Friday, April 29, 2011

Avian Adventures

Ron has noticed a trend among local avians. They have it out for me. The little ones dart in front of me so often, they no longer register on my radar.
I've already written about my buzzard encounter - big buzzard, not enough lift, bouncing off the top of my helmet. It could have been ugly. It ended up being funny. The big guy was lurking in the deep grass of a nearby field, out of sight until he burst out above the grass.
image from the internet
Recently it was a hawk that wanted to count coup on the little green Ninja. I ducked, it missed, no harm done. A killdeer or two have taken their shot at us as well. 
 I don't know what it is about birds, but perhaps I should use due caution...I have emus on my route.
Happy Travels!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So, who went riding today?

Ron and I rode to Eugene today. Going south was not a good choice. All the rain was south today. Well, aren't WE the lucky ones. We had some dry roads, but we also had to ride through some standing water. The murky water stretched from one side of the road to the other. Ron went first and hit a pothole on his way through. No way, I'm not go through that. But where I'm stopped I can't turn around. Ron saw the look on my face and knew...he had to ride back. He picked a different line through the water and everything went smoothly. While we sat and discussed the options, a white-haired grandma came cruising through in her Honda Civic, no problem. I watched her wheels, and her smooth ride through the water. Yeah, if grandma can do it, I can do it. Just stay left.

Okay, deep breath...and GO!

Water flying left, water flying right, and according to Ron, a really cool rooster tail. Okay, maybe I didn't need quite that much throttle to get through, but I was a little nervous and I didn't want to lose momentum. Sadly we didn't think to get a photo. It was suggested I could ride through it again. Nope.

Kinda wish I did though.

We made it to Discount Motorcycle. I found some gloves (okay, I found a couple pair of gloves and a tank bag, but I only bought the one pair of gloves). Ron tried some riding pants but nothing really fit. We waited for the rain to stop...shopped more...and waited. The rain was still falling. We we're going to make a few other stops, but it was too much hassle getting in and out of wet gear. Instead we head towards home, still raining but riding was okay.

This...
is our dining room. I think I need more chairs...and more towels

More wet gear and puddles under the rocking chair.
Wait, there's more...
Ignore the mess on table it is standard equipment
(if I clean it, it just fills up again)

And gear spilled into the spare room.
One more...
The worst of the rain soaked goodies gets first dibs on the dryer. 
The bikes made less mess in the garage!

Ninety some miles in the rain and all that got wet were my gloves (warm cuz of the heated grips), and my socks (wool so again, wet but warm). I have Joe Rocket alter ego pants and jacket. Water resistent outer and waterproof inner liner. The outer layer was soaked through, but nothing made it past the inner liners. I had been wondering how it would hold up in extended rain. Now I know.  One more plus for the day, I didn't need the heated jacket this afternoon. It must be slightly warmer.

Gotta go...the weatherman is on with another tall tale about dry weather.
Cheers!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ABCD - Will You Take Part?

ABCD - Will You Take Part?

Maybe you would like to join in with this.....

A Bloggers Centerline Day, or ABCD, will take place on Sunday 1st May 2011.

The plan is to inspire as many bloggers as possible to go outside and take a photograph of themselves on this day, wherever they are in the world. The photo can be creative, arty, contain more than one person, be in any type of location and can contain anything else you like. It must however contain the centerline of a road and at least part of you, the blogger.

There are 5 rules....

Rule 1 - the picture must be taken on 1st May 2011.

Rule 2 - the picture must be of yourself, and you must be a person that publishes a blog. You can include whatever else you like in the picture, including other people if you wish.

Rule 3 - the picture must include the centerline of a road.

Rule 4 – you should publish the picture on your blog on 1st May 2011, along with a few words about the picture and why you chose that location or pose.

Rule 5 - when you have posted the picture on your own blog, put a comment on http://garysusatour.blogspot.com/2011/04/abcd-will-you-take-part.html and include in that comment the address of your own blog post containing your own picture. 

Gary France will then pick his favourite photos and publish these as being the winners. There will be a prize of $100 awarded to the overall single winner, as chosen by Gary.

In order to get this event known as widely as possible, please copy and paste this posting onto your own blog, including the title. Please do that today!

As a reminder to yourself to take the photo and post it, put an entry into your diary for 1st May 2011.

Let’s see if we can get as any people to join in as possible.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Flamingos and an Apology

Flamingos
I haven't posted much motorcycle stuff lately. Last week I went for a little ride. I had a location in mind, for a fellow blogger. Something I stumbled across a couple years ago, but the last time I checked the spot was empty. On this day I hit pay dirt. The flamingos are back! These are for Keith of Twists and Leanings. Can't really top the flamingo lady, but it was nice to see these guys back and congregating at their favorite crossing! 
Flamingo Crossing
Apology
Sorry everyone.
You know that weather report that can't decide if it's going to be mostly dry on Saturday, or rainy? Well, it's gonna rain. I washed the bike today. As I type, Sam is in the driveway blissfully soaking up the sunshine, and working on her tan. Well, she's soaking up the sunshine anyway. I guess she deserves a little sunbathing. This was her commute this week.
Wednesday morning
and to emphasize...it was a rainin'
To be fair. We didn't get rain on Thursday. This is because Ron had purchased some fancy-shmancy spray on water repellent that makes the rain simply roll off the face shield. I wanted to try it out. I sprayed it on, and the big, black, nasty rain clouds all stayed just out of range. How about that! It works...sort of...

Okay, back on topic...
Once upon a time I liked to wash my car. I pulled on cutoffs, cranked up the cassette player, Aerosmith will due nicely, and set upon the car with soap and water. I actually thought this was fun. At some point in my life the appeal of car washing faded, and I figured out I could take the car to the car wash, that I didn't need to do all this work myself. 
Dirty bike
That was about the time I started riding. Great! Can't take the bike to the car wash!! Well, I suppose I could, but you know...
Soapy Sam
So Sam gets a bath. She better like it, cuz it may be the only one she gets this year.
No music today, except the sweet sound of a bike being ridden somewhere in the neighborhood. No better music than that. It's kind of fun to wash the green parts. There is reward there. Black parts, not so much. I remembered the mirrors this time...but forgot the handguards. I didn't wash the wheels. They're black, it won't matter.
Clean bike (sort of). Look fast, cuz clean and shiny won't last
Afterwords the reward. I rode over to Albany and  met Ron after work. Ron requested a quick run on Cold Springs Road. Normally he rides behind me, but on Cold Springs all I see is his tail lights disappearing down the road and around the curve...gone. He waits for me at the other end.

So again, sorry about the rain tomorrow.