Thursday, August 09, 2007
I participated in this years Ride To Work Day and all went well. It just so happened that on this year's Ride To Work Day (It's in July every year) I actually had to work. Other than seeing a couple of deer on the way into work, it was an uneventful day.
I left for vacation, in a cage, to New York to visit family for the last week in July. We had a good time other than it being very HOT! I couldn't wait to get back so that I could get back on the bike. Before heading off for vacation, I put a new battery in the bike. A Wal-Mart Deluxe Battery. When I got home from New York, the bike started up on the 1st tap of the starter button. With the old battery, I would have to keep the bike hooked up to the battery charger and then, after just a couple of days without riding, the bike would take a couple of tries before she would start. While in NY, even in the City and Staten Island, I saw many bikes. These guys from NYC are nuts on a bike. I've never lane split before, so watching these crazy riders do it gave me chills up the back of my neck. However, it appeared they do it a lot, they made it look easy. Still 30mph (with the bikes doing 40mph - 50mph) in stop & go traffic on the Belt Parkway was something to see.
Since returning to the big city of Callaway, Virginia, I am back to the routine of commuting to work. Haven't taken the "family truckster" to work since getting back from the "States of Northern Aggression". I did take the Yamaha Vision to a Doctor's appointment in Roanoke yesterday. When I got to Roanoke, the thermometer on the bike showed 102F Degrees. I an very happy that the new fuse for the radiator fan is working flawlessly. I haven't had to use the emergency fan bypass switch yet, so that's a good thing. On the way back from Roanoke, I decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway from Rt220 to Franklin Pike in Floyd County to get home. On the Parkway, I saw a lot of motorcycles, especially for a Wednesday. Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Tourers, a bit of everything. I also saw an ambulance with it's lights on heading North toward Roanoke. I was hoping it wasn't a bike accident. Unfortunately, a few miles down the road I found the Park Rangers with a Harley Davidson in a ditch. I stopped to see if the Victim's riding buddy needed a trailer or a place to store the bike for a while. The victim was from the other side of Winchester and there were already plans set in motion to have the bike towed to Harley Davidson of Roanoke temporarily. After seeing the bike in the ditch, I figured it was time to head home. I stopped at an overlook and had a cold drink then straight to the house.
Side Note: Last tank of gas, 44mpg.
I lived near Callaway for about a year, many years ago and I do miss those beautiful mountains. I hope to move back in a year or so, if this real estate market ever gets going agin, so I can sell my property on the Eastern Shore of MD.
I enjoyed reading about your trip down the Parkway, my favorite, most missed place, in all the world.