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Priced a gallon of VP racing fuel (90ish octane) at Tractor supply the other day. Ethanol free. 20 bucks a gallon. I guess the metal tin container is expensive to make.
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I wasn’t going to write anything today, but I just got a bit of good news and I want to share it with everybody.

I just got a call from the contractor who’s going to replace my lead water line. They’re going to come on Wednesday, September 4th and it will take less than a day. That means that it won’t interfere with my ability to go to the West Virginia Buell Reunion, nor will it screw with my trip to see the Springfield Miles.

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So I rode to the Red State BBQ. I pretty much followed my plan on the way down. I rode over to the Anderson Ferry and took it across the Ohio River









Here’s a view of the River from the ferry on the way back:

Embarking on boat with just 2 wheels requires faith, much like a horse, some are better than others. However the trip across is worth it.
Getting off the ferry is easier as the ramp is better to negotiate.
Not quite a grated bridge, but very much at an eye on the horizon.
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Yesterday, I was out and about on the Roadster; mainly running errands. I had gotten an e-mail from Micro Center that was a coupon for a free 32 gig memory stick, so I did a little quick math and decided that it would be cheaper to use the gas to get there than to buy a memory stick. Of course, I don’t really need the memory stick, but now I have one in case I do need one.

Anyhow; it was a good excuse to get out and ride. I needed to get out of the house and I needed to find a reason to do so. The weather was flawless; sunny with temps in the high 70s/low 80s (25/28 C). The kind of day it should be criminal to not be out in. So I plotted a nice route that was mostly secondary roads and set out.

I got to Micro Center which is really close to a computer geek’s idea of Heaven, got my memory stick and headed south, making my way to US Rt. 42. I was close enough to Cincinnati that it was nearly all suburban riding, but the traffic wasn’t heavy and I was pretty much able to just ride along.

Rt. 42 runs close to H-D of Cincinnati and I had decided to stop and pick up a quart of Formula + for my Primary so I can change the oil before I head to West Virginia. There were a few bikes parked in the motorcycle only spaces when I pulled up. Usually, there are only a couple, or my Roadster is the only one, and I thought, “wow; they must be busy today.”

When I went inside, I was visually assaulted by the number of bikes that were on the floor. It looked like they had one of each model in every color. They didn’t have every color, but the place was packed with motorcycles. They had trikes, dressers, Softails and Sportsters in quantity. They even have a new Roadster. Josh (a salesman) came up to me and we talked about bikes for a while. He’s amazed that my Roadster looks so good with the mileage I’ve put on it, and he’s also amazed at the miles I ride. He thought that I might be the highest mileage rider he’s ever met. So I told him about Parrothead who rides in Iron Butt events and has well over 200 K on his. We talked about the new Roadsters and how nice they are. He was pushing me to take theirs out for a Demo ride, but I refused. If I took it out, I’d really want to get one and I won’t be able to do that until next year, at the soonest. I told him about the changes I’d make and the paint job I want and he really seemed to like my ideas. Either that, or he was really good at sucking up to a potential customer. Either way, I enjoyed out conversation.

I went over and grabbed the oil and went over to the parts counter to pay for it and I had another good conversation with the kid there. I can never remember his name, though I like him. I found out that the place was just purchased by Buckeye Harley and the new owner was going over the entire shop. Not only were there a bunch more motorcycles for sale, he also bought a shitload of parts for the parts dept. The kid at the parts counter was happy about having a well-stocked inventory, but it meant that he had to work his butt off when the parts came in. The bad news was that the new owner stopped my 10% discount; not just mine, but all the frequent customers. The Parts guy was hoping that in the future, that would change, but he couldn’t make any promises.

I like that shop. I can’t put my finger on why, exactly, but it’s the shop I’d prefer to get my parts from. The shop up in Fairfield charges more than list price for their parts (I check parts prices online), so I try to avoid them and the shop up in Mason is 45 minutes away. Still, aside from those reasons, I have a preference for H-D of Cincy and would rather go there to get my parts. I wonder if the new owner is going to change the name. I hope not; I’m kind of an old school biker and I prefer when a dealership is known by its city. I especially dislike the macho themes that some businesses change the names to like Blood & Guts H-D, or equally bullshit names.

Anyhow, after I left H-D of Cincinnati, I rode home, dropped off my oil and then rode over to White Castle and picked up a Crave Case of 30 sliders (15 original & 15 cheese), a sack of onion chips and a sack of fries and brought them over to David’s shop. David supplies lunch for the employees on Fridays and he asked me if I could pick it up. In return, I got to eat sliders and onion chips and fries and David showed me how to download all my photos and Snippets from my Macbook onto a couple of memory sticks. After that, I rode home.

It wasn’t much of a journey, but it was a pleasant way to spend the day. This evening is the Sacramento Mile, so I’ll be home, sitting in my recliner and hoping that somebody (almost anybody!) has something for the Factory Indians.
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I'm with you on the dealership names, Crusty. My favorite among the nearby H-D stores is now called "No Cages". Used to be C&A. Owned by Carl & Adonna. He passed away a few years ago & after a couple years of Adonna continuing on, she sold the business & retired. No Cages? Sorry, that's lame. I still call it C&A. Guess I'm just stubborn like that. No Cages.
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