There is one thing more lovely than my single DR; and that is two DRs together, which truly creates visions of motorcycle loveliness! (No, I haven't been drinking.) I am sharing some photos of these visions of loveliness. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> When RackemCrackem of Cordova, who also owns a lovely DR, said he was coming to Anchorage for a couple days, I invited him to dinner. Of course I had ulterior motives. I knew my lovely bike would be very happy to ride with another DR, since they are Dependable and Reliable (and Delightful and Rambunctious) and dont break down like some of the other bikes we have gone on rides with, especially KLRs. <o></o> After eating a delicious dinner, Rackem said something about being delighted to ride with me. At least thats how I remember it, after twisting his arm. We decided to ride over Hatcher Pass the next day if the weather was decent (i.e. drizzling but not pouring down rain). It was bright and sunny when I woke up so I excitedly got ready for our ride. I was looking forward to riding on dirt again. <o></o> Along with going over Hatcher Pass, I suggested riding to Talkeetna to visit the infamous House of Beaver, and possibly riding partway up Petersville Road if I felt well enough to go that far. We left Anchorage and headed north into the blue skies over the awesome Talkeetna Mountains. Boy, riding in sunshine sure brightened my spirits and outlook on life! <o></o> Here I am, dancing for farkles at the Government Peak parking lot located alongside the Hatcher Pass road. My dancing worked as I actually received a new (free) farkle from Rackem. Whoohoo! Check out those LOVELY bikes. <o></o> Here are a couple of photos taken at the top of Hatcher Pass. This road was actually in the best condition Ive seen it, so it must have been recently graded. The fall colors were barely starting to change, so in 2 or 3 weeks the colors will be absolutely stunning up here. <o></o> Here is a picture of our bikes in front of the Wildflower Café in friendly and lively downtown Talkeetna. I didnt get a picture of our meal, but the food was delicious. We sat outside and chatted, basking in sunny warmth while watching all the tourists wander past. Some tourists asked if we watched the movie "Wild Hogs," as for some reason we reminded them of the movie. <o></o> Look at how these beautiful flowers enhanced the loveliness of my bike! There is nothing ugly in this photo. Im sure even AKCharlie would agree with this. oser <o></o> Rackem and I had a thoroughly delightful visit with Eric and his father Jim at the House of Beaver. They were happy to see us and were hospitable and gave us a tour. Unfortunately Eric didnt have any HOB stickers, but hell mail one to us. If youre ever in the neighborhood, be sure and stop by, as they will sure make you feel welcome! And you, too, can pose by this cute sign. <o></o> Since it had gotten kind of late, we decided to call it quits and ride home, incredibly without getting rained on all day. I have been lucky and had great weather on some of my rides this summer, including the Haul Road and Dempster Hwy rides. I sure hope this helps dispel all those untrue comments about my DR being ugly and a curse. <o></o> Well . actually, hmmm dare I admit this? Unfortunately, while the other DR on this ride didnt have any problems, the owner had a slight accident today, the day after the ride. OOPS. Luckily no hospital visit was required. Im sure it had nothing to do with my bike or I.