Hey ya'll. Just a little report from this past weekend. Haven't uploaded any pictures yet, but I've attached what I've got from my phone. I'll unload the camera tonight.
This trip was our 'trial run' for a longer trip we plan to take up to the northeast later this year.
Riders - Tosh on this FZ1, his girlfriend Rachel on her FZ6, and me and my girlfriend 2upping the 919.
pic 1 - below - filling up, not aware of the long, long, day ahead of us.
Day 1. 400+ miles. We started from Centreville, Virginia around 12:30pm. I wanted a lazy morning, making sure that we were all well rested, and well fed. Headed out west, then northwest towards Monterey, VA (250 is a great little road).
Realized at the intersection of 250 and 219 (Huttonsville) around 7pm that we have gone too far northwest. So onward south we went.
pic 2 - below - west of Monterey, VA:
Day 1. It's getting dark, and we stop for gas around Frankford, VA. 3 Asians in a bodonk town, not getting the friendliest of expressions.
Around 9pm we roll into Lewisburg - stop into a Shoneys and fill ourselves up.
Roll into our destination of Christiansburg, VA around midnight (Toshi and I both attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg - although I never finished there
311 was a great ride - at this point in the report, I should note that Rachel's had her license and FZ6 for less than a month. Pushing 12 hours, riding the last 150 miles or so in the pitch dark was impressive to say the least (and we don't take it slow by any means).
My mapping isn't exactly accurate, but close.
Map of day 1 - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=38.117272,- 78.695068&spn=2.895448,5.817261&z=8&msid=209160695 102043422881.0004a4941ce02a22b38f3
Day 2. 300+ miles. Let's go hit up the New River Gorge bridge! Rachel and Toshi 2up the second day, as a road I spotted on the map months ago was on our 'hit list'...
pic 3 - below - stuffed ourselves @ Wafflehouse, load up - we're ready to roll.
Head due west from Blacksburg, then follow New River up north for a bit. I haven't seen the New River Gorge bridge in 20 years, and it was just as impressive as the first day I saw it.
At this point Toshi finds a straight razor that's embedded in his rear tire. In the side part of the tread, and poking out a bit of the sidewall. Wasn't losing air, and we tried using a plug to at least jam it in there...not sure how safe that was for the rest of the trip, but it held up.
So now we're off to the 'road' that I scouted out a while back...starts in Baileysville, and ends at Tralee, WV. We managed to slice it in half, as we didn't want to ride in the dark for a second day in a row.
Map of day 2 - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms? ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=209160695102043422881.000 4a4945485220b2ed76&ll=37.616407,-80.664368&spn=1.457642,2.90863&z=9
Rt 97 that takes us into Pineville was freshly paved with tons of grip. Going east from Pinesville on RT10 was insane. Best riding I've ever done. "We're going to have to bring the R6's out here", I say to Toshi. Hardly any cars (everyone in this part of the country are out at the crick, drinking brews and floating along the river).
We head back, load up on Cracker Barrel in Christiansburg and go back to the hotel.
Day 3. 300+ miles. We take the back roads from Christiansburg, and link up with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nice! For the most part, the paving was good. Some spots were hairy, but I'm sure if we stuck with the posted limit no one would run into issues here.
Map of day 3 - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms? ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=209160695102043422881.000 4a4955c715f8b0b3b6&ll=38.0956 6,-78.739014&spn=2.896304,5.817261&z=8
Day 2 and day 3 were the hottest days (mid 90s). We get dumped off west of Charlottesville, so we decided to eat at Wahoo's finer establishments. Lived here in 1990-93, main area around campus hasn't changed too much. Grabbed dinner at No. 3, and scooted on back home.
Notes from the trip:
- get a better seat (gf and I were both dying by day 2 - this is with a Corbin)
- I thought West VA drivers used to scooch to the side to let you pass, but they are like Virginia drivers now, where they haul ass on the straights, then put put it around the corners.
- the Givi 46L topcase and large Icon tankbag I have was just fine for this 3 day trip - it held the necessities for both me and my gf.
I passed the 10k miles mark on the bike this trip, bought it in mid Feb with 5k on the clock.