Saturday, August 06, 2016

Let's Ride!

I really enjoyed my long motorcycle ride to and from Chicago last month. I was pleased that the all day ride home (522 miles) went well and I felt good at the end of the day.
Next week, I'm planning another 500 mile day -- road trip to St Louis for lunch!

The long term forecast has Wednesday looking like a decent day for a ride. Summer in the Midwest always has an afternoon chance of a pop up thunderstorm, but it doesn't look too bad. I'll be meeting fellow blogger, Mike from Billions of Versions of Normal. It has been sometime since we've met and I am looking forward to the visit.
I know it seems like a long way to go for lunch, but I am looking forward to the ride, as well.

Later in the month, I'll be making the ride to Oklahoma City to overnight with my sister and catch a ballgame. The Dodgers' AAA team is there. I have a couple of dates in mind, but will take a look at the weather as it gets closer. That will be a little over 300 miles each way. I had dinner and breakfast with my folks, lunch with one brother and his family, and dinner with a sister and her family last month. I'll get to visit with my older sister and her husband this month. The east coast brothers will have to wait. I'd love to plan a long trip ... maybe next spring or summer.

No riding today.
Today we are going to the lake with some friends.
Life in the Ozarks!

Have a great weekend!

John <><


Mike said...

I think there's a 20% chance of rain everyday for the next month.

Kevin Gilmore said...

I've owned two motorcycles. My first was a 1980 Yamaha 850 XS that I really enjoyed a lot. I'm not quite sure why I sold it. The other was a 1984 Yamaha 650. It was okay but it never measured up to my 850. I sold it when I married Tammy. I always wore a helmet when I rode and I typically only rode at night when I didn't have the sun beating down on my helmeted head. The problem with night riding was the risk of having a collision with a deer -- not something I wanted to experience.

Do you always wear a helmet? I wonder if today's helmet's are a significant improvement from what I used all those years ago? I would have to believe they are.

Sounds like you're enjoying your retirement! :)

John Hill said...

Yes, Kevin, I always wear a helmet.
Missouri is a helmet law state. Of course, even when I was in Illinois (not a helmet law) I wore my helmet.
I am an ATGATT (All the gear, all the time) guy. I wear heavy denim jeans, leather boots, protective jacket, gloves and helmet. I ride without a windscreen so I get good airflow through the vented jacket.
My have a modular helmet which I use as full face on the highway and more of a 3/4 in town.

And yes, I am enjoying retirement!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Enjoy your St/L trip!