September 06, 2015
Day of Riding
I took a break last Sunday and didn't do a dang thing to the house or yard. I had been contacted by a QOTR member (one that I had ridden with summer of 2014 on a 3 day tour of the northeast) asking if I wanted to meet her and pick up the QOTR "mascot". The mascot is a banner that we send around the country. The rules are that it has to be passed at a "meet and greet" where both ride their bikes for the hand off. Usually several people attend the meet and greet, and there is a short group ride before they go their separate ways.
Raven63 lives in very southern MA, at the Cape. Both of us would ride around 100 miles just to meet, and we decided to have a short tour of the middle part of MA as neither of us were familiar with it. Others were invited, but couldn't attend. That didn't keep us from having a great time though.
The map shows the planned route; Meeting at the Publick House Historic Inn and riding counter-clockwise. Of course some of the towns did not mark the roads very well, so we got off course a bit
We ended up going way further north, on Rt 10 than we had planned and almost ended up in NH. However, we finally found a road going south again and regained our route. Actually, the portions we were lost on were the most scenic of our tour. We decided to cut out the Paxton / Leicester sections at Rutland and take the cut-off road to North Brookfield.
The tour itself was right around 135 miles, as the original planned route was and we each ended up with a little over 335 miles for our individual mileages. I left a little after 7am, and got home at 6:45 pm - so it was a full day of riding - just what I needed!
August 14, 2015
New Culvert, Now a New Road
Monday I rode the bike into work. When I was coming home, I turned onto a dramatically different road than I left that morning.
The dirt was very soft and made the bike squirrely. I was glad I didn't have to go far (you can see my tire tracks in the first picture to the right of the driveway). Since then it has rained hard, so it has compacted a bunch - a good thing since I have to ride the bike to have some service done tomorrow.
Oh, and now that they have removed all the shade creating plants by the culvert, Japanese Knotweed is growing like, well, weeds - better in fact. I have to inform the town that it is there and maybe they will try to take care of it before it comes into my yard (if you will remember, that is what I spent so much time eradicating/controlling over by the garage). I read that Deering just did a spray program to try to control/eradicate this nasty invasive, maybe Hillsboro will do the same.
July 19, 2015
Last Saturday I went for a ride in the afternoon and took a couple of pics. First stop was at a quiete little lake in Jaffrey
Eventually I wound my way to Weare and took a water stop at the Gazebo in Weare.
It wasn't a long ride - only a couple hours and 100 miles or so, but it was refreshing.
July 04, 2015
Newport, NY Trip
The HOG chapter I belong to schedules several group rides a month. There is always a ride after the monthly meeting, and several other rides - both closed and open (closed = only Chapter members allowed). I haven't been on any of the rides as I'm not really into group rides - or at least not large group rides, and most of the time I'm not really interested in the destination. Add to that all the work I have been doing on the house and landscaping these two summers, and planned rides that take up most of a day just isn't something I feel I can do.
However, I noticed there was a ride to Hoosick, NY on June 28. This interested me as I was thinking of doing an overnight trip to the VT/NY area, and one of the Queens (QOTR) that I had ridden with last year lives in NY. Jessica lives near Utica, NY and has beautiful gardens that she has shared pictures of on FB, so touring them would make that a good destination. Add to that that there was another HOG ride for charity scheduled for that day, so chances were that the Hoosick ride wouldn't have a huge group participating, and I started thinking about it.
I contacted Jessica and she said to come on out - in fact they would put me up. So I joined the HOG ride last Saturday. It was a smallish group; 10 people total with one other gal riding her Shadow, and the rest were guys. We had a meandering ride (not direct by any means) with one rest stop.
When we got to MOK, I ate a great lunch with the group then headed on my way. Oh, did I mention I was heading straight into rain? In fact, the forecast was for rain from Saturday afternoon all the way thru Sunday - on my entire route. Hey, but I'm nothing if not practiced at taking my trips in the rain, I was just glad it was fairly warm (most rainy trips I take are in the 40's).
I made it to Jessica's about 5 PM and she ran out of her house with camera in hand.
She then commenced to preparing the finishing touches on dinner that she had prepared - a gluten free, vegetarian dinner (I'm wheat free and she is vegetarian), that hit the spot - while her husband showed me to my room so I could get all set up.
Jessica and Steve are great people; we conversed late into the night hitting all kinds of subjects. I toured the gardens between bouts of heavy rain and just loved the fountain they had set up.
We went out to breakfast the next morning at the local diner
I left their place about 10:30 - trying to beat the heavy rain that was headed in. I took a more direct route than the HOG group took and was on highway for about 60 miles in NY. It rained most of my way home, although I did hit a few dry spots. Of course the temps had plummeted and I was riding in the 50's and high 40's. Still, my gear kept me dry and the rain was much better than the times I hit dry sections. In the dry sections there was massive wind. I stopped to rest in Bennington, VT at the school. The wind was so strong it was actually moving the handle bars of the bike. A few times the bike lurched and I thought for a moment it might go over despite it being blown toward the kickstand.
I was happy when I got out of Bennington. It had started raining again but the wind abated some so it was better. I was disappointed though that Hog Back Mountain was to foggy, in addition to the rain, to see any of the view. That is the 3rd time I have been thru that route in the last couple of years, and that is the 3rd time the weather has been foggy and rainy enough that you couldn't even see the end of the parking lot. One day I will go thru and have a reason to stop!
I got home about 3 so had plenty of time to see to the animals and get groceries for the week. Wish I had had more time with Jessica and her husband. If I had gone by myself I would have left much earlier (the HOG group met me at 9:30) and taken a more direct route (going by Hog Back, which may have been clear at that point - LOL), but I still had fun with the group, so it all balances out.
June 21, 2015
Here is the first picture taken of me riding my 2011 Street Glide at this location. As far as I know, it is the only picture thus far taken at Weir's Beach in Laconia, NH 6/18/15. Too bad it was a bit cloudy so the color doesn't show well - I lightened it up some and you can see a bit on the tank, front fender, and the lower.
Relaxation Time During Bike Week
Last week was bike week here in NH so I took a couple of days of to do some riding. Thursday morning I left the house before 8, road to NHMS and got my HOG event pin (only HOG members can get it), then off to Weir's beach to cruise the boulevard and get my picture taken. Didn't even stop - just hopped on Rt. 3 and headed north.
I was staying the night in North Conway, NH, so headed there first, identified where my hotel was, then road a couple of the notches (Pinkham and Crawford). Here are miscellaneous pictures of my trip up.
That evening, I met up with a friend and his riding companions, who came down from Canada. I use the term "friend" loosely as I only know him thru Facebook. Originally he thought they were staying in Woodstock, so the plan was to meet them Friday morning for breakfast. However, on Wednesday, I found he had been mistaken and their motel was just a couple of blocks from mine. Here is the crew - FB friend is across the table from me.
Their group was made up of great people, and we met again for breakfast the next morning. Then we went our separate ways; they were headed to Weir's Beach, I was headed for more notch riding (Dixville and Franconia) before riding for home.
More miscellaneous pictures of my eventual trip home.
I wish I had gotten some pictures of 13 MIle Woods, but that was a narrow, twisty road and I needed all my concentration so didn't pull out the camera. I also didn't realize that I was passing right by Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Colebrook - a place for blessing of the bikes until last year. I should have stopped and taken pictures, it is a beautiful place that I've been to a couple of time for bike blessing (the last in 1996 or 97).
Had a great time, met some great people and put about 550 miles on the bike. Not much considering that I rode for about 7 hours each day (by coincidence, arrived at my destination both days right at 4 pm - left both times just before 8 - take away gas and rest stops to get 7 hours). However, until I jumped on the highway at Plymouth to head home, most roads were fairly low speed limits.
May 03, 2015
The Harley dealer that I store my bike at also hosts a HOG (Harley Owner's Group) and the associated LOH (ladies of Harley) chapter. The LOH members were given the opportunity to model some of the new clothing that had come into the store lately. This was to take place prior to a ladies ride yesterday (5/2/15), organized in recognition of International Female Ride day. Unfortunately I had a major crick in my neck, so couldn't participate in the ride. But, I had committed to taking a Lady in to pick up her bike that day, so got to model using someone else's bike.
This is my one shot at fame and fortune - LOL.
January 18, 2015
Motrocycle Storage Party
Yesterday was the storage party where I have my bike put up for winter. They have a Storage Mambers Only (and guest) party where they supply a couple of free drinks, an indoor poker run, chili cook-off (all the employees make a crock of chili), vendors, and prizes. The party is held in the service area and They also open up the storage area so you can visit your bike and look at what others have done to theirs.
This is the first year that I remember that my bike has ever been in the front row, so it was easy to eake pictures.
There were two guys looking at it and they didn't believe me at first when I said it was mine, They finally believed me when I could tell them the year, about the fog lights being new to the HD available parts and the fact that the previous owner must have put the color-matched lowers on since no SG comes with those (Except CVO, which also has the trunk and special paint schemes)
Additionally, I saw a bike that I swear was BIL's previous pride and joy.
When it came to drawing for prizes, I won a pair of boots ($150 value). Unfortunatwly they are men's boots, and ironically, they are the size EX wears. I may or may not be able to trade them in for women's boots (they usually just trade sizes), but if not I can sell them on CL for a decent price I'm sure.
I had a good time, saw a couple of people I know in passing (heck, don't even know their names, but enough to exchange a couple of words), saw my bike, got fed lunch and won a prize - can't ask for any more than that.
November 22, 2014
Long Winter's Nap
I have been trying to get my bike to storage since last Saturday, but haven't been able to find a ride to get back home. The one person I thought I could at least bribe with a meal, has decided I'm persona non-grata, and just said no. I wasn't going to ask EX after he helped me bring the stove home, so I had arranged to have it picked up by the dealer this coming Wednesday. It would cost me $50, but that was fine.
However, this morning EX texted me that he had just made a delivery for work to the seacoast and would be coming thru Concord (where the dealer is), so if I wanted to drop the bike off, he would pick me up. Worked for me so I dug my gear out of the downstairs closet (I had stowed everything away the night after I arranged the pick up), and rode to Concord in 20 degree weather. I was dressed for warmth with ear coverings under my helmet, t-shirt, sweatshirt, heavy leather coat, long johns, jeans, heated pant liner and chaps. I also had my mid-weight gloves, with in conjunction with my heated grips did a decent job of keeping my hands warm (except the fingertips, but it was still manageable).
So, I save $50 and got in a last ride today.
October 14, 2014
Motorcycle Lowers Explained
In the comments to Putting CC Out of Her Misery, Cop Car didn't understand my term of "lowers", which the new bike has, but the old bike didn't.
See the little light to the left of the wheel and in front of the engine guard? Behind that light is a lower. Here is a side view:
Lowers, are the leg protectors that are attached to the engine guard. This particular set has vents in it so I can have more air flow on warm days, and almost no air flow on cold days. They are also removeable if I so wish. They do have small "glove box" type compartments. I'm not sure I would trust anything too valuble in there as the covers are held on just by snaps - and they hold only so well as you snap them on :)