As excited as I am to be getting the new ride, I was feeling a little misty eyed while washing Ole Blue (the name I just gave the old bike just now). Almost everywhere I've been that bike has been. I know guys like motorcycle journalist Pete Egan go through bikes like a lot of us go through t.p. but I'm one of those people that holds on to something for ever.
Just for my own benefit a list of the places I've rode the bike include a cross country trip from San Diego to Zanesville Ohio when I bought the bike back in 2003. That was a long almost crippling ride but a lot of fun. Some things I remember about that trip were almost getting lost somewhere in southern California around Death Valley. Freezing my tookus off in the early morning hours through Flagstaff. And a particularly painful conversation I had with a woman working at a gas station about my mesh Joe Rocket jacket. She seemed unable to grasp that the jacket was for protection while keeping the rider cool. Of course the fact that it was about 50 degrees and raining didn't help my cause.
I also remember kicking myself ever since that ride for staying a day in Terra Haute Indiana. Of all the places I could have spent an extra day in why I picked Terra Haute I'll never know.
|Brian, Bud and me, Durango CO 2004|
There have just been some many wonderful rides I can't begin to list them all. Actually that's not true, I just listed two of them a minute ago. Truth is I could list them all but you would get bored awful quick.
To conclude I'll just post some pictures of past beautiful rides.
|Somewhere in California headed toward Lick Observatory|
|Watching snow come in on top of Mt Evans at 14,000 ft|
|The beautiful Pacific Coast Highway|
|The Tetons in Wyoming (but you knew that)|
|Clarksdale Mississippi, home of the blues|