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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Blue Mule, May 18, 2016.
You were at 13 BYOB?
We probably talked.
Biggest thing I miss about the midwest is fall. The other seasons no so much. Looks like a nice ride.
Seneca rocks was my first rally.
Its a bit , um, hazy.
I like all the seasons, but there's that cold tail end of winter...i could lose that.
what you doin up?
So, a little free time, a bunch of new pics and My fall ride to Nottarally.
This shidig is one of my favorites and I think I've been to the last 4 of them.
In a beautiful area, great riding and even better folks that attend.
I managed to free up time and get sitters and a kennel lined up.
With selling my house and moving this year, I wasn't sure i'd be able to pull this off.
But things worked out, and I made the trek out of Wisconsin and across the boring flatlands of S. Wisco, Illinoid, and Indiana.
I left home after work on Wednesday night, with the plan of meating @Rapid_Roy in Lafayette.
The trip from Green Bay to the state line was uneventful.
I did snap a few pics of Milwaukee and a Big ass flag in Sheboygan.
That flag is at least 20' tall, probably more like 30'.
See those clouds in the last two pics?
Yup, Storms,they were out over lake Michigan and I didn't think much of them.
The lakes tend to make their own weather at times and rain USUALLY moves west to east.
Not these ones.
Not long after I took those pics I stopped for gas and a cuppa joe.
Sitting down for a second I looked over time and distance, figuring I was close to half way to the hotel romm that was waiting for me.
Pulled up Radar and looked for rain...SHIT! those storms were moving to the west and into Chicago, directly in my path.
Called Roy quick, told him it'd be another 3-4 hours, tossed half my coffee away and took off hoping to beat the worst of the storms.
Did I mention that I reset my GPS right before I left home?
So, I went to rest my tracks and trip computer, but managed to somehow do a soft reset(?) and lost all my waypoints, marked turns and route through Chicago.
As I was pulling into the outskirts of Chicago I saw flickers of lightning and the city lights had the low clouds glowing an odd angry color.
My GPS now set to follow the shortest route rather than the bypass, dark now here, rain imminent and traffic being pretty heavy... I got to the first moasis and debated stopping and waiting out the rain.
I didn't and I wasn't a 1/2 mile past that bit of dry I could have had, the sky opened up.
Fortunately it was just the front edge of one of several cells and the downpour only lasted 15 minutes.
Unfortunately soon as the rain stopped I came over a bit of a rise, and saw nothing but taillights.
It took me and hour to move 5 or so miles...in light drizzle and surrounded by crazy Illinoid drivers.
Well, at least I must have missed the rain or it fell apart!
The traffic finally starts to thin a bit and i'm actually making a bit of time.
Just as I got back to 60+ MPH....yeah, No...I I didn't miss the rain.
Sky opens up again and continues to pour for the next hour and a half.
Let me tell you, pulling out soggy dollar bills out of your jacket with now cold wet hands...it aint fun.
Somewhere around 70 miles North of Lafayette the rain stopped and I could get back to interstate speeds.
I had planned and expected to make it to the hotel around 7, I think it was close to 11 by the time I got there.
Roy had a good start into the drinks and was ready to sleep....
I managed to keep him up till 2, talking crap, swill beer and tequila and cranking up the heat to get the chill off me and my gear dried out.
That was a tactical mistake since I slept in the next morning and we got a late start.
We ran interstate and made decent time, but still managed to arrive with just enough time to set tents up at dusk.
Home set for the next 3 days we were lucky enough to get leftovers of Ribs, wings and some other odds and ends.
Belly full, beer in hand...off to the fire.
It was late night again and after catching up with the "family" round camp, getting hugs and telling stories...
things looked about like this by bedtime.
The next day I only went for a short ride.
Ran into town to get ice and check that things were OK back home.
stopped at the bridge over the French Broad river.
Saw these guys in town.
Not sure what the little guy is, but he was intense.
the big old ogre? its Chesapeake.
I was surprised to see one in these parts, much less seeing one at all.
They are a fairly rare breed and I had one years ago.
He wasn't letting anyone near his truck and was busy giving everyone the evil eye that walked within 20 yards of the truck. Pretty typical from the breed and it made me smile remembering my Grumpy old Chessy.
Friday night at the fire... (shameless plug- http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/friday-night-at-the-fire.1131493/ )
Friday EVERYONE showed up.
The fire much larger, moar beer, moar stories, moar hugs.
I'll leave the Rally thread to tell the story, there are a ton of pics there.
I'll just drop a few of the pics from Camp.
Someone lost their pants....
Went for a longer ride on Saturday.
I asked @knybanjo to find us some nice views... He didn't disappoint.
100ish mile day, mix of gravel and blacktop. Lots of up and down.
@Reddog* @obsidian16825 and two other guys joined us.( sorry cant remember the screen names)
More from the up in the hills...
We split up midday and reddog and I back tracked a bit of this.
We had ridden this one particular road last year and had hit it again this ride.
It caught my eye last year, since its a bit of pavement set in a tight, small valley that has a bit of a different feel from much of the other stuff around us.
Damp, shaded and very heavily wooded it follows a small stream.
I wanted to just get off the bikes there and walk a bit along the stream and take in the different ecology.
@RAW and his BIL Pete were the other two.
Yep, ''twas me and the bro-in-law, @peemer
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Awesome ride report. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.
February in Wisconsin?
We live for roads like this ! Some of my favorites !