Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kings Mountain, NC, USA
Just got back from a little ride down the road, wet and tired. Wife and I packed a couple of days worth of clothes and went to see old friends.
Left out of here last Thursday morning a little before 8. All was well until we got to West By God Virginia and had to get out the rain suits. Weather cleared and off they came, a hundred mile later and on again, off again and on again. Finally got through the front near Sandusky Ohio after riding through some serious wind and rain. Rain suit did OK except it leaks in the crotch, not good. Helmet leaks too, looked like I poured water down the front of my jacket. Darn face sheild fags bad in the rain, gonna have to do something about that. Friday was most excellent weather, didn't even mind the road construction across Michigan. Noted that the folks seem a lot more aware of a motorcycle sharing the road than they did the last time up there a few years ago. Got to my buddy's house north of Traverse City. Rode all over the north part of the lower peninsula Saturday, Mackinac City and all. Sunday rode down to the southern part of the state and visited with relatives and saw more old friends. Monday had breakfast with my first real riding buddy from '72 and rode a while. We didn't pull the old stunts we used to pull on each other like ride up along side, grab the ignition key and ride off. Headed back this way about noon.
Rode down to West by God Virginia in the best weather you could hope to ride in, mid 80's, partly cloudy and no wind to speak of. Took 2 lane roads all across Ohio. This morning woke up to some racket I first thought was folks dragging luggage around the hotel. Nope, it was thunder. Rain suit time again, this time it rained from Charleston WV to just across the NC line, cleared for 60 miles and rained again, all the way to the house. Going to take a good while to clean the fat girl and it won't be tomorrow. Doctors appointment in Oteen at 1430, another excuse to ride, hope it doesn't rain.
A few observations. Fuel mileage avaraged 43.9 the whole trip, most of it at 75 mph and maybe a littl eover once in a while. Leakiy rain suits ain't no fun. The LT ran flawlessly the whole time. Glad she had a new set of tires in the rain. Was going to go with something other than Metzlers bu that's all the dealer had on hand, a 2 week wait for anything else so that's what went on. They did good, only slipped once on the steel expansion joint on one of those WV bridges. Wish I could have seen whoever put rocks in my seat, that thing got real uncomfortable every day after about 300 miles. Gonna have to do something about that before the next long ride. My buddy's HD with a Stage II can keep up with the LT on straight stretches, he's shifting into second about the time I'm just getting the power band on strong in first, about the time I start pulling away from him. Might have to get another GPS, the original is getting more and more confused and locking up for no good reason I can see. We have a real beautiful country to ride in. There are still a lot of folks out there that probably don't need to be driving, they either are not aware of other around them or else real situationally unaware. Waffle House is a good place to eat. The center of the road in the toll plaza in West by God Virginia is very slippery in rain. They claim that they clean them weekly, I asked what they used, grease? If you happen to be at a motel and the folks above you stomp on the floor at midnight, call the front desk and ask them to handle it, if they don't, call back and offer to take care of it yourself, that works.
List for next time. Pack less clothes, a new rain suit (won't be First Gear) hope for less rain and enjoy it as much as this ride.
3500 miles in 6 days.
If I didn't wave, it was cause I didn't see you in time or cause my shoulder was aching, sister in law, the nurse says I need to see the doctor, probable problem with a rotator, whatever that is, that's the doctor visit tomorrow is about. Can't even get my wallet out with that hand.
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