Mr. and Mrs. Trash Have Moved!

Discussion in 'News' started by Trash, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    It is great to see the RTR site back "up and running"!
    I must admit that we had lost touch some time this summer, as we were busy selling the house in Chicago-land, retiring from our jobs, and moving to our little house on the Flambeau River in the Great North Woods of Wisconsin. Things are a little different up here, as we still have to make a trip to the Library in town for internet access. Cell phone at the house is spotty as well, unless one is standing on the pier, which has been pulled for the winter, now that the river is freezing...
    We hope to do a better job of staying in touch once (if) we are able to establish an internet connection at the house...
    Cheers to all!
     
  2. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Congrats on retiring and simplifying. Any plans for long rides this year?
     
  3. keith

    keith Active Member

    Congrats on the retirement! Sounds like you live in a beautiful area. If you can upload some pics im sure some of us would like to see them.

    :p
     
  4. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Better Late Than Never?

    Sorry for the LOOOOOOONG delay in response, but we are adopting the "mellow" retired lifestyle to the Max (and we still have to go to the Library in town for internet access).
    Before I can directly answer Murph's question, I have a confession to make. As a retirement present to ourselves, we traded in our reliable Adventure Touring BMW R1200GS towards a more forgiving platform for the Mrs. when she decides to be a passenger. IMG_1431.jpg

    Needless to say Murph, the North American Continent has become a lot more accessible for travel plans from this point forward, and a 7 gallon fuel Capacity sure won't hurt!
    Where are we going to meet?
     
  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Greetings, Keith!
    Attached are a couple photos to give you a small sense of our new surroundings.
    This is what the view out our front window looked like when the Flambeau River froze for good in late November.
    We have had 33 days and counting with temperatures below 0 Fahrenheit since then. I haven't been doing any riding since November (needless to say). IMG_1470.jpg

    And this is what the view of our house looked like from the shoreline shortly after the first of the year. We have been getting a few inches of snow most days since then, so there is now between 3 and 4 feet of snow on the ground. At this rate, it probably won't disappear altogether until May! IMG_1477.jpg

    Once (if) we are finally able to secure a reliable internet connection at our new home, we will follow up with some "real" pictures.
    In the mean time, all I can say is that after 42 years of full time work, it sure feels great to wake up each morning with-out an alarm clock ringing at 4:30 in the morning!
     
  6. keith

    keith Active Member

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for taking the time to post them! I need to retire..... just another 15 years to go!
     
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Hey good for you two! Can you go get me some New Glarus beers? I've heard great things and have yet to try any.
     
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  8. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    It's good to hear from you, Mike!
    New Glarus Brewing chooses not to make their beers available outside of the great state of Wisconsin.
    I sometimes think they do that to increase their mystique.
    You just have to plan a visit some time. We have a real nice restaurant out in the woods not far from us that has a selection of New Glarus beers on tap.
    My own opinion is that they brew "good" but not "great" beers.

    A couple of Midwest micro-breweries that brew consistently "great" beers are Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, IL, and Founder's Brewing in Grand Rapids, MI.
    You will not go wrong if you seek out either of those.
    Cheers!
     
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I've heard good things about them andI can't fault them for what they've created whether it was to build mystique or not. I'd love to get in a visit out your way but as always time and $$. One of these days.

    As for Founders and Two Brothers I'm familiar with both and I agree with you. Nice to see you hanging out on RTR again, I haven't been here much of late myself.
     
  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    G.I. Jane has an eye to Sturgis after spending the summer (and becoming as close as sisters) with a rider from there. No, not during the madness, but seeing as Wisconsin is on the way to the Black Hills we would surely see you. No plans yet but........
    How many days did you take to get here solo?
     
  11. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Solo trip to the rock

    It took me three days to get to the Northern Highlands in Nova Scotia where I spent a couple glorious days before hitting the ferry across.
    On the way home, I took the northern route through Quebec and Ontario to our then cottage in northern Wisconsin, which took me three days as well.
    But bear in mind that I was riding solo both ways, and I tend to get in "Iron Butt Mode" at the start and end of trips.
    Hopefully I will be able to cure me-self of that affliction now that I no longer have work deadlines to contend with.

    After a number of trips to the Black Hills area of South Dakota, we would be happy to act as un-official tour guides for as long as you wanted to put up with us as well!
    And, as you, I have no interest in becoming a statistic during bike week...
     
  12. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    If you ever find yourself in Minneapolis with a few days to spare, we are just a 3.5 hour drive away, with a spare bed-room to offer...
    As far as the New Glarus beer is concerned, could I get away with sending you a sampler pack, or would it be confiscated at the border?
     

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