|05-08-2009, 12:52 AM||#1|
Joined: Jan 2006
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My First Ride Report. Michigan Ghost Town Day Ride
So I had some time to kill. Work is slow for us here in Michigan, just like it is in other places. Only worse. What else is a fellow to do but go find a ghost town.
I checked the interweb and found a site that lists them. I picked a few by random but many are a fair drive. it'd be hard to make there and back in one day and take pictures and see the sites.
I think much of the good stuff with respect to Michigan is up in the U.P. Old copper mining towns, etc. Luckily, i did find several not too far away. Mentha was one.
It turns out a fellow by the name of Albert Todd developed a way to refine mint.
Mint, apparently, was well sought after and this fellow created two plantations, one in Mentha, one elsewhere in
Michigan. Well, as luck would have it, some sort of wilt took over and Michigan no longer makes an mint. the town went to hell and I went to see it.
I looked it up on the web and managed some GPS coordinates. Nice. It was only a couple hours away by slab, but what the hell sort of fun is that? Aside from being slab, it's I-94. Often, the most
difficult portion of my long trip is fighting the idiots on I-94. so i devised a better way using 2 laners as much as possible.
Unfortunately, I did not think of this in time to let the missus know where I was headed. WelI, I was headed out, anyway. No permission was sought and therefore none granted.
Ready to mount up. Don't look for too long or you might suffer damage to your vision. I have a habit of letting my beard go mountain-man on me. I thought I had it under control.
Seeing myself in these pictures, I clearly do not. would you believe it's a playoff beard?
Ah, the old Darien. Actually the new Darien. I had one of the Hi-Viz jackets that, after about 17,000 miles, turned almost white at the shoulders and forearms. They recalled those jackets and
sent me out this one. I have about 2,000 miles on it, and it's still stiff as a board. Someone once mentioned something about washing it and then adding tennis balls to the drying cycle to soften them
up. I might try that yet. I don't mind looking like a dork in this jacket. What frosts my nuts is looking like a dork and STILL having idiots pull out in front of me or try to take my lane. Not as many
as when i wore a grey jacket, but still...
The bike. '01 BMW R1150 GS purchased from an inmate here. Caught a ride out to his house in Minn and rode it back across Wisconsin through the U.P. of Michigan. Even though it was in the 60's that day,
there was still plenty of ice on the lake, and running next to it was miserable. I'll prepare better next time I ride that way in April. Since getting it I have put almost exactly 2000 miles on it.
I'm quite enamoured with it. My old V-Strom was solid enough, but this bike has twice the suspension (even with worn out shocks), the same power, better brakes, and the valves are right there. RIGHT THERE.
Right next to the plug. Do you know what it takes to get to the front valves of a Strom? you have get the radiator loose just to change the front spark plug, and that's if you're good. Plus, no more shims to buy. Certainly the BMWs have their own issues, i suppose. Mine came with a spare F.D. though. I spent a lot of time mounting that Touratech rack, relocating the rear indicators and hanging the 41 litre boxes. You have to custom mount your boxes when using the low-exhaust rack. It is a chore, especially by yourself. I hope you FFs appreciate the sweet pannier symmetry.
"So what makes this protest different is that you're set to die, Bobby?"
--May well come to that.
"You start a hunger strike to protest for what you believe in. You don't start already determined to die or am I missing somethin' here?"
-- It's in their hands. Our message is clear. They're seeing our determination.
Schlug screwed with this post 05-08-2009 at 02:35 AM
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