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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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Red State BBQ Ride


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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A Visit to the Harley Shop


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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This past weekend was the West Virginia Buell Revival. It’s an event that I enjoy going to and I was really looking forward to being there.

The weekend started when Greg rolled into town on Wednesday. Among other things, Greg has been a Judge at BBQ Cook – Offs. We rode up to Velvet Smoke in Harrison and had their Burnt Ends for dinner. They were really good. I think I’ve found another Winner for BBQ. Greg stayed at Chez Crusty and the two of us headed out for Cokeley Campground in the morning on all secondary roads. The weather was supposed to be mid to upper 80s through Saturday with Sunday in the 90s and no rain. As usually happens when I believe such a weather forecast, I got wet when we encountered a rainstorm a few miles before the campground.

We arrived mid-afternoon and met the people who were already there, set up our tents and watched as others rolled in. It’s a Buell Revival, and there were a few Buells there ( a few XBs, an S3-T, Froggy’s 1125 and Jim’s EBR 1190 SX), but there were also a couple of Roadsters, a few Harley Dressers, BMWs, Hondas, a Benelli, a Kawasaki a Yamaha and Mark’s Gold Wing/sidecar Rig. Then Janette and her daughter, Jane pulled up in a Lotus. Nice car. Very nice.

I just tried to describe our activities, and it really sounded pretty lame, so I deleted it. However; it was a lot of fun. We had great conversations, ate way too much food, sat around a pretty big campfire, rode over West Virginia backroads and camped so far out in the hills that most of our phones didn’t get reception. I checked mine on Friday evening and after I turned it on, it took a few minutes and I got two bars reception if I faced the right direction. Froggy, of course, had two or three phones and was able to get one or two to get a signal. He’s a tech geek and is really into that kind of stuff, while my computer literacy level is almost up to the Hooked On Phonics level. In spite of my woefully inadequate description, the Revival was remarkably enjoyable.

The fog in the early morning was as dense as the heaviest fog I’ve ever encountered. The water dripping from the trees over my tent sounded like rainfall and it took several hours for everything to dry out. On Saturday, I timed how long it took and my tent fly wasn’t dry until after 11:00 AM. I didn’t want to have to pack a wet tent and I didn’t want to have to wait until noon on the hottest day of the weekend, so I decided to pack up during the afternoon and head out on Saturday evening after the dinner at Jack and Judy’s.

Jack and Judy are Mark’s parents and they enjoy putting on a feed for us every year. I’ve eaten the flat out best Pulled Pork I’ve ever tasted at their dinner. They are truly wonderful people; the very personification of Country Hospitality and the Saturday night Dinner is the High Point of an exceptional rally.

So after the meal (and I ate too much, once again!), I climbed on the Roadster and headed west. I arrived home a little before Midnight, both exhausted and happy.

It was a Wonderful Time.
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