Well it was about a week ago that KC was deep in the heart of one hell of a heat wave.
For me though it was not too bad. I was looking at a high of 81 when it was 110 here!
Headed up to northern Minnesota for a few days in a cabin on Leech Lake.
I will be the first to admit that my idea of "roughing it" is having a hotel room with the remote stuck to the night stand but after a night and a few bottles of Jack I have to admit it was really kick ass.
Sure there were a few kinks in the trip.
Bear poop right next to the cabin, a circuit breaker that would click off, (at the worst time) and a fight to the death with a bat but other than that it was a hell of a trip.
To explain the circut breaker and poor timing....It was Monday night of vacation and things were good. We had a wicked thunderstorm going and were out on the screen room.
Jess had gone into the cabin for another drink and I suddenly felt a little flutter go past my head.
I dismissed it as a bug or maybe the Jack was really starting to kick in.
Then itÂ did itÂ again...I could see in the twilight a small figure circling the room.
With my Ninja/Cat like skills IÂ dove into the cabin.
It was about the time I slammed the door that Jessica asked what was going on? I could only reply in a pant "bat".
As a man I realized (after my heart slowed down a bit) that I had to do something.
I knew that there was a fish net next to the fridge (on the patio with the bat) So I "sacked up" and low crawled to the net.
After that I launched myself back into the cabin and caught my breath.
Finally I realized the bat was not going to leave on his own.
So I (with the help of Jess and her small flash light from in the cabin) made my way out to the patio again.
It was me or him so after a few sweeps in the air with ZERO luck I decided it was time to put some light on the situation and finish this fight once and for all.
So with the net in front of my face I reach up to pull the light cord and just as I get to it I hear "click" as the breaker goes out and that is almost instantly followed by hysterical laughing (Yes, Jess thought this was the best thing ever)
Finally 3 sweep later victory was mine.
He put up a good fight but learned that in the end nothing stands or flys between me and my drink.
Feel free to play "The Great Outdoors" scene in your head now.
Not as many miles as usual but sometimes you need to take a vacation and not a death trip! (or at least death by road)
Till next time!
Ever had one of those trips where you really kind of felt like a real life biker!
Where you get home so filthy that one shower and a 3M pad was not going to cut it!
You know what I'm talking about.
Well, I had that this weekend.
It all started last week when I found out Jess could not make the ride home in Northern Iowa Â due to work. So I figured I would fire up the Springer and "rough it" on my own.
I had forgotten how much fun that bike was to take on a good long trip.
No radio, GPS, windshield, and a bit of a rough ride.
Fairly sure that I killed a swath of bugs up 35 that would make a bug zapper proud!
Got to see a bunch of good friends and family from home!
It was 800 miles of kick ass!
Seriously I cant remember the last time I have walked in the door looking and feeling as grimy!
But then as I am siting in my easy chair reflecting on the ride and telling Jess about it I got to the part where I was siting by a camp fire with my friend Dave drinking bourbon and a pack of baby kittensÂ came up....Well....Lets just say "Uncle Moose" melted andÂ fell to the ground and played with them for a good hour.
ThursdayÂ when Â 5 fearless men jumped on their trusty motorcycles and headed South for many fantastic adventures.
Wow, I just made that sound really cool!
And it was a hell of a trip!
Shot down to Arkansas for our spring trip where we drank too much, ate too much, and slept way too little!
But we did have a hell of a time and that is what it is all about.
We even picked up a stray Bob on Saturday!
And found a fish head on a stop sign?
If you have not made it down to Eureka and Hot Springs you really need to get it on your list of kick ass rides (close to home even)!
Working on the video as we speak but for now enjoy the pics!
See ya on the road and watch out for bikes please!
I know I am not the only guy who has rode up to a stop light and could not trip the sensor so I finally end up running said red light.
I have been lucky and never gotten stopped for it but many others have not been so lucky.
Saw this on the news last night!
The Governor of Kansas has signed the DEAD RED BILL. The Law would allow motorcycle riders and bicyclists to run the light if the light fails to turn green âwithin a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle.â
...had one of those weekend that you were just not quite ready to have end?
Well, I am going through that today.
Over the weekend (that started on Thursday) Johnny, The Bob, Jack (from sales but a good one) and I all took off for Arkansas.
We have had many trips like this and seen a bunch of cool stuff but this was by far the best trip I have been on!
The weather could not have been better!
Cool forties at night and warm upper seventies lower eighties all day.
Not a drop of rain and the roads were good and fast!
Lucked out and got to see Nigel and Jackyl doing a show at the fairgrounds in Hot Spring. (I had never felt more at home!)
If you ride I am sure you have made the journey to Eureka and Hot Springs but if you have not you really need to make it down there for a weekend.
I would strongly recommend Hwy. 7 and The Pig Trail!
Two roads that will put a grin on your face ear to ear!
You can do this ride in two days but I would recommend taking 3 so you get a chance to look around.
The girls will love Eureka for all of the little shops and us guys just like a good road.
Not to mention you can check out Turpentine Creek (the big cat refuge) in EurekaÂ that is fun for both of you!
TryÂ to stay atÂ Riders Rest there as well.
Nice open fire pit and the view is killer!
You cant beat this run for as close to home as it is!
I do have many other story's to share about the trip but you will have to ask me in person (at least until the statue of limitations runs out) but it will make a hell of a book down the road!
Well when the alarm went off at 5:45 Sunday morning I was more than a bit tired but knew what I was about to do would be more than worth it!
Yep, it was time to jump on the bike and meet up with the crew at the Speedway for Bikers For Babies!
Other than cool temps and a little fog we could not have asked for a better day.
There is nothing better than riding with more than 6,000 of your friends!
Yes I said over 6,000 and we raised over 700,000 for Bikers For Babies!
Well done KC!
Thank you to everyone who came out and did the ride, tossed in some cash, or just sat on the side of the road cheering us on!