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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JB2, Oct 6, 2013.
I'll take a look after this interminable meeting
Ok. I'll look at the schedule and get back to you.
Looks like the only weekend I'm committed to do something in October is the 12th and 13th.
Not sure when Jim gets back from SD, but Sept. 28th could work as well.
Any of those work?
Joel - I'll be in or coming back from the Dakotas on the 28th. The 10/12 - 10/13 option is best for me.
That is the weekend I'm supposed to be in Chicago. Bummer.
I've had a pair of scooters listed here in the Flea-Market for a few weeks now. Didn't get a bite at first but then had two inmates interested in them. @wmailhos was the first to make a commitment and drove all the way from Knoxville, TN to pick them up. We had made tentative plans for him to come the week after we got back from the Carolinas. He stated that he was a no BS, cash buyer. We connected the day after getting back and he showed up Wednesday afternoon to fulfill his word. Nice dealing wit folks that keep their word.
We got the bikes loaded and most the paperwork done before the Misses arrived home from work. After meeting Wes and signing her part on the titles he was ready for the road and we bid him farewell.
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He was staying over on his return trip but I got a text the next day saying that he had arrived home with the bikes safely. West Knoxville, TN
(Photo by wmailhos)
The trailer he was towing was a borrowed unit that had just been refurbished. He noticed this during a gas stop on the way home. Not sure if the tire is too big or if the fenders need relocated a tad higher but this could have ended differently. I had a trailer similar to it, almost a twin brother to this one. I had it loaded several times with three UJM motorcycles and did not have this issue. Thankfully the driver, the rig and the bikes made home without an issue.
(Photo by wmailhos)
The Franklin gang, who we had just seen last weekend, were all going to the World 100 at Eldora Speedway this weekend. Brian and I made plans to go over and meet them at the track and break bread in their camp or maybe a a restaurant close by. I have several other bikes for sale and had one pending on another bike. There was a chance to make the deal today so I had to beg off. Brian had used my new Mosko-Moto bag on our trip last week and decided to ride up and deliver it back here. I did have a small window to ride in so we pointed our bikes south in the direction of his home.
A few weeks back Brian and I had did a similar ride to the same area when I ran across that cool old double, iron-truss bridge south of Albany. I shot a couple of quick-pics of the Yamaha and noticed a better vantage point to get a better image from but didn't take advantage of it until today. We stopped so I could get some calendar worthy pics of his bike here.
We juxtaposed his bike to the bridge and found a good spot to get a full view of the bridge and the new Scout. This easement is for the Randolph County Wildlife Preserve. There was a sign that said "NO OFF ROAD VEHICLES". Brian quipped, "These aren't off road bikes so can we ride down there?" We didn't but, I did capture many variations of this shot. Love the electric blue sky.
I used to publish a calendar called "Bikes, Barns & Bridges". For several reasons it has laid dormant for the last year and a half. First, it became expensive to produce. I spent the last two years working feverishly in the shop trying to build a steady flow of work while investing in tools and shop equipment. Consequently, I haven't had much time for riding or photography. No fundage, no time, no images but, you never know, it may live again.
I usually edit the photos into a "water-color & ink" style. One of the first steps is to go heavy on the color averaging. Every once in a while I get an image that looks better with just the averaging edit than any other way. Here's today's edit.
I place music right up there with family and motorcycles. I've always got my ear to the ground looking for new and unheard of singer/songwriters. However, someone is always turning me on to someone new that I should have found long ago. Don't ask me how this happens.
I posted a couple of Sean Rowe's songs that are new to me. He's not new, I'm just late finding him. This is another reason why I will probably add his catalog my collection. Enjoy!
Joel - There's chance for some great riding all the way into November. You keep throwing out dates that will work for you and maybe we can still make it happen.
Joel - I just reread your post on the October dates. Sheesh, I need to slow down. The weekend before and after your Chicago dates works for me. Your move.
Excellent! I'll get in touch worth jdfog and see what might work.
Looking forward to it
Working on confirming first weekend in October. Jay needs to reserve some time for a family vaca and wants to confirm dates.
So jb2 meeting up with gentlemen jim in SD. Damn I gotta stay here and work. Something is just not right.
Next year brother!!
@Bhuff - I'm counting on you going next year. Since Jim and I have picked the destination for the last 4 or 5 trips when you weren't with us we're gonna throw the destination and route planning at you! You do have plenty of time to carve out an awesome adventure so get started brother. I'll check in with you when we go riding with the southern Indiana boys on October 5th just to see what you might have in mind. Hell, we might even be able to tempt Joel or jdfog to go with us if the destination and the dates are right.
What ? Someone say road trip ? ? ? @Bhuff - where we goin? when we goin? Oh Joel...
Hmmm...next summer might get interesting. Deb likes to take vacation last week of July and first week of August. Jon is getting married on August 22nd and it would not be diplomatic to tell Deb I'll be missing action the week prior. She might suggest I stay gone.
Anyway...I'm up for trying to work something out. Still wanting a trip up the west coast of Michigan. Up through St. Joseph, Holland, Ludington, Muskegon, Traverse City, Harbor Springs areas might be interesting ride.
Joel - You and jdfog are in the catbird seat for setting a date for any kind of adventure you might want to do on a local level. I do assume you mean the west coast of Michigan State not Lake Michigan? Bhuff and I are always open to a Michigan trip.
On a more adventurous level I suspect Brian and I will be heading west next summer to meet up with Gentleman Jim for longer ride. BTW, you need to meet him. You would be welcome to go and there is a high probability we'll be towing the bikes. Both of our bikes are pretty hard rides so 400-500 miles a day is our limit and towing is a better option for the long haul west. So... should I be shopping for a 2-rail or 3-rail trailer?
Love riding thru western Michigan. The U.P. is amazing, as long as you miss the black flies.
Still pondering a trip next year. Will spend time in the cold months planning,along with Johnny Walker! So many great places out west. May need multiple adventures.
@Bhuff - Yeah, lots of options out west. This will be Jim and I's third trip to the Dakotas and would be high on the list to do again next year. However, we have not repeated our trip to Colorado and Utah. We left a lot on the plate for as much as we did and seen there. I wouldn't mind doing that again. Then there's the Mississippi River Road up to Lake Superior. So many roads, so little time. Tell ya what, if you have trouble picking a destination we'll get you a big ol' USA map and you can throw a dart at it.
In the meantime I see a quart of JW inching to the top of your Christmas list!
This time tomorrow I'll be heading west without ya. Doesn't seem right now that you're back on two wheels but I do understand. Expect a call and BS from the road.
Christmas is usually the time I break out the JW. Whilst the wife puts up the christmas tree I begin my holiday cheer.
Actually been thinking the Rockies. May find that roadside donut shop again.
Have a safe trip brother!
Joel, it took me a few years to figure out the puzzle but here’s the secret: If I’m going somewhere exotic, say like Champaign-Urbana and Michelle can’t go along, it soothes her soul greatly if I bring home a necklace and ear rings that reflect the local artistry. It usually cost me $125 but the Alaska trip was $250 for obvious reasons. The more ski trips and motorcycle trips I go on, the larger her jewelry collection becomes. Try that with Deb and see if she suddenly worries less and virtually pushes you out the door to your Scrambler.
Looking at being in Indiana the second week of October.