Well, I was pretty sure Saturday was going to be a busy day but included on the “agenda” was a tandem ride. The other things included cleaning-up our Road King from last week’s 1,300 mile trip to Daytona Beach, where we spent the better part of two hours riding home in a monsoon. I also needed to fix a little issue with the Road King’s backrest and change out the shocks on our Wide Glide. Debbie wanted to go and see our granddaughter Caroline’s Lacrosse game and I needed to spend several hours doing spring yard work.
Temptation almost got the better of us and threatened to derail our productive day when our friends Jeff & Sharon sent out a text message inviting us to join them for a motorcycle ride into the Georgia mountains beginning around 11:30am. That sounded like it would be a great way to spend the day, but we also knew nothing else would get accomplished since the ride would likely extend into an evening get together at a local pub or club. So, as much as we wanted to join them, we sent our regrets and stuck to our original plan for the day.
So, the day started early out in the garage with me working on the motorcycles and by 11:00am the temps had worked their way into the 60’s so we were able to head out for a nice 25-mile tandem ride. The Calfee shifted well for most of the ride, noting this was the first time back out since our rear derailleur’s spring popped during our ride up in South Carolina. However, it still needs a bit of a tweak as it was skipping a lot in the smaller cogs: might even need to check the drive train for wear as the skipping had that kind of “quality” about it. Regardless, it felt so good to get out and put a few miles on the bike: we both needed the fresh air and exercise so badly!
Make no doubt about it, it’s tough juggling our passion for riding bicycles and motorcycles since a nice day forces us to choose between one or the other unless we “do the double” with a short ride on each. What makes it even harder is that the motorcycling has now surpassed tandem cycling when it comes to the amount of time we spend with friends from both areas of interests. We love our tandem cycling family, but sadly… we just don’t get together for rides the way we used to. And if we’re not riding together every weekend, then there’s very little chance that we’ll interact socially. Conversely, we spend every Friday & Saturday evening having dinner with our closest friends — David & Deb — and spend several weekends a year going to motorcycle rally’s or doing our own trips together. Our other, “new” and extended motorcycling family never miss a chance to ride and have been quick to offer up invitations to ride and meet for other social gatherings and that’s led to some very fast and fun friendships filled with all kinds of ride opportunities. So, it will continue to be a tough thing to keep in balance. But I digress… sort of.
We returned home just in time for Debbie to scoot off to Caroline’s Lacrosse game as I shifted gears and moved from the garage out to the yard work. First on the list was burning off the thatch from the dormant Bermuda grass in the front yard (it’s a southern thing I think) and then making several tedious passes over the side and back yard with the mower to scalp the thatch off the top of the zoysia grass: burning it off just doesn’t work well. I filled 10 – 55 gallon bags with the thatch that came out of the side and back yards; talk about harvest time! Speaking of time, this first phase of spring yard work pretty much consumed the entire afternoon and took us up to dinner time and our weekly visit to Loco Willy’s where we’d meet our friends David & Deb.
As always, we had a great time at Loco’s while enjoying my favorite dish: Ahi Poke tuna! I think it was almost 8:15pm before we headed home, but to be honest… I really didn’t feel like calling it a night. One of our friends — Paul B. — was playing with his band Sidewayz at “TheWing”, but didn’t start until 10pm. Normally we’d just go to a club early and wait for a band to start, but “The Wing” just isn’t our high on our list of “comfortable places” to sit and chill. So, that was something of a non-starter and we just headed home.
Before putting up my phone I saw there was a text message which had apparently come earlier in the day on the thread with the motorcycle trip planning information. I decided to shoot off a note to ‘the gang’ to see how their day was. Much to my surprise, my phone rang about 30 seconds after I shot off the note and it was Julie, along with several other folks in the background all shouting out hello’s and inviting us to come join them at the fire pit behind Sharon & Jeff’s house on Lake Allatoona. I looked to Debbie and she said, sure; you need to go unwind! She’s so good to me!
So, we made the 35 minute drive over and spent a few hours enjoying the warmth of friends and a smokey fire listening to Chuck’s amazing collection of music on his iPod, enjoying a variety of interesting liquid refreshments and catching up with Jeannette and some other friends we’d met at Chuck & Julie’s Christmas party. It was a good time and just what I needed: kinda like that tandem ride earlier in the day.