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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Amateur Radio

Friday, 55 Degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect day for a ride to
run some errands in Rocky Mount and then to work. On my way to Rocky
Mount, I came up behind a Brown Ford Taurus on Callaway Road. This Taurus
sported three antennas (Car Radio Antenna, CB Radio Antenna and a very fat
Ham Radio Antenna) and an Amateur Radio Personalized License Plate. The
Taurus was putting along at a perky 40 MPH. I just figured and old farmer,
not in a hurry, no big deal. I followed the car for a while, 4 or five
miles, before I came to a straight away with a broken yellow line on our
side. As I went to pass the Sport Taurus, the assh**e quickly accelerated.
I was showing 85 on the speedometer (Speedometer maxes out at 85 MPH - 80's
era bike). Going from 40 to 85 MPH, I knew this guy was doing this for
spite. I goosed the bike a little more (bike only had a little more) and
got past him. Damn, I hate cagers with attitudes.

Needless to say, the ride home from work was 22 degrees and uneventful.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Re: [twinvalleyriders] Spotted

Original Message:
From: Hank Pfister
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 11:21:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [twinvalleyriders] Spotted

Hello Christopher, I was thinking about you when we zoomed thru Callaway.
That was Paul Finney, Doug Callihan, Steve Phillips, and myself on a little
roundabout after breakfast at Famous Anthony's. The breakfast was well
attended, 6 motorcycles, and 2 cagers. The four of us came over Cahas Mtn,
thru Callaway, Pheobie Needles, over to Crossroads on Route 40. Route 40 to
Shooting Creek up to the BRP and back towards our various homes.
Nice ride!
Hank Pfister


Four to five TVR Members in Callaway. Exiting Bethany Road and entering
Ferrum Mountain Road heading South. Time: 11:20 AM. Who else could it
have been on this cold and windy Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the ride,
wish I was there with ya, but I had to pick up the minivan from the shop
before Noon.

Thursday, December 09, 2004


Well, today would be a perfect day for a ride, if it wasn't raining. As it
is raining, I figured I would take some time and test how emailing to post
blog entries works. So, needless to say, this is sort of a test. I hope I
studied enough.

I did walk past the bike 2 or 3 times today. Patted her on the seat each

Monday, December 06, 2004

Another Sunday Writer

This is being reposted from the Twin Valley Rider's Yahoo Group about our December 5th Breakfast:

From: "Chris"
Date: Sun Dec 5, 2004 3:58 pm
Subject: Sunday Breakfast at Jackson Street Cafe

Today was our first "First Sunday Breakfast." Five riders converged on Jackson Street in Blacksburg in time for the 9:30 AM opening time at Jackson Street Cafe: Chrish, Chris F, John H, Hugh V, and SkipF. For cylinder-counters, there were three vee-fours and two vee-twins. Two of the bikes rode all the way from Blacksburg, one fromNewport, one from Pearisburg, and one hearty rider made the journey from far-off Callaway. The nice lady manager thought we might be freezing and opened the doors a few minutes early and informed us the coffee was made. We went inside and claimed a couple of tables, which we shared with JimS, who drove in a bit later. The coffee was hot and strong (good!), and we studied the menu and placed our bets. Service was reasonably fast (we were the only folks there for a while) and the food was tasty. I had Lucy's Company Eggs, a spicy breakfast casserole, which came with a biscuit (not homemade, but still pretty good). After some spirited discussion of motorcycles and tires and gas and what-all, we vacated the premises. Jim S headed home, Chris F headed back to Callaway for some Christmas tree activities, and the rest of us embarked on the Little Creek Loop, which I previously posted here and is now online at At VA 100, Skip waved off and headed North, and at the Little Creek turnoff, Hugh waved off and continued South, leaving John and me to enjoy the 30 miles of swoopy Little Creek Road to US 52 and the climb to the top of Big Walker Mountain. The store at the top was closed, but we took a break to enjoy the view. A GSXR-600 rider stopped to chat with us a bit before heading back down the mountain. I gave him a card, so maybe he'll join us for breakfast sometime. John and I varied the Little Creek Loop a bit: instead of heading North on US 52 in Bland, we continued East on VA 42 toMechanicsburg, then took 606 through Hollybrook and Pumpkin Center to South Gap where a quick jaunt on US 52 took us to Rocky Gap where we took the entrance ramp to the Wolf Creek Autobahn. After crossing the New River, we followed 625 back to the river and then Spruce Run along the beautiful little creek that gives the road its name. John waved off as he headed home, and I continued to US460 and home to Blacksburg.
Breakfast: $7.60
Gas: $9.52
160 miles and four hours of riding: Priceless


Sunday, December 05, 2004

Cold Weather Riding

On Saturday evening, I had to make a few simple repairs and modifications before my ride on Sunday. I had to rewire the Left/Front turn signal as the wire tends to wear through from time to time at the base of the turn signal. I firmed up the rear suspension to the max setting. I also found that there was only 20 psi in both tires. Brought the rear to 32 psi and the front to 28 psi. Ah, the joy of a 23 year old motorcycle.

On Sunday, December 5th, I started my ride at about 8:00 AM. At the house, it was 40 Degrees. I was to meet some Twin Valley Rider members at the Jackson Street Cafe in Blacksburg, Virginia. I left the house and headed up Five Mile Mountain Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway, crossed the Parkway and continued on Franklin Pike into Floyd. From Floyd, I took Route 8 to Christiansburg. At one point on Route 8, the temperature hit a low of 28 Degrees. Brrr, I don't run any heated clothing off of my bike. Even with about 6 layers of clothes, it was quite chilly. From Christiansburg, simply Route 460 Business into Blacksburg.

I arrived in Blacksburg at about 9:15 AM and met 4 other TVR members. We had a good breakfast that lasted about 2 hours. My ride back home was great. The bike was running beautifully, the weather was very clear and the temperature was in the upper 50's. I had a spirited ride home on the same route I took to Blacksburg. The return ride took exactly an hour. Smiles on my face.

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