Early Thursday morning we came to the undesired conclusion that my wife would not be able to attend, just too much work and not enough time. Part of the reasoning behind this trip was a little self discovery, sure we could’ve taken the cage but there’s very little challenge in that. I wanted something a bit less certain with more risk… I wanted an adventure. 60 hours a week riding high back leather chairs in air conditioned offices weakens the spirit, I wanted to find that weakened spirit and kick his butt back into shape.
Pablo and I realize it’s just us two and he surveys the pony that’ll be our express.
“My, what a big bike you have!”
Getting it all together I was somewhere between anxious to get started and lamenting the time apart from my girls. My daughter loved Pablo and wanted to come along.
Pablo and I decide breakfast is a good way to begin the day so Mimi’s Café provided the food and we were ready to hit the road. Pablo poses for one last shot before napping in the pannier.
Back roads are less traveled but you can’t avoid progress. No trailer queens here though, it wouldn’t stop us.
This was my view for the majority of the ride up. I looked at this for hours.
You know what races through your mind traveling down a road like this? Deer. The patsies of the forest. I’m convinced all other animals hate the deer and dare them to jump into traffic, eventually the deer get tired of the ribbing and say “yeah, oh Yeah! Watch this you stupid rabbit!” blammo.
301N takes you through some real backwater towns. I75 and I95 really took traffic away from 301, it was so empty I stopped and walked into the middle of the highway just as I passed into South Carolina. Looking South:
15 minutes without seeing another vehicle on the road is both comforting and disconcerting.
Eventually I made North Carolina and met up with Erick for lunch then Mike for some playtime. It doesn’t take long for two sportbike reformers to find a trail
But it was only a service road to a highway billboard. Pablo was thrilled about it though.
After James got off work we decided to go trail hunting and explore our off road talents.
There was a little mud
James quickly found some deeper mud.
We made it down this hill and went a little deeper. I was first to go back up followed by Mike. After we got to the top Mike said James had gather a little horizontal mud on his upper fairing. No real damage done. Here’s Mike walking back up after we went to help James.
Out to dinner that night – Pablo was making the rounds while Mike enjoyed the waitress.
All was good, she kept up with the banter and held her ground against a pro. Until the licking the eyebrows comment totally trashed her game.
Next morning - ready to leave for Erick’s
Erick’s wife encouraged us to trash her yard and Erick wasn’t offering up the 600RR so Mike and James followed proper BBQ ATGATT procedure and took to it.
Pablo had a boo boo
Mrs. Ridgerunner enjoying some great food
GBord and Friend – “Give us a Kiss!”
Sun went down and the motoGP talk ensued
Natecoop and wife Gina
Mrs. EazyE enjoying some of the food she worked so hard making
I don’t know her name but her boyfriend had a dog piss on him.
First the cooler dunk
Then the shotgun
Erick salutes Ronny James Dio and prepares for a dunkeroo
GBord takes his turn
Gratuitous sex shot
That’s where the camera sort of trails off. Mike and I crashed in a tent in Erick’s backyard with 600RRRider nearby in a hammock tent. The next morning we had a bit of breakfast and it was time to hit the road. The trip home took 2 days and most of it was freeway (which beat me up worse than the backroads).
Got the bike home and she needed a bath, bad.
Rest assured though she’s been giving a thorough scrubdown and is looking much better.
All in all a few things really stand out from the trip. I’m fortunate to know some great people, good friends who don’t even think twice about helping out and opening themselves up to others. Maybe it’s a kindred spirit kind of thing with the bikes bringing us together but that’s understating the real connection we’ve made. Good people make for good friends.
Big shouts out to James (RidgeRunner) and Erick (EazyE) and especially their wives for their incredible hospitality and willingness to host us.
My sincerest appreciation for everything – you guys are the best and always welcome in my home.
Back to work and looking forward to Jennings in October and again in November.