Mild Weather Makes For Great Weekend Riding…

Wow, is it really mid-January?

ATT49278Like many folks here in the Southeast, we were treated to temps in the upper 60°F’s on Saturday and Sunday which beckoned us outdoors to enjoy some time on both the tandem bike and our motorcycle.

As mentioned in my previous blog entry on mud guards, our warm weather was accompanied by some dampness on Saturday morning that simply wouldn’t evaporate as the humidity lingered in the 90’s while the sun remained hidden behind clouds for the entire morning. So, at 10am I volunteered that I’d throw mud guards on the Calfee and just deal with a wet ride; so glad we did!  It felt GREAT to get back out on the tandem, even though our performance was pathetic, at best.

We were back home a bit after noon and checked in with our friends Deb & Dave to see if they still planned to head out on their Harley once the roads were dry.  They did and had not yet had  lunch. So, we made a plan to meet for lunch at Loco Willy’s which would give me a ride ride through the Kennesaw Battlefield Park’s “twisties” on Old Mountain and Burnt Hickory Roads.  I say me, as Debbie decided that she’d rather hang at the house and get a few chores done after putting her feet up for a while.

I met up with Dave & Deb at Willy’s and we split some wings before heading back out to ride for a while.  We eventually made our way out to Harley-Davidson of Atlanta where I visited with an old friend who used to work at Earl Small’s H-D and worked with me on the purchase of our first Harley.  

David & Deb headed home from the H-D dealer as did I so I could watch the Denver/Ravens game with my sweetie, and then grab some dinner over at Olde Towne Tavern & Grille.  We had a great time watching the game and then made our way home to catch the Green Bay/San Francisco game while doing some reading and a few other gotta-dos around the house.

Sunday morning started with a string of honey-do chores around the house, washing the motorcycles, tweaking the tandem (the chain let us know that it needed some lubrication during Saturday’s ride), and the like until around 10:00am when we headed back out for another ride on the tandem.  Saturday’s ride must have taken a bit out of us, as Sunday’s ride was a bit of a challenge for us.  We made our full loop, but it wasn’t pretty.

Once we were back at home we did a few more weekend chores and decided to grab some lunch back over at Olde Towne so we could watch the Falcons/Seahawks game with a sports bar full of fans.  We also used it as an excuse to get in a ride on the Harley.

Olde Towne was packed but we found a couple of seats at the back bar and had a great time with the other folks at the tavern through about 1/2 time with the score 20/0, at which point I suggested we head out for a ride and then make our way back to Olde Towne for the 4th Quarter and a decadent dessert.  Debbie obliged me and we got in a really nice 30-mile loop ride and were quite surprised when we returned and found the score had narrowed to 27/21 with just 6 minutes left to go in the game.  We found a seat at a booth, ordered a hot chocolate lava cake a la mode, and got to enjoy the way-too exciting end of the game with about 100 other football fans: what a hoot!  It was a great way to enjoy the game while also getting in some quality time together on and off the motorcycle.

The evening included New England’s decisive trouncing of the Texans in between writing up a slew of blog entries, finishing up weekend chores and the like.  Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in mid-January!

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Mild Weather Makes For Great Weekend Riding…

  1. Dave Walker says:

    Thanks, Mark–go ahead and rub it in: We’re having single-digit weather here and can only dream of 60 degree riding weather!

    Are you (and others) coming out to Denver for NAHBS next month? Hope you’ve made your travel plans (and don’t forget to pack some warm clothes).

    Happy new year,

    Dave Walker

    • TG says:

      Check back with us in July & August when it’s in the triple digits with 90% humidity… 🙂

      Sadly, as a non-industry/non-media enthusiast & hobbiest I can’t really justify the expense but am hopeful that one day NAHBS will be close enough to make a trip. Last year’s was almost within striking distance, but the timing was off.

      Best to you and yours with hopes for a prosperous 2013!

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