2008 economy. Well we've adjusted our sails many times in life. Eventually we'll have the wind at our back again ( or face ) and life will go on. Hopefully when people get back to work and the healthcare system gets rolling again y'all will roll along with it.
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  14. Fast Ferris

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    Some inmates are driving up from Tampa on Sunday to give Denise's Ninja a new home. I took her (the Ninja, not Denise...) for a spirited spin down the Parkway this afternoon:

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    Nice bike. The ergos are totally alien to me, and there's zero foot-pounds of torque at anything below about five grand, but she's a happy machine, smooth, composed and comfortable, a well-executed exercise in "light is right":

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  15. RedUly

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    I see Pilot Mountain back there:)
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  16. Fast Ferris

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    Yep! Yesterday was so clear I could see all the way to Winston-Salem. :)
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  17. Fast Ferris

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    I ducked out this afternoon to the tune of about 110 miles. There are worse places to ride than the mountains of southwest Virginia at peak spring blush. Tons of motorcyclists plying the Parkway today (essential riding, doncha know...), enjoying the clean air and cool temps.

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    I just installed a new 8700 Evo 2 Dual Burn LED headlight from J. W. Speaker; what a remarkable improvement in quantity and color of light compared to the halogen unit it replaced.

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    I'm so impressed, I'll soon be purchasing and installing Speaker's LED passing lamps, as well.
  18. Bartimus

    Bartimus Been here awhile

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    I have been curious about them LED lights, wanting one for the M2.
    you’re very happy with the lighting of this model?
  19. Fast Ferris

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    Hey Twig, great hooking up and riding with you yesterday - we crammed an awful lot of ADV into just a 100-mile ride! Thanks for an awesome afternoon in the wind, and so glad that my son Wade could join us around your campfire last night. Tons of rain (and thunder and lightning) up here on the mountain today - you timed your visit perfectly!

    Hi to Patty from me 'n D. :):)

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  20. Fast Ferris

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    Twig and I accidentally stumbled into this very cool gravel road/mountain stream combo that crosses under the Parkway. What a pretty, peaceful setting.

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