Two wheels is enough.
Two wonderful January days...on a weekend! Things were still a bit wet and muddy. It also ways very windy. Great fun nevertheless.
Well, there hasn't been extended bad weather, but it is mid-January now and riding time is limited. Today, I just backed the Scrambler out of the garage and ran it long enough to heat up and then "rode" it back into the garage.
It was good just to hear it run.
Retired after May, so the whole summer is opening up.
When riding with UP, usually there is food but very few photo ops. Speed limits are also mostly for reference only. A great day of riding.
Turned out to be a last minute thing. The weather was cool and cloudy and I took the fastest way. Still, some nice roads, and CycleMo's is a nice, unique museum.
Again, I thought the rain would hold off enough to get to Red Boiling Springs. But, not to be. I did get an hour in the morning which was mostly rain free and ran a few close roads. Heated gear is wonderful stuff. The temp was right at 60°, and I was warmer than when I was sitting around the house later.
The Scrambler: runs great no matter what. Its a little balky when cold but it warms up quickly. Simply a pleasure to ride. I think the suspension has softened up a bit and it gobbles up any kind of surface.
Seems odd, but I was anxious to try out the heated gear. Everything worked and the cat smell was pretty much gone. Started out at 55 F. Just have a single controller and I would have cranked up the gloves a little higher, but, the hands were good..no problem.
I had determined to head toward McMinnville and run wonderful Hwy 30. It was a bit cool and wet, so a good chance to try out some of my new gear.
But. I find that the heated vest I was planning to use had been fouled by the cat. So, hand wash and drip dry that thing and, of course, can't use it today. So, on to the riding pants which don't have a zipper down the side. That's a problem with a foot that doesn't have an ankle to flex.
I did fight my into the thing and got the rest of the gear on. So, no added heat and starting out frustrated. Decided to run 269 instead as it is a little shorter and more suited to my mood.
Actually a great ride. There were bicyclists, asphalt grooved by the grinding machines, light rain, and even some chip seal....the Scrambler doesn't care. It motors confidently through it all. I didn't get cold but I would have felt more comfortable with a little extra warmth. Still, no problems and a nice nice ride. There were only a sprinkling of bikes out. They don't know what they were missing.
This was the first place that I got the VStrom muddy and I hadn't been back since. No mud this time, but it seems every patch of gravel road in TN is now not maintained. The climb up really begins at the bible camp (the road to that point wasn't all that great. There is a sharp climb over diagonally rutted gravel and then a sharp hairpin of the same kind of ruts plus the potholes created by truck going up to the radio towers. Overall pretty crappy. I had to slip the clutch considerably, but the Scrambler climbed easily. The rest of it was pretty ordinary gravel.
This time, since I looked at it with Google satellite, I went all the way to the end where there is a turn around loop at the end next to a large tower.
Next I followed my memory to N. Short Mountain Road (since all the road signs are gone) which is a rather long stretch of gravel. There is one long, steep section that was heavily wash boarded. Good thing I was going down. Going up would have been a fight.
So, another old time favorite visited. Also ran hwy 53 back up to Liberty. A nice stretch of pavement. One thing I've noticed with the windshield: you find yourself exceeding the speed limit because the Scrambler does it so easily. Without the "wind in the chest" indicator, speed builds quickly.
TN 85, 62 and 116. The Scrambler is enormously competent. The little windshield is a wonder. Temps were unusually cool. Got to get the heated gear hooked up.
I've begun visiting places (rides) I haven't visited in a while. This weekend, TN141. I did a lot of the planned route, 141 was closed just as it approached the Caney fork. So, I cut that short and did a little side riding on the way back to the house. Got a little wet in spotty rain showers.