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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug, Jun 9, 2013.
Not yet, it hasn't shown its personality yet.
Loved all the pics of the classic bikes. I'm enjoying you RR. Keep 'em coming.
Well, I just took a week-long drive to WI for my sister's birthday then circled around through CO and brought this home with me.
It has a nice Seats Concept seat on it but it is way too tall for me so I'll have to change it before I can ride the bike. It sure sounds nice and starts very easily. I'm thrilled it has a big tank, a kicker in case the button doesn't work, and even a LED headlight. This is going to be fun.
Back to the report:
Day 8 Sunday 9/8/19 Return to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI
My plan was to get up early and be at the start when the Chase Riders left Milwaukee but that didn't work out for me. Something was going on at the motel I was staying at with a lot of yelling and noise most of the night. I didn't get much sleep so I slept a little more in the morning when it was quiet.
I thought whatever was going on during the night resolved its self but as I was getting ready to leave I discovered it wasn't and police were there. Outside my room.
It was quiet so I figured all was OK so I headed out to leave and I saw police officers escorting a couple of handcuffed men down the hall toward where the police cars were parked. I was parked out front so I was going the other way. I was really wishing I had found a campground to stay in. At least nothing bad happened to me or my bike. Part of the adventure?
The day before I didn't go into the museum since I figured it would be full of people. I did go in to check the hours and how much it would cost to visit. When I made a face at the price the guy told me HOG members get in free. Oh, I was given a HOG membership when I bought my bike but I didn't have the card with me. The guy at the counter said with the magic of his computer he could look it up and I didn't need the card. OK!
The weather wasn't all that great on my way to the Museum but I didn't get rained on.
Showing up first thing Sunday morning meant there weren't many people at the museum yet. Just the way I like it.
Such a small shop turned into such a huge motorcycle empire.
The chrome shop wasn't open which was ok since I'm not a chrome type of girl.
The motorcycle parking had a lot of oil spots from the old bikes being parked there the day before.
There is a large motorcycle parking area in front of the museum and gift shop but I didn't park in that area with the other Harley riders. I guess I was being a snob that day.
This wasn't open either.
Time to look around the museum.
A little wild.
There are things to read but you can also get the audio description. I chose not to get the audio.
Bikes are hanging from the ceiling too.
I learned why engines are called what they are. I always thought they had odd names now I know why they have those names.
Engines, engines, and more engines.
For those that don't know about engines.
And the real pieces that make up an engine.
Things projected on the wall.
For Harley riders, tanks and their graphics are a big deal.
There is a history of the tanks.
When I bought my bike the salesman asked what color I wanted and I said "I don't care what do you have in stock?" They had black in stock but could get me a different color. Other colors were pretty but I really didn't care so I took black. I'm not very good at projecting the Harley image.
When I saw this picture on the wall I decided I want to see the factory too.
I have toured the York assembly plant back in the late '80s.
Holy Cow!!! This is getting way too long. I'm going to break this up into a couple of posts because there is a lot more. . .
More from the museum:
Going to level 3 next.
A display of lunch boxes.
This level is a storage level so you can see things through windows but not be able to reach out and touch much.
Things in cages.
I got the camera lens lined up so I got a pic. without the fencing.
Back to the lower level.
I really liked this display.
A projector had a film of bikes racing on the hardwood. The picture doesn't do it justice, it was way cool.
It's nice seeing the posters and life of Harley riders before they became what they are today.
Women riding really isn't a new thing like so many women riders today think.
It's been a lot of years since I have been to a hillclimb and I keep intending to go to one then don't do it. I need to make that happen.
I had no idea there were climbs held at Mt. Rainier.
Any bike you are riding can be a dirt bike.
There is still a lot more to come . . .
More museum . . .
Riders dressed differently back in the day.
There is an area for kids.
This was written by Cris Sommers Simmons who is an avid rider and rides the Motorcycle Cannonball.
Back out to the big people's area.
This was playing with a bench located to sit, rest and watch so I did for a few minutes.
Way too much.
But there's a story.
Even the boots are too much.
This is more my style.
I didn't know they made snowmobiles.
I wonder if a quiet Harley will ever make it.
More motorcycles showed up while I was looking around. Even with more bikes outside things were still real quiet which I liked.
All that walking and standing made me a little pooped so I went to the conveniently located café for coffee.
Even the prints on the wall.
I had changed from my boots to lightweight shoes and put my boots on top of my luggage. In case it rained I put my rain jacket over my boots in case it rained. It didn’t but just in case. Not pretty but useful.
One last look at the museum campus. 1903 was when Harley-Davidson was founded.
Even knowing I wouldn’t be able to tour the factory since it was Sunday, I still wanted to see the building and it’s not far from the museum.
Since no one was there I could park anywhere I wanted to.
They’re ready for their Livewire.
I found a good spot to get a photo of my bike with the sign entering the factory area.
It was a terrific day and I was happy I took the time to see the museum. Even though I didn’t have to pay an entrance fee if I had it would have been worth it.
Day 9 Monday 9/9/19
I needed a picture of this since I remember the TV ads for Oshkosh overalls from when I was a kid.
This is the only other picture I got that day since the weather wasn’t very good.
The next day was my sister’s birthday and I had plans for her. This is a different sister than the one I just went to see for her birthday.
I'll finish this up tomorrow. . .
Day 10 Tuesday 9/10/19
Since I was on my motorcycle my sister drove and we took our other sister with us to celebrate the first one's birthday. The birthday girl is Fawn and my other sister is Robin. We went to Doc's Harley Davidson because they have great ribs and Fawn has never been there. Robin and I really like it so it was a treat for us too.
Since I just posted about Doc's from the rides I did in 2018 I'm going to try not to duplicate too much. I can't get enough of this place though.
I don't remember what these were called but they were so good. We had them for an appetizer.
Then lunch arrived. This is the smallest portion.
Time to wander around.
Robin thinks she would like a trike. She's test sitting one she would be happy to have.
Robin likes Echo and heads right to him.
Don't poke the alligator
Overseeing his kingdom.
These little ones are certainly different.
Time to play outside
Fawn is in jail.
So wrong but funny
Unfortunately, this turned out blurry but I will show it to you anyway since I thought it was creative.
My sisters decided I needed a bath.
Fawn checked out the teepee in case she needs a new home.
My niece, Fawn's daughter, wants to try this.
This is where it is measured.
I like the black and white effect.
Flowers made out of spoons
Ralphie the Porcupine sleeping with it's stuffed toy.
Baby having lunch
They take good care of their animals.
Here's lookin' at ya.
Fawn looking like the walking stick.
Enjoying the flowers
Time to finish this up.
After a fun day at Doc's we returned to Fawn's house for the rest of her birthday festivities. While at Doc's I found a sweatshirt for her Grandson (my grand-nephew).
Fawn's husband, Harley, bought himself a Harley and he was tickled to get to show it to me. I got the three of them to pose on it for me.
The bike had been built by Doc himself, so it is pretty nice. Not my style but it is nice looking.
Harley started the bike and rode it around the block so I could hear it run.
He asked if I wanted to take it for a ride. I turned him down but it was a nice offer. His Grandson Ayden wanted to go for a ride. No ride for Ayden though.
We had birthday cake and called it a night.
The next day was to load a Uhaul with Robin's things and my bike for the trip back to Spokane. Robin was coming to live with me for a while. Actually she planned to live here indefinitely but when covid-19 hit hard in WA state and wasn't in WI she wanted to return to WI. She took as much of her things with her that she could fit in her car and returned in March. I just took the rest of her things to her last week.
9/12/20 through 9/15/20
The Uhaul had a car trailer with Robin's car on it hooked to it and we were off headed west. On the way back there wasn't much in the way of pictures since it was just rolling down interstates. I did have a surprise for Robin when we got to northern Idaho though.
Just a touch of fall color.
This was on the side of the Uhaul I was driving.
It made me curious and I had to look it up and find out where the walled city was. Now it's on my list of places to visit at some point.
I think this is somewhere in MT.
If you have been following this you know I was reunited with my sisters recently. For those that aren't aware the last time I had seen my sisters was when I was 10 Robin was 3 and Fawn was 1. Our father left my mom then married their mom and had 4 more children. They disappeared when the 3rd child was born. All those years my Mom and I tried to find my siblings but ran into one brick wall after another. Finally in 2018 they were found. They didn't know we existed so they weren't looking for us. Sadly my Mom passed away in 2005 so she wasn't able to see us reunited. At this point the two youngest don't want to meet me or our older brother. We are strangers and I do understand although I hope one day to be able to meet them too.
Enough of the family history but if you would like to read more about my history I provided a lot of info on the interview thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...graphy-workshop.198252/page-443#post-24642487
The surprise for Robin was that our older brother, his wife and my friend Becky were meeting us at the Snakepit in Kingston, ID. Our older brother looks just like our younger brother, it's uncanny. As soon as Robin saw our brother she knew who he was even though she had no idea she would be seeing him that day. It really warmed my heart.
The welcoming committee at the Snakepit. Kitty just laid there while we pet it and stepped around it.
My sister in law has MS and has a difficult time getting around but she is a trooper and takes the more difficult steps instead of going around back to the handicap entrance. Our brother goes up the stair with her to make sure she doesn't fall.
Robin getting pictures of the sign.
Becky showed up.
Alrighty, that ends 2019 for motorcycling. I did take Robin around the NW and showed her a lot of things as well as a trip to Canada. It was very nice to have her here and really get to know her. We didn't get to grow up together but we have each other now. I plan to go to WI at least once a year to see them and they will come out here when they can. This year I will be going out to WI again in Sept. on my way to go follow the 2020 Motorcycle Cannonball.
I'm almost caught up with the day-tripping report, just in time to start working on 2020. Maybe I will keep this current going forward.
I, for one, hope you keep sharing (current or not!) moving forward. You have a knack for telling your stories and the photos to go with them are always a treat. Thanks for taking the time and giving us a glimpse into your life and travels. I'm excited to see what kind of adventures you and the new to you TW will find.
Thank you @LadyFish4 I'll be adding more in the next few days. I just returned from the Triple B (Beater Bike Bonanza).
Thanks for posting Ladybug. I get a big smile every time I read your updates.
2020 started with many plans for the upcoming year but most of those plans have fizzled out due to covid-19. I did get to do a week in Portland before it hit and spending a couple of months at home hiding from the nasty virurs that is shaking up the world.
1/30/20 thru 2/10/20 Portland, OR
Almost every year I go to Portland, OR to attend the One Motorcycle Show and 2020 that's exactly what I did. I have a good friend that had a condominium in downtown Portland and I was invited to use it while I was there. All but two days she was in Montana so I had run of her place. To make it even better it is located across the river from where the One Motorcycle Show was being held. The bridge was only about two blocks away so it was within walking distance. A little bit of luxury for me.
The sun was shining on the windmills on the hillside above the Columbia River as I was driving toward Portland.
While I was in the area Loud Al and Kootenai Rider built a fold up bed for my van. It's like a murphy bed and folds up against the way. It makes things super convenient. It easily folds up when I want to use my van for hauling and comes down when I want to use it for camping.
I like the sparks
It turned into a multi-day project as the design was being perfected. We had fun and lots of laughs getting it done.
Taking a little drive and seeing sights I hadn't seen before.
Playing with the above picture.
This boat just needed to be in black and white.
People living on the river. It reminds me too much of apartments but I guess people like this.
The moon was coming out and it was time for me to head back to the condominium.
The week was spend doing things as I felt like doing them. It was a relaxing week and there is more to come. . .