Hardwired an old Garmin Nuvi to the KLR and fixed a lot of wire connections.
I am extremely grateful that my wife allows me to keep my motorcycle in the house during the winter because I absolutely despise winter and this helps me to see that it’s not going to last forever and I can work on my motorcycle and feel a little less anxiety during the winter. Plan to ride a lot in 2021 if I can learn to cope with this anxiety B.S.
#klr650 Looking out the window, dreaming of spring time riding.We think alike. That’s why we get along so well….
Left Friday the 13th and met up with Rick at the Bluebird campground near Lacrosse Wisconsin . Set up camp and went to the bar and grill at the campground for a couple beers and some burgers and some live music. We went back to the campsite for a few more beers and some BS.
The next morning we packed up and headed Northeast, First we visited a big damn between two lakes
After that Rick sent me on a recon mission, but a beaver had blocked the trail.then we rode through a Wildlife preserve called Sandhill Wildlife Area that has some invisible Bison (not buffalo)
After that we found a place to camp near Dexterville.
Sunday morning we packed up and went exploring. I let Rick talk me into going somewhere I should not have been again!
We made our way to Lacrosse and got to see a large cruise ship docked.
Had a great trip to Moab Utah with Rick and Richard. Rode through Colorado, Rode down to Monument Valley, Rode the white rim road again and toured the La sal mountains, And ride the fins and feathers trail at Slick rock , then took the back roads to gateway Colorado and continued past Denver where I loaded the KLR back into the trailer for the boring trek across Nebraska. Looking forward to going back in a couple years.
Got some work done at home, too nice not to ride today.
Had good time at Ricks installing a new Michelin Anakee Wild rear tire, rear brake pads and oil change @ 50150 miles. Hardest part of the day was putting it back in the trailer to go home.
Warm temperatures got me excited to ride, so went for a little spin, but could only see about 40 yards into the fog without my lense fogging up and on top of that 1 in 5 Idiots Out Wandering Around had their headlights on. Didn’t feel like be run over today.
Nice day in Iowa
Rode to Dubuque with Rick and Richard to see the the last remaining WWII USS LST 325.
Had a great ride and a lot of laughs….
The KLR turned over to 50000 miles too
Got a little riding on today
Talked to a couple KLR riders
loves this bar, wish it was closer to home
Just not working out to ride this damn motorcycle this year!
Had a great road trip with Lynette, Travis and Tyler . We stopped in Chicago for pizza , Dearborn Michigan to visit the Henry Ford Museum, then to Niagara Falls
New Progressive 465 shock and progressively wound front springs for the KLR at 49295 Miles.
Sucks not having a heated garage in Iowa, but helps to have an understanding wife.
The travel bug bit me again so I loaded up the KLR and headed south to the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri where I found a spot near Waynesville Missouri to set up my base camp Friday night. Deer hunting season was open so I didn’t explore many remote areas. I rode through the forest and to Mountain Home, Arkansas where “WE” spent the night in an Econolodge. In the morning I was riding by 7:00am , exploring Northern Arkansas and rode back into Missouri. I was surprised by the amount of trash many of the residents had in their yards, givin the natural beauty they are surrounded with every day. I didn’t stop very often or take many pictures, I just enjoyed the ride and the scenery. By the time I got back to the jeep it was 4:30 PM , I was chilled to the bone and decided to load up and head towards home where I ended up arriving Home at 3:30 AM after a few rest stops and a casino stop.
Cold and rainy pretty much sums it up, Lynette took the pop up camper down for me. Friday night was fun watching some of the guys carry-on. Craig had a great breakfast made for everyone. After breakfast I hopped on the bike and went for a ride from about eight till noon in the rain. Hung out in the camper for a while to dry out, but realized my gear wasn’t going to get dried back out so I decided to pack up and ride home in the rain to get the jeep so I could bring the camper home.
I got my Picture, then tried getting off my bike to help him and tipped over myself
Woke up and went out for breakfast at Jake’s pizza . Got off to a late start as it was cold and snow still on the ground, Had a Polasheks burger for lunch then got on bikes and rode South west, found some nice twisty roads again. Temperature was at 55•. Went over to Oklahoma and visited some cool places, people down here seem genuinely nice to us and each other. it was another kick ass trip with Rick.
Drove down last night and arrived in Fayetteville around 11:30, We found a cheap room at Days Inn.
Got up this morning and went to Cowpatty Campground and unloaded the motorcycles and found a nice gravel road right away,then turned onto county road 4081 (more like a trail) 3.5 miles into it the road was washed out,I managed to get across the wash out, but had a little trouble getting back across as we decided it was not a good idea to continue any further. We enjoyed a lot of gravel roads then worked our way over to the Pig Trail road , then to Ozark and back up to Oark General store which has been in operation since 1890. It was closed for the day when we got there.Made our way back to the campground and set up camp, fried some Polasheks burgers and drank a few Dorothy’s. It was a great day of riding with temps in the upper 60’s A lot of mud holes on county road 4081I don’t always Mae wise decisions,Rick helped me get out of this.
Visited and played more cards and dice this morning. Merle packed us a lunch for our ride back to San Francisco. We stopped at BJs for a beer In Dublin. We checked into our room , then went to Pacifica beach and watched the waves crashing and people on the pier crabbing.We drove South on HWY 1 to another beach where we watched several surfers and watched the sunset. We ate at In N Out Burger and visited the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop.
We got up early and pointed the Charger towards Yosemite. We really enjoyed the winding roads and great scenery. We visited Jamestown , then drove up to Yosemite but did not enter as chains were required and boots recommended. We were wearing tennis shoes and decided we will visit when the snow is gone. We did not take many pictures, but enjoyed our time together cruising up and down the mountain roads , also admiring the old pickups not rusted away.
Played some cards and dice with Dad and Merle then went for a ride as far as we could go up HWY 4 . Checked out bear Valley ski lodge .Visited Big Trees Park . Ate lunch and had a beer at the Luberoom . Stopped at the Snowshoe Brewery for a beer,then walked around the wine bars in Murphys. Dad and Merle had some great porkchops and Potatoes for supper.
First stop today was Chinatown . We enjoyed window shopping, but didn’t see anything we couldn’t live without. Next stop was Pier 39 to check out the Sea Lions. We were not disappointed, they were fun to watch and the shops were cool to see but very expensive. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and got on Hwy 1. San Francisco was neat , but I was glad to get away from the overpopulated city. Highway 1 was very twisty and scenic,We enjoyed it very much. We stopped at Stinson beach so I could take a dip in the ocean.Finally we made our way towards Murphys where we will spend a few days.
Scrubbing on my KLR 650 with a toothbrush, wondering why I do it and it occurred to me I do it because of the red clay that I find deep down inside that takes me back to my trip to UP following Highway 41 to its end and continued on red clay trails that ended at the most peaceful place that I have ever been to that point on the shores of Lake Superior.
It also conjures up memories of the time I rode my motorcycle around Lake Superior traveling east of Sault Ste. Marie in what seemed like no man’s land without any advertising signs or very little indication of life other than four wheeler trails that I rode till I realized I could easily get lost and not be found as I hadn’t seen anyone else on the trails for miles.
To sum it up this motorcycle is not worth crap to anyone else , but it helps me to dream of the places I have never been and to relive the things that I have seen while exploring with it.
Another nice November day in Iowa, rode to my physical therapy appointment.
Surgery tomorrow to put some pins in my ankle. I usually wear my riding boots and pants, but chose not to today, obviously the wrong decision. I am very happy to get by with a broken ankle and some road rash, it could have been a lot worse. Oh and kudos to the KLR for being a tough son of a bitch and putting itself between me and the guardrail. Not a lot of bikes that can skid down the highway into a guardrail to be picked up and ridden to the hospital.
Got up early to get a ride in before the rain. Riding mostly gravel and checking out dead ends and closed roads as I often like to do,
After lunch at Kaddys in Lacresent mn, I crossed into Wisconsin from Winona and took 35 North to Nelson Wisconsin over to Wabasha Minnesota and back home through Rochester and home by 5pm