We picked up Angie’s 2000 Honda Shadow VLX VT600 on Wednesday. Here she is riding around the neighborhood. The smile says is all doesn’t it?!
Riding in a large group is very different from riding solo or in smaller groups. There’s the “rubber-band effect” when the group tends to get stretched out or broken up due to traffic or stop-lights. Then there are the hand signals that need to be passed to the back. But mostly, the group moves as a single unit, a sea of bikes moving in sync. Its an awesome sight to see and even better to be a part of. While a group of 50 is impressive enought, the organizers are expecting close to 1000 bikes for the actual ride on May 20th! There will be a police escort and they will be blocking traffic at the intersections with the help of the road captains, so that the group can move together for the entire ride.
At the ride, we met a wonderful couple, Jimmy, an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, and his wife Pat, who took some great pictures and was kind enough to email me some.
The owner, Tony Eich, is an air-force veteran, world traveler and photographer (check out his site). The bike is in excellent condition. He let us test ride the bike and even knocked a couple of hundred bucks off the price for us. We put down a deposit on the bike and headed back to Angie’s place, where we met up with John, Aimee and Dave, her neighbor who rides a Harley Davidson as well.
We then set out to Versailles, Indiana, where Angie’s folks Jerry and Phyllis have a farm. It was 70° and simply the best day to be out riding. From US 50W, we took route 56 from Aurora, IN and then route 262 from Rising Sun. We then took route 62 at Dillsboro, a winding, scenic road though the town of Friendship, IN.
We were starving by the time we arrived at the farm. Mama Bling had just what a bunch of hungry riders needed! Brauts and hot dogs, an excellent potato salad, baked beans and chocolate brownies! After devouring most of the food, we took a tour of the farm.
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006
Type: Fund raiser
Location: The bikers will depart from the American Legion Hall, Post 450 in Milford, Ohio
Contact: Paul Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org), 513-636-7260
Sponsor: The Heart Center and the Division of Cardiology
Registration is from 10 am to 11:30 am. The bikers will depart at noon and will arrive back at the American Legion Post about 3 pm. Cost is $15 per rider plus and additional $5 if there is a passenger. Route maps are available upon request.
Check out this neat site I found that lets you build your own checklist for a motorcycle camping trip: Motorcycle Trip Checklist
Postscript: We did end up going to the gorge, but by car. And there wasn’t a drop of rain the entire trip! So much for the weather forecast. I saw plenty of day-riders there but no one who was on a motorcycle camping trip.
Great weather this week, I hope the weekend will be nice too. The plan is to ride to Red River Gorge in Kentucky and camp there Friday night, do some hiking and return on Saturday. I have to see how much equipment I can load onto the bike safely, the big ones being the tent and the sleeping bag. More on that soon.