We thought about going for an extended ride Saturday since we'd ridden to coffee, but instead opted to go home and put on shorts and t-shirts and work in the yard while soaking up some of the 75˚F (24˚C) record breaking sunshine. Sunday was forecast to be the cooler day of the weekend so we opted for a Sunday ride.
Often times we have a hard time deciding where to ride. Since signing up for the E2E Rally (Equinox to Equinox) graciously put on by the gentlemen at The Pace Podcast we have a general idea of where we might like to go to get certain bonuses. Thank you to Fuzzy for letting everyone know of the Rally.
Yesterday via a nice leisurely ride over Benton and Polk County back roads we managed to pick up 5 bonuses. Here are some various pictures from the day, which again turned out to be in the mid 70's. It sure was nice riding with no rain or quilted liners in the gear.
I haven't included pictures of all of the bonuses as some weren't very interesting. (Adair Rural Fire Station and a newer model blue and white Ford Mustang). I also took pictures with and without the Rally placard so that all of my blog pics don't have the orange placard in them.
|(#0059 reporting for duty - Soap Creek School - Historic Landmark)|
|(Close of Soap Creek School)|
|(And the Historic marker)|
|(Ritner Creek Covered Bridge)|
|(Pretty weeds by the bridge)|
|(Overgrown trail leading to the river)|
|(Harris Covered Bridge)|
|(Both bikes at the Harris Covered Bridge)|
|(View of the Mary's River from the bridge)|
|(Looking back at the bikes from the bridge)|
Yesterday's ride was the first time I'd been out longer than a ride to coffee or the office in quite a while. The main thing I noticed with the bike was the sporty suspension did not appreciate the bumpy back roads too well. At one point I started to wonder if I had a flat tire.
It did handle fine on the two sections of gravel - each a few miles long. It actually felt smoother on that than it did on some of the other roads. Brad is talking of adding a Yamaha TW200 or XT250 to the stable. If he takes me on enough gravel and choppy back roads on my wee beasty I'll be inclined to agree.
I hope everyone else managed to find some two wheeled fun in the sun this last weekend.
- Au Revoir
" The sun has come out.....and the air is vivid with spring light." - Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens