Jan 13, 2007

another saturday ride...

here we are, the second weekend in january and the temps are in the sixties!!! i can't believe the awesome weather we're having - trying to take advantage of it while i can...

i talked to a neighbor yesterday and he mentioned going riding today. i told him if he decided to go, to be sure to get me. this morning, i waited around for him to call or stop by... nothing... i decided to head out on my own. as i put some stuff on the bike and geared up, he pulls his bike out of his garage. we wave and i'm wondering if he's coming over or if he has other plans... i take my time waiting to see if he leaves or comes over. sure enough, he fires his bike up and heads over...

after talking for a couple minutes, we head out. he's trying to catch up to one of his buddies and plans to meet him at shelton's. since i have the gps, i lead the way. i have a feeling the gps will put me in front of a lot of rides. i'm not so sure i'm all over that - there are times i'd just like to hang back in the pack.

the ride to shelton's is mostly two lanes, hardly any traffic. that makes for a really nice ride - you can relax a little more and enjoy the scenery. although i've been on this road many times, i still enjoy looking around, seeing things that have been there for years that i've never noticed, as well as seeing how things are changing. one of the biggest changes are new houses being built. so see old farms and tracts of land being bought by developers and houses being built. the city is expanding and getting closer and closer to us.

we get to shelton's. i've never been there before, so i'm eager to check it out. the showroom huge. like many harley dealers, it's got all the departments - bikes, of course, parts and motor clothes. i didn't notice the service department, but i'm sure it's around the side or the back. nice looking dealership.

stanley's buddy finally shows up. after a short meet and greet, we decide to head to twin specialties. my brother got his pictures in biker magazine and i was trying to get a hold of it. being a magazine that has uhhhh, scantily clad women, they don't carry a copy of it at the local grocery store. i couldn't even find a copy of it at the local harley dealers. i figured if it's around, a place like twin specialties will have it.

the ride to win specialties wasn't the best. mostly because of traffic. we were on a heavier traveled road, and being saturday, it seemed every one was out. well, it still beats being in a cage.

we finally make it to twin specialties. i hop off the bike and head in to see if they have a copy of biker. sure enough they do. i plunk down a boat load of money for the mag - much, much more than i expected. without disappointment, i flip through the pages to find him - he's the one on the right.



we look at a couple of the bikes at twin specialties and decide it's time to head back home. wanting to be on two lane, less congested roads, we have to head east to rt. 96 and then head north back home.

it was a great day for a ride... weather was about perfect. you know, about every time i'm out riding on the bike, it seems i think the weather is about perfect. i guess it just has something to do with being on the road. as long as it's not raining or extremely cold, i guess the weather is perfect.

anyway, it was nice to finally take a ride with my neighbor. with the number of bikers increasing in the neighborhood, we might have to start our own club...

again, you can check out the route we took on the ride map page - it's the one in ucky green

until next time...

peace...