Monday, February 08, 2016

A Mid Winter Check In...

It's been a long winter up here. It's been snowing for 2 days and it's not supposed to end until tomorrow night. Nowhere near the snow amounts of the winter of '13-'14, but it's still snowy and cold...

To break out of the winter doldrums my buddy and I attended the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.



I drove down to John's on Saturday and picked him up. We spent about 2 hours checking out the newest offerings. I didn't see anything that made me want to sell any of my bikes or trade up to something new. The brand new 2016 Yamaha FJR-1300 is the same color as my 10 year old version. Yes, it now has a 6 speed gear box but I've never felt the bike had gearing issues or the need for a 6th gear. John checked out some new helmets and some tires.

A few pictures from the day.

Progressive had a large 1:32 scale slot car track set-up with some very nice detailing...

A twin engine H-D...

Some pretty cool bikes from the vintage section...

The studded tires on this ice racing Polaris Slingshot would make getting around in the winter time easy. I could aerate the lawn with it in the summer time too.

If I ever had too much money and too much free time, an old school chopper like one of these might be fun to putt around on...

I really liked the vintage/40's/retro/rockabilly look of the Indian Motorcycles models...

Oh well, another 8 weeks or so and the weather should improve. I'm looking forward to getting the bikes out of the garage, breaking ground in the garden, and dragging some logs out the woods behind me... There's plenty to do.

Until then I'll keep dealing with winter's fun stuff...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An Interesting Week.

A lot has happened since the last entry. A week ago last Monday I was riding and seeing Bald Eagles. Wednesday, I was working in the garage...

After the last entry, it started snowing on Thursday afternoon and kept snowing until Friday night.


By Saturday afternoon it had warmed up enough to take one of the bikes out for a ride. Unfortunately, Saturday night the furnace quit working. Note the large open spot where a big motor and fan should be...


Luckily the temps have been very mild last 4 days, but it's been rainy and gray so there's been no riding.

Tuesday, I had my last follow up visit with the eye surgeon. I got the all is OK with my left eye! And on Monday I go in to get checked for new glasses!

The furnace is still down, waiting on parts... I hope the parts get here soon as the temps are headed for a low of 14° this weekend. The basement is nice and warm thanks to the in-floor heat system, and we can have a fire in the fireplace if it cools off too much upstairs.

I think the riding season is officially over!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Riding on Borrowed Time...

This year's riding season is soon to come to an end. The weather guessers are calling for a few wet days and then some more sun and 50°... We'll see. By this time last year we had several inches of snow on he ground already.

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We've had a some very nice fall days lately and I've managed to get a few things done. Last week, I took the Zx-14 out for a long ride and a fresh tank of no E premium with Sta-bil added at the gas stop. I did the same thing with the FJR yesterday. I stopped at Delta lake for photo ops with both bikes...


That's sun reflection, not road rash.

After riding up the Delta-Drummond Road, I cut over on CR-E towards Mason. This was the view just before Mason.


I noticed something in the field...

Zoom in a little...

Zoom in a some more...

We see a lot of Bald Eagles up here in the north woods, but usually they're flying by or circling overhead. When they're feasting on road kill, it's usually on the roadside and they take off when you get close. This was a great opportunity! Far enough away to not scare him off, but close enough for a picture.

I spent most of today working in the garage. I was rearranging things trying to make the most of the space. Freeing up the tractor's snow blower, putting away the mower deck, sweeping the floor... I hope to have the wood rack filled and the garage finished tomorrow.



I did make time for a ride on the Wr250x, just long enough to warm it up so I could change the oil.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall Clean up and a Road Trip...

Last Tuesday, the 13th, was our anniversary... 14 years and yet it seems like only yesterday. To celebrate, we took the truck on a road trip to the eastern edge of northern Wisconsin, almost to the Michigan border. We spent the day exploring the towns of Manitowish Waters, Mercer and Presque Isle. Just to keep this motorcycle related, I was also looking for possible motorcycle routes to ride next spring.

A caboose and a big loon in Mercer...


Manitowish Waters is a cool small town with interesting shops, and it's the starting area of 47 miles of paved bicycle trails. At Rest Lake, the big lake right in the middle of town, there were bicycle racks with free loaner bikes and a nice city park.


Bike/walking trail...


When dinner time approached, we headed to the Little Bohemia Lodge to eat.


I had a very nice chicken parmesan and Nancy had a thick boneless pork chop. The lodge has a great history including a shoot out between the John Dillinger gang and the FBI led by Melvin Purvis. The lodge has newspapers from the 1930's hanging on the walls telling the story of the shoot out. Check out the Little Bohemia Lodge's web site history page. It's a great read.

Bullet holes in the dinning room wall...



I made another batch of jalapeno jelly and we made 2 batches of salsa using my old recipe from the 1990's when I had my last garden...


Today has been the coolest so far this fall. The high was only 41 and it's expected to get down to 25 tonight.

I spent most of the day outside. I made a compost bin out some large pallets and started to load it with garden debris.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Last of the Great Color for 2015...

From here on out the color in our area will be past it's prime. The wind today is knocking a heck of a lot of leaves off the trees!

The weather forecasters are predicting upper 70's for tomorrow, but by the middle of the week the highs will be in the mid 40's with over night lows well into the freezing range.

So, to give us something to remember when the howling winds of winter are piling the snow drifts taller than my truck, Nancy and I went for a ride in the woods. We found lots of fall color, and had a great time doing it...


Out in the Chequamegon National Forest we came across a bridge over a small stream...


We were having such a good time, I snapped a dorky selfie... We both got a good laugh over this.


One last fall picture...


I'll ride when I can but tomorrow we're going to try and go kayaking one last time.