Two wheels is enough.
The Blue Ridge Gathering is an annual riding get together set up by ST-Owners Group and, principally, Uncle Phil. This year, being retired (among other things) I was able to do the whole thing.
The 3 principal objectives:
1) Ride great roads
2) Eat great food
3) Talk about it.
All three were done in large proportions.
The weather was about as perfect as it gets: Mild but not cold temps, no rain and mostly clear roads. Camping in those conditions was pretty sweet.
Three unusual challenges: 1) cows in the road 2) skate boarders in the road 3) an extremely slow apple truck.
The regular challenges of gravel and sand in corners as well as extremely slow traffic in spots were there as expected.
My challenges were 1) Packing camp gear on the Scrambler 2) Remembering (as it had been three years) how to set up the tent. 3) Doing all this withe the carbon fiber leg.
It all worked great. There were riders from Florida, Texas, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Canada. And probably others. Around 40 total.
Best of all - no drops. Everybody controlled their speed urges and stayed rubber down.
Next year is already planned. Note the miles in the pics.
I've been riding more and writing less. That's a good thing. Mostly just roundabout stuff, but, there are two notables.
The first is riding to meet Sarah and Doug in Kentucky to see the only other Scrambler that I've seen away from the dealer. They are real riders and do a big trip every year. Some pics
The second is a visit to the ET Wickham Sculpture trail. First a little explanation of what it is:
A lot of great roads through pretty remote country and a fascinating look at the sculptures.
Some good riding and good fun.
I figured that, today, I had to do some miles. So far, since the SUV thing, I've been getting back to fun roads. Hwy 141 has been closed just before the dam and twice that thwarted me from going all the way to the end of 141. Today I was going to take 264 as a go around, but the morning air was comfortable enough that I missed the turn. But, whatcha know ... 141 is open!
Also checked out Watson Hollow Road which quickly turned into a logging road. Enough of that. Ran Buffalo Valley Rd which is good fun.
After 10:30 had to go with the evap vest. Works..I40 coming back was HOT 102 (actual 97) per the bike. Scrambler ran perfect. The new tire feels good. We'll see how long it lasts.
Laid off; sorta coordinated that with retiring; spending a month in Ireland; now its HOT.
So, less riding than I want. Did get a new tire on the back. It's a sticky AVON I got at a very good price and Uncle Phil helped me get it installed. I have a replacement for the front. Probably do that in a few weeks.
Did get out this morning with my "water jacket" and had a really pleasant ride. Even checked out a new road. Two hours is about all the "water jacket" will do without reloading.
The AirHawk2 cushion helps immensely. The last time I was out a bit less than today I actually was bruised on the behind.
GPS from Uncle Phil's bucket full of GPSs works fine. As usual, daylight makes it hard to read, but the way I use it that's OK.
Weather ever hotter tomorrow, so extensive riding may not be in the cards right now. Still have to organize packing for camping.
A great few hours of riding today. Perfect riding, little traffic...life should always be like this;
A biker on the bridge recognized the Scrambler and gave a big thumbs up.
Slipped down to Woodbury for a V8. Talked another biker, Terry, who had been riding his bicycle for a year because him KTM was down for expensive repair. People tend to love talking motorcycles.
Caught 269 off 231, down to Sherwood TN
Came back through Monteagle and down the mountain on 41.
Nice day of riding.
A great day. Mild temps. No heat required. Hard to beat.
Nice day head out to Fall Creek Falls with Uncle Phil. That means riding at double time. Saw 95 once. The Scrambler is solid. I think you could take it to the rev limiter with no twitching. Once above 40mph not much need to shift...just twist the throttle.
Too cold to ride, so may as well install...
Doesn't look as bad as I thought it would. Sort of post apocalyptic rat bike.