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Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:17 am
Hrmph. Looks like it didnt take my post. Ah well.
Went for a ride yesterday. 10 hours about 500 miles, and critters.
Went and saw dad and grandma on the bike. That was nice. I don't get down there often enough.
What is the plural of grouse? Grousings? Grouses? Greeses? At any rate I came within a few inches of wiping a few out. Mama Grouse and about 7-8 little ones. Skidded to a stop in the middle of them on a curve. Mama grouse jumped back, and her little ones all scurried over to cluster around her feet. Mama grouse then decided she needed to teach this large black snarling interloper of a C50 a lesson. She fluffed way up, spread her tail out and start stalking toward me.
I was meanwhile looking for traffic behind me (was kinda out in the middle of nowhere squared,) trying to put my feet down .... yall ride you know the dance i'm talking about.
I get kinda recovered from that and notice mama grouse is just about to launch herself at me and whup everlovin heck out of me. Did the first thing that came to mind. Opened the throttle wide open. There is a Reason i call her bellerin buelah. mama looked startled and took off.
I guess loud pipes do save lives. Grouse lives. The little ones scattered for the edges of the road. I waited till they all got away then took off up the road again.
I worried about those critters all day. Did they stay out of the road after that? Did I get one or a few of the babies killed by seperating them from their mama? Did mama grouse set her sights on californey and abandon her little ones? I'm sorry for scaring you off mama grouse. But i didnt want to be flogged by you either.
I can't help but admire mrs. grouse though. When confronted unexpectedly by a huge snarling black beast 100 times her size, her first instinct was to stand and fight for her younguns. I hope they all got back together and are all groused up in a thicket somewhere.
Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 9:43 pm
Yeah...they probably groused about you all day...
Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 7:55 am
heh. You stick me up noodle.
Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:43 am
Jeeze. It's been awhile eh?
Well since the 14th I've managed to ride once. For about 5 miles. To the dealer and its service dept. Really gotta get a bike lift so I can do these piddlin repairs on my own.
Which by the by, is a crappy ride when your rear wheel leaks a pound of air a minute. Made it and got my new tube though.
May was a crazy month there at the end. And it's still going too. I've had honest to god Vertigo, due to a viral infection of me ears. Thought I was having a damn stroke, so i did the whole ER MRI ct scanned x-rayed poked sampled, prodded, bled, pumped up, wired up, listend to routine. For those of you who are in good health....Nurses and docs both get just a touch edgy when you wander and wobble into the ER complaigning of bad diziness, and tell em you have heart problems and high blood pressure. Oh and you all who have never had an EKG..if you need to....defur yourself beforehand. /shudder
Jen is on her fourth day of a sickness too. Some sort of viral intestinal Flu. And yep she had a flu shot. So did I for that matter. (starts prayin lord not me. pleaaaaaase not me this time. amen) So i've been doing the daddy rosco routine and fetching and carrying for the poor pitiful little thing. Another trip to the ER. They hooked her into a garden hose and refluidized her. She's doing much better now though thank goodness.
Fun fun fun. Sorry if it sounds whiny. And now i'm off to work on one of those 8 hours of driving days. Let's hope I dont suddenly manifest this flu stuff like jen did. You know....one minute doing yoga..the next calling dinosaurs.
Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:09 pm
I hope you guys get to feeling better soon. I've been fighting an ear infection the last several days as well - feels like a wad of cotton balls in my ears, not to mention the stabbing pain on my ear drum and the radiating achiness to my neck and shoulder. I've asked DH to kill me, but he is insulent.
Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:56 am
Well I did it. I'm now endored to drive a motorsickle.
No points off on the test.
Poor two guys ahead of me.... one failed outright because he did crazy "poo poo" the other missed failing by one point.
I know I know....MSF. I still plan to go. I'm waiting on the finances to be right.....and for jen to decide if she wants to learn. I think she does, or will at some point. I took her on her second bike ride last night. She said she really really enjoyed it. Made sure to not go over 25 this time
We saw a racoon. And thats where she said she relaxed. Maybe i should tape a ferrett to the back of my helmet.
And the stinkin WV DMV. My goodness that place must be staffed by the local coalition of recovering brain fungus victims. Took them a good hour and a half......to take my pic. The test itself was done and all my paperwork finished by 12:30. (went on my lunch break. 12 to 1). They took my pic for the new permit at 2 pm. That was with me asking them, pointedly, every few minutes, whether I was in the system. Around 1:50 they traded off this rather sour bueraecratic to her soul hall monitor-esque rotund middle aged woman, for a bouncy friendly and rather attractive hall monitor. She actually went and found where i was hung up in the system. Whee.
Any of yall remember the older bailiff lady on Night Court....thats what the original stick reminded me of.
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:28 pm
Well i had me a lil ol adventure today. Got some kinda bug where my brain said..... roads you havent been down yet. GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO
So i did
Got lost a few times and had a thoroughly good time. In between rides i was fiddling with the bike. Brake got un-adjusted due to a fresh tube the other day and I set out to "correct" it.
A tip. don't adjust your brakes and head hell for leather into the depths of the wilderness. without your tools.
Needless to say, wound up on the side of a road...in the middle of freaking nowhere, at the bottom of a mountain...with a rear brake that had decided to go into full engagement. Did you know it's exceptionally hard to turn the adjust knob on a c50, when the brake is way overheated, with your bare fingers? well it is. did finally manage to use a stick and push the lever up enough to keep it off the pin the nut moves up and down.
for the half hour or so that i sat on the side of this little half paved road i saw 0 cars.....1 deer, 2 snakes, and 4 or one really busy squirell. I was just a touch nervous
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:48 pm
Squirrels make me nervous, too.
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:36 am
Jennifer is well along her path into the motorsiclin collective heeeeeheheh.
She went from a slow speed 1 mile ride...one way at that as I had to go pick her up in the car.... to a 40 miler
I suppose I've gotten used to the abuse the bike puts on my backside.... so when she did our pre-arranged shoulder tap to get me to stop.... i thunked she was dyin or summat. Nope. heh just the seat trying to batter her to death. She was grinning and laughing while she limped around and cussed me the bike the wind the bumps curves hills and other cars though.
I think the new quiet exhausts keep the intimidation factor down too. I'm gettin the feeling that she wants her own ride. Which is a feeling I can understand perfectly. I won't take her anywhere unless she suits up though....90 degrees and humid? put it on or we aint goin. She's cute in the gear.....it's a touch too big and she looks like a kid in a snowmobile suit.
And finally got my katana up, running and legal....still isn't right though. carbs seriously need cleaned. I'm slowly trying to seafoam the stupid things into being clean. Jen likes the kat. say's it's comfy to her. Is this the part where I grin maniacally and rub my hands together while creating a robot army? My timing is always so off......
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:37 am
lol I remember reading about her first ride
Better watch what you create, it might be too much for you
Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:32 am
She went from a slow speed 1 mile ride...one way at that as I had to go pick her up in the car.... to a 40 miler
I suppose I've gotten used to the abuse the bike puts on my backside.... so when she did our pre-arranged shoulder tap to get me to stop.... i thunked she was dyin or summat. Nope. heh just the seat trying to batter her to death. She was grinning and laughing while she limped around and cussed me
Have you ever ridden any distance on that little plank that is referred to as a pillion seat?.............Apparently neither have the designers.
Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:01 am
actually i will sometimes scoot up and back onto the thing...i think about 10 miles is the longest i've done it.
Usually after i've done the freeway bit. no windshield and 80 mph.... umph makes my back just a wee bit tired. Helps that I have the posture of a jellyfish being electrocuted.
We rode to work together today. That was fun. If she's going to ride with me a bunch, until she gets her own sickle....i'm gonna need saddlebags fairly quick to haul her stuff around. had a 30 lb messenger bag around my neck today. Or as I call it, the purse for the purse. riverroad has me covered there i think
I'm thankful she has good pillion manners. I'm still trying to convince her that she doesnt need to move her whole body to point at something though.
I'm kind of halfassed planning a trip to MD to visit my mom too. week off work...all backroads. Now to figure out When i want to do it. next month hopefully. maybe. possibly. provided nothing gets struck by lightning.
Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:11 am
Uh oh. Ceemes has inspired me.
Of pickup trucks, and bewinged grapefruit exhausted asspears.
Trucks. Oh my lord. Why would you spend thousands of dollars on big mud slingin tires, huuuuge arsed wheels, lift kits, etc etc etc.... to then drive this horribly inefficient behemoth around town? Or worse yet, on the interstate. Are they expecting god to dump a few thousand metric tons of mud into the middle of the road? Are they preparing for the apocalypse and subsequent off roading that is no doubt going to be all the craze amongst the radiation mutated populace? If you want to build up a truck and go slog around in the woods disturbing the wildlife..cool. Can i come? but sheeeeesh. And start using your blinkers before you surf that 48 inches of body roll propped on stilts into my lane. goof ball.
And now for my other confusion.
civics, aspires, neons and sundry. These are not performance machines. Can you dump some money and time into em and get some decent performance? I'm sure you can. People started tinkering as soon as they got thumbs.
An aileron sheet metal screwed into your trunk is not a performance enhancement. It's goofy. And it bashes into your rear window every time you open your trunk. stop it.
Ah yes. That schweet muffler mang. Good. Freaking. Lord. Why? Do you need to smuggle a coconut? You do realize you sound like something you should have chemotherapy for don't you? Ok. maybe you CAN pick up a couple of extra ponies by sticking a less restrictive exhaust on your car. Great. go for it. Oh. Another thing. Your little bewinged gnat-car....isn't a race car. it's got 13 inch tires on it. These are not designed for 4g turns. I don't care if they're low profile. slow down dingleberry. you just slid into my lane.
My last gripe. I'm typing this because you can't hear me. Why can't you hear me you sign? Well it's because you've decided to contort the inside of your eardrums with 190 decibels every time you get into your car. Also. you have no treble. It sounds like you're listening to one really big drum. If you like your music loud..then turn it up. In the meantime, get some midrange and high range speakers. I understand that the air displaced by that many woofers will give you an extra 5 mph...but you've had to strap 3 extra alternators onto your engine, and carry 4 extra marine batteries. Also your liver is bleeding, and your spleen is seeping.
In the end..they're your cars and trucks. Do whatever the heck you want with em. They aren't what you're trying to do with them though.
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Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:47 pm
Weeelllll I've got my trip tentatively scheduled for next week. At any rate the week off of work will be nice. Woohoo. My first ever real vacation. Sonofa.... what the heck happened to me. Live with my fiance, i've been working as a network admin for half a decade, i'm looking at actual houses, and my first vacation. jesus. when did i grow up?
Jen continues to like the bike. She isn't entirely happy with me going haring off into the distance. eh we'll work that out.
While she's getting to where She asks me to go for a ride.... she still has some issues. Curves for one. Where I start grinning she starts grabbing and doing the sphincter clutch. She has issues with going down hills too. Her brain is telling her that if we go down while going down a hill, she'll tumble and roll all the way to the bottom.
more later once i quit yawnin
Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:43 pm
Perhaps you just need to slow down a bit. You know you are in control...but the person on the back has zero control.
I used to ride pillion with someone, but he scared me to the point that I would no longer ride with him. He just would not slow down on the curves and he leaned over so far I always felt like the traction would disappear.....
Just try thinking about it from a pillion's point of view.
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:26 am
Well I do try to blues, I'm a habitual slowpoke. When she's on there I do my level best to make every transition, be it curves, shifting, throttle control, stopping...everything as smooth as i possibly can. I do tend to ride if not faster, more abruptly when I'm alone. Maybe some of that is translating through when I start getting comfy with her on there. Things to think about and practice for sure.
Holy trippin hippies batman!
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:45 am
Next week I'm planning my first real Trip. I've put that many miles on a bike in a day before. Just never and wound up two states away. I'm a touch nervous.
Here's my rough route. Google map
If it works out that Jen isn't too nervous about it, then I'm planning to start out from here at about 3-4 am. I'm familiar with the first stick of the trip, I-64 East. At some point it decides to go wandering off into the wilderness though. Whee Wilderness! After that it's pretty much all new territory until I hit 301 cross over the Potomac and into MD. Well little spots of road I've been on before.
Tips from you travelin types? I plan to have my usual laptop bag full of every kind of tool i can think of. and a duffel bag shoehorned in there with a couple of pairs of clothes. My gear is waterproof so no rain suit. I'm Scouring beckley looking for camelbaks, can't find one yet. doing an oil/final drive oil change, general bike inspection sunday. One of those 20 dollar tracphones, disposable camera or two. May look at getting a waterproof power outlet before then too, Stick my xm on the bike and ride with tunes.
I've been riding every possible moment between now and then in an effort to get acclimated to having my butt glued to a seat. I'm 100% willing to stop at an econo lodge or the like if things start getting hazy. Of course this all depends on how Jen feels about it. I'm not averse to puttering around town for a week wearing my short britches and soaking up daytime TV in between 5 years of missed naps. I wouldn't even mind taking her with me, I've got well over 200 hours of vacation time saved up, i think ill ask her if she wants me to reschedule and she come with. maybe by then i'll have some saddlebags so she wont have to hold all the gear in her hands
Re: Holy trippin hippies batman!
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:02 pm
roscowgo wrote:Tips from you travelin types?
If you're not used to it, that's a long-ish day, especially if it's not all interstate. Travelling in June (see dr_bar's trip report), I found out how tiring a 250 mile day of twisties can be. Factor in prolonged heat/humidity, maybe wind. I'd call that about 1 and 1/4 day's worth. Certainly do-able in a day, but better if you have experience coping with that last hour or so when your body is cramped, your brain is fuzzed, and riding isn't really fun anymore.