In June my brother changed careers. After working for Harley Davidson for 20 years he's joined the ranks of State employees and began working for the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). He has undergone several weeks of training both in Beaverton and in Salem.
He lives about 2.5 hours to the southwest of us on the Oregon Coast and for the last two weeks has been in Salem. They didn't want him to go home for the weekend in between so his wife joined him on her days off. Since Salem is just under an hour northeast of our house we all agreed we should get together and do lunch.
A plan was hatched and we were to meet at the India Palace in Salem around 12:30 on Sunday afternoon.
The day dawned bright and sunny and temperatures were forecast for the 86˚F (30˚C) by the end of the day. It sounded like a good excuse for a motorcycle ride.
We were able to take one of our favorite twisty roads and the ride up was beautiful and we got to try out the new Sena radios. We even found parking in downtown with no issues. I managed a few pictures of the bikes. Not great but the sun was so bright and with the time of day there were a lot of shadows.
|(Troubadour and the trusty steeds)|
|(Max shining in the sun)|
|(Max with a bit of Liberty Street in Salem, OR)|
We walked around the corner to the restaurant and waited for our dining companions. They arrived soon enough and we all headed towards the buffet. It was not a great selection compared to the Evergreen Restaurant in Corvallis and Eugene and the food was quite bland, but at least the company was good. After eating we visited until they closed the restaurant at 3:00 (they close between lunch and dinner). We decided to move the party two doors down to Starbucks.
We all ordered iced drinks and sat outside enjoying the summer weather. Soon enough a Starbucks employee came out and said they closed at 4:00 pm and needed to bring in their patio tables and chairs. Really? A Starbucks that closes at 4:00 pm? Must be because we were in the downtown district.
We moved to the sidewalk and chuckled about not only closing down the restaurant, but a Starbucks too. We chatted a bit more and said our goodbyes. It was a great visit but it was time to point the bikes towards home.
The ride home was a little slower since we were stuck behind traffic on the twisty bits. A PT Cruiser with an out of State license plate did not know what curves were and thought they needed to drive below the posted speed limit. We promptly dispatched them at the first opportunity and went home. It was a mellow ride and we even got the wave from an Officer on a BMW Police bike.
Our weather has cooled a bit. Our daily low temperatures are in the low 40's in the morning, but we are still getting up to the high 70's and low 80's in the afternoons. Nothing to complain about and it is great for riding.
I hope everyone else is getting in some last of Summer riding, or if you are on the flip side of the equator, late Winter/early Spring riding.
- Au Revoir
" Family life is a bit like runny peach pie - not perfect but who's complaining?" - Robert Brault.