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Boys trip to the mountain

Well we made another pilgrimage to the dirt bike mecca of the east coast.  It all started off so well.  Friday was nice and we initiated our newest riding buddy to the joys of Hatfield & McCoy.  He only crashed it twice on friday.

Friday night was when it all started going wrong.  Our other buddy who has a history at Hatfield started feeling not so good around dinner time.  By the time we got to the cabin he was doing the technicolor yawn after just clearing the truck door.  He was driving the buick all night, at some point we were worried that we were going to have to take him to the Logan hospital (again).  Somewhere around two am he stopped walking ralph and just moaned a bunch.

Next day it was nice and sunny.  Our buddy was in bed and looking like death.  We did what any good riding buddies would do.  We left him in the cabin and went riding.  It was a good day of riding, the newb only crashed it twice.  I decided that the bush looked softer than the side by side that was taking up the whole trail.  The quadders all asked if I was ok as they drove by splattering me with mud.  All in all it was a nice day to ride.

Sunday was also a great day on the mountain.  Our sick buddy had finally made it out of the chair onto the porch.  We once again did what good buddies would do and went riding without him. The newb did well with only one crash and two or three drops while standing still.  I think he was worn out by this point since we did make him do a single track.  We finished off the day watching the first tie in the NFL since 2008.  It was a good weekend except for our poor sick buddy with the stomach virus.

Monday dawned and we started packing up.  As we were driving down off the mountain things started to go bad for me.  Seems my buddy gave me his stomach virus.  I think we made it 60 miles before I was calling for a pull over and hurl…  I think he had the tuck almost stopped when I had the back door open and got busy painting the pavement with last nights dinner…

There is nothing more miserable than being stuck in a truck for 7 hours and wanting to hurl every hour and a half…

 

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Ten Months and Counting

Well in roughly 10 months I will be leaving on an adventure. It will be a bit over a month of traveling.

My friend Mike and I will be doing the TAT or Trans America Trail. This is about 4,800 miles of mostly off road riding.

Mike and I have been talking about this for 3 years now. Since we are not getting any younger we decided late last year that it was time. This meant getting Dual Sport bikes as each of us had strictly off road bikes already.

Deciding on the right bikes was a fairly difficult process. We started out looking at BMW F800s. The price was kind of steep and they were very heavy for what they were…

This lead us to look at Kawasaki KLR 650. The weight was about right if a bit heavy, and the motorcycles are cheaply made and inexpensive to buy. But the deeper we looked the more disappointed we got, low horsepower, spindly suspension, marginal brakes, etc. Basically a non starter for us.

We then started to look at Husqvarna 610/630 dual sport bikes and they fit the bill for us, but finding a new one was problematic and finding a used 610 with fuel injection was not easy. Mike grabbed up an 07 but that year lacked fuel injection and I was not interested in another bike without FI. Then BMW bought husky and discontinued the 630 as an new bike. I looked for 5 months for a new or used 610/630 and came close once but the seller backed out on me at the last moment. I was desperate to get the bike so we could start prepping it alongside Mike’s bike, but none were for sale within a thousand miles…

So I started out this year with no bike, but I had a plan, and an eye on a completely different manufacturer…

TBC…

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Time for something new.

When I started this blog back in 2002 it was just personal ramblings. It quickly morphed into a gun blog with with a bunch of gun politics. It was contentious times with the sunset of the AWB coming up in 2004 so I was writing my thoughts on the expiration of the ban and all of the Hoplophobes doing their damnedest to extend that ban.

Not to mention that I was still bitter about not being able to get standard capacity mags for my HundK (Because you suck, And we hate you) USP in .45acp (it was released in .45 just months after the ban was enacted and I was stuck with neutered 10 round mags). And because they hated us so much it took me until 2006 to find a standard capacity magazine for the USP. I still love that gun since it is like having it hard wired into my optic nerve, what I see I can hit dead center every time.

It stayed a gun/politics blog up until I ran out of steam in 2010 or so, and lost all motivation to write anything. It stayed up and I puttered around with a post every blue moon or so, basically a waste of a good dream host account…

So here it is 2012 and ten year later, and I actually feel like writing again. I have been at it for a week now and am trying to get out a post at least 6 days a week. Give me a month and check back with me on that… But this time I will be branching out a bit further than guns and politics, though those two topics will still be heavily influential in my postings.

I will also be posting a lot about Motorcycles and my upcoming big trip (Wait for it). And if the worst president in history gets reelected it will also feature posts about going Galt…

So, see you tomorrow. Or sooner if you are lucky, or not lucky depending on your bent…