I doubt I've put a single mile on a motorcycle this summer, and maybe only 100 this spring.
It's because I've recently moved to Oklahoma. Not only are the roads flat and straight as far as the eye can see (before the earth starts to curve away), but they're pot-holed, rough, and beat to hell. If the thought of riding for hours just to find something good doesn't bum me out, it's the thought of riding for hours on those roads just to get back home after a good ride. Haha.
When I whine like that to other riders, I almost always have the same conversation:
"No, there are plenty of good places to ride in Oklahoma!"
So, in other words, I hope to move soon.
Good weather for riding this summer in Minnesota. Of course, with the snows in May, my personal season didn't get started all that early, but once it did, I've been riding almost daily. That said, I really haven't ridden to any destination other than my place of work. As usual, most of miles are put on commuting and this year is no exception. Usually, though, I do get to a rally or maybe a weekend trip. Not so this year, but then the riding season is far from over.
Brad D. - Member #105766
'77 R100RS - Black Beauty (big pipe, baby!)
'94 R1100RS - Sylvia
After a 3-day slab ride from Atlanta to Salem, and a week of GS Giant setup and kitten herding, I took a very nice set of less-advertised adventure rides back home:
Map of Ian's 2013 Roundabout: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3047660
Aufderheide Scenic Byway: http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/a...e/aufderheide/
Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willa...ea/?recid=4212
The other Lolo Pass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolo_Pass_(Oregon)
Blue Mountain Scenic Byway: http://byways.org/explore/byways/2149
Hat Point Saddle Creek Campground: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/wallo...51631&actid=29
The Lolo Trail: http://www.lewisandclarktrail.com/se...ies/lolotrail/ find.htm
Rocky Ridge Lake Campground: http://publiclands.org/explore/site.php?id=8335
Swan Valley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_River_(Montana)
Mesa Falls Byway: http://byways.org/explore/byways/2047
Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/new...a4bcf887a.html
Kebler Pass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebler_Pass
Cottonwood Pass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottonwood_Pass Greenhorn Highway: http://www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/co165.html
Bishop's Castle: http://www.bishopcastle.org/
Tho other Lolo Pass...
Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
'67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '97 F650ST || '00 1150 GS || '06 HP2e
Morton's Spring Fling at Covered Bridge and a bit of touring around West Virginia - about 1,000 miles (I take the long way..)
BMW-RA rally at the Biltmore, Asheville, and a bit of touring around West Virginia - about 1,200 miles (I took an even longer way..)
Just back (5PM today) from a 3,200 mile Seafood Chowder Run to/around/back - Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Cabot Trail, New Brunswick. Love the Maritime provinces of Canada. Did the Cabot Trail counter-clockwise this time, last time was clockwise. I think I'll have to do it again to decide which direction I really like.
Plus another 8,000 or so of just around riding, some local events and rallies. I tried to avoid using 4 wheels whenever possible last winter/this spring/summer and into the fall..
Still loving the R1200R (75,000 miles and it always brings me home..)
1978 R100rs MOA#22600 125cc Kymco
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
Spent another 5 weeks touring the Alps...for my 19th year in a row.
When I got back home, I got my 1990 BMW R100 GS back on the road for the first time since 2002. It was also the first time I've turned a wheel on this continent in about 5 years.